top of page is a nonprofit initiative that aims to improve scientific collective intelligence.


We are promoting an open dialogue among scientists that started with a focus on a complex biomedical problem (cell-cell communication) and now includes a discussion of the use Artificial Intelligence (AI) in science, because AI might offer the only path towards a solution of the most complex scientific challenges.


We have been inspired by the collaborative process used by Particle physicists to define the most important scientific questions and to identify promising opportunities to address them. Research on philanthropy shows that significant resources would be available for potentially transformative scientific projects.

Anyone with relevant expertise is welcome to contribute ideas to the Forum. A Prize has been given for the best contribution from early career scientists. The Forum also includes Interviews with experts in topics relevant for the initiative.


Among recent additions are surveys of biomedical scientists and economists and research in the history of science. The last round of the discussion about incentives suggested rewarding scientific contributors by connecting them with potential mentors or collaborators.


Anindya Bagchi

Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute

Giovanni Paternostro

Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute

Joshua Graff Zivin

School of Global Policy and Strategy and Department of Economics

University of California, San Diego


Napoleone Ferrara

University of California, San Diego

2013 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences

2010 Lasker Award

Guy Salvesen

Graduate School Founding Dean

Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute

Christopher Wills

Professor Emeritus of Biology

University of California, San Diego

Anchor 1
bottom of page