The Broad Institute, Cambridge MA

June 16th - 17th, 2017

Broad Institute
415 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02142



Nearby Transportation options

Kendall/MIT station subway

Kendall/MIT station bus routes

  • 64 -- Oak Square -- University Park, Cambridge Or Kendall/MIT Via North Beacon St.
  • 68 -- Harvard/holyoke Gate -- Kendall/MIT Via Broadway
  • 85 -- Spring Hill -- Kendall/MIT Station Via Summer St. & Union Sq.
  • CT2 -- Sullivan Station -- Ruggles Station Via Kendall/MIT

B-SoCCS Agenda 



3:30 pm

Registration begins

3:30 - 4:30 pm

Poster set up


4:30 PM

Welcome and opening remarks

Jonathan Yen, PhD, Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research

4:30 - 5:00 PM

How to network for success in science

Dan Jay, PhD, Professor, Developmental, Molecular & Chemical Biology, Tufts University


5:00 - 6:00 PM

Keynote address: James E. Bradner, MD

Open Source Science - Driving Research through Collaboration

President, Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research

6:00 - 7:30 PM

Poster session and networking reception


9:00 AM

Welcome and opening remarks

Sarah Dykstra, PhD, Tufts University

9:00 - 9:55 AM

Plenary speaker: Phillip Sharp, MD

Promoting Scientific Advancement through Academic Industry Collaboration

Institute Professor, Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


9:55 - 10:15 AM

Coffee Break

10:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Concurrent workshops and panels on academic/industry collaborations

Scientific talks (part I)


10:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Drug Discovery

Boot camp


10:15 - 11: 00 AM

Models for Successful Academic - Industry Collaborations

Panel discussion


11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Writing your Research Statement



11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship

Panel discussion


12:00 - 1:00 PM

Networking lunch with industry scientists and academic faculty

1:00 - 2:00 PM

Concurrent workshops on entrepreneurship and communication

Scientific talks (part II)


1:00 - 2:00 PM

Grant Writing



1:00 - 2:00 PM

Meet the Scientists

Company sponsored talks


1:00 - 2:00 PM

Drug Development

Panel discussions


2:00 - 2:15 PM

Networking Break


2:15 - 3:15 PM

Trainee/Postdoc Scientific Talks

3:15 - 4:15 PM

Poster session

3:15 - 3:45 PM (Even numbered posters)

3:45 - 4:15 PM (Odd numbered posters)


4:15 - 5:15 PM

Networking Break

1:00 - 2:00 PM

Concurrent workshops on relational skills and interviewing in academia and industry

Scientific talks (part III)


5:30 - 6:30 PM

Communicating your science

Panel discussion


5:30 - 6:30 PM

Setting up your first laboratory

Panel discussion


5:30 - 6:30 PM

Technology transfer

Panel discussion


6:30 - 7:30 PM

Reception and Closing remarks

Awarding of speaker and poster prizes


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About the Boston Postdoctoral Association

The Boston Postdoctoral Association (BPDA) is a 16-member consortium of Boston-area academic postdoctoral associations and industry postdoctoral scholars representing approximately 9,000 postdoctoral scholars. The BPDA was established in 2012 to support the professional development and advocacy needs of these early career researchers and to aid in the retention of highly trained STEM researchers in the fields of life sciences, engineering, mathematics, physics and data science. Our members include the postdoctoral associations of Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston University, Brandeis University, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, the Broad Institute, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University, Joslin Diabetes Center, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Massachusetts General Hospital, MIT, Tufts University, and the Whitehead Institute and postdoctoral scholars from the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research.

Since January 2016, the BPDA has hosted monthly career development, social, and advocacy events. In the last year, we have attracted over 2,000 attendees to workshops, seminars, career panels, and other professional development events. The large number of academic research institutions as well as pharma, biotech, and high-tech companies in the Boston area, provides a unique opportunity for cutting-edge multidisciplinary research and career advancement.