2020 Workshops

Registration is now opened for the fall workshop sessions. Review the options below and click the button to register for 1, 2, or all 3 workshops. Workshops are FREE for society members. If you are not already a member, join today!

Fall Workshop Registration


Looking for the September 8-11 SLB SCHOOL program? Learn more and register for a week long series of instructional sessions geared towards trainees.

Friday, September 25th, 2020, 12:30 - 2:30pm eastern
MTTG (Members in Transition and Training) Workshop: Science Illustrations: Telling Your Story Through Images

Organized by the SLB Members in Transition and Training Group.
This year, MTTG is providing trainees a platform to improve their skills on communicating science through illustrations. Patricia Ferrer Beals, from the University of Michigan, is scheduled as the speaker of the session. Patricia is a professional scientific illustrator who has been practicing for almost two decades. The workshop will provide the trainees a virtual learning opportunity of how to prepare scientific figures for manuscripts or graphical abstracts using illustration software. Patricia will teach the trainees some useful tips and tricks of the software program. In addition, she will share her insights on the journey to become a professional illustrator which will be useful for the trainees interested in exploring alternative careers in Science. We highly encourage trainees and anyone with a creative scientific flare to join!

Friday, October 2, 2020, 11:30am - 1:00pm eastern
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Workshop – Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Mentoring: Challenges and Opportunities
Organized by the SLB Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee
Panel speakers providing their broad range of expertise and perspectives for this event include Dr. Amanda Brown (Johns Hopkins University), Dr. Xiaoyu Hu (Tsinghua University), and Dr. Carlos Henrique Serezani (Vanderbilt University). Evidence strongly supports that improving diversity and inclusion promotes creativity and innovation in STEM. Increased representation of minoritized populations is important at every stage of the STEM pipeline. Whether a role model, or someone actively seeking to improve the environment to remove barriers to success, mentors can play a key role in retaining and advancing a diverse STEM workforce. Recognizing or acknowledging our differences can be a first step in promoting an inclusive and welcoming environment. We hope you will join us to hear the panel speakers address their personal experiences with diversity, equity, and inclusion issues, particularly as they pertain to mentor-mentee interactions/relationships. We will discuss ideas for dealing with challenges such as breaking stereotypes, unconscious assumptions, microaggressions, and imposter syndrome. Importantly, we also aim to highlight benefits and strategies for promoting diverse, equitable, and inclusive environments. Attendees will be encouraged to join virtual breakout groups to reflect on these discussions with facilitators ready to address specific topics of interest. We welcome individuals from all genders, nationalities, ethnicities, ages, abilities, and sexual orientations and look forward to a productive and collaborative discussion. As a preview, read the wonderful article in Nature Immunology by Dr. Hu.

Saturday, October 3, 2020, 12:30 - 2:30pm eastern
Professional Development Workshop – Beyond Academia: Career Paths and Options
Organized by the SLB Professional Development Committee 
The academic research environment is not always the preferred career path for students and trainees. However, it is often difficult for individuals considering careers outside of academia to find appropriate advice, guidance, and mentorship. Identifying potential job opportunities and understanding the skill sets necessary to move into these careers are often a challenge. The Professional Development Committee will be hosting a virtual workshop to address some of these challenges. The workshop is entitled “Beyond Academia: Career Paths and Options”. This two-hour session will include presentations and virtual panel discussions with representatives from multiple career paths representing a diverse range of possibilities for well-trained scientists. Panelists will include career representatives with experience in intellectual property, entrepreneurship, science liaison, publishing, and political affairs. Be prepared to expand your horizons about career opportunities beyond academia. While this workshop is targeted towards trainees, all are welcome.