The conference is filled with sessions for all interests.

Videos of featured speakers
are available on YouTube.

We have a terrific schedule planned! Many of the papers and posters are already uploaded to the Gateways 2019 Proceedings on OSF.

  • Hear keynotes from James Taylor, one of the original developers of the Galaxy platform for data analysis, and Randy Olson, a scientist-turned-filmmaker who specializes in the communication of science. Keynotes are at 9:00am on Tuesday and Wednesday.

  • Choose from eight hands-on Tutorials  (Monday, September 23) featuring gateway-building platforms, gateway tools, information architecture, and a terrific problem-solving method.

  • Learn from a wide array of presentations and demos, plus a panel. Plus, join the interactive presentation about science communication with Brian Palermo on Wednesday at 11:15am.

  • Mingle or present at the Poster Session and Reception on Tuesday, September 24, where you can also learn about our Sponsors' resources and services that may benefit you.

  • Get opportunities to connect with like-minded colleagues throughout the conference, at evening events, and during the Learning Labs

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Featured Speakers

We are excited to share our 2019 keynote presenters, plus a special featured session.

James Taylor: Keynote titled "Galaxy: From genomic science gateway to global community" on Tuesday, September 24

James Taylor photo

James Taylor is the Ralph S. O'Connor Professor of Biology and professor of computer science at Johns Hopkins University. Until 2014, he was an associate professor in the departments of biology and mathematics and computer science at Emory University. He is one of the original developers of the Galaxy platform for data analysis, and his group continues to work on extending the Galaxy platform. His group also works on understanding genomic and epigenomic regulation of gene transcription through integrated analysis of functional genomic data. James received a PhD in computer science from Penn State University, where he was involved in several vertebrate genome projects and the ENCODE project.

Randy Olson: Keynote titled "Narrative is Everything: The ABT Framework" on Wednesday, September 25, shared with the eScience Conference

Randy Olson photoRandy Olson is a scientist-turned-filmmaker who left a tenured professorship of marine biology (PhD Harvard University) to attend USC Cinema School, then work in and around Hollywood for 25 years. He wrote and directed the documentary feature film “Flock of Dodos: The Evolution-Intelligent Design Circus,” which premiered at Tribeca and aired on Showtime. He has published three books on the communication of science, starting with his identification of the problems in Don’t Be Such A Scientist: Talking Substance in an Age of Style (Island Press, 2nd edition, 2018), followed by his recommended solutions in Houston, We Have A Narrative: Why Science Needs Story (University of Chicago Press, 2015). The latter book outlined his Story Circles Narrative Training program that has now involved over 1,000 scientists from government agencies (including the National Park Service, NIH, USDA, USGS, USFWS) and numerous universities as it continues to grow.

Brian Palermo: Wednesday-morning interactive presentation on Engaging Presentation Skills

Brian Palermo photoAbstract: You’ve got solid data, but are people really listening to you?

For everything from seeking funding to motivating stakeholder action, communication matters. You’ve got the substance, but if it’s not presented with the proper form, structure, and style, it’s not going to be understood. I’m here to help you with this. 

This brief, interactive talk will introduce you to simple techniques designed to engage audiences and make you a more effective communicator. I’ve worked with a wide range of scientists from the Jet Propulsion Labs in Pasadena to doctors at major hospitals. I’m eager to share this training with you.

Brian Palermo is an engaging actor with an impressive resume of performances in television, film and top comedy venues.

He graduated from the University of New Orleans with a degree in Drama and Communications. He has been a performer and teacher with The Groundlings Theatre, Los Angeles' premiere comedy theater, for almost 20 years.

Since 2010, Palermo has led workshops using the skills of improvisational theatre to teach effective communications techniques to professionals throughout the scientific landscape. In 2013 he co-authored the book "Connection: Hollywood Storytelling Meets Critical Thinking" with Randy Olson and Dorie Barton. He is currently an adjunct communications trainer for Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). He’s also taught workshops for the Children’s Hospital L.A., Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the National Parks Service, Monterey Bay Aquarium and ASLO (the Association for Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography) among many others.

His may be a familiar face to some due to his numerous television appearances. Palermo has guest-starred on "Modern Family," "2 Broke Girls," “Major Crimes," and was a recurring Correspondent for "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno".

About the Gateways 2019 Program

The Call for Participation for tutorials, papers, demos, and panels has closed. Accepted presentations were notified in late June.

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Conference at a Glance

Exact timing and details may change as the program develops.

See the detailed conference schedule in Sched.

Monday, September 23


Registration desk opens at 8:00am

9:00am: Tutorials (to 12:30pm with a 30-minute coffee break)
12:30 Lunch

1:30pm: Tutorials (includes a 30-minute afternoon snack break)

End time: 5:00 pm

Enjoy dinner in San Diego on your own or with the new colleagues you met today!

Tuesday, September 24


Registration desk opens at 7:30am

8:30am: Plenary and keynote, followed by concurrent sessions
12:00 Lunch
1:00pm: Learning Labs, concurrent sessions, and a Plenary Panel (at 4:15pm), with 30-minute afternoon snack break
5:00–7:00pm: Evening Poster Session and Reception, with participation by eScience attendees

Wednesday, September 25


Registration desk opens at 7:30am

8:30am: Joint keynote (with eScience attendees), followed by concurrent and other sessions in partnership with eScience
12:00 Lunch

1:00pm: Concurrent sessions, Learning Labs, and the closing session (2:45pm). Stick around for snacks if you have the time!

End time: 3:15pm

5:30pm: Optional evening social event (TBD, not included in registration fee). eScience conference continues through Friday.

Why attend?

Here are some comments from prior attendees...

"The time spent there listening to presentations and talking to people was so valuable for me (and also so much fun!).  I returned with lots of connections and possible interactions — nothing could be more vital for our work…The whole atmosphere was one of finding out what others are doing and telling them what we are doing — I'm not sure what it was about your conference, but it was very magical in that way!”
Ann Christine Catlin, Gateways 2018

"Attending Gateways 2017 was on the top of my list for this year and the event was even better than I envisioned. It was great to see a welcoming community of like-minded people to learn about interesting projects, share thoughts, and make plans for the future. The organization of the event was one of the best I've ever attended; every aspect of the program was planned in a thoughtful way and should be used as a template for other similar-sized events.”
Enis Afgan,
Gateways 2017


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