Educators at the Biocomplexity Institute of Virginia Tech and Fralin Life Science Institute are gearing up for the 2018 Biotechnology Educators Conference on July 25th-27th. This year’s Biotechnology Educators Conference has many exciting new offerings for both new and seasoned teachers.

The conference this year has expanded its lecture and workshop offerings with a focus on medical and life sciences. Biraj Patel, assistant professor at Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and section chief of neurointerventional surgery, will discuss the latest research in stroke medicine. Additional talks about bioscience education and preparing students for the workforce will be highlights of the conference.

The conference will be held on Virginia Tech's Blacksburg campus between the buildings of Fralin Life Science Institute and the Biocomplexity Institute.

“This year we have diverse and fascinating lectures and workshops for biotechnology educators,” said Kristy Collins, director of education and outreach at the Biocomplexity Institute of Virginia Tech. “From inclusion in the STEM workforce to bioprinting, there’s something for everyone.”

For new educators, a Biotechnology Boot Camp will be held on Wednesday and Thursday afternoon. Spots are first come, first served.

Educators have a plethora of fascinating workshop options, including using 3D visualization software in the classroom, next-generation sequencing data analysis, and a viral demonstration from MiniOne, among others.  

SE3D will also give workshops on bioprinting to familiarize educators with this exciting new frontier in biotechnology education. Educators can learn how to print scaffolds and cells with SE3D’s mini-bioprinters.

For more information and a schedule of events, visit the Biotechnology Educators Conference website. The fee for the conference is $100. Register here.

Published by Tiffany Trent, July 10, 2018