The Explorers Conference 2021

Friday 26th November 10:00 - 19:00 @ Natural History Museum

Empowering people from marginalised ethnicities in the UK to pursue careers in Environmental Sciences.

About this event

Date and time:  Fri, 26 November 2021   10:00 – 19:00 GMT

Location:            Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 5BD

The Natural History Museum’s Explorers Programme welcomes undergraduate and postgraduate students and early career researchers from Black, Asian and other racially minoritised backgrounds in the UK who are interested in the environmental sciences, especially in the Natural History sector, to find out more about research and career pathways in this field.

At this conference, you will hear directly from scientists from marginalised ethnic groups about their careers and experiences, discover the varied opportunities in the environmental sciences, and take part workshops to provide the tools and advice that will assist you on your own career and educational journeys. There will also be a networking session at the event to meet the speakers and discuss opportunities and advice.

This event is free to attend and will be held in person. We will endeavour to reimburse travel expenses for audience members who are arriving from outside London.

There is also a virtual option for the panel talks and a subset of workshops for those who wish to attend remotely.

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Christina Hicks – University of Lancaster
  • Christopher Jackson – University of Manchester
  • Miranda Lowe – Natural History Museum
  • Patrick Campbell – Natural History Museum
  • Raju Misra – Natural History Museum
  • Heidi Ma – Zoological Society of London
  • Jade Hall – Royal Society of Biology
  • Ekbal Hussain – British Geological Survey
  • Dawood Qureshi – BBC Natural History Unit, Bumblebee Conservation Trust and A Focus On Nature

Further speakers to be announced.


  • Applying for Master’s and Ph.D. programmes (Provided for remote audiences too)
  • Careers in Academia
  • Careers in Science Communication (Provided for remote audiences too)

Further workshops to be announced.


  • Registration
  • Welcome and introductions by Professor Anjali Goswami
  • Keynote Speaker – Professor Christina Hicks
  • Panel 1 – Inside Academia
  • Lunch
  • Panel 2 – Outside Academia
  • Workshop 1
  • Break
  • Workshop 2
  • Closing Remark
  • Networking Session

Accessibility and Conduct:

The space is wheelchair accessible: there is lift access across the museum and an accessibility toilet at the conference area. We have hearing loop provisions. We guarantee at least autogenerated captions for those joining remotely, but are investigating the best option for captioning. BSL interpreter can be arranged upon request. There are also quiet spaces for sensory breaks and there are prayer room facilities in the museum. Please let us know if you require these or if you need any further accessibility needs in the registration form.

Vegetarian food and drinks will be provided for lunch, break time, and the networking session. Please let us know if you have any dietary requirements or allergies in the registration form.

This event will operate a code of conduct, that will be circulated prior to the event, and will be upheld during the event.

COVID-19 Precautions:

Guests will be asked to send evidence of a negative lateral test taken in the short time frame before the event. Temperature will be taken during registration. Guests will be required to wear a mask unless they are exempt.

About The Explorers Programme:

The Explorers Programme is a pilot project of the Natural History Museum, that aims to develop events and resources to encourage and support students from marginalised ethnicities to pursue a career in Natural History research and the Environmental sector.

We would like the event to be a safe space for students and researchers from a marginalised ethnic minority background to enable an honest and open conversation, thus we regret to inform that this conference will not be recorded.

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