Let’s Have an Awesome time Doing Science Symposia continue at UC Berkeley and Stanford

March 15, 2019

We are excited that Berkeley and Stanford have both successfully built programs around the LHAATDS model:

Berkeley program page

Berkeley 2018

Berkeley 2017

Stanford symposium series page

2018 Stanford

2017 Stanford


2013 Talks

April 29, 2013

Manu Prakash – Frugal Science

Dan Fletcher – Science at the White House

Henry Bourne – How did we get from Blake’s Paradise to Dante’s Inferno?

Michel Maharabitz – Dreaming of Electric Sheep

Terry Johnson – Curriculum Delictorum

LHAATDS 2013 Symposium! April 12th, UC Berkeley

March 30, 2013

Come to the 2013 Let’s Have an Awesome Time Doing Science Symposium!

9am – 1pm, 245 Li Ka Shing Auditorium, UC Berkeley

Free and open to the public! Register by clicking here







9:00 a.m. Ron Vale, UCSF – Science as Adventure Travel

9:30 a.m. Ingmar Riedel-Kruse, Stanford – Playing with Biotic Computers

9:50 a.m. Terry Johnson, BioE – Curriculum Delictorum

10:10 a.m. Diana Bautista, MCB – Mentorship in Academia

10:30 a.m. Coffee Break!

10:45 a.m. Dan Fletcher BioE – Science at the White House

11:10:00 a.m. Manu Prakash, Stanford – Frugal Science

11:30:00 a.m. Michel Maharbiz, BioE – Dreaming of Electric Sheep

11:50:00 a.m. Henry Bourne, UCSF – Can the Institution Make Your Science Better?

12:15 – 1:00 p.m. Lunch and Further Discussion

Satyajit Rath – talk from LHAATDS 2009 – Science in the backwaters, competition and community

March 30, 2013

Dr. Satyajit Rath talks about the advantages and disadvantages of research in India. The conference revealed surprising parallels between conditions in India today and those at UCSF in the 70s and 80s that led to the invention of molecular biology.

Uri Alon – Peace, Love, Science, Happiness

January 7, 2013

Uri Alon talks about the subjective aspects of doing science at LHAATDS 2009. Great talk with 5000 mile sing-along.


October 26, 2011

The Let’s Have an Awesome Time Doing Science conference is a celebration of what we love about science – an opportunity to think and talk about how we can take joy in what we do, and how we can communicate that joy to the community.

Some topics of discussion will include:

* Taking care of our psychological well being: What makes you happy about being a scientist? (the answer isn’t the same for everyone!)

* Improving our sense of community: How can we communicate better amongst ourselves? How do we provide support to other scientists around us?

* Bringing science to the public: How does the public perceive the work we do?  How can we make science approachable and interactive for the non-scientist


Founded in 2009 by Liam Holt at UCSF, the symposium now takes place at UC Berkeley, Stanford and New York University




First talk is now online!

October 16, 2009

Well, we kind of cheated here, Pete Binfield of PLoS ONE already put up the talk he gave at LHAATDS under his own steam… nice work Pete! Here it is:

Peter Binfield Talk, “Let’s Have an Awesome Time Publishing Science”

Article level metrics are the future! Forrest Gump said, “Science publishing is currently like a box of variable quality chocolates… it would be better to know how good each chocolate is than restricting oneself to the shiniest box.”

Videos of the conference on their way!

October 15, 2009

We’re getting the videos the first LHAATDS conference ready. Check back soon to see if they’re posted. We plan on getting a good part of the material up online so that you can review it or watch it for the first time if you missed the event this year.

Let’s Have an Awesome Time Doing Science!

August 30, 2009


Thursday Evaluation

Friday Evaluation

Saturday Evaluation

PLEASE PRE-REGISTER – CLICK HERE! Take a look at the SCHEDULE. Let us know what YOU think! Looking for ideas about topics on Saturday? Here are a few.

The first LHAATDS conference will take place October 8 – 10 at UC San Francisco, Mission Bay campus.  Scientists from various fields and at all stages of career development will meet and discuss ways to help make science as fun, supportive and nurturing as possible. Read more about the conference content HERE (includes a list of speakers and topics for Thursday and Friday) and find us on FACEBOOK. To get a better feel for the format of the Saturday sessions, take a look at this review.


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