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“Systematic Serendipity: How to Engineer a Scientific Breakthrough”

May 13, 2016 @ 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm


This opening event of Illinois Science Council’s 2016 Chicago Science Festival will feature a series of talks in which speakers will discuss how cutting-edge research can help address some of the biggest intellectual and societal challenges, and what the University of Chicago is doing to support bold scientific risk-taking. UChicago faculty from psychology, neuroscience, and physics will present their breakthrough ideas, and Monika Bickert, Head of Facebook’s Global Policy, will discuss how collaborations with research universities is crucial for solving pressing social issues.

What: “Systematic Serendipity: How to Engineer a Scientific Breakthrough”
When: Friday, May 13, 3:30-6pm
Where: 1871, Merchandise Mart, 12th floor


3:30pm    Big Ideas Generator, Elena Zinchenko, Director of Research Innovation, University of Chicago
3:40pm   “Brain and Learning”  – Sarah London, Marc Berman
4:00pm   “Neural Computation” – Stephanie Palmer, Jason MacLean
4:20pm   “Design by Disorder”  – Heinrich Jaeger, Sid Nagel
4:40pm    Keynote “Social Media Data for Social Good”  – Monika Bickert, Head of Global Policy, Facebook
5:00pm    Discussion
5:30pm    Reception


FREE and open to the public but space is limited. Registration is required.


This event is a featured program of the UChicago Innovation Fest, a three-week celebration of the University of Chicago’s entrepreneurial and innovative advances and solutions. Innovation Fest runs May 12 through June 2, with more than 35 sessions across the city and UChicago’s downtown and Hyde Park campuses. Share big solutions to problems in Chicago and across the globe, find new collaborators, and rub shoulders with leaders in business, health care, tech, and social and environmental policy. Highlights of this year’s celebration include the 20th anniversary of the Polsky Center’s Edward L. Kaplan, ’71, New Venture Challenge, a behind-the-scenes look at life as an entrepreneur at the university’s Chicago Innovation Exchange, and events featuring faculty who are bringing groundbreaking advances out of the lab and classroom. This annual festival is led by UChicago’s innovation leaders, including Arete, the Chicago Innovation Exchange, the Institute for Translational Medicine, the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, the Social Enterprise Initiative, and UChicago Tech. Additional sponsors include UChicago Urban, UChicago Urban Labs, and the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy.

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Huge THANKS to ISC’s 2016 Chicago Science Fest Sponsors!

Big ideas Generator UChicago         Argonne National Lab        Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory               

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Chapman & Cutler   


May 13, 2016
3:30 pm - 6:00 pm
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222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza, 12th Floor
Chicago, IL 60654 United States
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