22 November 2023

Transitions in science: Phase and gender

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Online webinar 16.00 – 17.00

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This is the third event of the three-part SCItalks series on Diversity and Inclusion in STEM that will focus on women, ethnic minorities, and LGBTQ+ people in STEM. The talk series will highlight the contributions, challenges, and experiences of historically excluded groups in these fields. Through panel discussions, personal stories, and expert insights, we will review the progress and key challenges to tackle the inequalities in STEM across industry and academia.

Join us as we celebrate their achievements, address systemic barriers, and work towards a brighter and more diverse future in STEM.

Transitions are all around us, from the transition from day to night through to melting and transforming from solid to gas. In this talk Charlie Wand will consider two very different transitions; phase transitions in soft materials and his gender journey and how it has influenced his scientific career to date.


Charlie Wand

University of Exeter

Charlie (he/him) is a lecturer in Natural Sciences at the University of Exeter. Prior to joining in 2021, he held postdoctoral positions at the University of Manchester, the University of Cambridge, and the Swedish School of Textiles. Charlie obtained his PhD from the University of York in 2014 where he investigated confined liquid crystal systems and has an MChem in Chemistry from the University of Oxford. His research uses computer simulations to investigate soft matter systems with industrial applications, from shampoo through to cutting edge display technologies. As an openly bisexual trans man, he works to actively promote visibility, inclusion and diversity in STEM and was highlighted as one of the American Chemical Society’s LGBTQ+ Trailblazing Chemists in 2022.

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