Dr Jayshree Seth

Chief Science Advocate & Corporate Scientist



Jayshree Seth is a Corporate Scientist at 3M and currently holds 77 patents for a variety of innovations. She joined 3M in 1993 after an MS and PhD in Chemical Engineering from Clarkson University, New York. 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 to communicate the benefits of science and the importance of diversity in STEM fields. She is also a member of Carlton Society which is the 3M Science and Innovation “Hall of Fame.” In 2020, she was awarded Society of Women Engineers (SWE) highest Achievement Award. She is also the first-ever winner of a Gold Stevie® Award in the new Female Thought Leaders of the Year – category in 2021. Jayshree was featured in a docuseries titled Not the Science Type that premiered during the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival. She is the author of two books, and a sought-after speaker, globally, on a multitude of topics such as innovation, leadership and STEM advocacy.  We are excited to have her with us today and look forward to her presentation.

Presentation Abstract

Science advocacy and the need for diversity in STEM

The future success of businesses, economies, and humanity hinges on the continued advancement of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) for 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 mindset and scientific prowess together with lived experience, to solve real-world problems. Jayshree will provide an overview of the 3M State of Science Index, a global research initiative to uncover what people think of science. Many of the findings highlight the importance of a healthy pipeline of diverse scientists, technologists and engineers to solve the complex and global humanitarian challenges we face. The presentation will include the impact of the pandemic on public perception, and the ever-increasing need for a human context and societal perspective for science.

Presentation Time

Business Forum

Thursday, 14 September 2023, 11:20 - 12:00

FEICA Conference