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Created by the Bay Area’s scientific, cultural, and educational institutions, the 3rd annual Bay Area Science Festival returns with a 10 day festival, scheduled October 24th – November 2nd. The Science & Health Education Partnership (SEP) at the  University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) is pleased to produce the festival alongside a core group of science institutions. The festival will provide a wide range of science & technology activities – lectures, debates, exhibitions, concerts, plays, workshops, etc. –at a variety of locations throughout the Bay Area.


Young people will understand that science is fun, exciting and important, encouraging them to pursue careers in science; parents will feel more confident about supporting their kids’ interests in science; teachers will have new resources to get students thinking about science outside of the classroom; and, policy-makers and corporate leaders will understand that the public demand for science-related resources is real…and requires investment and support.


This ambitious collaborative public education initiative brings together our leading academic, scientific, corporate, and non-profit institutions to showcase the region as an international leader in innovation. Based on similar festivals throughout the world, the 50+ festival events are expected to attract over 50,000 active participants, many of whom traditionally do not have access to quality scientific resources.


• Raise awareness of the importance of science in everyday life in the minds of our local community
• Increase dialogue about science and technology throughout the region
• Provide unparalleled access to the region’s vast science and technology assets
• Create meaningful direct interactions with scientists across all age ranges
• Engage young people in the fun, excitement and awe of science to inspire them to careers in science & technology
• Encourage partnership and collaboration between and among the STEM community and our target audience


Bruce Alberts – Festival PI
Bruce Alberts, professor emeritus at the University of California, San Francisco, served two six-year terms as president of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) from 1993 to 2005. During his tenure at NAS, Alberts was instrumental in developing the landmark National Science Education standards that have been implemented in school systems nationwide. Dr. Alberts just completed a successful term as editor-in-chief of the journal Science. He is also noted as one of the original authors of The Molecular Biology of the Cell, a preeminent textbook in the field now in its fifth edition.

Alberts has earned many honors and awards, including 16 honorary degrees. He serves on the advisory boards of more than 25 nonprofit institutions. He is a trustee of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, a member of the Advisory Board of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and a past president of the American Society of Cell Biology. He is widely recognized for his work in the fields of biochemistry and molecular biology.

From 2000 to 2009, Alberts was co-chair of the InterAcademy Council, an advisory institution in Amsterdam governed by the presidents of 15 science academies from around the world.

Dr. Alberts serves as a co-principal investigator on the NSF grant that initially seeded the Bay Area Science Festival.



Katherine Nielsen, Co-Director, UCSF Science & Health Education Partnership (SEP)
katherine.nielsen at ucsf.edu
Katherine has spent more than 10 years at SEP: she coordinated Triad, a gender equity in science program, at SEP from 1995 to 1997, returned to SEP in 2001, and became Co-Director in 2005. She has experience in both the education and scientific fields, having taught science at the middle and high school, community college, and undergraduate level; conducted research in developmental neurobiology; and completed a Masters Degree in Education from Stanford University and one in Biological Sciences from Montana State University. She has served as PI or Co-PI on awards addressing professional development, partnership, and diversity issues from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, National Institutes of Health, California Science Project, and others. She is a co-author of Girls in Science: A Framework for Action (NSTA Press) and recently led a collaborative effort to draft a book on science education partnerships.

Katherine serves as an adviser on the science festival project, regularly overseeing day to day decisions.



Kishore Hari, Bay Area Science Festival Director
kishore.hari at ucsf.edu
Kishore Hari joined SEP in November 2009, bringing an interest in engaging public audiences in science discussion. In 2007, he founded Down to a Science, a San Francisco based science cafe, to create social dialogues fueled by scientific research. Building on its success, Kishore started BayAreaScience.org, a web portal to all of the various science institutions and events throughout the Bay Area.

Kishore is available 24 x7 for all your science festival needs.



 BayAreaScience Year Round Calendar Team



Bob Siederer
Bob has always been curious about how things work, from the mysteries in the sky to the construction of a house, to the logic and architecture of a computer.  Holding degrees in Accounting and Technical Education, Bob proceeded to ignore them and joined IBM in 1978 as a Systems Engineer in Akron, OH.  Several cities and 27 years later, he found himself in the Bay Area and retired from IBM.  He has become a proponent of science education and outreach, as well as a regular construction team leader at Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco.  He also goes back to Akron to volunteer at the Firestone Country Club’s PGA tournament each summer, and, for the past several years, has helped keep BayAreaScience.org full of event listings.




Herb Masters
Helping get the lay public engaged with science and reason, in conjunction with strengthening the separation of church and state, is one of the most important endeavors if our society is to survive.  Since retiring as a firefighter, Herb has been a connector of the public with the amazing range of informal science education organizations and presenters we have in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Herb is a volunteer at and Oppenheimer member of the Exploratorium, a docent at the California Academy of Sciences, serve on the board of directors of the Bay Area Skeptics, host Skeptics in the Pub @ Fiddler’s Green in Millbrae, and have in the past been on the steering committee of Center for Inquiry SF.  Herb started the Science Schmooze weekly newsletter several years ago and now is a co-editor.