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“Our eight institutes are sponsoring this series because we believe deeply that global communication and cooperation in science is more important than ever for the world's future. We see a strong need for international cooperation to tackle disease, climate change, preservation of biodiversity, and much more.

We hope that Life Science Across the Globe will remind us all that knowledge generated through science is a global public good — that the process of science and the evidence-based reasoning of science is a type of universal language and that science nurtures friendships of people throughout the world.”

— Ron Vale, executive director of HHMI’s Janelia Research Campus



Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL)

December 1, 9:00-10:30 a.m. ET    |    Click here to watch

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Nov speakers

Schedule (ET):

9:00–10:00 a.m. Talks and Q&A
10:00-10:30 a.m. Panel Discussion
10:30-11:00 a.m. Meet the Panelists


  • Sarah Hearne, Principal Scientist, International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), Mexico
  • Rob Martienssen, Professor and HHMI Investigator, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL), US
  • Raviga Sambanthamurthi, Former Director, MPOB Advanced Biotechnology and Breeding Centre, Malaysia

Moderated by: Marc Van Montagu, Chairman, VIB-International Plant Biotechnology Outreach (IPBO), Belgium


Previous Talks

Talks are also available on the Janelia YouTube Channel. (Click on the date to watch the recorded talk.)



Moderated by: Kenneth Gibbs, National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), US


  • Thomas Cech, HHMI/University of Colorado Boulder, US
  • Xiaohua Shen, Tsinghua-Peking Centre For Life Sciences (CLS), China
  • Narry Kim, Institute for Basic Science and Seoul National University, Korea

Moderated by: Edith Heard, EMBL, Germany


  • Himla Soodyall, Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), South Africa
  • K. Thangaraj, Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnosis (CDFD), India.
  • David Reich, HHMI/Harvard Medical School, US

Moderated by: Sarah Tishkoff, University of Pennsylvania (UPenn), US


  • Linda-Gail Bekker, Desmond Tutu HIV Centre, University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa
  • Thumbi Ndung'u, Deputy Director of Science, Africa Health Research Institute (AHRI), South Africa
  • Sharon Lewin, Director, Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, Australia

Moderated by: Robert Siliciano, Professor and HHMI Investigator, Johns Hopkins University, US


Moderated by: Justin Crocker, EMBL-Heidelberg, Germany


Moderated by: Jonathan Jones, Group Leader, The Sainsbury Laboratory, UK


Moderated by: Greg Jefferis, Programme Leader, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, UK


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Participating Institutions

HHMI logo

HHMI Janelia Research Campus, Ashburn, Virginia, USA

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Logo

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Cold Spring Harbor, New York, USA

University of Buenos Aires/CONICET logo

University of Buenos Aires/CONICET, Buenos Aires, Argentina

MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology logo

MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, United Kingdom