Now in its seventh year, the Impact Circle opens the doors of the Buck to the public for a unique and engaging event. In a friendly competition, scientists share their dream projects in terms we can all understand. Impact Circle Members choose which dream comes true.
Rules of Engagement
Donors make an investment of $5000 to become Impact Circle Members. That investment goes toward a Grand Prize. Scientists, incentivized by this prize, dig deep for their most novel, clear blue-sky idea that is far too risky for institutional funders like the National Institutes of Health to fund. They gather their lab members to distill the science behind those ideas into accessible and exciting pitches for Circle Members. Then, the games begin!
For more information and questions, please contact Lisa Palma, Director of Philanthropy
- 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
- In the Buck Atrium
Science fair at the Buck! Hear about the projects and vote for the finalists. Each project will have a table where you will have the opportunity to stop by to ask questions, mingle with the scientists, and hear more about the projects. Light bites and beverages to be provided. At the end of the evening, a Circle Member vote will take place to select three finalist projects. If you are not able to attend, all of the projects, their descriptions, and background material will be available on password protected website and members can submit their proxy votes in advance.
- Drexler Auditorium
This is a members’ only event where the labs and scientists for the three finalist projects will give 20-minute presentations describing their proposed experiment and the anticipated impact of their research. At the conclusion of the presentations, the members will vote on the 2020 Grand Prize Winner. If you can’t make the Grand Prize selection you can participate via Zoom. Bites and beverages will be served.
- Buck Institute
8001 Redwood Blvd
Novato, California 94945