Manu Prakash


(Image credits: John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation)

We are thrilled to announce that Manu Prakash will be giving the Opening Keynote talk at BAPS 2017. 

Dr. Prakash is a physical biologist and a Professor from the Bioengineering Department at Stanford University, where he runs the Curiosity-driven Science lab .

He is best known for the development of a $1 paper microscope -  Foldscope - which he presented at TED Global 2012. His dream is to keep doing science to advance biology, science education and global health!  

He was recently nominated an HHMI-Gates Faculty Scholar and a MacArthur Fellow. 





Ann Reid


We are deligthed to announce that Ann Reid will be joing us fro the BAPS 2017 to give the closing Keynote talk.

Ann Reid is a biologist known for her successful efforts to sequence the 1918 flu virus. Besides her research activity, she was the Senior Program Officer at the NRC’s Board in Life Sciences and also the Director of the American Academy of Microbiology. Since 2014, she is the Executive Director of the National Center for Science Education.

Being an experienced researcher and an expert on science policy, her talks cover different topics, ranging from science awareness, climate change, evolution and how to effectively communicate science to both scientists and broader audiences that not always support science.



Joanne Kamens


We are very excited to announce that Joanne Kamens will be running her Not Networking 101 workshop.

Dr. Kamens is the Executive Director of Addgene, a mission driven, nonprofit dedicated to helping scientists around the world share useful research reagents and data. Dr. Kamens received her PhD in Genetics from Harvard Medical School then spent 20 years as a researcher and manager in Pharma and for profit Biotech. Dr. Kamens founded the current Boston chapter of the Association for Women in Science. She has helped start and supports many scientist mentoring programs with training and best practices. In 2010, Dr. Kamens received the Catalyst Award from the Science Club for Girls for longstanding dedication to empowering women in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics and was named one of PharmaVoice's 100 Most Inspiring Commanders & Chiefs.  

Not Networking 101-Building Relationships for Success:
Science trainees are often told they have to "network", but no one really explains how to actually do it. I take your card, you take my card is not networking. This workshop is designed to reintroduce you to how strong professional relationships can elevate your career and life opportunities. It will provide practical tools for meeting people and for nurturing new and established connections.