2020 Workshops

SLB has several volunteer led committees that organize professional development workshops in conjunction with the annual meeting.  See the 2020 options below and sign-up during main conference registration.  Workshops are complimentary but space is limited and registration is required. Check back as more details for all workshops are added.


Thursday, October 1, 2020, 10:00 - 11:30am
MTTG (Members in Transition and Training) Workshop: Science Illustrations: Telling Your Story Through Images Organized by the SLB Members in Transition and Training Group. Every year MTTG organizes sessions centered on professional development opportunities for SLB trainees. This year, MTTG is going to provide the trainees a platform to improve their skills on communicating science through illustrations. It is an honor to have Patricia Ferrer Beals, from the University of Michigan, 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 hands-on 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 to reap the benefit from MTTG -organized career development endeavor by signing up for this session.Sponsored by

Friday, October 3, 2020, 12:30 - 2:30pm
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 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. Limited quantity lunch available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Saturday, October 4, 2020, 12:30 - 2:30pm
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 workshop at the annual meeting to be held in Portland, Oregon on October 3rd from 12:30 to 2:30 to address some of these challenges. The workshop is entitled “Beyond Academia: Career Paths and Options”. This two-hour session will include both in person 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. Please sign up for this session when you register for the annual meeting, and be prepared to expand your horizons about career opportunities beyond academia. While this workshop is targeted towards trainee conference attendees, all are welcome and encouraged to attend. Limited quantity lunch available on a first-come, first-serve basis.