Equality, Diversity & Inclusion In Pharmacology; Removing Barriers To Participation & Success

[Speaker] Laura A Ajram:1
[Co-author] Anna Zecharia:1, Teesha Bhuruth:1, Aidan Seeley:1, Lisa Wallace:1
1:British Pharmacological Society, UK

An inclusive culture, one where everyone feels valued and that they belong, irrespective of difference, is fundamental to building a thriving and diverse pharmacology community. A diversity of backgrounds, views, experience and perspectives (including but not limited to the nine protected characteristics(1)) sets the stage for creativity and innovation(2)- and ultimately, it is the mix of people and exchange of ideas that will help us address the challenges of the future.

The British Pharmacological Society has recently re-affirmed their commitment to inclusion and diversity within their community, by embedding the principles of equality within our mission statement, in which;
'Widening participation in pharmacology and therapeutics to ensure a vibrant and diverse community and workforce'
is a key component.

To achieve this, our objectives over the next 5 years are:
 - To remove barriers to participation and success
 - To promote equality and celebrate diversity
 - To be inclusive in all we do

We hope these aims will allow us to consistently and continuously work towards the ultimate goal of a world in which pharmacology and therapeutics is open to everyone.

To this end, our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) strategy will be implemented and embedded across the society, with qualitative and quantitative measurable outcomes. This will begin with a review and barrier analysis of current inclusion activity for both 'standard processes' (e.g. the granular detail of how grant applications are advertised and awarded) and of activity which directly links to meeting annual objectives for the Society (e.g. evidence of business area activity helping to promote equality and celebrate diversity).

We wish to present our review process and strategy for making our society fully inclusive at the World Congress in 2018, with a view to meeting like-minded representatives of other international societies, and promoting global inclusivity across the learned societies of the world. Where better to start this movement, than the World Congress?

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