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Science Foo Camp (Sci Foo)

Science Foo Camp is an annual event Digital Science organises with Google and O’Reilly in Palo Alto. Sci Foo is particularly unusual among scientific conferences in three ways: It is invitation-only; the invitees come from many different areas of science rather than one subject (such as physics, chemistry or biology); and, the meeting has no fixed agenda, the invited scientists, technologists and policymakers set the conference program during the conference itself, based on their shared professional interests and enthusiasms. 

Amongst the truly international mix of attendees, there are always a handful of Digital Science folk, including some real Sci Foo veterans and some total newbies. The conference follows the “unconference” format. There is no predefined agenda, instead, the attendees create one collaboratively, with little, if any, constraints on what can be discussed.

As you can see from the evidence below, a great time is always had by all! Don’t forget to follow the hashtag #SciFoo for more details.

Sci Foo crew 2019

The next Sci Foo event will take place in Cambridge, UK in July 2024. Please contact Amarjit Myers or Cat Allman, two of the organisers for more information. 

You can see lightning talks from previous Sci Foo events on YouTube here and for more information on how Sci Foo works, read attendee Alex Jackson’s blog post on his first visit to Sci Foo in 2019 here and see a 2018 video we created asking scientists what the future holds.

SCI FOO 2019

Sci Foo brings together almost 300 people from around the world who are doing groundbreaking work in diverse areas of science and technology.

SCI FOO 2012

If you had 1 billion dollars to spend on just one project, what would it be? Here’s how an astrobiologist and Nobel Laureate, amongst others, would spend the money.

SCI FOO 2010

How do we feed 9 billion people? How can we reduce our carbon dioxide emissions? Campers at the 2010 meeting came up with a variety of answers.

SCI FOO 2011

Which technology will have the greatest impact in the next 10 years: the internet, genomics or geo-engineering?

SCI FOO 2011

We asked a skeptic, an internet guru, a philosopher and some scientists about their worries for the future.

SCI FOO 2010

Each year Google, Nature and O’Reilly Media invite some of the sharpest thinkers to California to Science Foo Camp

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