Berkeley Lab

Talk and Panel on TechWomen and LBNL Scientific Diplomacy on May 9th

Berkeley Lab’s  Molecular Foundry; Women Scientists and Engineers Council; and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Office are hosting a presentation and panel event called “Scientific Diplomacy: From Berkeley Lab to Egypt” on Wednesday, May 9th from 12:00-1:00 p.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium.  This event will highlight the efforts made by Berkeley Lab colleagues in the area of international outreach and mentorship, particularly in support of women scientists and engineers in developing countries.  This partnership has been made possible through a U.S. Department of State program called TechWomen.

Speaker Presentation: Teresa Williams, a researcher at the Molecular Foundry, recently returned from a week-long delegation trip to Cairo, Egypt to participate in STEM outreach and mentorship with local women and girls.  She traveled with a group of sixteen Bay Area female STEM professionals with TechWomen, a U.S. Department of State mentorship and exchange program supporting emerging STEM leaders from developing countries in Africa and Asia; six participants were hosted at Berkeley Lab last fall.  Dr. Williams will share stories from Egypt of making connections, learning how culture and religion impact opportunities for women, and ways that lab employees can get involved locally in global efforts impact women’s futures.

Panel Speakers: Following her talk, Dr. Williams will moderate a panel where three Berkeley Lab researchers will share their personal experiences as professional mentors in the TechWomen program and its personal and professional impact on their lives: Reshma Singh from the Center for Building Energy Research and Development in the Energy Technologies Area; Hanna Breunig from the Energy Analysis & Environmental Impacts Division in the Energy Technologies Area; and Romy Chakraborty, Ecology Department Head in the Earth & Environmental Sciences Area.

Live streaming for offsite locations: https://streaming.lbl.gov/

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