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SWD Seminar Series

The Scientific Workforce Diversity Seminar Series (SWDSS), was initiated in 2021 as part of the vision for the COSWD office. Since that time, this online speaker series has been viewed by thousands (both in-person and through video recording) and continues to share the latest research on scientific workforce diversity topics by engaging with interested professionals and researchers in the biomedical and behavioral science research ecosystem.

Each seminar features renowned researchers who contribute to the growing body of knowledge on topics relevant to scientific workforce diversity, evidence-based interventions, and more. 

Seminar Archive

COSWD shares presentation materials and a video recording of each seminar to build an online archive of resources for users to refer to as they work toward building a more diverse scientific workforce.


How Do Diverse Perspectives Enhance Data Science Outcomes?

October 17, 2024

The 2024–2025 Scientific Workforce Diversity Seminar Series kicks off with a conversation on the benefits of diverse perspectives in data science. Join our email list to be notified when registration opens. 

Panelists will:

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How Are Institutions Transformed to Foster Cultures of Inclusive Excellence?

June 20, 2024

This seminar focused on strategies to enhance inclusion and create a culture of equity within the scientific workforce at academic institutions as well as methods for assessing culture change.

Panelists discussed the benefits of inclusive excellence in the scientific…

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How Does Diversity Impact Innovation in Team Science?

March 13, 2024

Evidence from team science research finds that having diverse perspectives in science benefits individual scientists and the scientific enterprise. Outcomes from team science-related research offers insights on approaches to foster diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility…

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How Do Research-Active Institutions Impact the Diversity of the Scientific Workforce?

November 30, 2023

Research-Active Institutions (RAIs), which include Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges and Universities, and minority serving institutions, have a mission to serve historically underrepresented populations in biomedical and behavioral research and…

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How Does Mentoring Impact Diversity in the Biomedical and Behavioral Research Workforce?

June 14, 2023

Successful mentoring relationships can positively impact the career trajectory of researchers across the talent cycle. This is particularly important for attracting and retaining diverse talent from underrepresented groups. Studies show that many factors contribute to successful…

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Outcomes from NASEM’s Advancing Antiracism, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in STEMM Organizations Report

March 30, 2023

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) appointed an interdisciplinary committee to develop a consensus report on research and evidence from lived experience on the ways in which racism (at the individual level and conditions that create systemic…

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How Do Diversity Supplements Impact Careers in Biomedical and Behavioral Research?

November 17, 2022

Diversity supplements support the research experiences of individuals from diverse backgrounds from high school to the faculty level. The supplements allow program directors and principal investigators holding research grants to apply for funds to recruit and support students…

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How Does Diversity Affect Innovation in Pharma?

September 14, 2022

Studies suggest that a diverse and inclusive workforce augments innovation throughout the pharmaceutical industry. A panel of four leaders discussed their perspectives on these data and how diversity has impacted discoveries within their field. Their formal remarks were…

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How Does Diversity Impact Science?

May 17, 2022

Evidence shows that diverse, inclusive teams enhance creativity, innovation, and productivity in science. During this seminar, a group of renowned leaders discussed the outcomes of scientific workforce diversity on creativity and innovation in science. Invited speakers shared…

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Fostering Cohort Recruitment (FCR) Virtual Forum

February 23, 2022

The goal of the FCR Virtual Forum was to galvanize the wider scientific community around the success of cohort recruitment models geared toward enhancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) for faculty.

Held over two half-days, the Virtual Forum…

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