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Speaker Announcement: Structure Films + Kate McLean


L to R: “Particle Fever” director Mark Levinson with David, Kate, and Jason at the Tribeca Film Festival

Structure Films is the collaborative documentary filmmaking duo of David Alvarado and Jason Sussberg, who met in Stanford’s Documentary Film and Video Production MFA program. From their bio:

“Structure Films makes films about people doing cool S.H.I.T– science, health, information and technology. We strongly believe that cinematic storytelling can revolutionize science communication and engage the public with the awesome responsibility that comes with the scientific enterprise.

Our films have screened in major international festivals including South by Southwest, Hot Docs International, and London International Film Festival; broadcast on the BBC, TIME, and Outside Magazine; and supported by the Sundance Institute, Tribeca Film Institute, ITVS and the MacArthur Foundation.

David Alvarado is a documentary director/producer/cinematographer in New York City. He specializes in science, philosophy, human sexuality, and the historical development of religion. David is a friendly atheist and the proud son of a Mexican immigrant.

Jason Sussberg is a documentary filmmaker focusing on the art and humanity in STEM. Past life: motion graphic designer, sports TV producer, and academic. Present life: digital dilettante.”

Kate McLean is a writer, producer and filmmaker living in San Francisco. She is  currently producing Jamie Meltzer's forthcoming PBS documentary True Conviction, about a group of exonerated men who form their own detective agency,  as well as Immigrant Nation, a film and interactive project (with Theo Rigby)  supported by the Tribeca Film Institute and The MacArthur Foundation. A regular collaborator with Jason Sussberg and David Alvarado, Kate produced their first feature doc, The Immortalists (2014), which screened in competition at SXSW, BFI, and  CPH: DOX. She is also working with them on their forthcoming documentary about Bill Nye.

Kate co-directed the short documentaries The Caretaker and Marathon, which were featured in the New York Times’ OpDocs series and broadcast on the PBS series POV. She also co-directed the short documentary Pot Country (with Mario Furloni), which won Best Documentary at the USA Short Film Festival (2012), was an official selection at Hot Docs (2012) and at Big Sky (2011) and a national finalist for the 2012 Student Academy Awards. She is a Sundance Creative Producing Summit Fellow and a San Francisco Film Society FilmHouse Resident. She has a master’s degree from the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.

Notable projects include:

  • The Immortalists, “Two eccentric scientists struggle to create eternal youth in a world they call “blind to the tragedy of old age.”
  • De-extinction, a short that probes the use of biotechnology to bring back extinct species. With Stewart Brand, Ben Novak, the Passenger pigeon, the Tasmanian tiger, and the Pyrenean ibex.
  • The Untitled Bill Nye Documentary, in production. At the time of its launch, the project beat out Spock and broke the record for the most funded documentary on Kickstarter

David on Twitter | Kate on Twitter | Jason on Twitter

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Speaker Announcement: Megan Palmer

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Megan J. Palmer is a scientist and engineer turned policy wonk who is fascinated by biological systems from molecular to social scales. She is a Senior Research Scholar at the Center for International Security and Cooperation(CISAC) at Stanford University where she leads a research and practice program on international biotechnology governance. She also founded and is executive director of SynbioLEAP, an international fellowship program in biotechnology leadership, and helps lead the Human Practices and Safety programs of the iGEM Competition. Megan spent 5 years leading the Policy and Practices portfolio of the multi-university NSF Synthetic Biology Engineering Research Center (Synberc), and has advised numerous academic, civil society, government and industry organizations on their approaches to the responsible development of emerging technologies.

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BioHack The Planet: Coming to the Bay Area in 2016


As the BioHacker community grows, there is a need to disseminate information and facilitate interaction between individuals of different knowledge bases and areas of expertise.

BioHTP is run by BioHackers, designed for BioHackers, with talks solicited from BioHackers.

Dates & Location.

The dates for the inaugural BioHTP are September 23, 24, and 25, 2016. Events will begin the afternoon of Friday the 23rd, and close on Sunday the 25th. Join us for the weekend! We're excited to announce that the event will be held at Omni Commons, a community space in Oakland, CA, and home to Counter Culture Labs.

Omni Commons
4799 Shattuck
Oakland CA 94114

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No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Contact us if you need help( or alternatively submit a abstract and if you are chosen for a talk you will receive a free pass!

Submit an abstract.

Want to present at BioHTP's inaugural year? Submit an abstract! We'll let you know if you have been selected by mid-June. All accepted proposals get free tickets. If your proposal doesn't get accepted, you'll still receive $10 off of the full price of conference admission for participating.


We're on the lookout for help! If you've got some skills you'd like to share, give us a shout. Photography, videography, mad social media skills, give us a shout at

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