BioTech in Action: Global

Online Event

This spring and summer, the Biogen Community Lab and the Lemelson-MIT Program are collaborating to empower a new generation of young scientists and inventors through state-of-the-art virtual programming. Designed to foster a passion for science and invention, the programs are committed to ensuring diverse groups of students participate. Students will have the opportunity to meet and interact with Biogen and MIT employees and obtain an inside view of a biotech company and university. Seminars for educators to learn how to teach students 4 lessons in biotech are part of the programming.

The programs are available at no cost to students and educators around the globe.

All programs are designed to be easy and flexible so that educators can choose the format that works best for them and their students. The content is developed for students ages 12-18. Please read below for information about the offerings.

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Spring Seminars

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Designed for students and educators alike, seminars will be offered in these four subject areas:

This presentation will explore what it means to be a biotechnology company. It will provide students with an in-depth view of how Biogen utilizes the field of biotechnology. We will discuss the inventions of medicines to treat neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s, one of Biogen’s main focuses.
This presentation will dive into the different career fields that make up a successful biotechnology company. When people think of a company like Biogen, it is all too easy to think only of the scientists, but there are also many diverse careers that make the company successful. During this presentation, you will get a chance to learn about all of these different careers.
This presentation will explore climate change and how it is connected with human health. We will discuss what climate change is, its impact on human health, and what solutions we can invent in our communities to protect ourselves from the impact on our health. Students will be provided an opportunity to ask questions about their own climate change concerns and speak with employees who are passionate about making the world a better place.
In this presentation, students will get the opportunity to learn about the ways scientists and others at companies like Biogen and at universities like MIT use science and technology to help people across the globe. We will explore ways students and professionals in the biotechnology industry come to understand the problems people face in their daily lives and develop technological solutions that are new and novel, useful and unique (i.e., an invention!). Practical advice will be provided regarding how you can get on the pathway to invention!

How to Sign up for the Seminars!

Educators can sign up for a time and topic and one of our instructors will join the classroom virtually to give an hour-long lesson on one of the topics above. Students will get the chance to participate and engage in the presentation. Educators can sign up for these virtual classroom visits by clicking this link here.

For educators who would prefer to teach these modules themselves, we are offering virtual seminars to train educators on all four presentation topics above. Seminars will be taught in English, Spanish and Portuguese. Plus you will be given all the materials you need to teach the lessons in English, Spanish, or Portuguese. 

  • All spring seminars have now passed. Check back in the fall for other events!

For students who would like to learn in English, Spanish or Portuguese, or who would like to learn outside of the classroom, we will also be teaching our four presentations listed above on the four Saturdays listed below. Please click the date to register.

  • Biotechnology and Alzheimer’s: March 6, 2021, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. ET  (PAST EVENT, REGISTRATION CLOSED)
  • Careers in Biotech: March 27, 2021, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. ET  (PAST EVENT, REGISTRATION CLOSED)
  • Healthy Climate, Healthy Lives: April 24, 2021, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. ET (PAST EVENT, REGISTRATION CLOSED)
  • Invention in Biotech: May 1, 2021, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. ET (PAST EVENT, REGISTRATION CLOSED)


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Ongoing Speaker Series

Occurring the third Wednesday of each month from 4:00 -5:00 p.m. ET, the virtual speaker series hosts an expert to discuss topics such as invention, innovation and advances in biotech. The speaker series are in English. Click each box below to register. To see past speaker series events, please click this link here.

Summer Program

We will run four, two-week-long sessions from June 21, 2021 to August 20, 2021, that will provide high school students currently in 9th - 12th grade with the opportunity to expand their knowledge and skills in STEM, while getting an inside view of what it’s like to work for a biotech company.

Students will use virtual labs, online learning and conferencing software, and engage with real-time conversations with employees of both Biogen and MIT to learn all about biotechnology and invention with a focus on Alzheimer’s disease.

APPLICATIONS FOR THIS PROGRAM HAVE NOW CLOSED. However, please click the button below for more information.