Why Diversity Makes Science Not Just Fairer, but Better

Naomi Oreskes (Harvard, History of Science)
Friday, November 19, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Virtual via Zoom

Why Diversity Makes Science Not Just Fairer, but Better


Purposefully cultivating diversity in the scientific workforce isn’t just a moral imperative, it’s the best method we have for generating robust and correct scientific claims.

Science has lagged behind other professions in working to purposefully create opportunities to expand diversity in its workforce. Critics of such efforts have framed diversity as antithetical to the pursuit of excellent in scientific inquiry, but this framing has the problem backwards. In this talk, I argue that we cannot have scientific excellence without diversity.

About this Series:

Weekly talks given by leading thinkers in the areas of geology, geophysics, geobiology, geochemistry, atmospheric science, oceanography, climatology, and planetary science. Lectures take place on Wednesdays from 3:45pm in MIT Building 54 room 915, unless otherwise noted. For more information please contact: Maggie Cedarstrom,