Embracing Neurodiversity in STEM Careers

2nd November 2023, 12:30 – 1:30 pm

Creating Neuroinclusive Pathways

Neurodiversity encompasses a spectrum of specific learning differences, including dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD, and Autism. Join us for a thought-provoking talk by Professor Sara Rankin, where we delve into the realm of neurodiversity and its profound impact on careers in STEM fields.

Key highlights of this workshop include:

  • Exploring Strengths and Opportunities: Prof. Rankin will lead us through a journey of understanding the unique strengths and potential challenges that come with being neurodiverse. Delving into real-world examples, she will reveal why major industry players such as Google, Microsoft, IBM, and EY are actively seeking to embrace the talents of neurodiverse scientists.
  • Voices from the Neurodiverse Community: Drawing from personal stories and experiences, this talk will shed light on the lived realities of neurodiverse individuals pursuing STEM education, academic careers, or thriving within STEM businesses. By sharing these narratives, we’ll gain insights into the diverse ways neurodiversity enriches the scientific landscape.
  • Unlocking Full Potential – Support in the Workplace: Navigating the professional world as a neurodiverse individual comes with its own set of considerations. Prof. Rankin will outline practical steps that line managers can implement to create a conducive environment where neurodiverse talents can flourish. By fostering understanding and accommodations, organisations can harness the full potential of their neurodiverse workforce.
  • Driving Change – Educational Initiatives and Outreach: Beyond the workplace, Prof. Rankin will illuminate the ongoing educational and outreach initiatives she spearheads at Imperial College London for neurodiverse staff and students. These projects not only empower individuals with tools for success but also contribute to a more inclusive STEM community.

Meet Your Expert Facilitator – Professor Sara Rankin:

Prof. Sara Rankin is a trailblazing figure in Regenerative Pharmacology at the National Heart and Lung Institute (NHLI), Faculty of Medicine at Imperial College. With her own experiences as someone who is dyslexic and dyspraxic, she brings a unique perspective to the conversation. As a trained Dyslexia Champion accredited by the British Dyslexia Association, her insights are both informed and empathetic.