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* A science cafe - an informal discussion with a scientist at a bar/cafe (See the 'science pub crawl' being run on Nov 4th)
* A science cafe - an informal discussion with a scientist at a bar/cafe (See the 'science pub crawl' being run on Nov 4th)
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We might 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'. (Megan Palmer)
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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'.
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====Update====
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June 1st: Teleconference Brainstorming Ideas for the Festival
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Teleconference attendees:
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*Megan Palmer
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*Connie Lee
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*Mike Fisher
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*Danielle Ercek
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*Jay Vowles
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'''Please use the space below to suggest speakers, topics and formats (please list your name alongside)!'''
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=====Public Forum Event v1=====
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'''Possible Speakers'''
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'''Please edit below with suggested speakers, topics and formats. Don't worry about changing things on this page - we can always revert to previous versions! Please also LIST YOUR NAME ALONGSIDE CHANGES so it is easy to track changes'''
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* Drew Endy (Megan P)
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'''Format General'''
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* option 1: start with short presentations from ~6 (?) speakers introducing synthetic biology basics, applications, promises/myths, social/ethical dimensions etc , then break out into individual rooms for more intimate q&a with the speakers (Megan Palmer)
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'''Format Option 1 v1''' (Megan Palmer)
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I'm organizing as individual speakers/topics, but this could we have fewer speakers each talking about a subset of these topics (especially for the intro). Please feel free to change topics/ordering etc and suggest speakers who might be appropriate
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*Speaker/Topic 1: Why do we want to engineer/build with biology?
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*Speaker/Topic 2: What types of things are we building now? What types of things do we hope to build?
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*Speaker/Topic 3: How do we go about building/engineering biology? Philosophies and approaches (Top-Down, Bottom-Up)
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*Speaker/Topic 4: Who is building? (Highlight labs, industry, iGEM, DIY community)
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*Speaker/Topic 5: What are some of the perceived risks, and how are we working to address them? (could couple a science writer with a scientist?)
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*Speaker/Topic 6: What are some of the next big challenges?
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*Speaker/Topic 7: How can YOU get involved, learn more etc? (i.e. So you wanna be a biological engineer??)
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'''Possible Speakers'''
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* Drew Endy (Megan Palmer)
* Jay Keasling (can't make it)
* Jay Keasling (can't make it)
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* Tom Kalil from OSTP (Megan P)
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* Andrew Hessell (Megan P)
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* Eri Gentry or others from Biocurious/DIY community (perhaps the folks from open PCR?)
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'''Possible Topics/Framings'''
 
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* Life as we don't know it (Megan)
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'''Title/Framing Brainstorming'''
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* The game of (new) life (Megan)
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* Synthetic Biology: a beginner's guide to building with biology (Megan Palmer)
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* Design your own microbe (Megan)
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* Creating life: What can we do? What should we do? (Megan)
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'''Possible Formats'''
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'''Notes/Comments'''
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* It would be ideal to videotape presentations and get copies of materials that could be shared widely (for example, via uploading onto the SynBERC website) (Megan Palmer)
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'''Examples/Materials of Other 'Synthetic Biology 101' Resources, Presentations etc to learn from'''
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* [http://www.ars-synthetica.net/primer Ars Synthetic Synthetic Biology Primer] (Megan P)
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* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=niQ0kkgPxJk Andrew Hessell's Synthetic Biology Talk at Singularity University] (Megan P)
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* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EtADBcxWpVg KQED Quest Video] (Megan P - this is a pretty great intro)
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'''Additional Brainstorming'''
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* We might also consider doing a video followed by discussion. For example, following a viewing of the [http://www.fieldtest.us/bio/videos/ synthetic biology documentary]
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'''Other Possible Topics/Framings'''
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* Life as we don't know it (Megan Palmer)
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* Creating life: What can we do? What should we do? (Megan Palmer)
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* Science Speed Dating (from group call June 1st) - have people go between rooms with different scientists
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* Design your own microbe (Megan)
* Moderated panel discussion between scientists, ethicists, news people, govt officials / FBI ? (Megan)
* Moderated panel discussion between scientists, ethicists, news people, govt officials / FBI ? (Megan)
* Mini iGEM  Jamboree (Megan)
* Mini iGEM  Jamboree (Megan)
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'''Comments/Notes'''
 
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'''Comments/Notes'''
* The iGEM world finals are Nov 5-7 at MIT so may conflict with some events
* The iGEM world finals are Nov 5-7 at MIT so may conflict with some events
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I'm also hoping we can connect by phone next week to discuss. Let me know your availability here by Thursday: http://www.doodle.com/hdpr3keqqg7ipaxp
 

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Bay Area Science Festival

General Information about the festival: http://www.bayareascience.org/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)

We might 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'. (Megan Palmer)

Update

June 1st: Teleconference Brainstorming Ideas for the Festival

Teleconference attendees:

  • Megan Palmer
  • Connie Lee
  • Mike Fisher
  • Danielle Ercek
  • Jay Vowles
Public Forum Event v1

Please edit below with suggested speakers, topics and formats. Don't worry about changing things on this page - we can always revert to previous versions! Please also LIST YOUR NAME ALONGSIDE CHANGES so it is easy to track changes

Format General

  • option 1: start with short presentations from ~6 (?) speakers introducing synthetic biology basics, applications, promises/myths, social/ethical dimensions etc , then break out into individual rooms for more intimate q&a with the speakers (Megan Palmer)

Format Option 1 v1 (Megan Palmer)

I'm organizing as individual speakers/topics, but this could we have fewer speakers each talking about a subset of these topics (especially for the intro). Please feel free to change topics/ordering etc and suggest speakers who might be appropriate

  • Speaker/Topic 1: Why do we want to engineer/build with biology?
  • Speaker/Topic 2: What types of things are we building now? What types of things do we hope to build?
  • Speaker/Topic 3: How do we go about building/engineering biology? Philosophies and approaches (Top-Down, Bottom-Up)
  • Speaker/Topic 4: Who is building? (Highlight labs, industry, iGEM, DIY community)
  • Speaker/Topic 5: What are some of the perceived risks, and how are we working to address them? (could couple a science writer with a scientist?)
  • Speaker/Topic 6: What are some of the next big challenges?
  • Speaker/Topic 7: How can YOU get involved, learn more etc? (i.e. So you wanna be a biological engineer??)

Possible Speakers

  • Drew Endy (Megan Palmer)
  • Jay Keasling (can't make it)
  • Andrew Hessell (Megan P)
  • Eri Gentry or others from Biocurious/DIY community (perhaps the folks from open PCR?)


Title/Framing Brainstorming

  • Synthetic Biology: a beginner's guide to building with biology (Megan Palmer)

Notes/Comments

  • It would be ideal to videotape presentations and get copies of materials that could be shared widely (for example, via uploading onto the SynBERC website) (Megan Palmer)

Examples/Materials of Other 'Synthetic Biology 101' Resources, Presentations etc to learn from

Additional Brainstorming


Other Possible Topics/Framings

  • Life as we don't know it (Megan Palmer)
  • Creating life: What can we do? What should we do? (Megan Palmer)
  • Science Speed Dating (from group call June 1st) - have people go between rooms with different scientists
  • Design your own microbe (Megan)
  • Moderated panel discussion between scientists, ethicists, news people, govt officials / FBI ? (Megan)
  • Mini iGEM Jamboree (Megan)


Comments/Notes

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