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International Pathways for Women in STEM

Monday March 26, 2018
2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
Keck Center 100
500 5th Street Northwest, Washington, DC, 20001

Women across the globe have always had a place in science, technology, engineering, and medicine, but historically, they were often not credited for their work and were effectively silenced. With the increasing recognition of the importance of engaging and inspiring women in science, the international science community has sought out various pathways to gender equity and inclusion in STEM fields.

As part of the celebration of women’s history month, the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine hosted a conversation exploring the intersection of international and women’s issues in STEM fields.

We welcomed Rita Colwell as our Keynote speaker to discuss her own experiences in science, as well as a panel discussion and conversation with the audience.

The presentations were followed by coffee, tea, and refreshments and an invitation to discuss some of the most important issues facing women in STEM around the globe.

Thank you for joining us in giving a voice to some of the unique and shared experiences from women along their own paths. Participants came away with strategies for navigating pathways in their own workplaces and communities, and renewed hope that together we can build on past successes towards a more equitable—and inclusive—future in STEM.


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Photography by Ben McDavid. More photographs available for download.


1:45 p.m. Registration
2:00 p.m. Welcome from Victor Dzau, President, National Academy of Medicine
2:05 p.m. Historical Framing Remarks from Bruce Darling, Executive Officer, National Research Council
2:20 p.m.

Keynote Address by Rita Colwell, Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland at College Park and at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health; Senior Advisor and Chairman Emeritus, Canon US Life Sciences, Inc.; and President and Chairman of CosmosID, Inc.
2:45 p.m.

 Panel discussion between
  • Mahlet Mesfin, Deputy Director, Center for Science Diplomacy, AAAS;
  • Rachel Abbotts, Postdoctoral Fellow in Oncology, University of Maryland, Baltimore;
  • LaShauna Evans, AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow at US Department of State; and
  • Maria Uhle, Program Director for International Activities, Directorate for Geosciences, National Science Foundation
Afua Bruce, Director of Engineering, Public Interest Technology Program, New America (Moderator)
3:30 p.m. Open conversation with the audience
4:00 p.m. Transition to the Atrium for informal Tea and Conversation
5:00 p.m. Adjourn