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Diversity in Graphene

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What is the Diversity in Graphene initiative?

The Diversity in Graphene initiative honors the importance of a broader range of talent, encourages the sharing of new ideas and experiences, and provides insight into the needs and motivations of an increasingly dynamic and intersectional world. For these reasons and more, the Graphene Flagship has recognised the true value of diversity from the very beginning.

Our diversity-positive attitude began with our Women in Graphene initiative – a series of events tailored to women scientists in the Graphene Flagship. This initiative ran every year in an effort to encourage women and girls to study and work in science.

Then in 2020, we reflected on our initiative and understood that it had the potential to be even more inclusive. We therefore expanded and rebranded 'Women in Graphene' to become 'Diversity in Graphene' – a broader initiative that celebrates diversity and inclusion, by building a welcoming community to raise awareness for all underrepresented groups in all STEM fields; particularly those in the graphene and 2D materials community.

The initiative officially kicked off during the Graphene For Research, Innovation, Collaboration online event in September 2020. Notably, Diversity in Graphene continues to support gender diversity and commemorates the many achievements of our women scientists.

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Mentoring Programme

In 2021, we set up a pioneering mentoring programme within the Graphene Flagship which aims to facilitate networking and mutually beneficial learning experience for both mentors and mentees. We have now reached the fourth edition.

We wish to:

  • Promote a diverse culture within the Graphene Flagship ​​
  • Encourage knowledge sharing across various cultures, work styles and backgrounds 
  • Boost career and networking opportunities ​
  • Create developmental opportunities for both mentors and mentees

After a training session, early career researchers and students will be able to connect with more experienced mentors. 

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