Opening remarks: Raquell Holmes, founder of improvscience
Dr. Raquell Holmes is a pioneer in the use of improvisation and performance to advance communication and diversity in scientific research communities. Trained formally as a cell biologist, Holmes works in the fields of high performance computing and computational sciences. She is also devoted to discovering how performance can help people communicate across societal boundaries and change professional cultures. Much of her work has been focused on inclusion and diversity issues, but recently she has also turned her attention to helping scientists improve their communication both outside of and within the scientific community.