Who we are
QueersInScience (QIS) is a Melbourne-based initiative aiming to build community and improve support for LGBTQIA+ people working in STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine) in Australia.
The vision of QIS is to foster and champion inclusion of LGBTQIA+ people within STEMM organisations. QIS recognises that welcoming and valuing LGBTQIA+ professionals and students is beneficial to both individuals and the organisation.
The QIS vision is supported and driven by four cornerstones:
- Visibility to empower emerging and established LGBTQIA+ professionals working in STEMM, and to showcase the important contributions that members of the LGBTQIA+ community make to the field of science in Australia.
- Advocacy within STEMM organisations to implement best practice policies that promote safe and inclusive workplaces for all individuals who identify as LGBTQIA+.
- Networking to provide a safe and inclusive nexus for LGBTQIA+ individuals in STEMM to engage in social and professional networking, with mentoring opportunities for LGBTQIA+ students and Early Career Researchers to meet with leaders in their field.
- Education to raise awareness of the roles that STEMM organisations and colleagues play in creating a welcoming environment for LGBTQIA+ individuals, by debunking stereotypes and providing resources that help implement inclusive policies, language, terminology, and pronouns.