What will be the most important innovations or disruptions—or roadblocks—in biotechnology and life sciences in the next 20 years?
Innovations: New research areas opened up by new instruments, analytical methods, ways of organizing research or collaborating, etc.—things that there aren't revolutionary, but will still change the way you do science.
Paradigm shifts: Outlying ideas might turn into revolutions in your field.
New fields: Entirely new fields that are going to be important, and might emerge from today's specialties, subfields, etc.
Social trends: Connections between biotech, society, law, policy, culture, etc.
8:00pm - 8:45pm: Discussion of the program, further mingling. People make proposals for sessions by writing them down on one of the proposal sheets available throughout the room. They describe what type of session they're proposing (talk, performance, panel, forum, demonstration, etc) and how long they want (20 minutes, 40 minutes, or 60 minutes). They then tape them up to one of the flip charts. People will be encouraged to write comments in the comments section, but asked to refrain from voting.
8:45pm - 9:15pm: The MC announces that people should start filling in their "votes". The MC will explain that the "votes" are primarily going to be used to allocate rooms, and that we will do our utmost to accomodate all sessions.
9:15pm - 9:30pm: People mingle and talk while we do a quick count of the votes, and work out which session will be first thing Saturday morning. We then announce this, and people head off to the Duke, to other venues, or home.