President's Symposium:
Building an Inclusive Biophysical Society

Friday, February 26, 2021
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM, USA Eastern


Catherine A. Royer, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA


The scientific community, and indeed the world, has been faced with a great deal of introspection recently on the topics of inclusion and diversity. Organizations, associations, and institutions are faced with identifying a pathway that will create and sustain an inclusive community. However, before we begin to discuss what an inclusive Biophysical Society (BPS)  would look like, we must first understand the baseline from which we begin. How do we define inclusion? Where are we starting from, and where do we want to go? How do we measure successful change in culture and attitudes outside of metrics? Join BPS President Cathy Royer as she leads a forum discussion based on input from BPS members and features 4 invited speakers with extensive experience in working to enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion for scientists at their organizations and across the scientific enterprise. We hope this one-hour session will serve as the beginning of the discussion for creating a welcoming, inclusive Biophysical Society.   


Catherine A. Royer, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA

David Asai, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, USA

Bil Clemons, California Institute of Technology, USA

Yadilette Rivera-Colón, Bay Path University, USA

Billy Williams, American Geophysical Union, USA