The Molecular Ecology and Evolution group @ Bangor University values a diverse, inclusive, supportive, and ethical approach to scientific enquiry. As with the diverse research systems and questions tackled by researchers in our group, we value inputs from all team members. We do not tolerate any form of harassment or non-constructive interactions within our group. Our goal is to foster a work environment that promotes and values collaboration alongside diverse opinions and approaches to science. Our goal is to train scientists that prioritize integrity and ethics while conducting world leading, impactful, research.
Teamwork and an ethos of working in a shared and collaborative workspace
Within MEEB we believe it is important to be self-motivated and to challenge yourself, but we do not expect this to happen in a vacuum. We value a work environment that allows individuals to ask questions and explore their interests while being supported and treated with respect. This allows us to develop and learn as a group that is greater than the sum of its parts.
Integrity and ethics
We believe that science should be conducted in an open, transparent, and ethical fashion. Mistakes happen, but when research is made open and transparent this helps facilitate corrections. Communication within an open and collaborative work environment can also help catch mistakes at an early stage and it allows everyone to learn from each other's mistakes. This is a benefit of working in the collaborative environment that we promote within our teams and across MEEB as a whole. All relevant research conducted within MEEB is carried out following relevant ethical approval and with benefit sharing among all parties involved with that research.
Diversity and inclusivity
The lack of diversity in STEM is an important societal issue that Universities, as places of higher learning, can play a key role in addressing. We are committed to fostering diversity within our group and value the contributions that all people can make to a constructive and productive work environment. Below is a selection of relevant resources that highlight concerning diversity issues that exist in STEM.
“Is diversity moral? Educational?” - Inside Higher Education [https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2021/04/13/study-suggests-american-colleges-explain-diversity-way-appeals-white-not-black]
“Safe fieldwork strategies for at-risk individuals, their supervisors and institutions” - Nature Ecology and Evolution [https://doi.org/10.1038/s41559-020-01328-5]
“To learn inclusion skills, make it personal” - Nature [https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-00282-y]
“Opinion: Gender diversity leads to better science” - PNAS [https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1700616114]
“’This deserves our attention.’ New data highlight LGBTQ scientists’ workplace challenges” - Science [https://www.sciencemag.org/careers/2021/01/deserves-our-attention-new-data-highlight-lgbtq-scientists-workplace-challenges]