Scientists in a lab

The Beyond Ethnicity Career conference (BECC) is aimed at early career professionals in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, medicine (STEMM) and business who are from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds or other minoritised groups.

BECC aims to empower and equip individual early in their careers from minoritized ethnicities with the tools and skills required to thrive in academia and beyond. This conference creates a space to expose them not only to inspiring BME role models, but also more importantly, providing practical advice on how to overcome the structural barriers through the four pillars of engagements:

Conference schedule

The conference will be a full-day event with a variety of talks and workshops and networking opportunities.

The keynote talk will be from Eric Collins, CEO of ImpactX, a venture capital firm, founded to support underrepresented entrepreneurs across Europe and author of We Don’t Need Permission: How Black Business Can Change our World.

The first 50 attendees who register and attend the conference will receive a free copy of Eric’s book.

Workshops will include

  • Finding the right internship
  • Networking and pitching skills
  • Mentoring and how the Graduate School can help for your career
  • Understanding the importance of working relationships


  • Eric Collins, CEO ImpactX
  • Maryane Mwaniki, Co-Founder, Counsellor & Coach, Eden Relationships
  • Caroline Hargreaves, Senior Teaching Fellow, Graduate School, Imperial College
  • Julie Quist-Therson, Diversity and Inclusion specialist, 10,000 Black Interns

The Conference is organised by Imperial As One, the Imperial College for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic staff and the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Centre.


Getting here