PRISM Speakers for LGBT History Month 2021
Join PRISM Exeter as we mark LGBT History Month 2021 with talks from two LGBTQ+ STEMM* professionals based here in the South West
Dr Melissa Brooks (Met Office) and Dr Alex Dudgeon (University of Exeter BioSpec Group) will speak about their work and their experiences as LGBTQ+ individuals in STEMM. This talk will be presented with BSL interpretation. Click here to register on Eventbrite.
Dr Melissa Brooks: Developing a global atmospheric model (and myself!)
"As a scientific developer of the Met Office's 'Global Atmosphere' model, my talk will outline what an atmospheric model is, their applications in day-to-day life and as research tools, how much they improved as computing power became available, to the present day. I will show an overview of the scientific (and bureaucratic) model development process.
I will also discuss how I have managed my own personal development in the Met Office, having recently "come out" as transgender and socially transitioned in all aspects of my life. In particular, I will outline how I used one of the main tools as a scientist - the ever-present PowerPoint - to manage how I came out to my wider team at work."
Dr Alex Dudgeon: Optical diagnostic methods - shining it where the sun doesn’t shine
Dr Alex Dudgeon is a researcher in the BioSpec Group at the University of Exeter. In his talk, he will present a physical journey into biological science, presenting the history and development of using light for medical diagnosis, his own work on diagnosing cancers, and his experiences of being bi in science.
There will be plenty of time for discussions with the speakers and networking between attendees after the talks.
Please note that, due to current lockdown restrictions in England related to the COVID-19 pandemic, this event will take place online via Zoom. Registrants will be contacted with details of how to join the Zoom meeting closer to the event. Click here to register.
*STEMM = Science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine