Plenary Sessions

Day Time Code Title Location Speakers
Thursday, October 26 1:15 pm – 2:15 pm P1 Rewriting the Code of Life Marriott Marquis: Salon 9

Jennifer Doudna
Professor, molecular and cell biology and chemistry, University of California, Berkeley

Thursday, October 26 4:15 pm – 4:30 pm Opening Ceremony Marriott Marquis: Salons 8+9
Thursday, October 26 4:30 pm – 5:45 pm P2 Why the Wafflers Are Wrong: Addressing Climate Change Is Urgent—and a Bargain Marriott Marquis: Salons 8+9

John P. Holdren
Teresa & John Heinz Professor of Environmental Policy, Kennedy School of Government, and Professor of Environmental Science & Policy, Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences, Harvard University

Friday, October 27 8:45 am – 10:00 am P3 The Art of Truth: Data Visualization and Infographics for Everyone Marriott Marquis: Salon 9

Alberto Cairo
Knight chair in visual journalism, University of Miami

Friday, October 27 8:45 am – 10:00 am P4 In Defense of Science Marriott Marquis: Salon 8

Susan Desmond-Hellmann
Chief Executive Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Friday, October 27 4:45 pm – 6:00 pm P5 Africa: The Cradle of Mathematical Sciences Marriott Marquis: Salons 8-9

Thierry Zomahoun
President and CEO, The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences

Saturday, October 28 9:00 am – 10:15 am P6 A Delicate Balance: Immunity in Health, Disease and Medicine Marriott Marquis: Salon 8

Jeffrey Bluestone
A.W. and Mary Margaret Clausen distinguished professor, UC San Francisco; President and CEO, Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy

Saturday, October 28 9:00 am – 10:15 am P7 Book It: A Conversation Among Authors Mary Roach, Steve Silberman and Ed Yong Marriott Marquis: Salon 9

Steve Silberman
Award-winning author of Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity

Mary Roach
Bestselling author of Grunt, Gulp, Stiff and many more

Ed Yong
Author, I Contain Multitudes and staff writer, The Atlantic

Saturday, October 28 4:45 pm – 6:00 pm P8 Science Journalism, Authoritarian Regimes, and Pseudoscience Marriott Marquis: Salons 8-9

Carla Da Silva Almeida
Science journalist and researcher, Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz)

Jasson Muir Clarke
Journalist and PR specialist; communications officer, World Animal Protection

Dyna Rochmyaningsih
Freelance science journalist

Sarah Wild
Science journalist

Mohammed Yahia
Executive editor, Middle East, Nature Research

Sunday, October 29 8:00 am-9:15 am P9.5 Closing Ceremony and Plenary: The Hazard Zone: Science Journalists Tackle Natural Disasters MARRIOTT MARQUIS: SALONS 8-9

Guillermo Lopez Portillo
Investigative reporter, Televisa News

Lesley McClurg

Eva Ruth Moravec
Freelance reporter

Brian Resnick
Science writer, Vox

Erik Vance
Freelance science writer and reporter

Sunday, October 29 11:00 am – 12:15 pm P10 “One Test to Rule Them All”: Joe DeRisi in Conversation with Carl Zimmer UCSF Mission Bay Campus

Joe DeRisi
Professor and chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, UCSF, and co-president of the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub

Carl Zimmer
Columnist, The New York Times and contributing national correspondent, STAT

Sam Hawgood
Chancellor, University of California, San Francisco

Sunday, October 29 11:15 am – 12:15 pm P11 Climate Change Primer: Responding to Global Impacts of Human Activity University of California, Berkeley: Wheeler Hall Auditorium

William Collins
Professor, earth and planetary science, UC Berkeley; senior scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Inez Fung
Professor, earth and planetary science & environmental science, policy and management, UC Berkeley

Kristina Hill
Associate professor, landscape architecture & environmental planning and urban design, UC Berkeley

Daniel Kammen
Professor, energy and resources & public policy, UC Berkeley

David Sedlak
Professor, civil and environmental engineering, UC Berkeley