Ahead of the ahead of the midwinter immunology conference held in January 2023 in Asilomar in Monterey CA [how many?} founding members and other attendees gathered to help launch Solving For Science.
[why immunology?] The setting was chosen as Solving for Science started out of a gathering of mid-career immunologists over the past few years, many of whom make up the Founding Members of the organization.
The founding membership of SolvingFor came together around a shared concern that a set of challenges in doing science kept coming up over and over with potential solutions arising in enthusiastic bursts of energy, yet with no workable mechanism or resources to solve them by working scientists often overcommitted already. Challenges like…add in here
[what was the purpose?] The goal of the gathering was to talk about the future of science and how we do it.
As Founding Board Member Max Krummel said in his introduction, “We don't want to just wait 20 years to see these things change on their own or be changed for us. Rewriting the rules begins with a [tight/committed community of trust] that has some shared questions that we want to ask… But who know we can't do any of this alone. You’re here because you share our belief that we can take these larger ideas and effect some degree of change.”
Over the course of 2022, the Solving For founders designed a 501c3 organization and process called the Idea Engine, to help the community define the Challenges, come up with solutions for positive Change, and to staff, resource and help execute Campaigns to make those changes happen. At the end of 2022, they were able to hire Executive Director Kari Fischer, PhD, to start putting the plan into action.
The Asilomar event was held primarily to share and solicit core community feedback on the Idea Engine process, organizational structure, and plans for the first nascent campaigns.
quote from Max, quote from Liz, quote from Kari, quote from Vincent from the events
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