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Bay Area Science Festival

General Information about the festival:

There are (at least) three main types of events we might consider:

  • A public forum/seminar (See 'wonder dialogues', we have a hold on the David Brower Center in Berkeley - 180 person capacity - for Nov 1st)
  • A hand-on carnival-style event with hands-on activities/demos (See 'Discovery Days' - a huge carnival being run at AT&T park on Nov 6th)
  • A science cafe - an informal discussion with a scientist at a bar/cafe (See the 'science pub crawl' being run on Nov 4th)

I'd like to first explore a public forum event, as we have to act quickly on this if we'd like to keep the date/space. At the last working group meeting there was some ideas about how to make a forum more fun and interactive than a normal lecture format, such as making it into a 'game show'.

Please use the space below to suggest speakers, topics and formats (please list your name alongside)!

Possible Speakers

  • Drew Endy (Megan P)
  • Jay Keasling (can't make it)
  • Tom Kalil from OSTP (Megan P)

Possible Topics/Framings

  • Life as we don't know it (Megan)
  • The game of (new) life (Megan)
  • Design your own microbe (Megan)
  • Creating life: What can we do? What should we do? (Megan)

Possible Formats

  • Moderated panel discussion between scientists, ethicists, news people, govt officials / FBI ? (Megan)
  • Mini iGEM Jamboree (Megan)


  • The iGEM world finals are Nov 5-7 at MIT so may conflict with some events