This year's Annual Board Meeting will be held at the Wistar Institue of Philadelphia, November 1 and 2. This is an invitation-only event attended by eminent scientists, both men and women, and leaders from elite academic institutions and top corporations who are members of the RFS Advisory Board, Council of Academic Institutions and Council of Corporate Leadership, who are dedicated to raising visibility and improving opportunities for women in science. Our members include: five Nobel Prize winners, among other leaders whose work includes innovative research that is impacting our communities and the world.
This year's presentations will highlight important scientific updates including how CRISPR is becoming increasingly relevant for research and new collaborative opportunities. The esteemed science journalist, Sharon Begley, will present pragmatic information to foster more productive interviews with members of the press. Women, she has told us, are often reluctant to do so. An explosive topic now affecting all of our institutions, will be covered by an author of the new NAS report Sexual Harassment: Climate, Culture and Consequences in Academic Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. We will hear specific examples of how this has been handled for years; including the recent resignation of Francisco Ayala, famed biologist at UC Irvine which raises questions about the procedures that lead to such eventualities.
Board member, Dany Adams, PhD, will discuss the needs of mid-career women in science, often stuck and demoralized. The Rosalind Franklin Society wants to make awards directly to them ...cash awards for child care, travel, or other personal needs that will help them address their careers and remove outside barriers.
We are delighted that this meeting will be at the Wistar Institute's new building, and this year we will join them to honor Ruxandra Draghia-Akli, MD, PhD, past Deputy General for Research at the European Union, now Vice President for Public Health and Scientific Affairs at Merck & Co., Global Vaccines Division.