ASTC 2020: New Frontiers Keynote Session

As we count down to the start of the ASTC Virtual 2020 Annual Conference, we’ll be highlighting the plenary sessions that will bring the community together.

New Frontiers Keynote Session

This multi-part session will include several speakers and discussions on the way that science, communities, and policymakers work in partnership to address humanity’s most pressing challenges, while ensuring that public engagement in science is an integral and essential part of this conversation.

As part of ASTC’s commitment to making this year’s conference as accessible as possible to our community, the New Frontiers Keynote Session will be streamed live online at and on ASTC’s social media channels. Please feel free to share this news with your colleagues and partners!

The New Frontiers Keynote Session is held jointly with the New Frontiers Virtual Summit, which is is generously supported the Richard King Mellon FoundationThe Grable Foundation, and the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation.

Richard King Mellon Foundation logo
The Grable Foundation logo
Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation logo

“A Fireside Chat on Solving Our Big Challenges”

This fireside chat will focus on how solutions-focused research and development might drive breakthroughs for a wider range of societal challenges, including public health, climate, education, and social policy.

Chat participants will include:

Arati Prabhakar

Dr. Arati Prabhakar

Founder and CEO, Actuate; and former Director, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

Sonal Shah

Sonal Shah

Founding Executive Director, Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation, and professor, Georgetown University; Founding Director, White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation

“Health Innovation and Security Toward a More Equitable Tomorrow”

While acknowledging our current public health crisis, this panel will discuss how equity can be centered in the healthcare delivery, biomedical research, and the pipeline of future innovators, clinicians, and leaders in this field.

Ryan Panchadsaram

Ryan Panchadsaram

Advisor to the Chairman, Kleiner Perkins; Co-Founder, United States Digital Response and COVID Exit Strategy; and former Deputy U.S. Chief Technology Officer
Lead panelist and discussion catalyst

Dara Kass

Dr. Dara Kass, MD, FASEP

Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, Columbia University Medical Center; Founder and CEO, FemInEM; Medical Contributor, Yahoo! News

Wendy Tay;or

Wendy Taylor

Vice President for Technical Leadership and Innovation, Jhpiego

“The Intersection of Race and Technology”

Dr. Ruha Benjamin will deliver remarks on the urgency of addressing the intersection of race and technology to ensure we create a more equitable tomorrow.

Dr. Ruha Benjamin

Professor of African American Studies, Princeton University

The New Frontiers Keynote Session will be held 3:30-5:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, October 20. If you’re not yet signed up for ASTC 2020, register now.

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