AAAS 2008: Aiming Higher: The How and Why of Advancing Women in Agricultural Sciences

AAAS: Friday February 15:

Aiming Higher: The How and Why of Advancing Women in Agricultural Sciences :

Organized by: Marla S. McIntosh, University of Maryland, College Park, MD

Agricultural science is vital to our global economy and fundamental to the sustainability of the world. It also requires a highly educated and diverse workforce. However, agricultural science, relative to biological science, has a disproportionately low number of doctorates awarded to women, and women agricultural scientists are a distinct minority, especially in high-ranking or leadership positions. Although numerous reports and editorials have recently addressed issues related to women in science, this symposium adds a new and important dimension to this debate by critically assessing the effect of factors unique to agriculture on women’s careers and develops effective actions to improve gender diversity. Its intention is to present various perspectives and engage debate regarding agricultural science and the costs and benefits of advancing women, the unique factors influencing the retention and promotion of women, and proposed actions to increase gender diversity, fix leaks in the pipeline, and improve future agriculture to benefit the quality of life of people across the globe.

Moderator–Marla S. McIntosh, University of Maryland, College Park, MD

Perspectives on Women in Agricultural and Biological Sciences–Mary Clutter, National Science Foundation (retired), Washington, DC

Perspectives on the Role of Professional Societies in Advancing Women in Sciences–Ronald Phillips, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN

Perspectives on Women Faculty in Colleges of Agriculture–Neal Van Alfen, University of California, Davis, CA

Perspectives on Women Scientists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture–Phyllis Johnson, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Beltsville, MD

Perspectives on Women in Global Agricultural Corporations–Catherine Woteki, Mars Inc., McLean, VA

Perspectives on Global Leadership of Women in Agricultural Research–Vicki Wilde, Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research, Rome, Italy

Discussant–Carolyn Brooks, Association of Research Directors, Princess Anne, MD

Session Type: 180-Minute Symposium
Number: 180-001
Title: Aiming Higher: The How and Why of Advancing Women in Agricultural Sciences
Session Start/End Time: Friday, Feb 15, 2008, 8:30 AM -11:30 AM
Hotel: Sheraton Boston, Second Floor
Room: Constitution B

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