Diversity in Life Sciences

Initiatives to Enhance Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in Science


Career Development Initiatives

Program Information

Along with scholarships and financial aid support, Keystone Symposia hosts a number of events both at our conferences, and online via the Virtual Keystone Symposia platform, to foster diversity and career-development in the life-science community.


As part of our commitment to support and train the next generation of scientific leaders from all backgrounds, Keystone Symposia hosts Career Roundtables at our conferences. These workshops create a forum for field leaders to provide their unique perspectives on career development, professional pitfalls and the breadth of scientific opportunities available to support trainee scientists. Established researchers are chosen from a broad range of backgrounds (i.e., diverse demographics, career stages and career paths) to reflect a myriad of career-paths and experiences. A panel discussion is followed by break out group sessions to enable trainees to interact with each senior scientist in a comfortable small group setting, to address specific questions, allow for mentorship and networking.

See the Keypoint Blog for Career Roundtable Insights: 

“The most important message is that we all walk nonlinear paths and it is so easy to forget when we experience struggle or we look up at people in power position: it always looks so simpler on the other side…Thanks again for your investment on the trainees. Priceless investment on the present and future of science.”
—Valentina Greco, PhD, Carolyn Slayman Professor of Genetics, Yale School of Medicine

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