‘Navigating the complexities of inclusive language’

The EASE Nordic Regional Chapter kicked off its 2023 programme on 14 March, with a presentation entitled ‘Navigating the complexities of inclusive language’ from Emilia Harding, Technical Editor for style at The BMJ, UK.

Emilia explored the role of inclusive language in science, including how thoughtful and deliberate choices in wording can help to promote diversity, reduce bias, and ensure that individuals are valued and respected. Relevant challenges in science editing and publishing were discussed and practical tips and resources were provided to help empower participants to have conversations and make decisions about potentially sensitive topics.

Ines Steffens, Chair of the Nordic Regional Chapter, hosted a Q&A afterwards.

Dr Emilia Harding


Emilia graduated with a degree in Biology from the University of Nottingham and has been working in scientific publishing in London for almost 10 years. During her 7 years at The Lancet, she comprehensively edited research papers and other article types after acceptance and managed a team of Assistant Editors. She also helped to research and launch their inclusive language guidelines for internal use. Joining The BMJ in 2022, she continues to pursue these interests in the clinical and global health setting in her role as Technical Editor for style.