Conferences are designed for building connections.  Sometimes though, you need a designated meeting space and common interests to make those connections.  We are excited to offer the PepTalk Plaza as a gathering place to facilitate connections.

The PepTalk Plaza located in the Exhibit Hall provides a meeting spot for people with similar interests to convene and construct a plan to take advantage of all that PepTalk: The Protein Science and Production Week has to offer.


Monday, January 15

6:30 pm: Gaslamp Walk and Talk*

  • Make connections for your week at PepTalk on your way to the historic Gaslamp District
  • Meet us in the Hilton Bayfront lobby - walk leaves hotel and ends at Gaslamp District where you and your new connections can get dinner and drinks

* Participants are responsible for their own transportation, food, and drink expenses.

Tuesday, January 16

6:45 – 7:30 pm: Young Scientist Meet Up

Emma Altman, Senior Research Associate, Kite Pharma 
Kavya Ganapathy, PhD, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Genentech
Sean Yamada-Hunter, PhD, Postdoctoral Research, Mackall Lab, Stanford Cancer Institute, Stanford University 

Alexandros Karyolaimos, PhD, Researcher, Department of Biochemistry & Biophysics, Stockholm University

This young scientist meet up is an opportunity to get to know and network with mentors of the PepTalk community. This session aims to inspire the next-generation of young scientists by giving direct access to established leaders in the field.

  • Get to know fellow peers and colleagues
  • Make connections and network with other institutions 
  • Discuss the role of mentors and peers role models in the workplace

Wednesday, January 17

10:15 - 10:30 am: Meet the Fireside Chat Plenary Speakers
Stop by to continue the discussion and ask questions with our expert PepTalk plenary panel.

4:00 pm: Poster Awards Announcement

Thursday, January 18

10:45 – 11:00 am: Electronic Connections Training
Join us for this event to learn and experience sharing electronic business profiles and connecting on the PepTalk App.

11:10 am: Raffle - Apple AirTags

4:00 – 4:15 pm: Speed Networking
Bring yourself, your business cards or e-cards, and be prepared to share and summarize the key elements of your research in a minute. PepTalk will provide a location, timer, and fellow attendees to facilitate the introductions.

6:20 pm: Raffle - Ring Doorbell

6:15 – 7:00 pm: Women in Science Meet Up

Christa Cortesio, PhD, Director, Protein Science, Protein Biochemistry & Analytics Core, Kite Pharma
Marija Dramicanin, PhD, Head, Protein Production Facility, Walter & Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research

Deborah Moore-Lai, PhD, Senior Director, Protein Development & Production, R&D Leadership, Abcam 

CHI is proud to offer programming that honors and celebrates the advancement of diversity in the life sciences. We recognize that barriers preventing women from fully participating in the sciences are not just barriers to equality, but also critically deter scientific advancement worldwide. Our Women in Science programming invites the entire scientific community to discuss these barriers, as we believe that all voices are necessary and welcome.

Friday, January 19

10:45 – 11:00 am: Post-PepTalk Connections

  • How will our onsite app benefit your networking after the conference?
  • How to view on-demand presentations to maximize your conference experience

1:25 pm: Poster Awards Announcement

1:40 pm: Raffle – Apple AirPods