DayCon is a free, daylong science conference consisting of talks and interactive demonstrations given by graduate student scientists. This year’s topics include artificial intelligence, CRISPR gene editing, engineering the microbiome, virus-based technologies, quantum computing, and more!

DayCon is generously supported by Harvard Integrated Life Sciences, Harvard Medical School, Harvard Division of Medical Sciences, Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Graduate Student Council, and Addgene.

Curious about what goes on at DayCon? Check out content from previous years below.


DayCon 2018: “Tomorrow’s Tech, Today” Videos:

(program available here)

Microbes as the Engines of Biotechnology

Viruses as Medicine

Quantum Technology

The World’s Electronic Graveyard: Solving the E-Waste Dilemma

Geoengineering: A Risky Climate Solution

Technologies and Designs for Crowdsourcing

Brain-Machine Interfaces: Bridging the Accessibility Gap

Batteries of the Future

Nuclear Energy: A Power Source for the Future?

How Genetic Engineering is Shaping the Future of Medicine



DayCon 2017: “Planet Earth”



DayCon 2016: “Bodies in Motion” Slides and Videos:

Aging and the Human Body

Genetics of Athletic Ability

A History of (Mostly Vertebrate) Locomotion

Pimp Your Ride: a Futuristic look at Bioengineering the Human Body (video)

The Skin We Move In

From Walking to Marathons: The Role of Nutrition in Exercise

The Physics of Sports (video)

The Future of Motion: Technologies for Prosthetic Limbs


DayCon 2015 Slides (Videos available here):

Cracking the Code: The Genetic Basis of Disease

Genes Gone Wild: The Biology of Human Cancer

Viruses: Hacking the Host

From Broad Street to Boston: Tracking Infectious Disease Outbreaks Using Molecular Epidemiology

From 1552BC to the 21st Century: How Science Made Diabetes Treatable

Preparing for The Battle: Antibiotic Resistance

Psychiatric Disease: Learning about the Brain from Diagnosis to Treatment

Bench to Bedside: The Drug Discovery Pipeline