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Leveraging diversity and inclusion in the polymer sciences: the key to meeting the rapidly changing needs of our world

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Marloes PeetersORCiD



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Diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging (DEIB) will be key to unlocking and accelerating sustainable polymer-based solutions to meet the needs of our rapidly growing world. To achieve faster innovation, we must increase team performance by embracing diversity, ensuring systems and processes within polymer science are equitable and through increased emotional intelligence (EQ), fostering inclusion and belonging. In examining the participation of women and other historically marginalized groups in publishing, intellectual property filings and society leadership, this paper highlights the gaps and the extent of the work needed to close those gaps. Additionally, we provide an opportunity for members of the polymer science community to provide their perspective on DEIB. Polymer science is for everyone and it is imperative for all to be able to make full and meaningful contributions to advance the field. To this end, we provide recommendations for cultivating a more inclusive culture in all facets of the polymer sciences.

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Author(s): Haasse D, Brettmann B, Peeters M

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Pure and Applied Chemistry

Year: 2021

Volume: 93

Issue: 10

Online publication date: 04/11/2021

Acceptance date: 30/11/2021

Date deposited: 07/02/2022

ISSN (print): 0033-4545

ISSN (electronic): 1365-3075

Publisher: De Gruyter


DOI: 10.1515/pac-2021-0601


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