EDI&A Group

The RMS is committed to being a welcoming, inclusive Society and encourages diversity across all activities and in the membership of our committees and groups.

The Society strives to be accessible, inclusive and encourage diversity in all that we do, however we recognise that there is still much work to do. 

The Society has established a group to work on our Equity, Diversity, Inclusion & Accessibility (EDI&A)  policies and review all the activities of the Society. This group meets regularly, and is due to report in Autumn 2022. Minutes of the meetings and the policies produced will be published here in due course.

We have begun a review of our activities and have made some changes to our processes and procedures, including, but not limited to:

  • checking the dates of our events to avoid all major religious holidays 
  • ensuring that the venues we use are inclusive and can cater for dietary and accessbility requirements
  • adding inclusive titles, as well as the option not to select one at all, to our website forms
  • ensuring we have internal processes in place for changes to names, however we are aware we need to communicate this more effectively with our members
  • looking at how third parties we interact with handle data
  • adding the option to include attendees pronouns on name badges at events
  • updating the 'Gender Equality Resource' to the 'Equity in Microscopy Resource' to make it more inclusive
  • live streaming Annual General Meetings to make them more accessible
  • making accessibility information for our virtual and in person events more readily available on our web pages, emails and programme booklets
  • running a virtual event programme as well as an in-person programme
  • having open calls for committee membership

The list above is not exhaustive and will continue to be developed.

We will be producing a full policy that will include details of our current processes and procedures but will also look to the future of what the Society can do to promote and further EDI&A in all of our activities and support our community.

Our commitment

  • We are committed to embedding EDI&A best practice into all of our activities 
  • We are committed to this ongoing process and recognise that it will develop and evolve
  • We are committed to communicating more effectively with our community
  • We are committed to supporting the needs of the microscopy, imaging and flow cytometry communities and developing initiatives that can support them throughout their careers
  • We are committed to promoting a culture where everyone is respected, listened to and valued

If you would like to join or engage with this group please email Victoria Masters.

Comments & Suggestions

We welcome comments, suggestions and feedback using the form below. You can comment anonymously, or if you would like to include your details we will respond in due course.


Committee Members

Stephanie Ling

Stephanie Ling

AstraZeneca

Greg McMahon

Greg McMahon

National Physical Laboratory

Alice Pyne

Alice Pyne

University of Sheffield

Liam Rooney

Liam Rooney

Early Career Committee Chair & Life Sciences Section Representative, University of Strathclyde

Natasha Stephen

Natasha Stephen

University of Plymouth

Rebecca Thompson

Rebecca Thompson

Electron Microscopy Deputy Chair, University of Leeds

Victoria Masters

Victoria Masters

Event & HR Director

Allison Winton

Allison Winton

Chief Executive