Berkeley Lab

Director’s Statement

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) plays an important and distinctive role within DOE’s network of great national laboratories. From discovery science to mission-driven basic research, Berkeley Lab develops open science and technology solutions for the benefit of the nation. Our national user facilities, core capabilities and programs are highly integrated to allow study of a wide range of scientific problems that in turn enable us to share our breakthroughs with the world.

This year we are celebrating our 85th anniversary and the rich tradition of multi-disciplinary science that was begun by our founder, E. O. Lawrence. For us to remain at the forefront of science in the future, we need to create an even more inclusive environment and to attract a more diverse workforce than any scientific laboratory has today.

Our Lab-wide diversity and inclusion initiative is a critical part of this preparation for the future and it is becoming an increasingly important part of the Lab’s culture. With greater diversity in our leadership, more family-friendly policies, and training in implicit bias for search committees, we have made a strong start. But it is only the beginning of a process that requires continual improvement. We are committed to long-term efforts to ensure that diversity and inclusion become hallmarks of the Berkeley Lab culture. Though this will require steady attention and effort, we know that our success as a national lab depends upon our ability to create a community that brings together people with diverse backgrounds, points of view, and approaches to problem-solving, and who are committed to bringing science solutions to the world.