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Welcome to the March 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

Practical Synthetic Biology: fast, frugal and open technologies for education and sustainable development - a new report

The OpenPlant ‘Practical Synthetic Biology’ workshop took place in Bakubung, South Africa in February 2017 and addressed recent technical advances in synthetic biology that have given rise to a different class of cell-free and transient expression systems that are both cheap to deploy and have huge potential benefit for the provision of a wide variety of diagnostics, sensors, vaccines and research materials.

For more information and to read the report on the workshop, click here.

Keynote and Public Lecture: Possibilities for achieving food security in Africa by 2050 (27th March)

JR Biotek Foundation, a charitable organisation founded by Carol Ibe, a PhD student at the Department of Plant Sciences (Uta Paszkowski's Lab) is pleased to co-organize a Molecular Laboratory Training Workshop for twenty Africa-based agricultural research scientists and academics.

The workshop will take place at the Department of Plant Sciences from 27th March to 3rd April 2017.

For more information click here.

Preparing for Future Products of Biotechnology report released by US National Academies 

Preparing for Future Products of Biotechnology, a consensus report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, was released on Thursday, March 9, 2017.

The report describes the new types of biotechnology products likely to emerge over the next 5-10 years and assesses whether future products could pose different types of risks relative to existing products. It also identifies the scientific capabilities, tools, and expertise needed to support the oversight of these products by the U.S. regulatory system.

For more information click here.

4th International Synthetic & Systems Biology Summer School And Workshop at the University of Cambridge, UK, July 17 to 21, 2017

The synthetic & systems biology summer school provides students, post-docs, academics and industry professionals with an intense learning experience on the theory and applications of modern synthetic & systems biology. Over the course of one week, a panel of internationally renowned experts of the field, such as keynote speaker Jim Haseloff, will offer lectures and tutorials covering basic as well as advanced topics.

The International Synthetic & Systems Biology Summer School is especially aimed to provide a stimulating environment for young researchers, Post-Doc, Ph.D. Students and M.Sc. Students. 

For more information, click here.

Science Makers: Internet of Science Things (April 1, 12-4pm)

There is a new wave of sciences tools coming - science is getting connected in the lab and in the field through Internet of Things technologies, sensor networks, open source designs and protocols and more.

Science Makers is a monthly event to discuss and build low-cost, DIY and open hardware for science and education. All are welcome for the talks, making or both!

For more information please click here.

Registration open 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.

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

Notices and Opportunities

Upcoming Events

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

27/03/17Keynote and Public Lecture: Possibilities for achieving food security in Africa by 2050 

01/04/17Science Makers: Internet of Science Things 

04/04/17SynBioBeta London 2017, Imperial College London, UK 

04/04/17SynBioBeta London 2017 

10/05/17BioFabbing: Fabrications and Fabulations 

07/06/17Invitation to European Federation of Biotechnology Designer Biology '17: Vienna 

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