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Facilitator's note, May 4

Dear Life Sciences Supermind,
As mentioned in my previous notes, we are excited to introduce a synchronous component called Super Sessions to the Life Sciences Supermind exercise!
These virtual, small group discussions will give Supermind participants the opportunity to connect with one other and engage in rich dialogue around a particular topic (e.g. Disruptive Technologies). To do this, participants will hear from fellow leading experts pertaining to the defined category, review prior contributions to the platform, and break into small groups to discuss ideas and create new contributions.
To ensure we can foster the desired depth of the conversations, we will be limiting the sessions to roughly 25 participants. You’ll also notice we plan to host super sessions on three of the five topics - Super Sessions for the remaining challenge areas will likely be hosted at a later date. The topics for the Super Sessions and corresponding dates and times are listed below.
If you would like to participate in one of our Super Sessions outlined below, please email Meraly Therrien ( to confirm your participation by the requested date. Please be sure to include the topic and/or date of the session(s) you would like to join.
  • Future of Scientific Research and Development
    • Session Date: Tuesday, May 11 at 12:00-1:30pm ET / 6:00pm-7:30pm CET
    • Please respond with your intent to participate by Sunday, May 9
  • Disruptive Technologies
    • Session Date: Friday, May 14 at 9:00-10:30am ET / 3:00pm-4:30pm CET
    • Please respond with your intent to participate by Wednesday, May 12
  • Public Health Preparedness, Sciences, and Technologies
    • Session Date: Tuesday, May 18 at 11:30am-1:00pm ET/ 5:30pm-7pm CET
    • Please respond with your intent to participate by Sunday, May 16
We look forward to your participation!
Best Regards,
David Sun Kong, Ph.D.
Community Biotechnology Initiative
MIT Media Lab