Equality and Diversity

The British Mass Spectrometry Society (BMSS) is committed to ensuring equality, diversity and inclusion for its members, employees, scientific partners and the Society’s service providers. 

We believe that a lack of diversity in the British Mass Spectrometry community would limit its potential to flourish. We believe that the British Mass Spectrometry community must proactively attract, develop and retain the most diverse range of talented scientists if it is to prosper.


The BMSS EDI Journey

Photographs of gatherings of Mass Spectrometrists in the UK from the early 1970s reproduced in ‘A History of European Mass Spectrometry’ (Editor: K.R. Jennings, IM Publications, p236-237, 2012) depict an array of white men in black suits. One may, on the balance of probability, infer that the majority of those ‘men in suits’ were drawn from a relatively limited socio-economic cohort as at that time only Ca 10% of the total population were admitted as undergraduates to universities in the UK.

In the intervening fifty years the composition of the British Mass Spectrometry community has evolved to be more representative of British society as a whole. The BMSS is committed to inclusivity in the Society’s activities and initiatives from all of our members and will proactively encourage wider participation in the Society. The BMSS is not complacent in its stance on EDI; we fully recognise that many groups are likely to be under-represented and recognise that under-representation may be localised at specific career stages within our community (e.g. at senior management levels).

There is still much for us to achieve! We believe that we are progressing on an ethically sustainable EDI journey. We have, to a first approximation, achieved gender (binary M/F) parity for oral presentations presented at the Society's Annual Meetings (2017-2019). In addition we have implemented formal representation, within the Society’s structure, of the LGBT+ community. We recognise that we need to actively put in place policies and initiatives that will encourage wider participation and inclusivity in a diverse and fair manner. To expedite this, we have formed the BMSS EDI subcommittee.


The BMSS EDI Subcommittee

The BMSS EDI subcommittee, formed in September 2019, has a remit to systematically understand and calibrate the current practice of equality, diversity and inclusion within our Society. The EDI Subcommittee will develop robust metrics for the assessment of equality, diversity and inclusion across the Society’s spectrum of activities. The EDI subcommittee will take the lead in developing targeted actions to address any areas of concern identified from its on-going internal auditing processes.


Work in Progress

The first initiative of the EDI Sub-Committee was to champion the adoption of the BMSS Carers Support Fund. We have identified caring responsibilities as a key barrier to peer retention and career progression in mass spectrometry. Consequently the Society has instigated the BMSS Carers Support Fund to facilitate attendance at scientific events, including but not limited to BMSS meetings, by our members with caring commitments. The Society invites applications to the Carers Support Fund from January 2020. This pilot programme has been allocated a modest budget for 2020 and will assist us to better understand, through interaction with applicants, the needs of our community with caring responsibilities, and gauge the funding horizon for future iterations of this programme. Further details of the Carers Support Fund programme can be viewed by clicking on the banner below.


Contact Us

The BMSS EDI subcommittee proactively invites substantive interaction with members who wish to engage with our EDI journey - please don’t hesitate to reach out to us:

Upcoming Events

Women in STEM careers 2020

Location: Savoy Place, The Institute of Engineering and Technology’s (IET), London

Date: 28th March 2020 - POSTPONED due to COVID-19

jobs.ac.uk’s new event, Women in STEM Careers 2020, offers a full and exciting programme for women who are interested in exploring opportunities within publicly funded organisations and charities. Designed for any woman looking to progress their STEM career, the day will provide unique networking opportunities with employers and peers, as well as presentations from sector experts and a CV workshop.

FURTHER INFORMATION including registration for this free event visit jobs.ac.uk/womeninstem  

Groups of Interest

Women in Mass Spectrometry group on Linked In -- See More

Black British Professionals in STEM -- See More

Women In Science and Engineering -- See More

STEMM disability advisory committee -- See More

BMSS LGBT+ -- See More

BMSS Member Benefits -- See More