Viriditas is a small, focused, discussion-based workshop geared towards coalescing a practical plan for supporting human life on Mars. It will bring together innovators and visionaries across industry, academia, and government who are interested in applying synthetic biology to space exploration. The workshop will be a full-day event on October 20th, 2018 at Ginkgo Bioworks in Boston, MA.
The name Viriditas is inspired from a concept in Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars Trilogy:
All these conditions make survival for living things difficult in the extreme. But life is tough and adaptable, it is the green force viriditas, pushing into the universe.
Viriditas is a joint effort by the Harvard Systems Biology Department, the Wyss Institute, the MIT Media Lab Space Exploration Initiative, and Ginkgo Bioworks. For further information, please see the Organizers and Sponsors sections of the site.