Canadian DIYbio Summit, Watch Live on March 16th

Posted By on March 15, 2016

On March 16th, 2016, The Public Health Agency of Canada will host 60 DIY-biology leaders, academics and police to attend the first-ever “Do-It-Yourself Biology Summit.” A fuller outline can be seen at ‘Ottawa galvanizes citizen science with do-it-yourself biology summit.

Our friends Scott Pownall (Open Science Network), and Derek Jacoby (

If you are in Ottawa then head down or, if not, watch on this livestream:

Screen Shot 2016-03-15 at 8.06.40 AM8:30 – 9:00 Welcome Remarks

  • Pascal Michel Chief Science Officer, PHAC Cindy Evans Director General, PHAC

9:00 – 10:45 Panel Discussion: DIY Bio Canadian Landscape (Present and Future Trend)

  • Derek Jacoby, Victoria Makerspace, Victoria
  • Connor Dickie Synbiota, Toronto
  • Kevin Chen Bricobio, Montreal
  • Scott Pownall Open Science Network, Vancouver
  • David Lloyd FREDsense, Calgary
  • Alaina Hardie DIY Bio, Toronto
  • Andrew Pelling University of Ottawa

10:45 – 11:00 Health Break

11:00 – 12:00 Panel Discussion: Building a Culture of Safety

  • Marianne Heisz Centre for Biosecurity, PHAC Ruthanne Huising McGill University
  • Ayoob Ghalami University of Toronto Stephanie Thomson University of British Columbia
  • Marc Saner University of Ottawa

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch

13:00 – 14:00 Panel Discussion: Opportunities for Collaboration

  • Hans-Joachim Weiden, SynBridge, University of Lethbridge
  • Justin Prahara’ Synbiota, Toronto
  • John Pezacki, University of Ottawa
  • Tagny Duff, Concordia University

A DIYBio fair follows if you are in actual attendance.


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