Rady School to Host Panel as Part of San Diego Science Festival

SD Science Festival

The inaugural San Diego Science Festival is planned as one of the largest multicultural and multidisciplinary celebrations of science ever seen on the West Coast. The festival will descend on San Diego with more than 500 free activities across the county in the month of March, and culminates in Expo Day in Balboa Park on April 4.

The festival’s theme is “The Science of You: How Science Impacts Your Life.” UC San Diego’s BioBridge, a science education and outreach program that works with several county school districts, has taken the lead in organizing the festival in collaboration with the San Diego Science Alliance, CONNECT, BIOCOM and other key organizations.

As part of the Science Festival, the Rady School will host a panel, “From Idea to Marketplace.” The panelists will discuss new ideas and discoveries and how they become real products and businesses, showcasing these successful entrepreneurs and the paths they took from research to commercial reality. The panel will take place Thursday, April 2, from 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at the Rady School of Management’s Otterson Hall.

The monthlong festival will unfold in three phases. First, more than 100 scientists, including many UC San Diego faculty, will visit schools around San Diego County. In addition, San Diego technology companies will put on the San Diego Science Alliance’s High Tech Fair for middle and high school students with various science exhibitions. Then, the community will be invited to visit campuses, companies and other organizations for science-themed programs.

Organizers hope the monthlong activities will draw about 250,000 visitors and the goal is to make the festival an annual event in San Diego.

For more information visit www.sdsciencefestival.org

Portions of this article were originally published in This Week @ UCSD