GapSummit is GBR's flagship event - a global conference addressing the challenges faced by the bioeconomy. With a new organising committee charged with delivering the event yearly and the field of biotechnology in constant motion, each iteration evolves from its predecessor. The successful elements of each GapSummit are kept and improved and new features are readily added. With GapSummit 2018 already accepting applications, we thought it would be a good time to ask this year's team about what their event is bringing to the table (other than a snazzy new blue logo!).
Greater Diversity within the LoT Cohort
Firstly, the alumni network is bigger and better than ever, and have been actively involved in reaching out to those in their networks who fit the spirit of a Leader of Tomorrow. Even at this stage of the application process, we can tell this has translated into in broad a diverse applicant pool of very high standards. As an organisation, we have been acutely aware of any under-representation in disciplines, nationalities, ethnicities and gender at our past events and have made a team effort to remedy these gaps, and we hope to have our most diverse cohort of Leaders of Tomorrow ever.
Increased Opportunities for Interaction
Secondly, one of the greatest features of GapSummit is simply the experience: being surrounded by pioneers in the field, budding visionaries and people from across a multitude of disciplines is the perfect recipe for lively discussions. All of this occuring in the inspiring city of Cambridge, filled to the brim with innovation and talent, and rich with history of some of the most groundbreaking discoveries in scientific advancement. After an excellent GapSummit in the University of Georgetown, this year GapSummit is once again hosted at the historic Saint John’s Divinity School and provides the ultimate Cambridge student experience: punting trips and formal dining halls among others.
This years event is also committed to multiplying the chances for interaction and networking among Leaders of Tomorrow and keynote speakers alike. We're aiming to increase the informal interactions with changes such as more meals arranged with groups with speakers, so that participants can delve into more depth on certain topics; we are also inviting company representation to be present throughout the conference.
New Gaps in Biotechnology
Finally, given the fast-paced landscape of biotech, GapSummit 2018 has kept up to speed by identifying novel gaps in the field of biotechnology to be addressed, calling for new spectra of disciplines to get involved. In addition to examining some of the perennial issues in the biotech space, such as the state of funding, this year's event will explore areas that are rapidly emerging as challenges and points of contention such as drug pricing.
Of course, the essence of the event has remained unchanged: gathering the current leaders of today with the future Leaders of Tomorrow to catalyze novel solutions to some of the greatest challenges facing the industry and some of the greatest challenges the industry can solve! We'll aim to delivery a GapSummit that maintains and exceeds the high-standards characteristic of the previous events and we hope you'll apply to join us in Cambridge as a Leader of Tomorrow to help make it a great success.
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by Mie Monti,
Marketing Officer, GapSummit 2018
and Masters Student at University of Cambridge