Overview

The 2018 Biotechnology Educators Conference is being hosted at Virginia Tech on July 25-27th. Wednesday and Thursday afternoon (July 25th and 26th), we will offer a Biotechnology Boot Camp for educators NEW to the field; spots are first come first serve.

On Thursday the conference will host workshops and talks from scientific experts. Choose your preference of hands-on workshops hosted by scientific experts; first come first serve. Thursday night we will have a social and vendor show. Friday we kick the day off again with a workshops and talks.

The conference will be held on Virginia Tech's Blacksburg campus between the buildings of Fralin Life Science Institute and the Biocomplexity Institute of Virginia Tech. Parking passes will be issued through the conference when you pick up your registration packet.

The fee for the conference is $75 for registrations postmarked/paid by May 1st and $100 for registrations postmarked after May 1st. Registration opens on March 5th at 9 am. Coffee/pastries, box lunches, and heavy hors d’oeuvres served during the social is included in the registration fee.

CEUs will be issued to all participants.

Schedule

Wednesday, July 25

Pre-conference Biotech Boot Camp - Kristi DeCourcy, Ph.D. is hosting a pre-conference workshop for educators who are new in the biotechnology field. This workshop is limited to 20 people, first come first served.
 

Thursday,  July 26

  • 7-8 am —  Registration, Biocomplexity Institute of Virginia Tech
  • 8-9 am — Scientific Talk
  • 9-9:15 am — Break
  • 9:15-10:15 am — Scientific Talk
  • 10:15-10:45 am — Coffee break
  • 10:45-11:45 am — Scientific Talk
  • 11:45 am-1:00 pm —  Lunch - box lunches from Panera
  • 1-3 pm  —  Workshops (choose one listed on this page, first come first served)
  • 3:15-5:15 pm — Workshops (choose one listed on this page, first come first served)
  • 1-5:15 pm — Biotech Boot Camp- a workshop for educators who are new in the biotechnology field. This workshop is limited to 20 people, first come first served.
  • 6 pm- 9 pm — Social and Vendor Show, dinner and 2 drink tickets included in registration

Friday, July 27

  • 7:15-8 am- Breakfast- Biocomplexity Institute
  • 8-9 am — Scientific Talk
  • 9-9:15 am — Break
  • 9:15-10:15 am — Scientific Talk
  • 10:15-10:45 am — Coffee break
  • 10:45-11:45 am — Scientific Talk 
  • 11:45 am-1:00 pm —  Lunch - box lunches from Panera
  • 1-4 pm  —  Workshops (choose one listed on this page, first come first served)
     

Talks

Thursday, July 26, 2018
TBA

 

Friday, July 27, 2018
TBA

 

Workshops

Biotechnology Educators Conference Agenda

**Workshops will be added as they are confirmed. On July 1 at noon we will send an email to registered attendees to choose their workshops. Please make sure that you add Dr. Kristy Collins' email address to your address book to receive the email.**

Wednesday, July 25
1-5pm Biotech Bootcamp. For educators who are new to teaching biotechnology. Are you intimidated by electrophoresis? Baffled by buffers? Here’s an opportunity to get started in biotech. You will also learn about the Biotech-in-a-Box program, now in its 21st year of lending biotech kits to Virginia educators. Instruction Leader, Kristi DeCourcy, Ph.D. Limited to 20 participants.
Thursday, July 26
7-8am Registration, Biocomplexity Institute of Virginia Tech
8-11:45am Talks
11:45 am-1:00pm

Lunch 

1:00-3pm

Workshops (choose one below, first come first served)

3:15-5:15 pm

Workshops (choose one below, first come first served)

1-5:15 pm


Biotech Boot Camp

6-9pm

Social and Vendor Show, Dinner and 2 drink tickets included in registration

Friday,  July 27

7-8am

Registration, Biocomplexity Institute of Virginia Tech

8-11:45 am

Talk

11:45 am-1:00pm

Lunch - Box lunches 

1:00-4pm

Workshops (choose one below, first come first served)

 

 

Housing

To stay on-campus during the conference click here.

Specifics about stay include:
Our lodging package for the Biotechnology Educators Conference includes a two night stay in a single-occupancy room in one of our traditional-style, non-air conditioned residence halls or a single-occupancy room in one of our suite-style, air-conditioned residence halls.

On-campus residency requires a dining plan.  This conference package requires the Wednesday night dinner meal be added to the package.  Meals on Thursday and a breakfast/lunch on Friday will be provided by the conference.

2016 Rates (will be updated for 2018 soon):
$110 // Suite-Style Room, Air-Conditioned, Single Occupancy, 2 Nights + the required dinner $13.50 = $123.50
$66 // Traditional Room, Non-Air Conditioned, Single Occupancy, 2 Nights + the required dinner $13.50 = $79.50

Additional night, departing 30 July:  $55 suite/air + required dinner and breakfast $21 = $76
Additional night, departing 30 July $33 traditional/non-air + required dinner and breakfast $21 = $54

All housing and dining charges are subject to the 5.3% Virginia Sales Tax.

You are also welcome to stay at a local hotel in Blacksburg or Christiansburg.

Sponsors

Fralin Life Science Institute

     BioTech

The Fralin Life Science Institute provides resources to Virginia Tech's life sciences community to support innovative research, education, and outreach.
 

Biocomplexity Institute of Virginia Tech

    BioTech

The Biocomplexity Institute of Virginia Tech addresses critical challenges related to the integrative life sciences, especially those posed to human health, habitat and wellbeing. Institutional research programs emphasize information biology, a unifying informatics-driven approach for studying biological systems from molecules and simple organisms to the microbiome and policy considerations in massive human-created networks.

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