Online science seminars you can enjoy from home


As many of us are adjusting to the strange reality of working from home, we may feel disconnected from our lab bench and from daily scientific conversations with our colleagues. In light of this, several institutes have launched an online science seminar series to keep our scientific community connected.

Below we list the currently available open-access, online seminars that may be of interest to our ASCB community. If you are aware of any additional open-access seminars that are not listed here, please share them in ASCB’s Online Community.

For additional activities that scientists could do while working remotely, see this resource spearheaded by fellow ASCB members Mike Boyce and Mary Munson: Crowdsourced remote activity ideas for biomedical scientists

Navigating basic & translational research as a trainee during COVID-19

Schedule: Thursday, April 2, 2020, at 4:00 pm EDT

Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center Connect: Science seminar series

Schedule: Every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday at 12:00 pm EDT (and on-demand access to recorded talks from the series)

AAAS Technology and Career Seminars:

Schedule: April 1, April 8, April 22 at 12:00 pm EDT

eLife and COVID-19: Keeping communications open with online research talks

Schedule: Tuesdays 9:00-10:00 am GMT, Thursdays 5:00-6:00 pm GMT

Blood and Bone Quarantine Series

Schedule: Every weekday 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm EST

Cardiometabolism Virtual Seminar Series

Schedule: Every Friday at 12:00 pm EST

Metabolic Physiology in Isolation

Schedule: Every weekday 11:30 am EDT

Aging Science in Isolation

Schedule: Every weekday 1:00 pm EDT


iBiology is a treasure trove of scientific and technical talks by world experts on a plethora of topics.


A collection of online courses (many free), hosted by universities from around the world, on topics about biology, data science, coding, teaching, chemistry, physics, engineering, art history, and almost any other topic.

(updated March 31, 2020)

Disclaimer: The views expressed in this blog post are my own and do not reflect the views of my employer. Big thank you to James Olzmann (UC Berkeley) for suggesting the topic of this article and for getting this list started. Thank you to my colleagues who also contributed to this list.

The views and opinions expressed in this blog are the views of the author(s) and do not represent the official policy or position of ASCB.

About the Author:

Vladimir Botchkarev is the current co-chair of the ASCB Committee for Postdocs and Students (COMPASS) Outreach Subcommittee. He is also a postdoctoral fellow in David Livingston’s lab at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Harvard Medical School. Vladimir has established the science outreach program Sharon STEM Talks with help from ASCB COMPASS Outreach funding ( at Sharon High School with help from ASCB COMPASS Outreach funding.