The State of Science and the need for STEM Advocacy

Dr. Jayshree Seth

Presented by Dr. Jayshree Seth, a Corporate Scientist at 3M working on development of sustainable industrial products.

The future success of businesses, economies, and humanity hinges on the continued advancement of science, and the development of sustainable innovations. This, in turn, is dependent on the inclusion of diverse perspectives inside our organizations and in our communities to bring creative thinking, innovative mindsets and scientific expertise together to solve real-world problems.

Dr. Seth will provide an overview of 3M’s State of Science Index, a global research initiative to uncover what people think of science. Dr. Seth will discuss findings that highlight the importance of reducing real and perceived barriers to science appreciation and STEM education.

The presentation will also include the impact of the pandemic on the public perception of science, key themes that emerge from the 2020-2022 results, and how we can all play a role in science advocacy and advancing diversity in STEM-based fields.

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About Dr. Jayshree Seth

Jayshree Seth is a Corporate Scientist at 3M working on development of sustainable industrial products. She joined 3M in 1993 after an MS and PhD in Chemical Engineering from Clarkson University, New York, and she currently holds 76 patents.  Jayshree is a Distinguished Alumni Award recipient from her alma mater NIIT Trichy, India, where she earned a B. Tech. in Chemical Engineering. In 2019, she became the fourth woman, and first woman engineer, to be inducted into the 3M Carlton Society, the 3M “hall of fame.” In 2020, she was awarded the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) highest Achievement Award and in 2021, she became the first-ever winner of a Gold Stevie® Award in the Female Thought Leaders of the Year category.

Jayshree was appointed 3M’s first ever Chief Science Advocate in 2018 and is using her scientific knowledge, technical expertise and professional experience to advance science and communicate the benefits of science and the importance of diversity in STEM fields. In addition to being an award-winning scientist, recognized thought leader and prolific speaker, she is also the author of two books and has been featured in local, national and international media. Jayshree has two adult kids, and her husband also works at 3M.