Nina Dudnik

Nina Dudnik, MilliporeSigma

Friday, 15 November 2019 at 14:00 in the IBS salle des seminaires, Grenoble

Nina Dudnik, MilliporeSigma

No More Second-Class Scientists: Why Supporting Great Scientists Worldwide is Key to Our Future


The urgency of global collaboration in science is greater than ever. Meeting the challenges of this century – from climate change to feeding a growing population to stopping pandemic diseases – requires a truly global and interconnected scientific workforce. The number of journal articles including members from multiple countries and the range of countries represented have both expanded over the last 30 years. However, scientists in low- and middle-income countries still face considerable hurdles in participating in these global collaborations, and in accessing the resources they need to pursue important research. We will discuss ways in which researchers in Europe can directly support the strengthening of scientific infrastructure and training in developing countries, participate in international collaborations, and increase the visibility of global scientists. Ultimately, this level of engagement will increase access for everyone to important areas of study with enormous potential for scientific and social impact. Talented scientists are everywhere. Ensuring they have the tools to put their talent to work is within our reach.


Nina Dudnik - Founder of Seeding Labs, and Director of Life Science Strategy at MilliporeSigma (the life science business of Merck KgaA, Darmstadt, Germany).

Nina Dudnik is passionate about inspiring and uniting people in pursuit of a common vision to drive business and social change.

Nina decided at a very early age to become a scientist; but her interest in science always had a humanitarian angle. She worked at Bioversity International in Italy on the integration of molecular genetics techniques into conservation and plant breeding activities, and at the Africa Rice Center in Côte d'Ivoire studying rice introgression using molecular markers. Nina obtained her PhD in molecular biology from Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and a BSc in biochemistry from Brown University.

From 2003-2019 she was the Founder and CEO of Seeding Labs, a social enterprise whose mission is to empower scientists everywhere to transform the world. Under her leadership, Seeding Labs built a network of more than 140 public and private sector partners and provided scientific equipment and training opportunities worth at least $30M to scientists in 34 countries. As a result, undergraduate students have access to the hands-on education they need for future careers, and researchers have the tools to generate data, publications, collaborations, new funding and new patents. Most of all, they are empowered to move their discoveries forward on topics ranging from antibiotic resistance to cancer to alternative energy.

Nina has been recognized with a number of awards including the 2014 John F. Kennedy New Frontier Award, and in 2015 she was named one of the world's 100 most influential people in biotechnology by Scientific American Worldview magazine. She has also served on the advisory board for 500 Women Scientists.