Jovan Dragelj

Position: Postdoctoral Researcher | Technische Universität Berlin

Vortragstitel: The (in)visibility of LGBT+s in STEM and what we can do

Inhalt: The visibility of LGBT+s deriving from professions of “STEM” (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) is relatively low. On one side, neutrality of identity is encouraged, but it can also create a conservative environment of “don’t ask, don’t tell”. However, this is a multi-dimensional problem. In this talk, these issues and possible solutions will be addressed as well as my own personal and professional path as an out and open LGBT+ individual from STEM.


Jovan Dragelj finished his Bachelor and Master studies in chemistry in Belgrade, Serbia. Following that, he worked as a chemistry teacher and did research at University of Belgrade. In 2014, he was invited to Berlin to do a PhD in the field of computational chemistry and biophysics. Currently, he is working as a researcher between Freie Universitaet Berlin and Technische Universitaet Berlin. Throughout his career, he presented his scientific work in international and local conferences but had also addressed the visibility and issues of LGBT+ community in STEM fields.