A recurring issue at conferences and seminars is the underwhelming number of URM speakers giving talks. A commonly cited reason for this is not knowing who to invite. To that end, we’ve begun compiling a list of prominent URM researchers across every field of STEM and Medicine. We hope that conference organizers can use this list as a resource when inviting speakers. However we hope that organizers use this list conscientiously. There is a well-known, and well-documented, issue of “tokenism”, i.e. the idea that women and underrepresented minority researchers are included to give an appearance of diversity. We would like to stress that a diverse conference is not just about representation of minority speakers but also about creating an environment that is conducive to sharing ideas and collaborating. See our “Best practices” page for tips on how to create an inclusive environment.
Finally, we would like to stress that:
(i) Speakers on our list should be compensated properly for their time.
(ii) We are not the only resource out there! Check out this database for more lists of underrepresented researchers.
(iii) Our list is mainly nomination based (we then reach out to the researchers for their consent to be featured on the list). Please consider nominating yourself or others to be on the list! You can do so here or by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NOTES ON USING OUR LIST
1) Please see here for the Speakers List in spreadsheet format (useful for more complicated searches), an explanation of all of the fields (and how to search them), and a list of sorted subfields.
2) Our website saves your previous search for future reference! If you would like to clear your search, press the “Clear” button (next to the “Submit” button).
|Field (see Notes for sorted subfields)||Preferred Name||Institution||Position||Description||Website||Tags|
|Organic Chemistry||Dr. André Isaacs||College of the Holy Cross||Associate Professor||The Isaacs lab investigates copper-mediated organic chemistry reactions and using "click chemistry" to gain access to nitrogen containing heterocycles.||Lab Website||Catalysis, heterocycles|
|Ecology, Evolution, Genetics, Paleontology, Zoology||Dr. J. Angel (Angelo) Soto-Centeno||Rutgers University||Assistant Professor||The Soto-Centeno lab utilizes fossils, genetics and species distribution modeling to investigate mammal extinction in the Caribbean, specifically looking at bats.||Lab Website||bats, phylogeography, paleobiology|
|Ecology, Entomology, Evolution, Zoology||Dr. Ximena Bernal||Purdue University||Associate Professor||The Bernal Lab investigates the evolutionary ecology of signal exploitation by natural enemies. We investigate communication networks focusing on anuran systems by integrating bioacoustics, neurophysiology, and behavioral ecology.||Lab Website||bioacoustics, herpetology, anurans, animal behavior, bioacoustics, communication, mosquitos, predation|
|Ecology, Infectious Disease||Dr. Ivan Castro-Arellano||Texas State University||Associate Professor||The Castro-Arellano Lab investigates the ecology of zoonotic diseases and pathogen transmission with a focus on bats and rodents as reservoirs.||Google Scholar||pathogen transmission, invasive species|
|Ecology, Zoology||Dr. Maria Sagot||SUNY - Oswego||Associate Professor||The Sagot Lab studies mammal behavioral ecology, specifically looking at social behavior, communication and foraging ecology.||Lab Website||behavioral ecology, bats, mammals|
|Evolution||Dr. Ana Carnaval||CUNY - The City College of New York||Associate Professor||The Carnaval Lab combines environmental, ecological and genomic data to study spatial patterns of biodiversity and biological responses to climate change. Several of the lab's projects take place in Latin America.||Lab Website||Biogeography, biodiversity, GIS, paleoclimate, DNA|
|Environmental Science & Resource Conservation||Dr. Emilio Bruna||University of Florida||Full Professor||The Bruna Lab investigates the ecological consequences of deforestation, habitat fragmentation, and other human activities. The lab also investigates science policy and productivity in Latin America.||Lab Website||deforestation, habitat fragmentation, science policy|
|Cellular Biology, Epidemiology, Evolution, Infectious Disease, Molecular Biology||Dr. Brandon Ogbunu||Yale University||Assistant Professor||The Ogbunu Lab utilizes mathematical modeling to investigate the pathology of disease across scales: from the biophysics of drug resistance to the social determinants driving epidemics at the population level.||Faculty Page||Epidemics, drug resistance|
|Cellular Biology, Molecular Biology, Neuroscience||Dr. Sofia Lizarraga||Brown University||Assistant Professor||The Lizarraga research group uses human stem cell models and animal models to study the structural development of neuronal connectivity focusing on chromatin regulatory mechanisms that impact normal development and disorders like autism and intellectual disability||Lab Website||autism spectrum disorder (ASD), neuronal circuitry, iPSC-derived neurons, brain development, developmental neuroscience|
|Biomedical Engineering, Genetics||Dr. Aaron Streets||University of California - Berkeley||Associate Professor||The Streets Lab utilizes microfluidics, microscopy, and genomics to investigate molecular and cellular processes on the single cell level. Additionally, they apply mathematics, physics and engineering concepts to develop new tools to probe interactions of molecules inside the cell.||Lab Website||microscopy, microfluidics, single cell|