Gender Equality in an Academic Department: How to Do it

Over nearly all scientific organisations, across every country and across time one finds that the progression of women in research/academia is significantly hindered when compared to men. Such a universal truth represents an enormous loss of talent, including in our very own bioinorganic community.

Recent years have seen some progress in understanding the principal factors behind this phenomenon and there has been some progress in new schemes which are designed to address the lack of women in senior scientific positions. These schemes have also met with some resistance which, in itself, has been revealing of the reasons why there is such a difference in the progression rates of men and women in science. This presentation discusses some of evidence behind gender equality, and—most importantly—how that can be translated into day to day practice within an academic department.

According to the last information received from ICIQ’s safety department about the measures to prevent and contain COVID-19 at ICIQ, a total of 70 people is now the maximum capacity allowed in the Auditorium, so the seminar will be finally held in the Auditorium as well as through ZOOM platform too.


For those who prefer to follow the talk in a virtual format, please remember that you should register here


For the ones who would like to attend the seminar in the Auditorium, please fill in this registration form to be sure that we do not exceed the maximum capacity. (It will be assigned on a first-come/first served basis). We will confirm your acceptance through an e-mail as soon as possible after your registration.


nov. 05 2021


12:00 - 13:00


ICIQ Auditorium

Location 2



  • Paul Walton
    Paul Walton
    University of York (United Kingdom)

    Paul Walton obtained his PhD in 1990 (University of Nottingham, UK), followed by two years as a NATO/SERC postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, USA. He joined the Department of Chemistry at York as a faculty member in 1993. Between 2004 and 2010 he was chair of department. His main research area is bioinorganic chemistry, in which he has made contributions to the understanding of copper oxidases, including the discovery of the histidine brace.

    He is the recipient of multiple national* and international** awards, including:

    Teaching: RSC’s Higher Education Teaching Award,** Vice-Chancellor’s Teaching Award.

    Research: Gertrude Cropper Award, RSC’s Joseph Chatt Award,** IChemE’s Global Energy Award,** RSC’s Rita and John Cornforth Award,** University of Chalmers Jubilee professor.**

    Equality: Royal Society’s inaugural Athena Prize* (runner up). WISE man of the year shorlist.*

    He has also been Editor of Dalton Transactions (2004-2008), chair of Heads of Chemistry UK, chair of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Diversity Committee, was named as a ‘Person of Influence’ by the University of Toronto’s Women in Chemistry Group and is one the RSC’s 175 Faces of Chemistry. Paul is an internationally-known advocate of equality in sciences and lectures widely on the subject.