iBioSeminars is one of three series of talks from iBiology (the other two are iBioMagazine - discussed in this post- and iBioEducation). iBioSeminars is a collection of scientific talks about a variety of interesting topics from multiple fields of biology. The topics range from The Origin of Vertebrates to Apoptosis, and also include virology and plant biology. As you can see, the spectrum of topics is broad, which makes iBiology a useful tool to learn a little bit about everything, and satisfy your curiosity about topics you are not regularly exposed to.
Now, you may ask, who are the people giving the talks? Well, the answer is simple: the very best. Leading experts in their fields, including Sydney Brenner, Elizabeth Blackburn, Lucy Shapiro, Marc Kirschner, and many, many others. Most of the time the speakers are picked by the iBiology team. However, every once in a while the team gets an email from a potential speaker volunteering to give a talk. Also, the iBiology team seeks input from the scientific community in order to select speakers.
The iBioseminar talks are designed to be easy to follow. Most of them are divided in two or more parts. The first part gives a broad introduction to the topic to help the audience understand the big picture, while the other parts focus on the latest research done by the speaker. To ensure the quality of the talk, the iBiology team works hard to select the best speakers for each topic, and to find the best way to deliver the message. Each talk goes through a long process of production, which includes reviewing the slides, filming, and editing. It usually requires three months of work for the final product.
One of iBiology's main goals is to reach out to the largest audience possible. To encourage this, many of the iBioSeminar talks have subtitles to help the audience understand the talks without missing any details or other important information. Also, to attract a broader audience, iBiology is working on new topics to cover in iBioSeminars such as ecology, evolution, and animal behavior.
So, if you want to learn about a new topic out of curiosity, in class, or even for your Qualifying Exam, I encourage you to take a look at the available talks. They will enlighten you. They are a great source of information, and they are very easy to understand. You can even download the talks and watch them whenever you want! If you have suggestions about a topic you are interested about, contact the iBiology team!