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Postdoc Open Mic Night at Bella Vista

Communicate your science!

Next event will be scheduled soon. See previous Fall Schedule below.  

Panoramic of open mic night

The aim of the open mic night is

  • to provide a platform for postdocs to speak in a public setting
  • to foster interaction between the people doing hands-on research in the scientific institutes and companies in the San Diego area, and with local businesses, biotech and the general public.

The format of the evening will be to have guest judges give brief talks to introduce themselves and their backgrounds and current ventures, followed by seven five-minute talks by postdocs.

Postdoctoral speakers will be selected from online entries based on their submitted abstracts (submit below) by a committee formed by the postdoctoral associations and Bella Vista management. These will be roughly on a first-come first-served basis; however, entries may be grouped to provide variety, or depending on the guest judges.  The judges will select winners from the speakers based on their ability to communicate to a wide audience, and the winners will be given the opportunity to speak at one of the main Bella Vista networking events at an appropriate date.

The anticipated audience will be a mixture of scientists, business personnel, and general public, so talks should be aimed at those with a limited scientific background, but contain sufficient detail to be of interest to the majority of the audience.

Submitting an abstract for a talk

Please fill in the Google form here or below (must be logged into Google)

Abstracts are 250 words. We will contact you to check your availability for a given night. Where possible, advance notice will be given of upcoming guest judges.

Fall Schedule

Wednesday August 12th

Stephen Demarest Ph.D.: Senior Research Advisor, Eli Lilly
Géza Ambrus Aikelin Ph.D.: Senior Scientist, J-labs

Sponsored by GE life sciences

Wednesday September 9th

Mary Canady Ph.D.: Founder, San Diego Biotech Network
Bernhard Geierstanger Ph.D.: Director of Protein engineering, GNF

Sponsored by Life Technologies

Wednesday October 14th

Matt Dunphy: 1798 Consulting
Dana Buckman: CEO, Flow Paradigm

Sponsored by Discovery Scientific Solutions and Omega Scientific

Wednesday November 11th

Ashok Deniz Ph.D.: Professor, The Scripps Research Institute
Second judge TBC

Sponsored by Innovative Cell Technologies

Contact information

For more info, or if you are interested in being a guest judge, please email



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