WiSE Retreat

The WiSE Retreat is an annual event that takes place during the fall. During this day-long meeting, WiSE welcome’s scientists-in-training at CSHL and from neighboring NY-based institutes to attend lectures given by WiSE board members and invited guest speakers on gender disparity.

The goals of the day are 3-fold:

  1. familiarize the WiSE group and our greater community with gender disparity literature
  2. encourage the application of scientific scrutiny to this body of literature
  3. stimulate continued self-education on this topic”


This year we are extremely proud to announce our two keynote speakers will be Dr. Janet Abbate, Professor of science, technology, and society at Virginia Tech, and Dr. Banu Subramaniam, Professor and Chair of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at UMass Amherst. Their keynote topics will be on the history, culture, and policy issues of the internet and computing as it relates to gender and sexuality, and on topics covered in Dr. Subramaniam's award winning book "Ghost Stories for Darwin: The Science of Variation and the Politics of Diversity," respectively.

In addition to our keynote speakers, our three trainee speakers this year will be Marie Dussauze, WiSE President and fourth year CSHL SBS student, Nicole Sivetz, WiSE Vice President and third year CSHL SBS student, and Katherine Denney, WiSE Chair of Mental Health and 4th year PhD student from the Stony Brook Neuroscience graduate program.



The 2nd Annual WiSE Retreat was held Sunday, September 8th 2019


Eleanor J. Sterling Ph.D

Co founder of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee of the Society for Conservation Biology and the Women in Natural Sciences New York chapter of the Association for Women in Science

Virginia Valian Ph.D

Hunter College Distinguished Professor and author of “Why so Slow? The Advancement of Women.”

Mor Keshet, MPS, LCAT

Art therapist and leader of the interactive art therapy session, “Art Therapy as an Intersectional Conduit for Individual and Collective Empowerment”

2018 WiSE In-House Educational Retreat

The 2018 WiSE In-House Educational Retreat featured keynote lectures by

Molly Hammell

Ph.D., Associate Professor, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

Kyle Marian

Science Communicator, Comedian, and Social Media Manager, Guerilla Science

Lydia Franco-Hodges

Mental Health Advocate, Stony Brook University School of Journalism and the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science

The 2018 retreat itinerary can be found below and talk slides can be found on our Resources page.

Photos: Constance Brukin

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