Our Workshop Philosophy
Our ultimate research focus is on the long-term flourishing of life and the biosphere. However, we acknowledge that it’s a long way and that there are many important problems that we face today. This is why our technical workshops invite researchers at the intersection of two or more disciplines to generate new research projects that have a positive impact already in the here and now.
2019 Atomic Precision for Healing the Planet
An interactive competition Co-chaired by William Goddard (Charles and Mary Ferkel Professor of Chemistry, Materials Science, and Applied Physics at the California Institute of Technology) and Tom Chi (Co-Founder, Google X).
A big motivation for Foresight’s focus on atomic precision is the tremendous potential for cleaning up and revitalizing our planet. In this workshop, a multidisciplinary group of specialists in clean energy and pollution reduction research collaborated with those tackling the challenges of atomically-precise 3D structures and molecular machines, including construction pathways using chemistry, applied physics, biochemistry, molecular biology, and engineering.
2018 Atomic Precision for Longevity Workshop
Specialists in research areas related to increasing human longevity will collaborate with those tackling the challenges of atomically-precise 3D structures and molecular machines, including construction pathways using biochemistry organic/inorganic chemistry, protein design, DNA objects, applied physics, molecular biology, computational chemistry, and engineering.
Integrated Molecular Machines: From Materials to Nanosystems
Specialists in target applications collaborated with those tackling the challenges of atomically-precise 3D structures and molecular machines, including construction pathways using chemistry, applied physics, biochemistry, molecular biology, and engineering.
Atomic Precision for Healthspan & Longevity
A multidisciplinary group of specialists in healthspan and longevity research will collaborate with those tackling the challenges of atomically-precise 3D structures and molecular machines, including construction pathways using chemistry, applied physics, biochemistry, molecular biology, and engineering.
Report and individual project proposals coming soon.
AI for Atomic Precision: Design Software for Molecular Machines
This two-day, fast-paced interactive workshop in Silicon Valley, targeted at generating new insights, new projects, and especially new funding for the goal of applying advanced computer science to the challenges of atomic precision.
See video for NanoMind as an example of the proposals that were originated at this workshop.
Report and videos of individual project proposals coming soon.
Artificial Intelligence for Scientific Progress Workshop
This 2-1/2 day, fast-paced interactive workshop in Silicon Valley was targeted at exploring new research projects about applying advanced computer science to the challenges in scientific research.
Breakthrough Technologies for Energy Workshop
During this invitational meeting wide-ranging thinkers explored future research directions, formed new multi-disciplinary teams, and sped atomically-precise advances relating to energy generation, transmission, and use reduction.
Atomic Precision for Medicine Workshop
This highly interactive and stimulating 2- 1/2 day meeting focused on long-term prospects for revolutionary advances in medical applications based on improved precision in the control of matter, and speeding up research into that direction.
Directed/Programmable Matter for Energy Workshop
A private 2-1/2 day technical meeting focused on long-term prospects for revolutionary advances in energy storage, transmission, and generation based on improved precision in our control of matter.
Illuminating Atomic Precision Workshop
The conference brought together many of the world’s leading researchers to stimulate interdisciplinary dialogue, productive research collaboration and technical progress towards beneficial nanotechnologies.
More conference videos can be found here. Speakers included George Church, Dean Astumian, Art Olson, Gerhard KLimeck, William Goddard, Larry Millstein, Joseph Puglisi, Alex Wissner-Gross, John Randall, Leonhard Grill.
Conference proceedings, published by Nature, can be found here.
Synergy of Molecular Manufacturing and Artificial Intelligence Conference
The conference focused on the potential exponential takeoff of rapidly-developing technologies.
More conference videos can be found here. Speakers included J. Storrs Hall, Ralph Merkle, Michael Anissimov, Paul Saffo, Salim Ismail, Brad Templeteon, Monica Anderson,
Foresight co-sponsored Bench to Market: Idea Evaluation and Commercialization for Product-market Fit presented by The Berkeley Postdoc Entrepreneurship Program, June 25, 2015, 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM (PDT) Berkeley, California.
The B.R.AI.N.S salon on Human Biology and Freedom capped a successful Crowdtilt community fundraising campaign to build a strategic alliance between B.R.AI.N.S., Berkeley BioLabs and Foresight Institute to build an opensource biological parts repository and design and distribute a line of “How-to Build Biological Machines” educational kits. Building biological molecular machines as an open source path to advanced nanotechnology.
17th Foresight Conference: “The Integration Conference“, February 7-9, 2014, Crowne Plaza Cabana Hotel, Palo Alto, Silicon Valley, California, USA
The 2013 Foresight Technical Conference—Illuminating Atomic Precision, January 11-13, 2013, Crowne Plaza Cabana Hotel, Palo Alto, CA USA
Technical Conference Follow-Up
Foresight @ Google: 25th Anniversary Conference Celebration & Reunion Weekend, hosted by Google at their main campus in Mountain View, CA, June 25-26, 2011.
Reunion Conference Follow-Up
Foresight 2010: the Synergy of Molecular Manufacturing and AGI, January 16-17, 2010, Palo Alto, California.
Productive Nanosystems: Launching the Technology Roadmap, October 9-10, 2007, DoubleTree Crystal City in Arlington, VA.
Conference brochure (PDF 987 KB)
Advancing Beneficial Nanotechnology: Focusing on the Cutting Edge. The 13th Foresight Conference on Advanced Nanotechnology was held Oct 22-27, 2005.
1st Conference on Advanced Nanotechnology: Research, Applications, and Policy. The 1st in the series of Conferences on Advanced Nanotechnology: Research, Applications, and Policy was held Oct. 21-24, 2004, Crystal City Marriott Hotel (Washington, DC Area).
In contrast to other Foresight conferences, which are technical conferences for researchers, the First General Conference was targeted a more general audience. Later, the Senior Associate Gatherings, such as the one held October 18-20, 1996, have afforded opportunities for members to hear about nanotechnology in a less formal environment.
Second Conference on Molecular Nanotechnology– 1991