2017 Assembly Agenda:


12:00-6:30  – REGISTRATION – W Hotel Second floor lobby

12:00-2:00 –  MEET, GREET AND POSTER SESSION – Refreshments will be served.  Selected participants, including Young Investigator Award recipients, will share their remarkable projects as posters.
Hosted by Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai

2:00-3:00 –  WELCOME AND THEME SETTING – Research Exists Inside Ecosystems

We will open the Assembly by looking at how traditional research ecosystems have evolved, and what we hope to see in these new ecosystems.

OPENING THE 2017 SAGE ASSEMBLY Lara Mangravite Sage Bionetworks / Peter Kapitein Inspire2Live / Stephen Friend Sage Bionetworks

3:00-3:45 – OPENING ASSEMBLY ADDRESSES – W hotel second floor Great Room 1

Sean McDonald Stanford
Elizabeth Yeampierre UPROSE

3:45-4:45 – OPENING PANEL – Research and Agency

Moderated by John Wilbanks
Aled Edwards Structural Genomics Consortium
Stephen Keating MIT
Anna McCollister-Slipp Scripps
Arikia Millikan Indie Journalist

4:45-5:00 – BREAK

5:00-6:30 – RAPID FIRE PARTICIPANT TALKS: A Sage Assembly tradition is to turnover the stage to Assembly participants to share their stories in a rapid learning format.

Moderated by Stephen Friend Sage Bionetworks
Jason Bobe
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Jasper Bovenberg Legal Pathways Institute for Health and Bio-Law
Deborah Estrin Cornell Tech
Ashley Farley Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Fredericka Foster Artist/Curator
Fatemeh Jahanbakhsh Institut Pasteur
Juergen Klenk Deloitte

Gaell Mainguy Centre de Recherches Interdisciplinaires
Anna McCollister-Slipp, Scripps
Daniel Mietchen NCI Data Science Team
Ravi Pandya Microsoft

Jane Roskams University of British Columbia  
Geoffrey Henry Siwo IBM
Matthew Spitzer Center for Open Science
Matthew Todd, Sydney University
Dan Webster, NCI
Gary Wolf Quantified Self

6:30-8:30 – OPENING RECEPTION  – W Hotel Second floor lobby
Hosted by The Helmsley Charitable Trust



7:00-8:00 – Runners – Meet in the W Hotel Lobby for a Sage hosted 3-5 mile social run along the Elliot Bay waterfront and Sculpture Park.  Walkers are welcome to use the same route and enjoy coffee shops along the way.

8:00-8:30  – CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST – W Hotel

8:30-9:50 –  WELCOME and DEMO

Nick Shockey – SPARC/OpenCon – Empowering the next generation to advance open access, open access and open data

8:50-9:00 – Hartwell Awards


Eric Topol The Scripps Research Institute
Kadija Ferryman Data & Society Research Institute

9:45-10:45 – MODERATED PANEL – Ethics and Ecosystems

Other research ecosystems have different contours from biomedical. Some – like high energy physics – have made the jump to networks faster than biomedical, while others lag behind. In this panel we examine some of the underlying lessons in how ecosystems form, and what kinds of design choices affect networked emergence.

Moderated by Megan Doerr Sage Bionetworks
Misha Angrist Duke University
Nancy Kass Johns Hopkins Berman Center
Eleonore Pauwels Commons Lab at the Wilson Center

10:45-11:00 – BREAK

11:00-11:45 – ASSEMBLY ADDRESSES – Evolution of Concepts in Open Ecosystems

David Haussler UC Santa Cruz
Lee Hartwell Arizona State University


Susan Spencer Open Fashion Foundation, Valentina
Fabienne Serriere KnitYak
Allison Randal Open Source Initiative

12:45-1:00 – BREAK

1:00-2:00 – Evolving Research Ecosystems – Lara Mangravite and the Sage Bionetworks team

2:00-2:45 – MODERATED PANEL – Adjacencies Across Biomedical Ecosystems

The core concept of the Assembly is the exploration of how research ecosystems have evolved in the past, and how they can continue to evolve more in tune with digital networks. In this panel we will explore the concept of networked science rather than “team” science, as team science can often fail to anticipate the emergence of network effects, long-term reuse of scientific elements, dissemination of results and data, and integration of non-traditional players into research roles.

Moderated by Paul Tarini Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Annette Bakker Children’s Tumor Foundation
Suzana Petanceska National Institute on Aging
Steven Kern Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Dan Gallahan National Cancer Institute

3:00-6:00 – OUT IN THE CITY ACTIVITIES – Alternative Ecosystems – Another Sage Assembly tradition is to take our exploration outside of the venue, and to work in teams on projects that explore our themes in non-traditional ways. The work of the Friday afternoon groups will be translated into posters for the Earth Day March for Science. Friday themes include:

I Exploring Catastrophe to Water through Science and Art In considering the recent sewage catastrophe, we also begin to understand the complexities associated with the treatment of water.  With scientists from the University of WA, this group will explore what went wrong at the West Point treatment plant that resulted in damage that “has taken Hurricane Sandy or Katrina-scale damage to produce similar wreckage elsewhere in the country.”

II The power of engaging mindfulness in understanding  who we are and who we want to becomeThis group will build on the theme of Stephen Friend’s opening address on Agency —increasing awareness of self to truly navigate the change we want in our health and elsewhere.   This group will migrate to the Taoist Studies Institute in Seattle and split the time between contemplative exercises and exploring novel methods to gain self-insights.  

III  SEA CHANGEAs citizens, scientists and visionaries, we will focus our discussions and efforts on climate change, and its effects locally and globally. Seattle’s new seawall and the soon to be demolished Alaskan Way Viaduct will be our desire line.  Your poetics, polemics and observation will be lettered with railroad chalk on the large columns supporting the viaduct.  Written in ephemeral chalk, the message will be captured and disseminated.

IV Political ActivismThis group will explore how political activism can work in today’s information ecosystem, and how research intersects with activism in the contemporary epistemic crisis of what is “true” or “fake.” We will explore interaction strategies, information design, and translate the work to posters to be printed for the March on Science.  

V Social EntrepreneurshipThis group will explore examples of where viable organizations have been built around a desire to have social impact.   We will discuss how these businesses were started, what makes them successful and what lessons they provide for the rest of us in science and elsewhere.

6:00-9:00 – COCKTAIL RECEPTION – Seattle Art Museum – 1300 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98101
Hosted by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Our afternoon activities will culminate with a reception at the Seattle Art Museum. Participants may arrive as early as 5:30 to tour the galleries.



8:30-9:15 – REPORT OUTS from the Friday Afternoon Activities –  Representatives from each of the five activities will share their creative output as posters for the Earth Day March for Science

9:15-10:00 – ASSEMBLY ADDRESSES – Creating Change When Individually we have little Direct Power

Kaitlin Thaney Mozilla Foundation
John Wilbanks Sage Bionetworks


Madeleine Ball Open Humans
Magnus Fontes Pasteur Institut
Bastian Greshake Open SNP
Helena Ledmyr INCF
Jaykumar Menon McGill, XPRIZE

10:30-11:00 – CLOSING  John Wilbanks Sage Bionetworks / Stephen Friend Sage Bionetworks / Lara Mangravite Sage Bionetworks


Participants are invited to bring their Friday Afternoon posters and join Seattle’s March for Science. The March will begin at 12pm at Cal Anderson park and will proceed to the Seattle Center.  Information regarding transportation to the park and the route will be available at the Assembly.

Post-March – Participants are invited to reconvene at the Pintxo, a Spanish Tapas Bar at 2207 2nd Ave in the heart of Belltown, for food, drink and to continue discussions started over the course of the Assembly.  Friends and family welcome.