C&EN’s Talented 12

C&EN’s Talented 12 class of 2020

Watch this space for the Talented 12 Class of 2020 speakers, to be revealed on August 14


Day 1

August 25, 2020

9:30 a.m.–2:00 p.m. edt
Meet C&EN’s Talented 12 Class of 2020
C&EN's Talented 12 program celebrates young chemists working in academia, industry, and government who are just beginning to put their innovative and transformative ideas into practice. Harvard’s Stuart Schreiber will kick things off with advice for the Talented 12 and others starting their careers. Stick around for TED-style talks by the rising stars in our 2020 class in which they lay out their vision for the future of their fields.
Note: the identities of the Talented 12 Class of 2020 will be revealed Aug. 14 at 11:00 a.m. edt
Stuart Schreiber

Harvard University

T12 Class of 2020
Bibiana Campos Seijo


Bethany Halford


Lisa Jarvis


2:00–3:00 p.m. edt
Meet the CAS Future Leaders
The CAS Future Leaders program provides PhD students and postdocs with the leadership skills they need to shape the future of our science. Join us to hear select CAS Future Leaders tell inspiring first-person-fueled stories about their vision for the future of science.
Nicola Bell

University of Glasgow

Marc Reid

University of Bristol

Craig Stephens


César A. Urbina-Blanco

Ghent University

Paulette Vincent-Ruz

University of Michigan

Peter Carlton


3:00–4:30 p.m. edt
Looking Ahead: Disruptors & Innovators
>Carolyn Bertozzi introduces the ACS Central Science Disruptors & Innovators Prize, which recognizes exceptional innovations that advance and highlight chemistry as the central science. Stay to hear this year’s winner, Zhenan Bao, reflect on the future of polymers and medical devices. Bao, E.W. Bert Meijer, Monica Olvera de la Cruz, and Richmond Sarpong will then engage in a lively Q&A about the scientific discoveries that will shape our future.
Zhenan Bao

Stanford University

Carolyn Bertozzi

Stanford University

Michael Feder


E.W. “Bert” Meijer

University of Technology

Monica Olvera de la Cru

Northwestern University

Richmond Sarpong

University of California, Berkeley

Sofia Garakyaraghi

ACS Publications

Day 2

August 26, 2020 (EDT)

10:00–11:30 a.m. edt
Power Hour: A Diverse, Inclusive Chemistry Community
Join C&EN and Gordon Research Conferences for their second annual joint Power Hour to discuss how to ensure that the chemical sciences capture the next generation of science talent. We’ll start with a fireside chat between Charlotte Allerton, Pfizer’s head of R&D; Renã Robinson, NOBCChE’s president-elect; and C&EN editor in chief Bibiana Campos Seijo about how we can ensure we nurture and maintain a diverse pipeline of future scientists and scientific leaders. Small-group discussion and networking will follow. Space is limited for this session.
Charlotte Allerton


Renã Robinson

Vanderbilt University

Bibiana Campos Seijo


Nancy Ryan Gray

Gordon Research Conferences

11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. edt
Sponsored Session—Lab of the Future: Building a Smarter Lab
Modern digital technology can improve the productivity of scientists, compliance with regulations, and adherence to safety guidelines. In this sponsored session, presented by MilliporeSigma, Haydn Boehm of Merck KGaA and Alessandra Pepe of Merck’s Global Healthcare Operations will explore the new opportunities in managing a laboratory through digitalization.
Haydn Boehm

Merck KGaA

Raj Mukhopadhyay

C&EN BrandLab

12:30–1:00 p.m. edt
1:00–3:30 p.m. edt
Meet C&EN’s Trailblazers
C&EN’s Trailblazers program celebrates the diversity that drives chemistry forward. Our 2020 guest editor, Jennifer Doudna, of UC Berkeley, who will kick off this session, chose to focus C&EN’s 2020 Trailblazers issue on some of the many women entrepreneurs charting a course to solving the world’s biggest challenges with chemistry. Stick around as the Trailblazers on Doudna’s list describe the future of CRISPR for diagnosing emerging diseases (Mammoth Bioscience’s Janice Chen), wastewater surveillance for pandemic surveillance (Biobot Analytics’ Mariana Matus), taming wild microbes for industrial use (Microbyre’s Sarah Richardson), and neurodegenerative disease treatment (Lucy Therapeutics’ Amy Ripka).
Janice Chen

Mammoth Biosciences

Jennifer Doudna

University of California, Berkeley

Mariana Matus

Biobot Analytics

Sarah Richardson


Amy Ripka

Lucy Therapeutics

Lisa Jarvis


Amanda Yarnell


3:30–4:30 p.m. edt
The Future of Science
Whether the breakneck pace of research, the unusual partnerships, or the virtually real-time sharing of data, the global pandemic has dramatically changed science. How will this shape science in the coming years? Stanford’s Carolyn Bertozzi, former Gates Foundation CEO Susan Desmond-Hellman, and Moderna’s Tal Zaks weigh in during this conversation hosted by C&EN deputy executive editor Lisa Jarvis.
Carolyn Bertozzi

Stanford University

Susan Desmond-Hellmann

Gates Foundation

Tal Zaks


Lisa Jarvis


4:30–4:45 p.m. edt

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