The World of Genomics

Free with Basic admission on Friday, May 19, and Saturday, May 20, 10am-2pm.

Explore The World of Genomics at The Field Museum during a special two day event presented by the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a world leader in life sciences research and technologies. Meet with IGB scientists in Stanley Field Hall and take part in hands-on activities to discover the fascinating world of genomic science and its impact on our lives.

  • Learn how genes affect behavior and health by examining bee brains in 3D alongside an observation hive with live bees.
  • See how scientists are learning to grow enough food for tomorrow by using computer vision to identify better crops and interact with our crop-roving robot.
  • Witness the drug discovery pipeline in action, critical for combating increasing antimicrobial resistance.
  • Learn about the ways in which each human is unique by exploring next-generation therapeutics and meeting the microbial community that lives inside you.
  • Get to know the IGB, one of the first interdisciplinary research institutes of its kind, and find out how our namesake changed the face of biology and evolution as we know it.
  • See the world’s smallest sequencer read the genome of a never-before-sequenced organism, to be published in a scientific journal.


The IGB thanks the following sponsors of the World of Genomics: 



Carl Zeiss Microscopy


Illinois Soybean Association Checkoff Program

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)


Pacific Biosciences

University of Illinois Sesquicentennial