The Beckman Center hosts a number of events throughout the year, including films, special lectures, social events for occupants of the Beckman Center, and the annual Beckman Symposium.


Beckman Symposium:  Technology Innovation and Human Genomics

February 12, 2018

The next Beckman Symposium, scheduled for February 12, 2018, will explore the topic of technology innovation and the human genome.  Recent breakthroughs in genomic technologies have yielded new and unexpected understanding of basic cell functions and the physiological basis of disease. Further, these technologies have opened up computational challenges that require novel statistical and computational methods to find patterns in data.   This symposium will explore a range of novel methods for the analysis of genomic data to discover new associations, diagnose disease, build more precise disease trajectories, integrate data from multiple sources, and share data securely.

Past Events: The Beckman Symposia 2008–2015.

25th Anniversary Beckman Symposium, “Innovation in the Biosphere”

February 23, 2015

Speakers: Uri Alon, Adam Arkin, Karl Deisseroth, Jay Keasling, Stephen Quake, Carla Shatz, J. Craig Venter, and Jonathan Weissman

2013 Beckman Symposium on Growth Control in Plants and Animals, “Growth Control Across Kingdoms”

October 14, 2013

Speakers:  Alejandro Sanchez Alvarado, Dominique Bergmann, Bob Goldstein, Venugopala Gonehal, Steven Jacobsen, Allan Spradling, and Joanna Wysocka

2012 Beckman Symposium on Diseases of Molecular Motors and Cytoskeleton

May 21, 2012

Speakers:  Euan Ashley, Robert Goldman, Lawrence Goldstein, Leslie Leinwand, Elizabeth McNally, David Spector, and James Spudich

2010 Beckman Symposium on Diseases of the Brain

October 25, 2010

Speakers:  Lorie Glimcher, Kim Huber, Simon John, Thomas Kodadek, Emmanuel Mignot, David Porteus, David Prince, and Tom Südhof

2009 Beckman Symposium on Global Health and Emerging Infectious Diseases

April 13, 2009

Speakers:  Joseph DeRisi, Stanley Falkow, Maria Freire, Thomas Quinn, Rino Rappuoli, Gary Schoolnik, and Tadataka “Tachi” Yamada

2008 Beckman Symposium on Cancer and Stem Cells

February 4, 2008

Speakers:  Philip Beachy, Michael Clarke, Hans Clevers, Andrew Fire, Margaret Fuller, Thomas Look, Tannishtha Reya, Irving Weissman, and Owen Witte