Chemistry should be for everyone, which includes accessibility and operability of analytical instrumentation, such as software but also hardware (e.g. mass spectrometers …). Within this project, we aim at evaluating support strategies for promoting accessibility and operability of disabled scientists to analytical instrumentation.
The primary objective of the project to improve accessibility to analytical instrumentation (both related to software and hardware) will be evaluated by the actual stakeholders with disabilities as the direct target group. Their judgement will be used to evaluate on the success of the project directly.
With current instrumental setups and lab infrastructure, ranging from simple benchtop instruments to more sophisticated analytical equipment, accessibility is often limited or access to critical parts of instrumentation are difficult to impossible to reach considering people having disabilities.
Therefore, we aim to
- identify the barriers and difficulties currently in place in strong collaboration with both disabled chemistry students and scientists, instrument manufacturers, and laboratory designers, and
- work on possible solutions to improve the situation and
- provide manufacturers with the elaborated strategies.