SynbiTECH 2019
Jun
24
to Jun 25

SynbiTECH 2019

SynbiTECH 2019 is an international forum for experts engaged in synthetic biology investment, policymaking, science and research. The event will focus on key opportunities to build a multibillion-dollar synthetic biology industry and grow the bio-economy.

SynbiTECH is an annual event that will address the key challenges and opportunities to harness synthetic biology to provide sustainable solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges.

Location: London, UK

Website: https://www.synbitech.com/

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The synbiCITE 4-day MBA in Nottingham
Jun
30
to Jul 4

The synbiCITE 4-day MBA in Nottingham

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SynbiCITE '4–day MBA: ‘More Business Acumen’®

Building a Synthetic Biology-rich Biotech Business from Scratch

The 4-Day MBA will develop the entrepreneurship of future biotechnology leaders that is so keenly demonstrated across the industry and is ideal for those wanting to startup their own business or already in the early stages of their business.

As part of the UK’s drive to grow industrial biotechnology through the adoption and use of synthetic biology, this interactive course run by SynbiCITE will cover the main strategies required to establish, build and manage a synthetic biology- rich biotechnology company with particular focus on set-up, funding and intellectual property.

SynbiCITE is the UK's national centre for the translation and commercialisation of synthetic biology.

Course programme:

More information on the 4-day MBA programme can be found here.

To apply:

Complete the application form and send it to Laura McKay: l.mckay@imperial.ac.uk.

The closing date for applications is 20th June 2019.

For questions and queries, please contact: Loretta Waddon at loretta.waddon@nottingham.ac.uk or John Collins at SynbiCITE john.collins@synbicite.com.

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CRISPR / Cas9 training course at JIC
Jul
10
to Jul 12

CRISPR / Cas9 training course at JIC

BBSRC are funding a resource to provide targeted gene knock-outs free of charge, in a range of crops, to the UK research community, so our Crop Transformation team are offering a training course on crop genome editing using CRISPR/Cas9 to UK researchers.

The course will cover computer based selection of guides, construct design and assembly and screening for mutations.

Participants will also gain lab-based experience of key stages of the Agrobacterium-mediated transformation processes required to deliver editing components to cereal and Brassica crops.

On the 11 July participants will attend a project workshop where they will learn about the latest technology developments and hear from researchers who have benefited from access to CRISPR mutants developed during the project.

To apply for this free training course, please send a short statement (not more than 1 page) describing how the training will benefit your research to: Wendy.Harwood@jic.ac.uk not later than 31 May 2019.

Additional information

The course will run from 9 am on Wednesday 10 July to 3 pm on Friday 12 July 2019.

Accommodation will be provided for participants for 3 nights from 9 July to 11 July inclusive. Meals during the course will be provided but participants will be responsible for their own travel costs and evening meals.

In the event of the course being over-subscribed, the project steering committee will select participants based on the  statements submitted.

https://www.jic.ac.uk/event/targeted-gene-knock-outs-in-crops-using-rna-guided-cas9-training-course/

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Course at EI: Advanced Python for Biologists
Jul
22
to Jul 26

Course at EI: Advanced Python for Biologists

This Advanced level workshop is ideal for researchers and technical workers with a background in biology and a basic knowledge of Python, to develop bigger or more complicated programs and increase skills and knowledge about the language, including object-oriented approaches to programming.

For more information and registration: http://www.earlham.ac.uk/advanced-python-biologists

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OpenPlant Forum 2019
Jul
29
to Jul 31

OpenPlant Forum 2019

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The OpenPlant Forum provides a platform for exploring the potential applications of reprogrammed biological systems, and a framework for exploring the wider implications of the potentially disruptive new technologies.

Save the date for next year's OpenPlant Forum, which will take place from 29 - 31 July 2019 at Murray Edwards College, Cambridge.

We hope to see you there!

You can explore past OpenPlant Forum event themes at www.openplant.org/forum,

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FEBS 2019 Advanced Course
Sep
29
to Oct 7

FEBS 2019 Advanced Course

Upcoming course organized by the Warwick Integrative Synthetic Biology Centre and Synmikro:

FEBS Advanced Lecture Course on the beautiful Greek island of Spetses from 29 September to 7 October 2019. Applicants are now invited to apply before 15 May 2019. The course will be taught by leaders in relevant areas of synthetic biology and will be most beneficial to Masters/PhD students and early career researchers.

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Synthetic Biology UK 2019
Dec
9
to Dec 10

Synthetic Biology UK 2019

Synthetic Biology UK 2019 will explore the unique opportunities of research in a number of areas of synthetic biology, establishing likely future directions and facilitating discussion about appropriate strategies. It will provide an excellent framework for younger scientists and engineers to learn about burgeoning new areas of activity, including the engineering of microbial communities and of microbial-plant interactions.

Location: Warwick, UK

Abstract deadline: 9 October 2019

Earlybird registration deadline: 9 October 2019

Website: https://www.eventsforce.net/biochemsoc/frontend/reg/thome.csp?pageID=22575&ef_sel_menu=291&eventID=52

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LabCut's University of Warwick Film Workshop
Jun
13
to Jun 15

LabCut's University of Warwick Film Workshop

Interested in science communication? Enjoy making films or like the idea? Join us the film workshop at the University of Warwick between 13-15th June 2019!

What is LabCut?

LabCut is a 3-day workshop aimed at bringing filmmakers, artists and scientists together to create short science films, organised by SynBio CDT students Cansu Kuey, Charlotte Gruender and Patrick Capel.

The workshop will provide expert training on shooting and editing and produce short films. The films will be screened in the British Science Festival in Warwick in September 2019, and the public will vote for their favourite!

Fellow science communication enthusiasts are organising a Science Film Festival in Bristol. You will be able to submit the films created in the workshop to Bristol Science Film Festival until 30th June 2019!

Who can attend?

It’s a free to attend event, anyone with a passion for communicating science related to human health through the media of film. Filmmakers, musicians, artists, scientists and all others welcome.

The application deadline is 3 June 2019.

For full information and registration: https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/med/qbp/public/labcut

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Dorothea de Winton Field Station Official Opening
May
23
4:00 PM16:00

Dorothea de Winton Field Station Official Opening

On Thursday 23 May JIC is officially opening the Dorothea de Winton Field Station, with a public opening from 4pm – 6pm.

The purpose-built field experimentation station, the Dorothea de Winton building, has been funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and the John Innes Foundation to enable co-location of field trials with state-of-the-art laboratories, seed and crop processing facilities and a specialist seed storage unit. The Field Station realises a long-held ambition for the John Innes Centre, bringing together lab and field in one location, providing integrated facilities for research into how genes control plant growth in the field.

The Dorothea de Winton Field Station is set in 110 hectares of sandy clay loam at Church Farm, Bawburgh, near Norwich, and enables scientists to grow experimental material in a commercial farming environment.

Up to 15 project leaders from the John Innes Centre grow plants at the site including wheat, pea, barley, and oilseed rape. The facility will also be used by researchers from The Sainsbury Laboratory, Quadram Institute and the Earlham Institute, all based at the Norwich Research Park.

Read more about the event here.

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OpenPlant Biomaker Challenge 2019 Mixer
Apr
25
6:00 PM18:00

OpenPlant Biomaker Challenge 2019 Mixer

This year’s joint Biomaker/OpenPlant Fund provides up to £3000 for interdisciplinary projects that (i) build low-cost sensors and instruments for biology or (ii) develop a biological resource or outreach project.

Whether you are a biologist, engineer, physical scientist, maker, or you’re just curious and interested to participate, we’re keen to hear from you! The challenge provides opportunities to work with an interdisciplinary team to identify and solve lab or field challenges, learn to use code-free programming for hardware and user interface development, develop biological applications, scientific instruments and real-world tools, or develop new ideas.

This informational session and mixer on the 25th of April will be an opportunity to learn more about the challenge, pitch project ideas, find collaborators and more.

If you are interested in putting a team together and applying, this mixer event is for you!

Register to attend the event here.

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Signalling Networks: From Data to Modelling
Apr
1
to Apr 5

Signalling Networks: From Data to Modelling

This course provides an introductory overview about the most useful resources and tools to investigate signalling pathways and network, and also to introduce basic approaches to model signalling events.

Venue: Earlham Institute

Registration deadline: 25 February 2019

Cost: £300 excluding accommodation

More information here: http://www.earlham.ac.uk/signalling-networks-data-modelling

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COPO Workshop 2019 @ EI
Mar
20
10:00 AM10:00

COPO Workshop 2019 @ EI

This Collaborative Open Plant Omics workshop aims to help you describe and deposit your data painlessly.

This workshop is aimed primarily at plant researchers. However, any researcher intending to submit data to a remote repository is encouraged to attend.

The registration deadline is 17th of March and places will be given on a first come, first served basis.

For more event information, please visit the EI website

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SynBio Forum Lent 2019
Feb
12
5:30 PM17:30

SynBio Forum Lent 2019

Schedule

5:30-6:15pm Ricardo Henriques (UCL) + Q&A

6:15-7:00pm Brenda Andrews (Univ. of Toronto) + Q&A

7:00pm onnwards Dinner buffet + drinks reception

There will also be a showcase of projects created through the Biomaker Winter Challenge - a computing challenge at the intersection of biology, engineering and computer science. (https://www.biomaker.org/)


Dr Ricardo Henriques

Dr Ricardo Henriques established his lab at the MRC Laboratory for Molecular Cell Biology, UCL to undertake research combining cell biology, optical physics and biochemistry. His group focuses on biological problems that cannot be addressed with current imaging technology, and thus aims to develop analytical, optical and biochemical approaches toaddress these questions.

In cell biology they aim to understand how viruses enter cells by probing and remodelling membranes, and what are the structural changes viruses undergo during cell-entry, uncoating and morphogenesis. To do so, we are developing new classes of fluorescent probes, high-speed cell friendly Super-Resolution (SR) methods and computational modelling approaches that, although designed to answer questions of interest in the lab, will have broad applications in cell biology research.

Ricardo and his lab have developed robust fluidics approaches to automate complex sequences of treatment, labelling and imaging of live and fixed cells. Their open-source NanoJ-Fluidics system is based on low-cost LEGO hardware controlled by ImageJ-based software and can be directly adapted to any microscope, providing easy-to-implement high-content, multimodal imaging with high reproducibility.

Dr. Brenda Andrews

Dr. Brenda Andrews is the Charles H Best Chair of Medical Research, Director of the Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research, and University Professor in Molecular Genetics at the University of Toronto.

She obtained her BSc and PhD from the University of Toronto, then studied at the University of California, San Francisco before returning to Toronto to start her own lab in the Department of Medical Genetics (now Molecular Genetics). She became Chair of the Department in 1999, a position she held for 5 years before assuming her position as inaugural Director of the Donnelly Centre, an interdisciplinary research facility designed to promote collaborative research at the forefront of biomedicine.

Dr. Andrews was recently named a Companion of the Order of Canada for her “globally significant research in systems biology and for developing and nurturing prominent scientific communities in molecular genetics”. Dr. Andrews is also an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Academy of Microbiology. She was inaugural Director of the Genetic Networks program of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, and remains a Senior Fellow.

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Symposiums @ EI: “A synthetic biology approach to genome biology” with Dr Giovanni Stracquadanio
Feb
12
1:30 PM13:30

Symposiums @ EI: “A synthetic biology approach to genome biology” with Dr Giovanni Stracquadanio

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Title: “A synthetic biology approach to genome biology”

Speaker: Dr Giovanni Stracquadanio PhD FHEA, School of Biological Sciences, University of Edinburgh

Date:  Tuesday 12 February 2019

Time: 13:30

Place: Jane Rogers Seminar Room, The Earlham Institute, Norwich

For further information, please contact Nicola Patron.

Abstract: Recent advances in synthetic genomics provide unique opportunities to address fundamental questions in biology and medicine. In particular, synthetic genomes and chromosomes can be used as a discovery tool for understanding the rules of life, and as a model platform to test how the genetic information associates with complex phenotypes. Pivotal in this field is the availability of computer aided engineering (CAE) algorithms to design synthetic genomes and machine learning methods to analyse biological data.

In this talk, I will present the methods used to design the synthetic yeast genome and how we are scaling them to synthetic mammalian genomes. I will also show how synthetic chromosomes can be used to study minimal genomes and generate hypotheses of cancer heritability that can be tested in synthetic mammalian cells.

Biography: Giovanni Stracquadanio is a Senior Lecturer in Synthetic Biology at the University of Edinburgh. His lab focuses on Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) methods for synthetic genomics and machine learning methods for cancer genomics and genetics. Dr Stracquadanio obtained a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Catania (Italy) in 2010. He received postdoctoral training in synthetic biology in Joel Bader and Jef Boeke labs at the Johns Hopkins University working on the synthetic yeast genome. Dr Stracquadanio was a main contributor to the Synthetic Yeast (Sc2.0) genome project, pioneering algorithms and developing software at the foundation of the first synthetic eukaryotic genome. He has also developed tools used in large-scale synthesis projects, streamlining chromosomes engineering and the assembly of biological pathways. In 2014, he moved to the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research at the University of Oxford to work on cancer genetics, in Gareth Bond’s lab; here, he focused on studying how high-frequency inherited p53 mutations affect the risk of cancer. In 2016, Dr Stracquadanio established the first computational biology lab at the School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering of the University of Essex, and in 2017 received the Wellcome Trust Seed Award in Science. In 2019, he joined the School of Biological Sciences at University of Edinburgh as a Senior Lecturer in synthetic biology.

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De Novo Assembly
Feb
11
to Feb 14

De Novo Assembly

The course, held by the Earlham Institute, will provide an introduction to de novo assembly, with a hands on introduction followed by in-depth analysis of the key steps in the process. The course will consist of a mixture of conceptual lectures, methodological lectures and hands on sessions, as well as group activities and discussions.

http://www.earlham.ac.uk/de-novo-assembly-2019

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Software Capentry Workshop
Jan
22
to Jan 23

Software Capentry Workshop

This two-day boot camp aims to help scientists become more productive by teaching basic computing skills like program design, version control, testing and task automation.

The course is 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.

http://www.earlham.ac.uk/software-carpentry-workshop-january-2019

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Synthetic Biology UK 2018
Nov
19
to Nov 20

Synthetic Biology UK 2018

Register here>>>

SBUK is the premiere UK synthetic biology meeting, bringing together all flavours of synthetic biology to foster a cohesive, vibrant and multidisciplinary community that is inclusive, open to innovation, collaboration and supportive of young talent. 

The University of Bristol hosts SBUK 2018, bringing a unique focus on synthetic biology approaches to biomolecular design and engineering. 

The scientific programme will showcase some of the very best of the UK and international synthetic biologists.  Particular attention will be devoted to oral and poster presentations from early career scientists, with dedicated sessions for networking, and a vibrant social programme

Abstract deadline: 19 September 2018

Abstract submission now open

Earlybird registration deadline: 19 September 2018

Registration is now open

The event will be held at: We the Curious, Anchor Road, Harbourside, Bristol, BS1 5DB

 

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2018 Open Technology Workshop
Oct
27
9:00 AM09:00

2018 Open Technology Workshop

This workshop aims to showcase and celebrate open source technologies in research and education! The day-long event will consist of a morning of talks followed by a Biomaker Fayre and demo stations in the afternoon.

The fayre will highlight projects by 14 teams participating in this year's Biomaker Challenge - a four month programme challenging interdisciplinary teams to build low-cost, DIY instrumentation for biology. For more information, visit www.biomaker.org

SCHEDULE
9:00 Check-in
9:30-11:00 Talks + Q&A
11:00-11:30 Tea & Coffee
11:30-13:00 Talks + Q&A
13:00-14:00 Lunch
14:00-16:00 Biomaker Fayre & demo sessions
16:00 Biomaker Challenge awards and drink reception
17:00 End

SPEAKERS
- Alastair Davis (Shuttleworth Fellow)
- Louise Bezeidenhoudt (School of Anthropology & Museum Ethnography,
University of Oxford)
- Grey Christoforo (Dept. of Physics, University of Oxford)
- Julian Stirling (Joint Quantum Institute, University of Maryland)
and more...

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN (free)
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1JbIXU_yQJKHuUXWgVtJbz_UQGPuOcHK245-T0sfALo0/edit

CALL FOR EXHIBITORS!
If you have an interesting project using open technologies, created as part of the Biomaker Challenge or independently, you are invited to exhibit it at the Biomaker Fayre during the Open Technology Workshop. Just register your project here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/12YY1hxAjJn4FAWDpLeOacmW1POipDSiaNva2OBOfYbI/edit

Please email Alex at synbio@hermes.cam.ac.uk with any questions.

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Norwich Biomakers Social and AGM
Sep
20
7:00 PM19:00

Norwich Biomakers Social and AGM

It's been one full year since the first meeting of the Norwich Biomakers. Now that's something to celebrate!!!

So, whether you have been with us from the beginning or are new to Norwich Biomakers and want to meet people and find out what it's all about, please join us in the Locker Room at St Andrews Brewhouse (Norwich, NR2 4TP) to toast our one year anniversary, review the past years activities and discuss plans and opportunities for the coming year.

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FEBS Advanced Lecture Course: Design and Engineering of Synthetic Biosystems
Sep
9
to Sep 17

FEBS Advanced Lecture Course: Design and Engineering of Synthetic Biosystems

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Deadline for Applications is 30 April 2018

Travel grants available for PhDs and early career postdocs

This Advanced Lecture Course explores the rapidly developing area of synthetic biology. We will examine how, in the process of trying to engineer new biological systems, we improve our understanding of the naturally evolved biosphere (build-to-understand).

In addition, we discuss how synthetic biology is in the process of radically enhancing our ability to create products and processes that are of value to medicine, biotechnology, food security, energy and the environment (build-to-apply). Ideally, synthetic biologists want to be able to integrate defined biological components into functional circuits, pathways and other cellular systems that behave in predictable ways. However, biological systems are far more difficult to construct than electrical circuits, and part of the fascination of synthetic biology is the challenge of identifying what the real rules for predictable bio-assembly are. We will also consider the rapidly developing enabling technologies of synthetic biology, including DNA synthesis and large-scale (genome) assembly methods, CRISPR, robotics, advanced construction strategies for synthetic parts and circuits, and computational design and modelling.

The course will be taught by leaders in relevant areas of synthetic biology, and will comprise a balanced combination of lectures, tutorials, structured discussion groups, poster sessions and focused seminars. Join us for what will be a memorable week, full of renowned speakers and engaging conversations and sessions. For queries, please email Dr Corinne Hanlon on wisb@warwick.ac.uk.

More information at: https://syntheticbio2018.febsevents.org

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OpenPlant Forum: Engineering Plants for Bioproduction
Jul
23
to Jul 25

OpenPlant Forum: Engineering Plants for Bioproduction

  • John Innes Conference Centre (map)
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The OpenPlant Forum is a showcase of the latest developments in plant synthetic biology from OpenPlant and beyond, and provides a platform for discussion and exploration of the potential applications of reprogrammed biological systems, and a framework for exploring the wider implications of the potentially disruptive new technologies.

In July 2018, the Forum will focus on engineering plants for bioproduction, with an exciting line-up of international speakers. We're very pleased to be joined by keynote speakers Prof Ian Small (University of Western Australia), Prof Claudia Vickers (University of Queensland, Australia), Prof Ralf Reski (University of Freiburg, Germany), Prof Christina Smolke (Stanford University), Prof Susan Rosser (University of Edinburgh), Dr Richard Sever (BioRxiv at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press), Dr Joanne Kamens (AddGene) & Dr Linda Kahl (BioBricks Foundation).

Join us to explore advances in gene and pathway discovery, chassis design, regulatory network engineering and world-leading examples of application for bioproduction. There will be several satellite events associated with the Forum, including the OpenPlant Fund Pitches, Curriculum Hacks! and a focus workshop on New models for documentation, distribution and publication by bioengineers.

Registration for the OpenPlant Forum and satellite events is FREE and open to all. For more information and to register, go to the website: https://www.openplant.org/openplant-forum-2018

 

Scientific Programme

Monday 23 July 2018

13:00 - 17:00     OpenPlant Fund Pitches (including lunch)

17:00 - 18:00     Drinks Reception

18:00 - 21:30     Curriculum Hacks!

This event will explore the development of practical, reusable models for interdisciplinary learning, with talks and showcases from innovative thinkers in science education and engagement. Buffet dinner and drinks included.

Tuesday 24 to Wednesday 25 July 2018

OpenPlant Forum Day One and Two: The OpenPlant Forum will feature a range of speakers, panels and posters on synthetic biology from plants to microbes to cell-free systems. The full programme is now available online - please take a look for the latest timing and confirmed speakers.

Thursday 26 July 2018

09:00 – 17:00     Working Group: New models for documentation, distribution and publication by bioengineers: web mashups!

A technical discussion about new models for bio-technical publication based on user-generated content. Including covering web-based platforms and ways of working that have emerged from the electronics and software industries.

If interested in joining the working group, please contact colette.matthewman@jic.ac.uk

Click here for the full programme, information about the venue, accommodation etc and to regsiter

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OpenPlant Fund Mixer: Open Innovation & Entrepreneurial Opportunities
Jun
28
6:00 PM18:00

OpenPlant Fund Mixer: Open Innovation & Entrepreneurial Opportunities

Taxis will be arranged for people travelling from Cambridge for the mixer event. They will depart from the Cambridge University Plant Science department on Downing Site at 16:30. Please contact colette.matthewman@jic.ac.uk if you would like to join the arranged transport.

The OpenPlant Fund supports innovative, open and interdisciplinary projects relevant to plant synthetic biology and cell-free systems over 2015-19. Up to 20 six-month projects per year will receive £4k each, with an additional £1k awarded on completion for follow-on and outreach. The Fund aims to build new links between the Norwich and Cambridge regions, and as such strongly encourages the development of new collaborations for the purpose of OpenPlant Fund projects. The next deadline for applications to the OpenPlant Fund is Sunday 8 July 2018!

Come along to this mixer event to find out more about the OpenPlant Fund, develop your own project ideas, discover new ideas and forge new links and collaborations over pizza and drinks.

We will be joined by the Entrepreneurial Postdocs of Cambridge organisation, a representative of the Cambridge Biomakespace, and of the Norwich Biomakers group. Come along to discover opportunities offered within the region and how you can get invovled and make the most of these opportunities. Also, learn to introduce your research and impact in just two sentences, and practice while networking with other potential applicants to the OpenPlant Fund.

 

Programme

6pm Welcome and introduction to the OpenPlant Fund

6.20pm Talks about entrepreneurial opportunities from Entrepreneurial Postdocs of Cambridge & Cambridge Biomakespace

6.45pm Exercise – communicating research and impact in a sentence (or two)

7.15pm Drinks, pizza and networking

8.30pm Close


The OpenPlant Fund has proved to be a highly effective way of providing important support for independent small projects and promoting valuable new collaborations among young researchers, along with the development and documentation of open source biology, hardware and bioinstrumentation. The Fund has already supported over 60 projects to date, and in a short period of time, we have seen some notable outcomes. Click on the images below for some project examples. More information about the fund can be found at www.openplant.org/fund. All projects are documented on the website www.biomaker.org.

>>> Regsiter for this event here <<<

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Cell-free Syn Bio Lunch Meeting
Jun
5
12:00 PM12:00

Cell-free Syn Bio Lunch Meeting

The SynBio SRI is pleased to announce a monthly lunch meeting series on cell-free synthetic biology, bringing together researchers and students leading or contributing to cell-free related projects. More details TBC...

These monthly meetings are intended to enable the latest technical advances in cell-free synthetic biology to be shared, grant opportunities and draft proposals to be discussed and better coordination of activities to take advantage of the substantial growth and opportunity we foresee in this area. It is also an opportunity to invite and involve experts in synthetic biology and sensing, knowledge transfer, technology implementation in resource poor environments and international development practitioners. 

Lunch will be provided through the kind support of the Isaac Newton Trust SRI Small Grant Scheme. Further details on events will be announced via the SynBio SRI website and newsletter.

Please contact Alex (synbio@hermes.cam.ac.uk) to join the mailing list for the cell-free lunch group, and with ideas of things you would like to do or see discussed.

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Norwich Biomakers: Speedy breeding for crop plants
May
23
7:00 PM19:00

Norwich Biomakers: Speedy breeding for crop plants

>>> Register here for this event

Breeding a new and improved crop variety is a long and arduous journey that involves growing and selecting numerous generations of plants. It takes several years to develop a new variety. The process can be especially slow for crops such as wheat where, until now, it has only been possible to grow two generations of plants in a year.

At this meetup we will have talks from two researchers from the Norwich Research Park who have been involved in developing new technologies that make it possible to grow six generations in a year - maybe more! Sreya Ghosh (John Innes Centre) will tell the story of how this technology was developed, and Oscar Gonzales (Quadram Institute) and Ricardo Ramirez-Gonzalez (John Innes Centre) will talk about a low-cost desktop chamber for speed chamber he has built to enable this technology to be used on a smaller scale.

The evening will involve a demonstration of the desktop speed breeding chamber, and a tour of the John Innes plant growth facilities.

There will also be drinks and birthday cake :-)

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Open IP Lunch Meeting: Public Versus Private Perspectives on Open IP
May
23
12:00 PM12:00

Open IP Lunch Meeting: Public Versus Private Perspectives on Open IP

  • Seminar Room SG2, Alison Richard Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This session will examine perspectives on Open IP from industry, NGO and University tech transfer perspectives, taking the University of Cambridge as a key example.

The goals of the public, private and third sector in leveraging intellectual property often differ substantially and this has significant implications for access to technology and creating an equitable society. In addition, real life practices in all of these sectors may not reflect stated goals and policies.

Open to all. No registration required
Part of Open Intellectual Property Models of Emerging Technologies and Implications for the Equitable Society Research Group Seminar Series

Learn more about the series at: http://www.crassh.cam.ac.uk/programmes/open-intellectual-property.-models-of-emerging-technologies-and-implication

Administrative assistance: gradfac@crassh.cam.ac.uk

 

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Innovate Research commercial thinking workshop
May
22
9:00 AM09:00

Innovate Research commercial thinking workshop

Innovate Research commercial thinking workshop

 Tuesday 22 May, 09:00 – 13:00

Centrum, Norwich Research Park, NR4 7UG

* Sign up here*

What do we mean by commercial thinking? How and why should you apply commercial principles to your research, ideas and skills?

Innovate Research is a free half-day workshop for researchers of all disciplines and career stages, to help you understand how research can be taken from the lab to the real world.

During this morning session, you will explore different routes to impact and learn some processes & techniques to help you:

  • Understand innovation
  • Create and evaluate ideas
  • Develop product and business model concepts

To book a slot, please register through the Eventbrite page here https://innovateresearchmay2018.eventbrite.co.uk or get in touch at ahunter@hethelinnovation.com.

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Cafe Synthetique: Next Generation Synthetic Biologists
May
21
6:00 PM18:00

Cafe Synthetique: Next Generation Synthetic Biologists

>>> Register here

This month's Cafe Synthetique, curated by Bill Jia (bzj20@cam.ac.uk), will feature talks from post-grads working on exciting projects related to synthetic biology.

Om Patange - PhD student in James Locke’s group at the Sainsbury Laboratory
'Escherichia coli can survive stress by noisy growth modulation'

E coli is a popular and well characterized chassis for synthetic biology. Yet, there is much left to learn about this organism. In this talk I will show how E coli use stochastic gene expression and growth rate modulation to hedge their bets against stressful events.

Václav Beránek - PhD student in Jason Chin’s group at the MRC LMB
'Expanding the genetic code in mammalian cells'
Nature makes proteins from a limited set of building blocks - the 20 canonical amino acids. Expanding this set by amino acids with new chemical and physical properties allows researchers to manipulate and study proteins in an unprecedented way. When extended to mammalian cells, genetic code expansion allows researchers to label, probe and control proteins in their native context - providing unique insights into basic biological questions - and serves as a tool to engineer new therapeutics.

Jarrod Shilts - Masters student at the Sanger Institute
'Modulating the Mutation Potential of Synthetic DNA'
Our capacity to engineer biological systems is contingent on the predictability and stability of the genetic parts used to control those systems. However, natural processes of mutation and evolution pose a fundamental limit to the long-term predictability of engineered behavior. In this talk, I will introduce a novel approach to rationally re-design synthetic DNA sequences to have lower mutagenic potential, thus mitigating the risk of unintended changes that may compromise the function or safety of genetically-encoded parts. In line with the theme of “next generation synthetic biologists”, I will also highlight how this work exemplifies the potential for student-led lab spaces to contribute to the rapidly-advancing field of synthetic biology.

Café Synthetique is the monthly meetup for the Cambridge synthetic biology community with informal talks, discussion and pub snacks. It is kindly sponsored by Cambridge Consultants (https://www.cambridgeconsultants.com/home)

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Norwich Single Cell Symposium 2018
May
16
to May 17

Norwich Single Cell Symposium 2018

Following the success of the inaugural Norwich Single Cell Symposium in 2017, we are delighted to invite you to join us again this year.

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 brings together researchers who are curious about single cell genomics and its potential application to their research. The event hosts external speakers presenting advanced single cell research, plus highlights the development of single cell capabilities available at Earlham Institute. The symposium offers up-to-date information, plus networking opportunities with the intention of catalysing future development and application of single cell genomics approaches in the region.

This two-day event will feature talks from invited speakers and EI researchers, covering topics including:

  • Single Cell Genomics in Developmental Biology
  • Single Cell Genomics in Health and Disease
  • Applications of Single Cell Genomics in Plant and Microbial Sciences
  • Analysis of Single Cell Genomics Data

More information: http://www.earlham.ac.uk/norwich-single-cell-symposium-2018

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Biomakespace Build Night: Open-source Lasercut Incubator for Microbiology
May
14
7:00 PM19:00

Biomakespace Build Night: Open-source Lasercut Incubator for Microbiology

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One of the most used instruments in a microbiology laboratory is the microbiological incubator, it is used for bacteria growth, incubation of cells and tempered storage. Sammy Mahdi will present a Biomaker Challenge project that aims to create a incubator that can be fabricated in a typical makerspace environment at a low cost while achieving the same performance as commercial units. The incubator features a parametric CAD design to allow the users to modify it depending on their volume requirements. Finally, the proposed incubator has two power options: mains-powered mode and battery powered mode for portable instrumentation in remote environments

We will build a couple of incubators in the lab after the presentation!

Mondays at the Biomakespace are an opportunity to meet people, find out new things, share progress and ideas. We also meet on Thursdays, this is our work day for volunteers! If you'd be interested to help out, read the current openings for volunteers online: https://biomake.space/home/building-biomakespace/volunteering

##How to find the Biomakespace

Postal Address: Biomakespace, Biomedical Innovation Hub [lifford Albutt Building], Biomedical Campus, Hills Road, Cambridge, CB2 0AH

Finding us: We are located within the Biomedical Innovation Hub. Follow signs to the Clifford Albutt Building (see image), walk up the steps and ring the Biomakespace bell on our meeting nights. The bell is white with a blue button and a Biomakespace sticker, it will be by the 'normal' door on the right, not the circular doors.

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Norwich Hackspace: Intro to Arduino talk and workshop
May
12
11:30 AM11:30

Norwich Hackspace: Intro to Arduino talk and workshop

  • Norwich Hackspace, Ground Floor Lion House (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Hackspace member Toby Catlin will talk you through what the Arduino platform is and what it can be used for.

The workshop will go through how to load code onto the Arduino board and show off some of its features. If you wish to join in the workshop bring a laptop and Arduino board. A limited number of Arduino’s will be available for purchase.

The talk is free, donations gratefully accepted!

Space is limited so please book now - please don't book unless you can definitely attend, and let us know if anything changes so that we can offer the space to someone else - thank you!

>>> register here

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Twist Bioscience Oligofest
May
10
7:30 PM19:30

Twist Bioscience Oligofest

 

Come for the Drinks, Stay for the Science

Who says science shouldn’t be done over drinks? Some of the best ideas are generated over a drink with colleagues.

Bristol BioDesign Institute and Twist Bioceience bring you this free event to learn more about what you can do with Twist Bioscience's transformative silicon-based DNA synthesis technology and meet other like-minded professionals.

19:30: Pick Up Drink Tickets

20:00: Presentation by Twist Bioscience 'You Design It, We Build It'

20:30: Networking and Food/Drinks

22:00: Finish

Register here for your two free drink tickets.

This is a free event, but registration is required. You must be of legal drinking age and present a valid form of ID.

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Apr
24
2:00 PM14:00

Easter 2018 SynBio Forum: Chris Voigt and Somenath Bakshi

Recent advances in synthetic biology have led to engineered organisms with novel genetic programmes that perform functions from computation through to complex metabolic processes. There's now a great need for tools to design these organisms and learn more about the interaction of genes, phenotype and the environment. In this SynBio Forum we explore the work of Prof Chris Voigt (MIT) and Dr Somenath Bakshi (Harvard University): two synthetic biologists who are creating revolutionary new insights into gene regulation and how we might harness regulatory mechanisms for DNA engineering.

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Prof Chris Voigt (MIT) works on developing a programming language for cells to connect and optimize complex DNA circuits and programs. His lab uses this approach to engineer prokaryotic gene clusters by eliminating native regulation and gaining complete control and understanding of a cluster to allow optimised expression and transfer between host organisms. His vision is that a future designer would be able to mix-and-match modular clusters to build a synthetic organism.

Dr Somenath Bakshi (Harvard University): is a single-molecule biophysicist interested in the inner world of microbes. His research involves understanding how bacterial cells cope with changing environments using ultra-precise time-lapse imaging, single-molecule counting, and genetics to quantitatively study the stress-response dynamics in bacteria at genome scale.

Talks and dialogue will be followed by an afternoon tea reception

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Biomaker Pre-Challenge Mixer
Apr
19
6:30 PM18:30

Biomaker Pre-Challenge Mixer

This pre-challenge mixer will be a great opportunity to learn more about the challenge, meet other potential participants and share ideas before the application closes on 11 May. All are welcome!

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. More information about the Biomaker Challenge can be found on www.biomaker.org

Whether you’re a biologist looking to optimise your protocols and pick up some electronics knowledge; an engineer looking to apply your skills and gain experience of practical biology or you’re just curious and interested to participate, we look forward to meeting you!

What to expect:

Talks in Room 0.17, Congregation Hall, UEA (18:30 - 19:30)
- Colette Matthewman: Introducing the Biomaker Challenge
- Quentin Dudley: What is cell-free biology?
- Oscar Gonzalez: The ultrasonic plant height system
- Adi Kliot: Bioacoustic monitoring of insects
- Aaron Hunter: Norwich Biomakers and Innovation in East Anglia

Mixer and social in the Scholars Cafe Bar, Union House, UEA (19:30 onwards)
- Networking and socialising
- Opportunity to pitch ideas and hear about other peoples' ideas
- Prize draw

Everyone is welcome, whatever your discipline and level of experience. This challenge is not just about building instrumentation, but also about learning and exchanging skills.

You could also walk home with one of two Arduino starter kits (ARDX Arduino Learning Kit for Beginners or the Grove Starter Kit for Arduino). Everyone who attends this event will be entered into a prize draw for one of these kits.

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Norwich Biomakers: 3D Printing for Beginners
Apr
12
7:00 PM19:00

Norwich Biomakers: 3D Printing for Beginners

At this meetup, Brian Norman from the Norwich Hackspace will give a beginners introduction to 3D printing: including an explanation of some of the different types of printers, how to access and adapt files for printing from thingiverse (https://www.thingiverse.com/), and how to use openly available software to create your own designs.

Brian will also show you how he has created a live view microscope camera and adaptor as well as parts for household items.

Numbers are limited for this meetup, so registration is essential!

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