SOBA: Conducting Big Science

Scientists working on enormous collaborations discuss how they get the job done in the era of big science and big data.

Event Details


swissnex San Francisco
730 Montgomery St., San Francisco, 94111 United States


September 18, 2013 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

As the upper limits of science and data get bigger, special tools, techniques, and approaches have to be developed to make it all work. How do these enormous collaborations of thousands of scientists succeed? How do they decide workflows, communicate effectively, handle all that data, and coordinate their analyses? This month at ScienceOnline Bay Area, scientists from the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the Encyclopedia of DNA Elements (ENCODE), the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST), and the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) initiative, will discuss how they get the job done in the era of big science and big data.

Presentations are followed by a panel discussion and audience Q&A. Continue the conversation at a nearby bar (to be announced at the event).

*Presentations and discussion livestreamed. Follow the event on Twitter (@sciobayarea and #sobay), and like SOBA on Facebook.


6:30 pm  doors open
7:00 pm  talks and panel discussion
8:30 pm  event ends

ScienceOnline Bay Area (SOBA) is a monthly series to encourage the discussion of how science is carried out and communicated online.

SOBA is a local meeting of the ScienceOnlineNOW community and is co-organized by David Harris, William Gunn, Elizabeth Iorns, Megan Mansell Williams, and Aurelie Coulon with support from swissnex San Francisco and Mendeley. These local events are recognized and encouraged by ScienceOnline, a non-profit organization that facilitates discussion about science through online networks and face-to-face events.



Photo: Myleen Hollero