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Professor Veronica van Heyningen CBE

Member, Royal Society Diversity Committee,
The Royal Society

Veronica van Heyningen worked for many years at the MRC Human Genetics Unit, Edinburgh, identifying genes mutated in disease and deciphering genome function. As an ambitious working mother she successfully juggled parental duties and work and is aware of the difficulties women face in making their way in STEM careers. As a Fellow of the Royal Society (RS) and of the Academy of Medical Sciences, she now mentors early career women scientists to transmit her experience. She is a member of the RS Diversity group which aims to develop strategies and design lasting policies to help women and minority groups conquer the career barriers they encounter.

  • Outlining the role of the Royal Society Diversity Committee in assessing how diversity and improved access can be promoted at the highest levels of science
  • Understanding how all institutions can overcome the challenges of ‘unconscious bias’ in decision making to widen access to top level roles
  • Widening access for women by developing schemes to support leading women in STEM to do their work more effectively and inspire the next generation of girls with the excitement and feasibility of STEM careers
  • Demonstrating the economic benefits of a diverse talent pool in enhancing the scale and impact of research across STEM fields
  • Developing and delivering training and mentoring programmes to enhance the perceptions and actual career trajectories of current and intending entrants to the STEM fields