I just heard about a conference that’s going on right now in California, the Open Science Summit, with streaming video of the talk also available. It looks like there should be a lot of topics that may be of interest to people reading here. From the description on the streaming page:
From July 29-31, scientists, hackers, students, patients, and activists will convene to discuss the future of our science/technology paradigm. Topics include: Synthetic Biology, Personal Genomics, Gene Patents, Open Access/Data, the Future of Scientific Publishing and Reputation, Microfinance for Science, DIY Biology, Bio-security, and more.