Description of Conference Content
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?
On Thursday October 8th and Friday October 9th (9 am-5 pm), prominent scientists from a wide range of fields and diverse backgrounds will speak about these issues as they’ve dealt with them in their own careers.
On Saturday October 10th (10 am-5 pm), conference participants will self-organize into small groups based on topics they themselves will have suggested and voted upon in the first two days of the conference. This isn’t your grandfather’s conference: here the agenda is set by you! To get a better feel for the format of this session, take a look at this review of SciBarCamp Toronto.
The seminars on Thursday and Friday will include talks from:
Ira Mellman – head of Oncology at Genentech will talk about his experiences in academia and industry and his philosophy regarding scientific life
“The science of giving/the giving of science”
Alicia Grubb – University of Toronto will talk about her research into the perceptions that scientists have about the research environment
“Through the Looking Glass: Perceptions of Scientists”
Kishore Hari and Kirsten Sanford – Science Cafe, and The Bird’s Brain will talk about their work communicating science to the public
Andrew Horwitz and Raquel Gomes – iGEM Team will talk about their experiences organizing a group of high school students to participate in the International Genetically Engineered Machine competition at MIT
Uri Alon – Weitzmann Institute will talk about his efforts to train new faculty in communications and emotional awareness
“Peace Love Science Happiness”
Satyajit Rath, IIB will talk about the changing face of science in India, India now dedicates 20% of their GDP to education and research! Prof. Rath has been instrumental in thinking about how to use these new resources to plan for a sustainable scientific future. Imagine if the USA put this kind of emphasis on research! Why don’t politicians do this here?
William Shih – Harvard Medical School will discuss his research “Self-assembly of DNA into nanoscale three-dimensional shapes” * This is the annual CMP Postdoctoral Fellows Invitation Seminar! We feel very privileged to integrate this awesome talk into our celebration.Ron Vale – UCSF will explain “Why I love my Job”Pat O’Farrell – UCSF will consider the Nature of Truth and the importance of critical assessment of the data in the literatureDaniel Gerlich, ETH, Zürich, Switzerland will talk about his work as part of European collaborative groupsDelia Santiago, NASA Ames will talk about the importance of public contribution to NASA research
Cynthia Fuhrmann, UCSF will discuss the range of careers in the life sciences
Richard Grazier, NASA Ames will talk about the NASA Cassini mission
Tim Mitchison – Harvard will discuss “The Joy of the Craftsman” through examples from his scientific career
Jan Skotheim – Stanford will consider some differences in publication of physics and biology