Synthetic Biology UK Conference 2017
Nov
27
to Nov 28

Synthetic Biology UK Conference 2017

  • Manchester Conference Centre (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Submit your abstract now: Abstract and Earlybird Deadline is 29 September 2017

The UK is a world leader in science and engineering, and Synthetic Biology has been identified as an important area for our continued success. Key to that success is a cohesive, vibrant and multidisciplinary community, open to collaboration, open to advances, supportive of young talent, and driven to exceptional research with meaningful outcomes.

The SynBio UK conference aims to showcase UK Synthetic Biology research and to create a focal point for the community, embracing its diversity and fostering its growth and its engagement with society.

Held in the vibrant city of Manchester, where scientists first split the atom, the Manchester SynBio Centre, SYNBIOCHEM, specialises in synthetic biology for fine and speciality chemicals production, providing some focus towards chemicals and industrial biotechnology at this year’s meeting.

Find out more at bit.ly/SynBio17

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Deep Science Ventures Opportunities Fair
Nov
29
6:00 PM18:00

Deep Science Ventures Opportunities Fair

  • The Postdoc Centre @ Eddington (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

DSV will select 100 curious, forward thinking and ambitious scientists and engineers to join our garage-style event where you can find your way into the world of science-entrepreneurship in three themes: Accelerating biotech, harnessing the immune system and enhancing humans.

 Critical insights. Vital challenges. A different kind of careers fair. A place to meet people eager to forge the future, to identify opportunities across disciplinary boundaries, to generate ideas, and to eat beer and to drink pizza. Join the inaugural DSV Opportunities Fair. 

DSV will select 100 curious, forward thinking and ambitious scientists, and engineers to join our garage-style event with expert panels convened from industry, investment and academia to inform a series of short debates.

We will share a number of vital technical challenges in the fields of biotech, robotics and immunology that require a multi-disciplinary approach to problem solving.

You will engage in fruitful discussions brainstorming solutions that could turn into commercially viable ideas.

Find your way into the world of science-entrepreneurship.

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This event is supported by Entrepreneurial Postdocs of Cambridge, CUTEC and the SynBio SRI. 

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Christina Smolke: Finding medicine where you least expect it
Nov
30
6:00 PM18:00

Christina Smolke: Finding medicine where you least expect it

  • Boys Smith Room, Fisher Building (map)
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BioSoc invites people to join them for their final talk of Michaelmas, where Stanford synthetic biologist Dr Christina Smolke will speak about her research in engineering organisms to synthesise drugs.

Please also RSVP via BioSoc Facebook for numbers >>

Note: BioSoc charge £3 per talk on the door or £10 for membership of the society

In 2015, Smolke pioneered the effort to design new yeast strains that can create opioids - before this, the only way to source opioids was purifying them from the opium poppy. For such an important class of drugs, it was difficult to rely on the variable crop yields. By taking genes involved in opioid synthesis from the poppy and inserting them into yeast, she was able to produce the world's first narcotic through synthetic biology. Currently, the Smolke lab is investigating ways to further engineer the pathway to create novel opioids with fewer side effects.

In addition to being named one of Nature's 10 people who mattered in 2015, Smolke has had an extremely successful academic career so far: she started her own lab at Caltech at 28 and heads a start-up, Antheia, aiming to get these yeast-produced opioids into mass production.

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OpenPlant Fund Pitches
Dec
1
1:15 PM13:15

OpenPlant Fund Pitches

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Interdisciplinary teams led by early career researchers from Cambridge and Norwich will pitch their ideas for £5000 OpenPlant Fund projects to a panel of judges. OpenPlant Fund projects should generate a tangible outcome of relevance to plant or cell-free synthetic biology and all outcomes must be shared openly with the community. In this round, we are encouraging applications for projects that will provide training or knowledge exchange to broaden the use of plant synthetic biology and cell-free tools.

Lunch will be available before the pitches (at 12:30)

If you are travelling from Cambridge for the pitches, you are welcome to also join the JIC Friday Seminar given by Prof. Christina Smolke on Synthetic biology platforms for plant natural product biosynthesis and discovery. Please register your interest in attending this seminar in the registration form (link at top of page). The seminar starts at 11:30. Please ensure you arrive promptly, and no later than 11:20.

 

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Data Carpentry workshop at Earlham Institute
Nov
21
to Nov 22

Data Carpentry workshop at Earlham Institute

The Earlham Institute are running a Data Carpentry workshop aimed at researchers in the life science and computational science disciplines at all career stages. Students and post-doctoral scientists are particularly encouraged to attend, but the course is open to everyone.

Data Carpentry workshops are for any researcher who has data they want to analyze, and no prior computational experience is required. This hands-on workshop teaches basic concepts, skills and tools for working more effectively with data.

More information and registration details are available on the website: http://www.earlham.ac.uk/data-carpentry-workshop-2017

Registration deadline: 17 November 2017

Cost: £125.00

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Cafe Synthetique: Towards engineering circadian rhythms
Nov
20
6:00 PM18:00

Cafe Synthetique: Towards engineering circadian rhythms

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OpenPlant Fund: Help will be on hand at this Cafe Synthetique to answer any questions you might have in relation to the current OpenPlant Fund call as the deadline for applications approaches, and to find last minute partners for your teams!

Circadian rhythms and cycling patterns of gene expression have great significance for living organisms - including ourselves! Find out more from our two speakers about the molecular basis of circadian rhythms and how close we are to engineering them using synthetic biology.

'Approaches to investigate the circadian system in Marchantia'
Lukas Mueller, Department of Plant Sciences

Lukas will speak about his OpenPlant project - an investigation into the circadian clock in Marchantia polymorpha and analysis of the regulation of clock behaviour and outputs in this relative of early land plants.

Circadian Rhythms: Everything you always wanted to know about Jet Lag (but were too tired to ask)
John O'Neill, MRC-LMB

John's talk feature a whirlwind tour through the history of chronobiology research, from the 4th century BC to the recent Nobel prize in Physiology or Medicine and provide an insight into how disruption of this biological clock, as occurs during shift work, is linked with conditions such type II diabetes, neurodegeneration, cardiovascular disease and various cancers.

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Arduinos: Electronics from basics to projects
Nov
16
7:00 PM19:00

Arduinos: Electronics from basics to projects

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Arduinos are small open-source electronics platform based on easy-to-use hardware and software. They are used extensively by makers all around the globe to control everything from christmas light sequences through to advanced home-made robotics.

Continuing in the electronics theme, the next biomakers meetup will provide a beginners introduction and chance to explore projects based on Arduinos. We will start with a quick introduction to Arduinos, where you will learn to make an easy (and noisy!) circuit to create a pseudotheramin. There will be a chance to look at some other examples of things that can be made with arduinos, and there will be time working in multi-disciplinary teams to come up with ideas, plans and designs of Biomaker projects that involve the use of arduinos.

NO PRIOR EXPERIENCE NECESSARY!

This session aims to offer something for everyone, whether you are an expert in electrical engineering and programming with Arduinos, or have never even heard of them before.

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OpenPlant Fund mixer and a light-hearted look at training
Nov
9
4:00 PM16:00

OpenPlant Fund mixer and a light-hearted look at training

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Transport will be arranged for participants travelling from Cambridge. The event will take place in the Rec Centre Bar at the John Innes Centre.

A light-hearted look at training

In this fun and informative session, meet new people while you learn tips and tricks for delivering training, discover different models and approaches to training, and explore how to effectively communicate technical details. More details to follow.

OpenPlant Fund mixer

Following the training session, there will be an introduction to the opportunities offered by the OpenPlant Fund, a chance to present your initial proposals and to meet potential collaborators and network over drinks and pizza.

More information about the OpenPlant Fund can be found at www.openplant.org/fund. The deadline for submission of proposals is Friday 24 November.

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Marvellous Medicines at the Norwich Science Festival
Oct
25
10:00 AM10:00

Marvellous Medicines at the Norwich Science Festival

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One for families...

Working with scientists from the John Innes Centre, choose ingredients to extract chemicals from, and then combine them to concoct your own potent potions!

 

Visit us at the Forum to explore our alternative periodic table featuring natural ingredients (plants, herbs, spices, fruits and vegetables), and delve into the chemicals which give them their fantastic properties in our Marvellous Medicines workshop as part of the Norwich Science Festival.

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Alternative periodic table

Potion ingredients

Potion ingredients

Learning about pigments at BoomTown Fair

Learning about pigments at BoomTown Fair

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Norwich Biomakers: Discover the Power Beneath Your Feet
Oct
18
7:00 PM19:00

Norwich Biomakers: Discover the Power Beneath Your Feet

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Electricity can be generated from a surprising source - bacteria found in soils and sediments. This Norwich Biomakers meetup will include a talk from Prof Julea Butt to introduce the ‘rock-breathing bacteria’ that act as biobatteries and consider how they can be harnessed as a sustainable source of power.

You will have the opportunity to explore how different disciplines - such as design, engineering, electronics, computing, biology etc - feed into such a project, and discuss what biomakers might be able to contibute to the multifaceted challenge of generating energy using biological organisms.

Register for the event at https://www.meetup.com/Norwich-Biomakers/events/243884032/. Venue to be confirmed.

The recently started Norwich Biomakers meetup group aims to bring together a network with interest in the cross-over of biology with design, technology, engineering, electronics, software, art and much more. To do this, we prove a space to learn from each other about the latest technologies and science advances, share ideas and skills and over time shape some project plans. Whether biology provides the question or the answer, as an interdisciplinary group we can play together to find solutions and most importantly, have fun! Sign up to our meetup page here to recieve notifications of events and join discussions about future event themes.

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Cafe Synthetique: DNA Self Assembly Origami and More
Oct
16
6:00 PM18:00

Cafe Synthetique: DNA Self Assembly Origami and More

In October's Cafe Synthetique, Kerstin Göpfrich from the Max Planck Institute for Medical Research will speak on DNA 'origami', in 'DNA nanotechnology for artificial ion channels and synthetic cells'; and Lorenzo di Michele from The Department of Physics, will present a talk about 'Amphiphilic DNA Complexes: From Biomimetic Membrane Linkers to Molecular Crystals'

Kerstin Göpfrich will speak on how DNA is used to build synthetic membrane-inserting channels. From creating the largest man-made pore in a lipid membrane to date, approaching the electrical diameter of the nuclear pore complex, to,  pushing the boundaries at the other end of the spectrum - the construction of the smallest DNA membrane pore made from a single membrane-spanning DNA duplex.

Kerstin will look into the function of this type of DNA architectural origami,  and discuss how DNA nanotechnology can enhance synthetic cells, introducing a new microfluidic method for the sequential bottom-up assembly of synthetic cells.

Synthetic DNA nanostructures can also be designed to replicate the structure and function of biological molecules, as well as to create novel synthetic materials. A combination of selective Watson-Crick interactions and robust hydrophobic forces can be realised in amphiphilic nanostructures where nonpolar tags are arranged onto engineered DNA scaffolds. 

Lorenzo will discuss the use of amphiphilic DNA ligands/receptors to drive attractive interactions between lipid vesicles, sharing key features with adhering biological cells and displaying an intriguing response to external stimuli. He will also introduce a range of amphiphilic DNA nanostructures that reliably self-assemble into 3D macromolecular crystals - and look into the long-standing goal of structural DNA nanotechnology.

Supported by:

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Cambridge Consultants is proud to support Cafe Synthetique and the Cambridge synthetic biology community.

 

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Microfluidics Consortium European Open Day
Oct
12
9:30 AM09:30

Microfluidics Consortium European Open Day

The mission of the MF8 consortium is to grow themarket for Microfluidics-enabled products andservices.

With the support the Knowles Lab at the University of Cambridgethe MF8Microfluidics Consortium invites you to join them atSt John's College Cambridgeon Oct 12th from 9:30am to 4:30pm tosee leading edge technology demonstrations andengage in the debates the consortium is championing including:

  • New Opportunities for leading edge technology demonstrations andengage in the debates
  • Standards in Microfluidics
  • Opportunities for collaboration in Microfluidics 

Open Day delegates are also invited to Site Visits (to Dolomite Microfluidics or Fluidic Analytics) on the afternoon of Oct 11th

Click here for latest information and agenda

Click here to find out more about the MF8 consortium

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Science Makers: DIY DNA Part 1 - Reading DNA
Oct
7
to Oct 10

Science Makers: DIY DNA Part 1 - Reading DNA

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The polymerase chain reaction (PCR) is an essential technique in molecular biology.

During this Science Makers, we'll learn about PCR, extract DNA from your choice of plant and assess relatedness to other plants. We'll of course be building or testing DIY kit all the way through - from 3D printed pipettes to laser cut gel electrophoresis tanksand open source PCR machines. 

Join us in Makespace with your plant of choice! Please note: this session is expected to take the full five hours 12 noon - 5pm. We will email results to those who can't hang around.

The session is based on the NCBE/SAPS Plant Evolution Practical.

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! It is primarily designed for adults, accompanied children are allowed to attend but please alert the organisers on synbio@hermes.cam.ac.uk.

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    Aug
    31
    to Sep 1

    EUSynBioS Annual Symposium 2017

    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. For more information, please click here.

    The Symposium features exciting speakers and interactive sessions to foster greater collaboration and engagement within the European Synthetic Biology community. EUSynBioS is at heart a student and post-doc association and have reserved a majority of speaking time for PhD students and early career post-docs to present their research to peers and leading academics and industry representatives. 

    The European Association of Students and Post-docs in Synthetic Biology (EUSynBioS) was founded as a student-led initiative in late 2014. Their goal is to shape and foster a community of young researchers active the young scientific discipline of synthetic biology within Europe by means of providing an integrative central resource for interaction and professional development.

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    Café Synthetique: Graduate Talks!
    Aug
    21
    6:00 PM18:00

    Café Synthetique: Graduate Talks!

    This month Café Synthetique highlights the exciting synthetic biology work being performed by graduate students from around the University. Join us to support our early career researchers meet the Cambridge synthetic biology community over informal talks, discussion and pub snacks.

    Talks

    "Synthetic biology strategies to improve timber for biofuel production and to generate designer biomass." 
    Jan Lyczakowski, Department of Biochemistry

    "Developing inducible expression systems for the controlled production of high value compounds in microalgae" 
    Patrick Hickland, Department of Plant Sciences

    "Machine Learning and Automation in Synthetic Biology" 
    Clayton Rabideau, Department of Biochemistry

    “Algal synthetic biology” 
    Stefan Grossfurthner, Department of Plant Sciences

    "Creation of genetic circuits between the nucleus and the chloroplast in Chlamydomonas reinahrdtii using TPR and PPR proteins." 
    Aleix Gorchs-Rovira, Department of Plant Sciences

    "Cell-free arsenic sensing" 
    Sensor CDT Students

    If you would like to give a 5-7 min talk on your research, email synbio@hermes.cam.ac.uk

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    Norwich-Cambridge Student Symposium for Plant and Microbial Sciences 2017
    Aug
    17
    8:30 AM08:30

    Norwich-Cambridge Student Symposium for Plant and Microbial Sciences 2017

    NoCaSS, the Norwich-Cambridge Student Symposium for Plant and Microbial Sciences, is organised for students, by students. It brings together students from the Norwich Research Park and the University of Cambridge for a day of science and networking with the aim of establishing and strengthening connections between these two communities.

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    Science Makers: Water Monitoring (build a 3D-printed microscope)
    Aug
    5
    12:00 PM12:00

    Science Makers: Water Monitoring (build a 3D-printed microscope)

    This month Science Makers takes a look at DIY water monitoring - a thriving area of grassroots and citizen science activity. Join us to build a microscope and Arduino-based sensors then investigate some samples from the River Cam!

    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!

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    Talks

    Dr Wouter Buytaert is a senior lecturer in water resources and environmental change in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Wouter has published several papers on citizen science and water resource management and can give an overview of exciting projects and activities in the field.

    Dr Alex Patto is a founder of the social enterprise WaterScope and is researching the application of low-cost, 3D-printed microscopes in water testing and education. He will introduce their 3D printed microscope designs plans and the story of WaterScope. 

    Making

    If you would like to take a WaterScope home with you, please email jcm80@cam.ac.uk to let us know and bring £50 for the kit + camera (Raspberry Pi not included). 

    • Build a WaterScope - a 3D-printed microscope using a Raspberry Pi camera.
    • Build DIY sensors, spectrometers, colorimeters and more
    • Collect some samples from the Cam to test. 

    Timings

    12:00 - Arrival and introductions
    12:15 - Talks and discussion
    13:30 - Pizza
    14:00 - Making!

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    OpenPlant Forum 2017
    Jul
    24
    to Jul 26

    OpenPlant Forum 2017

    • Downing College, University of Cambridge (map)
    • Google Calendar ICS

    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. We will showcase the latest developments in plant synthetic biology from within OpenPlant and beyond, alongside outcomes from OpenPlant Fund, our seed funding scheme which has already supported almost 40 interdisciplinary projects led by early career researchers.

    Registration is free to all but places are limited, please sign up early to ensure your space.

    You can find more information on the Forum pages.

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    International Workshop on Control Engineering and Synthetic Biology
    Jul
    17
    to Jul 18

    International Workshop on Control Engineering and Synthetic Biology

    International Workshop on Control Engineering and Synthetic Biology - 17th and 18th July 2017, Royal Academy of Engineering – Prince Philip House, London, UK

    Designing and implementing effective feedback control in living cells has the potential to dramatically change biotechnology and synthetic biology. However, before this potential is realised, a number of theoretical and practical challenges must be addressed, which lie at the interface between control engineering and synthetic biology.

    This will be the topic of an International Workshop on Control Engineering and Synthetic Biology, which will be held on the 17th and 18th July 2017 at the Royal Academy of Engineering – Prince Philip House, London, UK. This workshop will discuss both the challenges and the opportunities that Synthetic Biology offers. A specific focus will be on the “next grand challenges” in the field of synthetic biology and how control engineering can address them. An exceptional group of speakers, world leaders in synthetic biology and control engineering, will present recent progress, identify challenges and share their vision of where synthetic biology is headed and how the control engineering community can contribute to delivering its promise.

    This event is supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) under projects EP/M002454/1 and EP/M002187/1.

    Please visit: 

    http://sysos.eng.ox.ac.uk/wiki/index.php/SynBioControl2017

    for more information, the list of speakers, and to register.

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    Jul
    16
    to Jul 28

    EMBO practical course: "Multilevel Modelling of Morphogenesis"

    Venue: John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK

    *Application Deadline:* April 07, 2017.

    For more information, please click here.

     

    Main Course Objective:
    Understanding the multi-level nature and feedbacks involved in biological development requires an integrated, systems biology approach. This practical course will provide students with the theoretical background and the hands-on tools that are needed to enter this rapidly growing area of science. The methods and techniques taught in this practical course are essential for unravelling the complexities that come from interactions between different levels of biological organisation and the non linearity of the biological processes.

    Target Audience:
    This practical course is aimed at experimental biologists with an interest to understand and explore how the complexity of biological systems can be dealt with within a mathematical or computational framework, *and* at computationally and mathematically oriented students interested in learning leading-edge computational techniques that can be applied to gain insights in developmental biology.

    How to Apply:
    Please register online at https://www.conference-service.com/pc17-47/welcome.cgi stating your motivation for applying and brief research interests.

    Applications will be limited to 24 students and successful applicants will be selected from the described motivation and research interests. Accommodation and full board will be provided.

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    Biomaker Challenge and OpenPlant Fund Mixer
    Jun
    14
    5:00 PM17:00

    Biomaker Challenge and OpenPlant Fund Mixer

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    This event provides an opportunity to discuss your ideas for OpenPlant Fund proposals for innovative and interdisciplinary projects in plant synthetic biology or prototyping projects for the Biomaker Challenge.

    Come along for an introduction to the opportunities, a chance to present your initial proposals and to meet potential collaborators over drinks and snacks.

    A group will go for dinner in The Eagle after the event, all welcome.

    The OpenPlant Fund (deadline 30 Jun 2017)

    The OpenPlant Fund supports innovative, open and interdisciplinary projects relevant to plant Synthetic Biology. The next call for applications is now open and will close on 4 March 2016. 

    The OpenPlant Fund has already supported 40 projects with very diverse aims, from lab-based projects to generate and characterise DNA parts, through hardware and software projects to workshops in intellectual property, hackathons and outreach.

    The Biomaker Challenge (deadline 23 Jun 2017)

    Biomaker Challenge is a four-month programme challenging interdisciplinary teams to build low-cost sensors and instruments for biology. From colorimeters to microfluidics and beyond, we’re looking for frugal, open source and DIY approaches to biological experiments.

    Participants will receive a Biomaker Toolkit and a discretionary budget for additional sensors, components, consumables and 3D-printing worth up to £1000. All teams will exhibit their device at a Biomaker Fayre in early November.

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    Science Make-a-thon (Biomaker Challenge Mixer)
    Jun
    3
    to Jun 4

    Science Make-a-thon (Biomaker Challenge Mixer)

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    Science Makers in June will precede a longer meetup to build equipment for the Biomakespace, a fledgling community lab for biology and engineering being established at the Biomedical Campus. Find out about a range of projects in low-cost equipment for molecular biology and imaging, see how internet of things technology is making it easier than ever before to connect equipment together and operate it remotely.

    There will be an opportunity to find out more about the Biomaker Challenge and OpenPlant Fund, meet others interested in participating and ask questions.

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    A synthetic biology approach to harness the regulatory potential of miRNAs in the green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii
    Jun
    1
    1:00 PM13:00

    A synthetic biology approach to harness the regulatory potential of miRNAs in the green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii

    Francisco J. Navarro, Baulcombe group, Department of Plant Sciences talks about his work with OpenPlant in understanding miRNA regulation in algae and using that for proof-of-concept engineering for miRNA-based gene circuits in higher plants.

    microRNAs (miRNAs), small RNA molecules of 20–24 nts, have a number of features that make them ideal tools to regulate gene expression — small size, flexible design, target predictability and action at a late stage of the gene expression pipeline. The regulatory potential of miRNAs goes beyond gene repression, as they can confer robustness to gene expression, a feature which is desirable to implement in plant synthetic gene networks.

    In order to harness the regulatory potential of miRNAs, a comprehensive understanding of the quantitative parameters and mode of action of miRNAs is required, which is, however, hindered by the complexity of natural systems. By using principles of synthetic biology, we have constructed a platform to characterize regulatory properties of miRNAs in the model alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. Using this system, we observed that the level of repression by a miRNA depends on its abundance and degree of sequence complementarity to its target mRNA.

    We also found that sequence complementarity between the miRNA and its target mRNA defined the mRNA’s response curve to the miRNA, and that the mode of action of a fully complementary miRNA to its target was the result of a combined action of RNA slicing and RNA destabilization. We are now using this information to design further applications of miRNAs, and studying their effect in regulatory loops. This work will be used as a proof-of-concept for the engineering of miRNA-based gene circuits in higher plants.

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    Cafe Synthetique: Biomimicry and engineering
    May
    22
    6:00 PM18:00

    Cafe Synthetique: Biomimicry and engineering

    Rescheduled: This meeting was originally due to be on the 15th May, however it has unfortunately had to be changed to the 22nd May. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

    Café Synthetique is the monthly meetup for the Cambridge synthetic biology community with informal talks, discussion and pub snacks.

    This months' theme will focus on Biomimicry and engineering, which is the imitation of the models, systems, and elements of nature for the purpose of solving complex human problems; biomimicry in architecture and manufacturing is the practice of designing buildings and products that simulate or co-opt processes that occur in nature. 

    We have two excellent speakers whose work focuses on the use of Biomimicry and engineering.  

    Free bar snacks and good conversation provided!

     

    Talks and speakers

    "Learning from photonic nanostructures in plants: how disorder can be a feature"
    Tobias Wenzel,
    Winton Scholar at the Cavendish Laboratory


    'Talk title TBC'

    Sanjiv Sambandan

    Lecturer in the Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge

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    May
    19
    to May 21

    51st ESBOC Symposium “Chemical Synthetic Biology: Self-assembly, Encapsulation and Delivery

    51st ESBOC Symposium “Chemical Synthetic Biology: Self-assembly, Encapsulation and Delivery” May 19th-21st 2017

    The ESBOC Symposium has been held since 1969 at Gregynog Hall (nr. Newtown, Powys), which is a beautiful venue for a scientific meeting, and focuses on a different topic at the Chemistry-Biology interface each year.  This year’s Symposium is entitled “Chemical Synthetic Biology: Self-assembly, Encapsulation and Delivery”, and will take place on 19th – 21st May 2017, starting at 3.00 pm on Friday 19th May.

    The plenary speakers are: Cheryl Kerfeld (Michigan State, USA), Don Hilvert (ETH, Switzerland), Roman Jerala (Ljubljana, Slovenia), Alexander Kros (Leiden, The Netherlands), Andrew Turberfield (Oxford, UK), Martin Warren (Kent, UK), Paul Verkade (Bristol, UK), and Anna Peacock (Birmingham, UK).  There will be a poster session at the meeting, and poster presenters will make a short ‘flash’ presentation of their poster to the conference attendees.

    Registration for the 51st ESBOC Symposium is via the ESBOC web-site: http://www.esboc.org.uk

    The cost of registration is £350 for academic participants (£270 for PhD students), £495 for industrial participants, which includes all accommodation and meals at Gregynog.

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    May
    8
    9:00 AM09:00

    Norwich Single Cell Symposium

    A day of talks and discussion on the development and application of new technologies to decode life at the single cell level.

    This is an Earlham Institute Event. The following information is taken from their website where you can also register for this event: http://www.earlham.ac.uk/norwich-single-cell-symposium

    Developments in single cell genomics technologies have enabled the dissection of biological processes in unprecedented detail, with broad ranging applications in the study of microbial genomics as well as plant and human health and disease. Technologies enabling the analysis of 100s-1000s of single cells in individual experiments are becoming routine, and the diversity of techniques available to analyse the genomes, epigenomes and transcriptomes of single cells continues to increase at pace.

    The Norwich Single Cell Symposium aims to bring researchers curious about single cell genomics together with external speakers presenting advanced single cell research, to highlight the developing single cell capabilities available at Earlham Institute and to act as a platform to catalyse future development and application of single cell genomics approaches in the region.

    This one-day event will feature talks from external and internal speakers, covering topics including:

    • Technology development in Single Cell Genomics
    • Single Cell Genomics in Developmental Biology
    • Single Cell Genomics in Health and Disease
    • Applications of Single Cell Genomics in Plant Sciences
    • Analysis of Single Cell Genomics Data
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    Science Makers: Colour - science and senses
    May
    6
    12:00 PM12:00

    Science Makers: Colour - science and senses

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    This month Science Makers be looking a colour - measuring it, creating it and being creative with it. There will also be a special activity session for children aged 8+, so feel free to bring your child(ren)!*

    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!

    There will also be an introduction to the Biomaker Challenge and a chance to discuss forming teams and proposals.

    Talks 

    • Dr Gareth Rees on sensing plant spectra in the Arctic and artistic collaborations around colour.
    • Prof Jim Haseloff on biological pigments and coloured proteins. 
    • Olimpia Onelli on structural colour in G. Viridula beetles and biomimetics.
    • Jeffrey Grey on Cambridge Display Technology's printed organic LEDs and sensors for portable testing.
    • Praveen Teleti and Sophie Weeks on protoyping low-cost color sensors. 

    Learning

    • How to set up an Arduino and program a sensor
    • How LEDs and colour sensors works  

    Making

    • Build an open source colorimeter
    • Android-based colour sensing using mobile phone cameras 
    • Put together a spectrometer
    • Children's making activity TBC 

    Timings

    • 12:00 - Arrival and introductions
    • 12:15 - Talks and discussion
    • 13:30 - Pizza (£4 suggested donation)
    • 14:00 - Making!

     

    * Children must be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult.

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    Apr
    4
    to Apr 6

    SynBioBeta London 2017

    SynBioBeta London 2017, Imperial College London, UK

    http://synbiobeta.com/conferences/synbiobeta-london-2017/

    Connect with the Global Synthetic Biology Community - For the 5th year in a row, SynBioBeta London 2017 will bring together thought leaders and entrepreneurs from multiple facets of the synthetic biology industry.

    Our focus is to unite attendees through thought-provoking talks, panels and networking opportunities, allowing the science and business sides of the industry to make critical connections.

    With talks from key decision makers and tech pioneers, SynBioBeta is a must for those wanting to keep up with the rapidly-evolving industry. Networking opportunities are rich for those aiming to grow their company, their client list, meet investors or launch their next product. Many partnerships, connections, and new ventures have been started at SynBioBeta. If you are an active part of the synthetic biology industry and have a passion for making biology easier to engineer, then this is a must attend event.

    SynBioBeta have offered a discount code to for the event, which entitles partipants to 20% off the cost of attending the conference. 

    The discount code is: CambridgeMeetLON17

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    Mar
    18
    10:00 AM10:00

    Synthetic Biology for the Senses at Cambridge Science Festival

    Plants and microbes make a wonderful variety of colours, scents, tastes and textures. OpenPlant is teaming up with the SAW Trust and Cambridge Synthetic Biology SRI to run Synthetic Biology for the Senses at the Cambridge Science Festival, an active and crafty stand where visitors can discover transcription and translation with our friendly robot, learn about the principles behind synthetic biology and how it is applied to make pigments, perfumes and flavorings, and create a synthetic flower to take home.

    Come down and join the fun!

    Cambridge and Norwich SynBio scientists willing to volunteer at the stand for a couple of hours, please contact me at colette.matthewman@jic.ac.uk

    Nicotiana benthamiana by Aymeric Leveau (John Innes Centre) Shared on Norwich Research Park Image Library under CC BY 4.0

    Nicotiana benthamiana by Aymeric Leveau (John Innes Centre)
    Shared on Norwich Research Park Image Library under CC BY 4.0

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    Mar
    16
    to Mar 17

    Cell-free workshop

    Hands-on workshop for the use of cell-free expression systems, funded by the University of Cambridge Synthetic Biology SRI. Two days of practical events and symposia. Invited speakers: Keith Pardee (University of Toronto) and Richard Kelwick (Imperial College). Events will be held at the University of Cambridge.

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    Feb
    20
    6:00 PM18:00

    Café Synthetique

    Café Synthetique at the Panton Arms, Cambridge

    Café Synthetique at the Panton Arms, Cambridge

    Café Synthetique is the monthly meetup for the Cambridge synthetic biology community with informal talks, discussion and pub snacks. This month's theme is Biology as Technology. This months theme will focus on how biology is used as technology, with a particular focus on how we have and will continue to shape plant crops species. We have two excellent speakers whose work focuses on how technology has been and will be used to modify genes both for use as research tools in genetics and evolutionary biology, and also as a means of plant breeding. Free bar snacks and good conversation provided!

    Biology as Technology: An Unexpected History of Innovation in Living Things
    Dr Helen Anne-Curry, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.
    Helen's current research considers the history of global conservation, in particular efforts made to preserve the genetic diversity of agricultural crop species through the practice of seed banking.

    Breeding technology for better crops
    Dr Alison Bentley, NIAB.
    Alison has worked on a range of projects within NIAB’s flagship wheat pre-breeding programme, including research on characterising flowering time response and the exploitation of novel genetic diversity and genomics tools for wheat improvement. She has a strong interest in the genotype x environment interactions controlling complex traits and in the application of genomics in the breeding of high yielding, climate resilient cereals.

    For more information and to RSVP, click here.

    Panton Arms, Panton Street, Cambridge

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    Feb
    5
    8:00 PM20:00

    Build a Biomakespace

    • Bay 13, Cambridge Biomedical Campus (map)
    • Google Calendar ICS

    A weekly meeting to plan for establishing a Biomakespace at the old MRC-LMB.

    All welcome to discuss the space and what to put in it - particularly if you are keen to volunteer to help make it happen! 

    How to find the Biomakespace
    From the Addenbrookes roundabout head towards the hospital main entrance, on the right hand side at the zebra crossing you will see signs for IdeaSpace, follow these to the door at the bottom of the steps heading down from the road (street view - steps are to the right).
    Call 07787445330 from the door, we will keep an eye out for people as well.

    Volunteer with us
    We particularly need people join the:
    • Communications and Fundraising Team
    • Lab Design Team
    • Training and Outreach Team
    • Governance Team

    If you would like experience of founding and running a novel interdisciplinary biology innovation space in Cambridge then contact info@biomake.space and visit http://biomake.space for more information.

     

     

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