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The road to equity in science

Reflections on equity in science: How can the progress that has been made teach us to overcome the challenges that remain? Professor Maike Sander, Scientific Director of the Max Delbrück Center, and Raeka Aiyar, PhD, Vice President, Scientific & DEIB Outreach of the NYSCF Research Institute chatted about how far we’ve come and the road ahead.

It is vital to scientific progress that all of the brightest minds in our field have the opportunity to contribute, making all of the historical advances towards gender equity in STEM incredibly important. From the trailblazing women and gender minorities who set examples of success, to the normalization of inclusive policies and language, to the confronting of toxic environments revealed by the #MeToo movement, there is much progress to celebrate and many lessons to be learned. The work ahead of us is to transfer the ingredients for those achievements into our continued efforts to level the playing field.

In honor of Women’s History Month, the New York Stem Cell Foundation (NYSCF) organized a fireside conversation between equity advocates Maike Sander, Scientific Director of the Max Delbrück Center, and Raeka Aiyar, PhD (NYSCF) who discussed the amazing progress towards gender equity in science in recent years, and ways to tackle the challenges ahead in realizing the dream of a truly equitable field, where impact is not limited by identity.

Panelists discussed:

  • What lessons can we apply from history’s advances towards diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) in all communities?
  • How can we empower women and gender minorities in science to transcend the leaky pipeline and reach their full potential?
  • What culture changes are necessary to improve and maintain diversity in STEM?

The event took place online on March 17, 2023, at 5 p.m.