Numerous challenges face the US biomedical workforce, which threaten to undermine the progress and sustainability of the US scientific enterprise. An imbalance between the supply and demand of federal research dollars has created an untenable situation where too many investigators are competing for too few dollars. This hypercompetition has spawned many undesirable consequences for everyone in the scientific community, but most especially young scientists and scientists from underrepresented groups. As a result, many talented individuals are leaving academic research or are discouraged from pursuing a research career in the first place, further undermining the future of science.
For this series, we asked scientific leaders from different sectors of the workforce to identify specific flaws in the system and share their recommendations for reform. These videos, which feature a range of topics, will be individually released throughout the coming year. Please join the conversation by sharing the videos through social media (#iBioWorkforce) and commenting on our website. Also, stay tuned for live Q&As, which will provide a venue for more discussion.
The following talks are ordered by date, with the most recent at the top.
The Problem in Biomedical Education: Henry Bourne With time to degrees getting longer, Bourne stresses that the biomedical community needs to create experimental graduate programs to find more effective and low cost ways to train future scientists and run successful laboratories.
A Bigger Us: Maggie Werner-Washburne While diversity takes work, it is in the best interest of science—and society—to create a bigger us. Diverse teams have been shown to be more innovative and productive.