Experiences, inclusion, and leadership for sexual and gender minority scientists in eye and vision research 

Webinar| Oct. 2 | 8 - 9:30am ET

  • Member/Member-in-training — $0
  • Nonmember/Nonmember-in-training — $15

Audience: Vision scientists, researchers, and clinicians interested in learning more supporting diversity in the workforce.

Summary: Scientific teams composed of people with diverse experiences tend to be more innovative, leading to better science. Despite this need for diversity LGBTQ STEM professionals are more likely to experience career limitations, harassment, and professional devaluation leading to a ‘leaky pipeline’ of researchers. LGBTQ scientists may feel under pressure to not be their "full selves" at work, and the strain of remaining ‘hidden’ in workspaces can result in the use of brain space and energy that could otherwise be used more productively. This webinar will promote the visibility of LGBTQ scientists in eye and vision research and other related STEM fields, and celebrate role models, achievements and progress, supporting the more inclusive environment needed for better productivity and better science.

This webinar is hosted by ARVO's Diversity Initiatives Committee (DIC). A certificate of attendance will be available to attendees upon request (email

Organizers and moderators: Ameenat Lola Solebo, PhD, FRCOphth; Livia Carvalho, PhD; Neeraj Agarwal, PhD

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Sexual and gender minority scientists: a view from the National Eye Institute

  Michael ChiangMichael Chiang, MD (National Eye Institute, NIH)

Advancing SGM Health Research at the NIH and Beyond

Karen Parker Karen L. Parker, PhD, MSW (Office of the Director, NIH)

Advocating for the inclusion and rights of trans, nonbinary and gender diverse scientists in UK universities

Izzy JayasingheIzzy Jayasinghe, PhD (University of New South Wales)

Abhijit MajumderAbhijit Majumder, PhD (IIT Bombay) 


*Presenters and presentations are subject to change.