Top scientists and thought leaders at the intersection of biology, social science, art, and design frequently present at Genspace. Join us for these unforgettable conversations.

 
 
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The Most Powerful Force in the Universe: compound effects driving biology

Thursday June 14 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm

When asked what the most powerful force in the universe was, legend has it that Einstein replied “compound interest”.  Beyond the financial world where compound interest describes how money keeps making more money, compound effects can refer to any system that makes more of itself.  This public talk addresses the importance of compound effects in familiar biological systems as well as the exotic frontiers of biotechnology.  

 
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Nature/PostNature: Student Projects from the Biodesign Challenge

Thursday June 21 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Join us for the opening of NATURE/POSTNATURE, an exhibition of student projects from the 2018 Biodesign Challenge. The 26 chosen projects portray futures where the lines between the natural and designed worlds have blurred, and where products and provocations are made from organisms that have been engineered on the cellular level.

 
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Community projects open house

Monday August 13 from 7:00 to 9:00pm

Come learn about our Community Projects and see if one is the right fit for you! Meet other citizen scientists and hear about opportunities to use the Genspace Lab to explore potential project areas, including optogenetics, mycoremediation, and plant bioengineering. Project leaders will introduce each of these research areas and attendees can sign up for the projects that interest them. You do not have to already be a member to attend this Open House.


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The Future of design is biology

Join Genspace and WantedDesign for this panel during NYCxDESIGN, New York's celebration of global design. Four leading experts at the intersection of biology and design will discuss how biotechnology is transforming living organisms into the next medium for design. Panelists include Orkan Telhan, Danielle Trofe, Dr. Tal Danino, and Dr. Theanne Schiros.

 
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Lift off: A waterfront Kite festival

Genspace is partnering with Brooklyn Bridge Park to offer programming at Lift Off: A Waterfront Kite Festival. This family-friendly festival unites S.T.E.A.M concepts and outdoor adventures! Join us as we test the air's microbiome using petri dishes attached to kites.

 
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Genspace will be exhibiting at UNDERSTORY, a plant lab, urban ecology event and workshop series. Through hands-on workshops, a makers' bazaar and citizen science fair, tours, and plant sale, the two-day event will be an interactive showcase of living local economies, urban ecologies, and botanical explorations.

 
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Book party

Every great [citizen] scientist needs a great library. At our Book Party, drinks are free for whoever brings a book. Donations can be new or used books on any topics relating to Genspace's mission: the study of life science, and its relationship with history, philosophy, technology, design, art, and all their various intersections. We will have stickers for you to mark your name inside the book, and to share with its next reader why this book was meaningful to you.

Bring a book and a friend and join us to mix, mingle, and celebrate our favorite reads!

 
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Pregame Your Brain at Caveat

Join Genspace at Caveat, New York's newest speakeasy for playful, intelligent nightlife. We will be hosting an edition of their weekly Pregame Your Brain happy hour - a science fair for adults. Grab a drink and extract a strawberry’s DNA, learn how bacteria can take photographs, explore the microcosmos and get to know a variety of new biomaterials.

 
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The Neuroscience Behind Optical Illusions

In Champions of Illusion, Profs. Susana Martinez-Conde and Stephen Macknik present a smorgasbord of mystifying images, many selected from their Best Illusion of the Year Contest. Martinez-Conde and Macknik, who study the intersection of neuroscience, illusions, and stage magic, will explain just why we think we see the things we see.

 
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Lecture - Transnational reproduction: Race, Kinship, and Commercial Surrogacy in India

Daisy's work is primarily focused on race, racialization, and assisted reproductive technologies, and her recently published book, Transnational Reproduction is an ethnography of transnational surrogacy in India.

 
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Genspace Housewarming Party

Genspace has a brand new home, and we can't wait to show it off. Join us for food and drinks as we celebrate!

 
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The Real Stories Behind CRISPR: A talk by director Adam Bolt about his new documentary film on CRISPR

For an entire year, documentary film director Adam Bolt has been interviewing the scientific minds behind CRISPR, the controversial gene editing technique that has ignited public imagination about designer babies, new cures for cancer, and more. Join iBiology and Genspace for a talk where Adam will share insights from his meetings with pioneers in the field for his forthcoming feature film.

 

Genomics Lecture: The Bioethics of Genetic Sequencing

A key component of our new Brooklyn Barcoding Program is a Genomics Lecture Series, which is intended to introduce audiences to contemporary issues in genomic research. Kadija Ferryman and Sabrina Suckiel will present their research on the motivations and concerns of early adopters of whole genome sequencing tests. Examine the moral and ethical dilemmas surrounding whole exome/genome sequencing on ostensibly healthy individuals. 

 

BROOKLYN BARCODES: OPEN NIGHT

Join Genspace for a relaxed night of hands-on science and discussion. Ever wonder if that fish sandwhich is really all fish, that goats cheese is really goat or what plant species that weed in your yard is? Come find out. BYOS (Bring Your Own Sample). Our open nights are connected to Genspace's Brooklyn DNA Barcoding Program- funded by the Richard Lounsbery Foundation.

 

Genomics Lecture w/ CHRIS MASON: Designing genomes for Earth, Mars & beyond

A key component of our new Brooklyn Barcoding Program is a Genomics Lecture Series, which is intended to introduce audiences to contemporary issues in genomic research. We are excited to welcome Chris Mason as the third lecturer in the series. The Mason lab is discovering and designing genomes for Earth, Mars, and beyond. 

 

Biotech Futures Talk + Lab Series: Synthetic Biology

The Biotech Futures Series explores the implications of and ways in which biology is becoming a data science. Each talk is paired with a 3-4 hour lab workshop to demonstrate how these themes become realized in the lab.

 

Book Release: Designature: The Nature of Signatures in Art and Design

Professor at University of Pennsylvania and leading biodesigner Orkan Telhan discusses his new book Designature, which explores the ways in which humans make their mark in the designed and natural world.

 

Genomics Lecture Series w/ Christine Marizzi

Genspace is proud to announce our Brooklyn Barcoding Program. A key component of our new Brooklyn Barcoding Program is a Genomics Lecture and Workshop series, which is intended to introduce audiences to contemporary issues in genomic research. We are excited to welcome Christine Marizzi as the first lecturer in the series.

 

The Future Will Be Grown: Student Projects from the Biodesign Challenge

Join us for the opening of THE FUTURE WILL BE GROWN, an exhibition of student projects from Biodesign Challenge 2017. Finalist teams from the twenty-two universities across the world converged at the Biodesign Challenge Summit at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City on June 22rd + 23rd to showcase their projects and compete for the Glass Microbe. 

 

Frankenstein: Annotated for Scientists, Engineers, & Creators of All Kinds

Genspace is proud to welcome David Guston, editor of the newly published Frankenstein: Annotated for Scientists, Engineers, and Creators of All Kinds for a book signing event. In our era of synthetic biology, artificial intelligence, robotics, and climate engineering, this edition of Frankenstein resonates forcefully with readers.

 

Genomics Lecture Series w/ Karen Hogan

Genspace is proud to announce our Brooklyn Barcoding Program. A key component of our new Brooklyn Barcoding Program is a Genomics Lecture and Workshop series, which is intended to introduce audiences to contemporary issues in genomic research. We are excited to welcome Karen Hogan as the second lecturer in the series.

 

Second Saturdays: DNA Barcoding

Ever wonder if that fish sandwhich is really all fish, that goats cheese is really goat or what plant species that weed in your yard is? Come find out. Every second Saturday we will open up our lab for DNA Barcoding. Get hands-on lab experience and learn how to read the code of life. BYOS (Bring Your Own Sample). Second Saturdays are connected to Genspace's Brooklyn DNA Barcoding Program- funded by the Richard Lounsbery Foundation.