Unique Partnerships

Unique Partnerships

The mission of BIO5 is based on the concept of collaboration and teamwork. We partner with groups across campus and across Southern Arizona to advance science, science translation, science education, and science literacy. The goal is to explore the connection between our daily lives and advances in science, as well as share the ground-breaking research being done right here at the UA. 


Science City at The Tucson Festival of Books

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In 2009, the BIO5 Institute pioneered the idea of a simple "science pavilion" concept to be held during the newly formed community event the Tucson Festival of Books. Due to a shared mission of science outreach and community engagement, over the next several years the College of Science joined BIO5 in expanding the original project scope to a series of booths and increased campus involvement, calling the joint effort "Science City."

Today, the Science City executive committee is the catalyst for bringing together a group of more than 1,200 volunteers from across the UA and the Southern Arizona community for the purpose of leading and organizing what is now considered the largest annual experiential STEM learning experience in the state of Arizona. The Tucson Festival of Books has become the third largest book festival in the country, and the only one with a focus on science.


students networking with industry people

Student Industry Networking Event (SINE)

BIOSA is a non-profit trade group that supports the creation, operation, and expansion of life science enterprises and the commercialization of university research institute-based technologies in Southern Arizona.

BIOSA partners with BIO5 to host the annual Student Industry Networking Event at UA. SINE brings together industry and UA students to explore our local life science community and opportunities for potential internships and careers in southern Arizona.

 Here is a recap of the February 2019 event.