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Science Cafe! A special event for the public

The Genome Writers Guild presents our second annual Science Cafe
Thursday, July 19th - 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
McNamara Alumni Center on the U of M campus

In the midst of our annual three-day scientific conference, the Genome Writers Guild reserves one evening for the public. We invite science communicators to explain and inspire curiosity about genome engineering and synthetic biology.

Scientists attending the conference will be in the audience with you. Together we'll ask questions and get insights on the powerful new genome writing and editing tools. Invite your family, friends, neighbors, and especially young people to this unique event for a lively conversation about building a better future for humanity through genome engineering.

Register for the Science Cafe
Adults: $15 per person Register here
Admission is free for humans 18 years old and younger. Register here
Registration includes two drink tickets. Please bring your I.D.

Science Cafe speakers
7:00 pm - Dr. David Odde: is a professor in the Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering Department at the University of Minnesota. Read about the predictive models for cell behavior that his lab builds for more effective therapies.

7:15 pm - Lynn Fellman: is an artist who writes, illustrates and tells stories about the wonder and beauty in our genomes. See examples of her work at

7:30 pm Keynote - Dr. Ellen Jorgensen: is passionate about increasing science literacy of molecular and synthetic biology. She developed the community lab “Genspace” in Brooklyn, NY winning awards for outstanding informal science education for adults and young people. She also founded Biotech Without Borders, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting citizen science and access to biotechnology. Check out her Ted Talk “What you need to know about CRISPR”.

Venue: The McNamara Alumni Center is located in the heart of the University of Minnesota campus on 200 Oak St. South East, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Parking is available in an adjacent ramp connected by tunnel to the Alumni Center. The ramp entrance is on University Avenue.
Light Rail: Take the Green Line and get off at East Bank Station. The Alumni Center is a five minute walk from East Bank Station.