About the Annual Symposium
Each year, the LSI brings together top scientists from a range of disciplines to share work around a common theme.
The event represents the LSI’s most important values: excellence in science, investment in high-impact research, and the spark that happens when researchers with varied expertise exchange ideas, methods, and insights.
The symposium has been ingrained in the institute's DNA from the very beginning — with the first event in 2002 happening while construction on the LSI building was still underway.
In 2016 the event was named the Saltiel Life Sciences Symposium to honor the contributions of former director Alan Saltiel.
The 2020 Saltiel Life Sciences Symposium will examine the importance of Biodiversity in Biological Research. In addition to their critical role of biodiversity in ecosystems and the health of the planet, new and diverse model systems have frequently been at the heart of paradigm-shifting discoveries in the life sciences.
On September 30, 2020, LSI Symposium will not only showcase innovative and creative research already taking place using unique model systems, but also consider all we have yet to learn from the innumerable unexplored model systems — many of which are disappearing at alarming rates as a result of global climate change.