Broad Discovery Series

People listening to one of the Broad Discovery Series talks

The Broad Discovery Series (formerly known as Science For All Seasons) brings researchers to the stage to discuss and answer questions about some of the most pressing topics in science and medicine today. Held in-person and virtually at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, these free public events explore the genetic and biological roots of human health and disease, the mechanisms that govern how our cells and bodies function, new technologies that are changing what's possible in science, and the progress being made to translate these findings into treatments for common and rare diseases.

Teens and adults interested in biomedical research, the intersection of computer science and biology, and the future of medicine are all welcome to join these exciting discussions.

The Broad Discovery Series is a program of the Broad Discovery Center, an active, public educational space that showcases how researchers at the Broad Institute and their colleagues around the world are tackling some of the toughest questions in biomedicine, gaining a deeper understanding of human health and disease, and translating that insight into new approaches for treatments. Learn more about the Broad Discovery Center at


Upcoming Talks

Thursday, November 9, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Melina Claussnitzer and Miriam Udler 


Past Talks

From genome editing to programmable medicine
Tuesday, August 15, 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Feng Zhang 

Spurred by the development of CRISPR for genome editing, researchers have for 10 years been working to engineer modular, "programmable" treatments that accurately and consistently strike at the root causes of diseases. In this Broad Discovery Series event, molecular biologist and CRISPR pioneer Feng Zhang will invite past and present members of his lab to reflect on how the genome editing toolkit has expanded over the last decade, discuss other ways of developing programmable medicines, and talk about what gets them most excited about these technologies' potential. 


Broad Discovery Series x BroadIgnite: An evening of inspired science
Wednesday, May 24, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Juli Coraor Fried | Kiran Garimella | Raj Gupta | Sumaiya Iqbal | Jacob Lemieux

Early-career scientists often have the most game-changing ideas. Join five emerging scientific visionaries as they talk about their efforts to move the needle on neurodegenerative and metabolic diseases, sudden cardiac death, infectious disease diagnosis and surveillance, and rare genetic disorders.

This Broad Discovery Series event is being held in collaboration with BroadIgnite, an institute program that partners rising philanthropists with early-career researchers involved in high-risk, potentially high-reward projects.


Tuesday, February 7, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Biomedical science and machine learning: A two-way street
Caroline Uhler

Biomedical science and data analysis technologies have both experienced revolutions in the 21st century. Join Caroline Uhler to learn how these two fields are coming together — and how today’s biological questions are motivating new developments in machine learning to help find answers.


Tuesday, November 15, 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Taking an engineer's approach to understanding biology
Paul Blainey and Alex Shalek

The next breakthrough in science often comes from looking at a problem from a new angle and with new facts. In the inaugural talk of the Broad Discovery Series, Paul Blainey and Alex Shalek will share how taking an engineering approach can allow scientists to make new types of biological measurements that help answer important questions about cells and tissues, and can yield new, otherwise unseeable perspectives about how living systems work.