Carla Faria and Antentor Hinton discuss inspirational Black scientists, the pros and cons of diversity panels, and mentoring styles.

In 2020 Antentor Hinton led an online initiative via the Cell Mentor platform to mark the achievements of 1000 Black scientists. The list includes the cell biologist and diversity champion Sandra Murray. “If it wasn’t for her, putting up with certain institutional challenges....I wouldn’t be able to have a postdoc at Iowa, nor be able to be mentored by an African American male”, says Hinton, an assistant professor and mentor who studies mitochondrial dynamics regulation during aging at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.

Carla Faria, a Brazilian laser physicist whose research group at University College London studies strong-field and attosecond-science, offers advice to scientists from under-represented groups on when to volunteer for workplace diversity initiatives. “You really have to ensure that time and the effort that you're putting there is effective”, she says. “ And what is going to happen is that your white male counterparts are going to publish another paper while you are spending your time doing this”.

This episode is part of Science diversified, a seven-part podcast series which explores how having a more diverse range of researchers ultimately benefits not only the scientific enterprise, but also the wider world.

Each episode in this series concludes with a sponsored slot from the International Science Council (ISC) about how it is exploring diversity in science.

The final episode of the series looks at addressing systemic racism in science and science systems.

Shirley Malcom and Adam Habib reflect on their long experience of working to tackle racism in higher education, exploring what works and what still needs to change, and Brittany Kamai shares her perspective on what we can all do to contribute to systemic change.

Finally, ISC President Daya Reddy shares information on the ISC’s ongoing work on combatting discrimination.

The first part of the episode discusses inspirational Black scientists, the pros and cons of diversity panels, and mentoring styles.