BayBio Connects with Community at Science Festival

At least 18 months in the making, the first ever Bay Area Science Festival launches October 29 and culminates at AT&T Park November 6. Under the leadership of Dr. Bruce Alberts, UCSF’s Science & Health Education Partnership set out two years ago to organize the first ever Bay Area-wide science celebration. Our festival will emulate celebrations more popular in Europe, and now taking hold in US cities like Boston, San Diego and Philadelphia. We are proud to support this event and help catalyze enthusiasm for science education into a powerful force in the Bay Area.

Nearly 100 events over the course of 10 days will highlight our region’s scientific diversity. It’s the festival’s goal to bring science to non-science venues like AT&T Park in order to reach students who might not have access to science programs in their neighborhoods or schools. Our members and volunteers put their energy into developing BayBio Alley at the AT&T Park Discovery Day on November 6. We expect more than 15,000 attendees to explore, touch and discover science.

We invite you to bring your family, friends and coworkers to explore the different exhibits and activities. Amgen provides DNA Necklaces. Bayer HealthCare offers coffee filter chromatography. Biotech Primer extracts strawberry DNA. Rigel Pharmaceuticals constructs the building blocks of life with KEVA planks. Other booths and activities are provided by Abbott, Onyx Pharmaceuticals, SRI International, TriNet and more. In total, more than 170 exhibits will display much of what the Bay Area has to offer a scientist-to-be.

For his long time leadership and promotion of science education, BayBio will honor Bruce Alberts with the DiNA Award for Outstanding Educator at the Pantheon Ceremony on November 3. Alberts, Editor-in-Chief at Science Magazine and an Advisor to the Obama Administration, promotes hands-on science education. This belief is at the center of the Bay Area Science Festival and is reflected in each of the booths at BayBio Alley.

The Bay Area Science Festival is unique to our region – in both size and scope. From a Wonder Dialogue with Google’s Chief Innovation Officer to a Bay Area Star Party, I encourage you to view the entire calendar of activities