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Naturwissenschaftler*innen sind auch (nur) Menschen und diese Tatsache beeinflusst ihre Forschung und ihr Zusammenleben und -arbeiten. Die studentisch organisierte Ringvorlesung umfasst Themen wie Ethik, Kommunikation und Arbeitskultur in den Wissenschaften; die Rolle von Naturwissenschaftler*innen in der Gesellschaft; psychische Gesundheit; verschiedene Formen von Diskriminierung in akademischer Forschung und Industrie sowie Möglichkeiten, diese zu überwinden und gemeinsam (berufliche) Wege zu gehen, die es allen erlauben, sich bestmöglich zu entfalten.

Die Vorlesung findet ab dem 19.10.22 mittwochs um 11:40 Uhr statt und wird via Zoom abgehalten.

Einbringen können sie alle Studierenden in den freien Wahlbereichen der Bachelor- und Master-Studiengänge, auf TUCaN ist sie unter der Veranstaltungsnummer 07-00-0052-vl zu finden. Willkommen sind nicht nur Studierende, sondern alle Interessierten aus der TU und von außerhalb.

Nähere Informationen sind auf der zugehörigen Website und auf der Moodle-Veranstaltungsseite zu finden; TU-Interne können außerdem auf Vortragsaufzeichnungen, Diskussionsmitschriften und Leitfragen aus den ersten Runden der Vorlesung in den Moodle-Kursen von 2020 und 2021 zugreifen.

Sitzung 07: Racism in Academia

Dr. Devang Mehta: Racism in academic science: How it works and what you can do about it

Abstract: Academia and science operate using specific structures that exacerbate and reify existing societal inequalities and injustices such as racism. These include a reliance on prestige indicators for career advancement, an extractive system of publishing, and vast power imbalances. As a result, multiple studies have found racial inequities in career progression and science publishing, as well as evidence of wide-spread racially motivated bullying in academic labs. Further, some sectors of the sciences have not yet repudiated the false belief in biologically determined ‘races’ and their association with socioeconomically-dictated traits like intelligence. In this talk I will speak about my own experiences navigating a career in the academic life sciences as a visible minority immigrant from the Global South, especially amid anti-immigrant sentiment in Europe. I will lay out the evidence for racism in the academy as well as outline how adopting Equity, Diversity & Inclusion frameworks can help address this deep-rooted problem. Finally I hope to inspire other scientists in the audience to begin taking steps to combat racism in their professional communities.

Lebenslauf: Prof. Dr. Devang Mehta is a Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering at KU Leuven in Belgium. Originally from India, Prof. Mehta holds an engineering undergraduate degree in biotechnology, a Master’s in systems and synthetic biology from Imperial College London, and a Doctor of Sciences degree from ETH Zurich. His past research has focused on engineering disease resistance in cassava, inventing a new method for sequencing circular DNA, and most recently, on discovering new aspects of plant chronobiology. His brand-new Laboratory for Experimental Plant Systems Biology (EPSB) at KU Leuven will focus on harnessing plant circadian biology to engineer climate-resilient traits, such as latitudinal adaptation, in plants. Apart from laboratory research, Prof. Mehta writes popular science articles about genetic engineering and synthetic biology, as well as equity, diversity, and inclusion in the sciences. His work has been published in magazines like Slate, Salon and Nature. He is also a member of the Early Career Advisory Group at eLife and is a vocal advocate for reform in scholarly publishing.

Wann?

30. November 2022, 11:40-13:10

Wo?

https://tu-darmstadt.zoom.us/j/61182406134?pwd=SDJYR2ZLUTRHYzdid0tTNmc2aUdNUT09
Meeting-ID: 611 8240 6134
Kenncode: 471818
Telefoneinwahl siehe Website

Veranstalter

Han Dittmar (FB07), Julie-Isabelle Hammer (FB10), Kilian Heckenberger (FB07), Julia Carolina Rottluff (FB16), Miriam Seebach (FB07), Ricarda Seiler (FB10), Lenia Steinhäuser (FB10)

Kontakt

 

30
November
2022
11:40-13:10

Tags

Ringvorlesung, NaGAI, SciSAI, Feminismus, equity, equality, equal, Gleichstellung, Gleichberechtigung, Diversität, diversity, Diskriminierung, discrimination, MINT, STEM, NaWi, Science, Communication, Kommunikation, SciCom, WisKom, Society, Academia, srd