Diversity of people and thought is a part of Synberc's fabric and a key to our research success. The ambitious aims of synthetic biology can only be realized by a research community that is as diverse as the communities it endeavors to benefit. So, it is the responsibility of every member of SynBERC to consider and advance practices that best promote diversity and inclusion.
- Encourage women speakers at conferences
Women are chronically underrepresented at the podium of science meetings. Besides being outright discouraging, this may also perpetuate the known bias against female scientists. Synberc offers a database of women speakers in synthetic biology related fields, and a template letter you can use to encourage conference organizers to improve female representation in their speaker selection.
- Celebrate women in synthetic biology
This Pinterest page profiles some of the remarkable efforts of women in Synberc and synthetic biology. Share it with others and encourage them to do the same. Suggest additional profiles to us!
- Educational partnerships for diversity
Synberc has developed strong relationships with a number of excellent programs that grow the diversity pipeline at the K-12 and undergraduate levels.
Additional information and resources:
- Synberc Diversity in Synthetic Biology
- Silver letter to Nature: Why do so few women speak at science meetings?
- Scientific American blog: Diversity correlates with success
- NY Times: Why Are There Still So Few Women in Science?
- Nature special issue: Women in Science
- ASCB Women in Cell Biology Program
- Phylogenomics: Diversity in STEM by Jonathan Eisen (many additional readings)
- The Atlantic: The Confidence Gap
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