Project by the Open Science & Accessibility Steering Group
The Open Talks project consists of a set of lectures with speakers involved in open (bio) sciences and technologies, specifically in the scope of hardware, software, licenses and open innovation. With this project, we hope that everyone can collaboratively learn about these fields and integrate them within our iGEM and SynBio communities.
The series will be held every three weeks on Saturdays at 14:00 UTC, starting July 3rd and up until September 25th. You can register to join the discussion on Zoom or watch the Talks live on iGEM Video Universe.
Join our talks!
During the development of a Biotechnology project, as in your iGEM journey, did you ever have doubts about:
Well, your problems are over! After iGEM's Open Science and Accessibility Steering Group will be promoting the Open Talks project to address all these questions. This will consist of lectures open to the community with experts on the scope of open hardware, open software, open licenses and open innovation, which will take place until the end of the iGEM 2021 season. Thus, we hope that everyone can collaboratively learn and build solid knowledge in open science and technology, and integrate them with excellence in SynBio and Biotechnology projects.
You can collaborate with us on After iGEM on JOGL and #interest-openscience-and-accessibility Slack channel.
Schedule of Talks
July 3rd, 14h UTC
Discovering Open Software
The term Software refers to the code we use to give orders to a computer. In iGEM projects, they can help from the design of an important piece of engineering for the project, or even in modeling the behavior of microorganisms. The Open Software movement is one of the most important in the world for the democratization of knowledge and the freedom of users. Let's get introduced to Open Software and learn how we can implement it in our own projects!
July 24th, 14h UTC
Discovering Open Hardware
Hardware involves all the physical parts of a computer - like the skeleton of the machine you are currently using to read this text. Having a good understanding of how you can make your project's hardware as open and accessible as possible is extremely important so that technologies can be widely accessed and improved by global communities. Let's understand the Open Hardware movement and its important relation to Science in this incredible talk!
August 14th, 14h UTC
Discovering Open Licenses
The process of choosing licenses for a Biotechnology project is often ignored. There is a standard model of technology protection: patents. However, there are already more open and accessible alternatives to this method, the Open Licenses. Open Licenses play an essential role so that numerous people can study and develop technologies and products within the law. Let's get to know Open Licenses together, their challenges and opportunities, and how we can use them in our daily lives.
August 21st, 14h UTC
Enabling Open Science & Tech Communities for Social Impact
Open science and tech communities play crucial roles in driving transformations towards our sustainability priorities. Redefining how science is commissioned, where it is done, what is investigated, who gets to participate, and how it is applied creates pathways to education, research, and innovation that is more cost-effective, inclusive, participatory, and community oriented. How are these communities formed? What are their opportunities and challenges? How can they be sustained? This talk uses examples from Global Lab Network, Africa Open Science & Hardware, Just One Giant Lab, and other initiatives to explore these questions.
September 4th, 14h UTC
Discovering Open Innovation
Open Innovation consists of opening the process and spaces for innovation in projects and products for society to study, question and develop, avoiding the classic restrictions of corporate and laboratory secrecy. As we move every day towards the Bioeconomy, a knowledge-based model, it is of paramount importance that there is more and more collaboration and sharing between the parties involved. Let's know more about how Open Innovation can change your future and help you in your scientific processes and products.
September 25th, 14h UTC
An Overview on Synthetic Biology and Open Culture
After a long journey through the Open Software, Open Hardware, Open Licenses and Open Innovation movements, we will discuss all these topics within the current state of the art of synthetic biology. How can we be active agents to increase the accessibility and openness of our own synthetic biology designs and products? Let's imagine (and build) the future of synbio together!