Round-up of news from the Synthetic Biology SRI
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Welcome to the February 2017 issue of the Synthetic Biology SRI Newsletter - a round-up of news, events and notices from across the Synthetic Biology Strategic Research Initiative!
SRI Updates

Programmable Cell Extracts: A New Biomanufacturing Paradigm - 16th March

Dr. Keith Pardee (University of Toronto) and Dr. Richard Kelwick (Imperial College) discuss how use of cell extracts promises a paradigm shift in biomanufacturing and paves the way to novel modes of computational biodesign, rapid prototyping and bioproduction. 

The talk and dialogue will be followed by a wine reception and delicious finger buffet.

For more information or to register (£5)click here.

Registration opens for OpenPlant Forum in Cambridge, 24-26 July 2017

OpenPlant Forum is an annual open meeting for plant synthetic biology organised by the OpenPlant partners: University of Cambridge, John Innes Centre and the Earlham Institute. Attendees from other organisations are welcome.

In 2017 the theme is fast and frugal engineering with biology. Join us to explore new ways of exploiting genetic tools, automation, open international exchange, DIY/maker approaches and more to develop globally accessible synthetic biology research and teaching resources. 

You can find more information on the Forum via the OpenPlant website, or to register click here.

Programmable biology for diagnostics - impacting global health and development- 16/17th March

These day-long workshops will introduce the challenges and opportunities in the field of cell-free diagnostics, with talks from the OpenDiagnostics team, expert in the latest advances of this technology Keith Pardee (University of Toronto, Canada) and plant disease expert Dr Richard Echodu (Gulu University, Uganda). This will be followed by an interactive sandpit session, and lab practicals the following day (17th Mar).

For more information or to registerclick here.

Help Biomakespace create a community laboratory for engineering with biology, together

Biomakespace is bringing the maker movement mentality to biology. It is a volunteer-led, non-profit organisation creating a space at the heart of the Cambridge Biomedical Campus where a community of passionate researchers, scientists, engineers, technologists, entrepreneurs, artists and students will collaborate on curiosity-driven research and prototyping at the interface of biology and engineering.

They are seeking founder donors to help kick-start the space and volunteers for a range of roles from molecular biology trainers to safety officers to social media support. Find out more, donate and get involved via

EUSynBioS announces 2017 dates for their annual Symposium (Aug 31 - Sep 1)

The European Association of Synthetic Biology Students and Postdocs (EUSynBioS) are excited to announce dates for their annual symposium on Synthetic Biology held Aug 31 - Sep 1 2017 in Madrid.

The Symposium is set to feature exciting speakers and interactive sessions to foster greater collaboration and engagement within the European Synthetic Biology community. 

For more information please click here >>

Cambridge Synthetic Biology Meetup group reaches 500 members

Cambridge Synthetic Biology Meetup is a group for people interested in Synthetic Biology and open technologies: the DNA-based reprogramming and computational modelling of living systems and low-cost hardware for biological instrumentation.

For more information click here, or to join the meetup group click here.

SynBioBeta London 2017, Imperial College London, UK

Connect with the Global Synthetic Biology Community. For the 5th year in a row, the SynBioBeta conference will bring together thought leaders and entrepreneurs from multiple facets of the synthetic biology industry, this year to be held at Imperial college London. With talks from key decision makers and tech pioneers, SynBioBeta is a must for those wanting to keep up with the rapidly-evolving industry.

For more information click here.

Call for volunteers - Synthetic Biology at Cambridge Science Festival 2017 [Sat 18 Mar 2017]


There will be a 'Synthetic Biology and the Senses' joint exhibit by OpenPlant and the SynBio SRI at the coming Science Festival at 10:00-16:00 on Sat 18 Mar 2017. We will be including exhibits on synthetic biology and the senses, with interactive puzzle games and activities. Volunteer now! Exhibit helpers and ideas for synthetic biology case studies needed.

For more information click here, or to register your interest, please email
Notices and Opportunities

Upcoming Events

05/03/17Synthetic Biology for Natural Products Conference 

06/03/17Workshops on Open Science: March Munches 

11/03/17Science Makers: Learn physical computing with Venus flytraps 

16/03/1716/17 March: Programmable biology for diagnostics - impacting global health and development 

16/03/1716 March: Programmable Cell Extracts - A New Biomanufacturing Paradigm 

23/03/17Panel discussion: Reprogramming life with synthetic biology 

26/03/171st European Congress on Cell-Free Synthetic Biology, 26-30 Mar 2017, Ascona, Switzerland 

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