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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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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OpenPlant Forum 2019
Jul
29
to Jul 31

OpenPlant Forum 2019

  • Murray Edwards College (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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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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)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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

>>> Register here

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.

Register for free here >>>

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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!

Register here >>>

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BrisSynBio Connect
Apr
12
2:00 PM14:00

BrisSynBio Connect

Tickets Now Available!

BrisSynBio Connect is a networking event for people in Life Sciences, Biotechnology, Entrepreneurship, Academia and Industry specialists. Attendees of the BrisSynBio 4-Day MBA course will be pitching their synthetic biology business ideas to a Dragon’s Den panel and live public audience for a share of up to £10,000 worth of prizes. Talks will also be provided from specialists in industry and translational synthetic biologists.

This free event is a fantastic opportunity to view innovative ideas from great scientists and entrepreneurs. It also provides an opportunity to network and learn about cutting edge synthetic biology products and applications from leading UK industrialists.

Please click on https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/brissynbio-connect-tickets-42909518525 to register for the event.

For more information please contact Jenna Helleur at jenna.helleur@bristol.ac.uk.

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Biosafety in a World Without Walls: Talk with Todd Kuiken
Apr
11
6:00 PM18:00

Biosafety in a World Without Walls: Talk with Todd Kuiken

(Co-organised by the Synthetic Biology SRI and Centre for the Study of Existential Risk)

Dr. Todd Kuiken is a Senior Research Scholar at the Genetic Engineering & Society Center at North Carolina State University. Prior to that, he was a Senior Program Associate with the Science and Technology Innovation Program at the Wilson Center where he was the principal investigator on the Wilson Center’s Synthetic Biology Project. This involved numerous projects evaluating and designing new research and governance strategies to proactively address the biosafety, biosecurity and environmental risks associated with synthetic biology.

Todd is currently working with Dan Grushkin, Director of the New York-based community lab GenSpace, on a project to ensure safety within the rapidly expanding community of amateur biologists and the growing network of community laboratories. The initiative is analyzing and developing programs around the potential biosafety and biosecurity threats associated with such a diffuse community and he is currently on a tour of spaces across the globe.

>>> Register here

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Biomaker Pre-Challenge Mixer
Apr
9
6:00 PM18:00

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. Snacks and refreshments provided. 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.

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!

>>> Register for the event here

(Learn more about the Biomaker Challenge at www.biomaker.org)

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Info and Mixer session for Norwich Bioscience Institutes, Norwich
Apr
9
2:30 PM14:30

Info and Mixer session for Norwich Bioscience Institutes, Norwich

This pre-challenge mixer event, held in the Chris Lamb Training Suite at the John Innes Centre, 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. Coffee and cake provided. Please register via the NBI intranet or by emailing colette.matthewman@jic.ac.uk

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.

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!

More information about the 2018 Biomaker Challenge and projects from last year's challenge can be found on www.biomaker.org

Everyone who comes to this event can enter into a prize draw for one of two Arduino starter kits. Winners will be drawn at the second Biomaker Pre-Challenge Mixer event at UEA on Thursday 19th April. If you attend both events, you can enter the draw twice! More information on the 19 April event can be found here: https://www.meetup.com/Norwich-Biomakers/events/248927664/

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BrisSynBio 4–day MBA: Building a Synthetic Biology-rich Biotech Business from Scratch
Apr
8
7:00 PM19:00

BrisSynBio 4–day MBA: Building a Synthetic Biology-rich Biotech Business from Scratch

8 April 2018, 7.00 PM - 12 April 2018, 9.00 PM

Unit DX, St Philips Central, Albert Road, Bristol, BS2 0XJ

The BrisSynBio 4-day More Business Acumen (MBA) course is an interactive programme designed to provide the skills required to establish, build and manage a biotech company. The course is delivered in partnership with SynbiCITE and draws upon the experiences of seasoned entrepreneurs, patent attorneys and investors. During the course, participants will develop real biotech business ideas and pitch them to venture capitalists.

The 2017 course was hugely successful and fun. Four fantastic business plans were developed, one of which has received significant funding and is now an incorporated VC backed biotech company. 

Applications now open the for the 2018 4-Day MBA with £10,000 of prizes!

The 2018 course will run from 9 - 12 April and will take place at the Unit DX business accelerator in Bristol. We will award up to £10,000 of prizes to help the 2018 teams turn their ideas into real businesses.

Places are available for only £250 with a reduced rate of £100 for PhD students.

Apply now using this application form: 2018 4-Day MBA Application Form (PDF, 1,088kB)

Full programme and further information here: 2018 4-Day MBA Programme (PDF, 2,287kB)

We are especially interested to hear from female entrepreneurs and those who are planning to establish new companies in Bristol. We will support a small number travel bursaries for these participants. The deadline for those interested in bursaries is 26 February

Please contact Jenna Helleur or Andy Boyce for more information.

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sudo : grow hackathon
Apr
7
to Apr 8

sudo : grow hackathon

  • Allia Future Business Centre, (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

CAN YOU HACK IT? BEST BRAINS GIVEN 48 HOURS TO FEED THE WORLD

Allia Serious Impact to host >sudo : grow hackathon in partnership with Agri-Tech East

For more information about the first >sudo : grow hackathon visit www.sudochallenge.com.

The code-breakers of Bletchley Park were arguably the originators of the hackathon; the Allies were losing the war and drastic measures were needed. Talented people from different disciplines were given a clearly articulated problem and asked to come up with a solution. Using a mixture of engineering, linguistics and algorithms they cracked the Enigma Code and the rest is history.

To accelerate innovation in the agri-food industry, a similar approach is being taken by Allia, who have partnered with Agri-Tech East to host the first >sudo : grow hackathon. The 48-hour hackathon is being delivered by Cambridge Applied Research and is to take place at the Allia Future Business Centre on the weekend of the 7-8th April 2018.
The hackathon aims to bring together people with knowledge and expertise in the fields of technology and applied science with the aim of solving critical issues proposed by experts from the agri-food industry.

At the end of the weekend, it is anticipated that a number of innovative concepts will emerge with the potential to be developed further into business ideas.
The agri-food industry is faced with a number of considerable challenges –productivity rates, increasing environmental pressures and growing demand for low-priced nutritious food – that have the potential to be transformed by digital technologies.
Agri-Tech East believes that we now have a perfect storm for innovation.

Dr Belinda Clarke, Director of Agri-Tech East, explains: “There is a significant political, economic and social imperative to address these issues quickly, and there is money available to fund the development of new approaches and disruptive technologies.
“A hackathon promises to stimulate new thinking in a short time frame. We have not tried one before and so by bringing together people that are passionate about solving problems we hope to generate some innovative responses.”

Paul Hughes, Director of Enterprise Support at Allia, has run several hackathons and says that the sudo format has proven successful, producing some innovative and feasible solutions: “Our hackathons create an environment to stimulate discussion around key impact challenges. They facilitate creative thinking, and create opportunities to utilise technology to collaborate and innovate, with an aim to improve people’s lives.”

The issues include:
Making food systems consumer-centric – many food crops such as herbs, fruit, salads, and summer vegetables are highly perishable, labour intensive and demand can vary with weather conditions. Cutting food miles by bringing production closer to the centres of population will reduce waste in the system and deliver fresher food. The challenge is how to integrate food product within smart cities, making use of undercover and vertical spaces.

Balancing performance with animal welfare – feed makes up 65 per cent of the costs of poultry production. Under optimal temperature and other conditions the birds will convert the feed to meat, but if they are too cold the energy will be used to generate heat. The challenge is how to monitor the birds and manage conditions to improve performance.

Weed and pest control in a post-chemical world – many of the chemicals used for pest control are now being withdrawn from use on environmental grounds. This is creating an opportunity for other control methods such as barrier protection, laser hoes, robotic weeders… or something else. The challenge is to develop a way of protecting crops cost-effectively.
 

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Innovation in Food Security Venture Creation Weekend
Mar
25
1:00 PM13:00

Innovation in Food Security Venture Creation Weekend

Have you got an idea that could change the way we eat or produce food? Would you like to help achieve a more sustainable food system? We're inviting aspiring and early stage entrepreneurs to test their venture ideas, build a team and pitch to investors in 50 hours!

The Entrepreneurship Centre is delighted to be working in partnership with the Cambridge Food Security Forum to explore innovative ideas in Food Security. For this Venture Creation Weekend (VCW) we recommend that participants focus on five key areas:

  • Supply chain management
  • Nutrition
  • Food waste
  • Consumer behaviour
  • Food biotechnology

With the world’s population expected to grow to more than nine billion by 2050, ninety per cent of the extra food needed will need to come from intensification of current production. Trying to solve these problems and others posed by population increase over the coming years will be the challenge for participants on the next VCW.

Tickets: Standard - £60; Student - £25 

Early Bird Discount: Apply by 1 March for 20% discount

Find out more and register >

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Plant and Life Sciences Marquee at Cambridge Science Festival
Mar
17
10:00 AM10:00

Plant and Life Sciences Marquee at Cambridge Science Festival

OpenPlant and the Cambridge Synthetic Biology Strategic Research Initiative are teaming up to present an interactive exhibit at Cambridge Science Festival

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Synthetic biology for the senses

Plants and microbes make a wonderful variety of colours, scents, tastes and textures. Meet our DNA robot to find out how, and learn what scientists are doing to harness these natural abilities. With the SymBio Strategic Research Initiative and OpenPlant.

Come along to make your own paint colours with natural plant pigments, meet DNA Dave, and support us by having your picture taken and sharing via social media.

For more information and all Cambridge Science Festival events, check out their website at https://www.sciencefestival.cam.ac.uk/

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Invincible: Synthetic Biology theatre
Mar
10
3:00 PM15:00

Invincible: Synthetic Biology theatre

Following a sell-out run in 2017, Invincible is returning to Bristol 10-18 March 2018.

Answer this...

How far would you go to better yourself?

Would you lie to your mother?

Would you deny your inheritance?

Would you intervene with your DNA?

The result of extensive consultation with the University of Bristol’s Synthetic Biology researchers, Invincible puts each and every audience member at the heart of a contemporary moral dilemma. This is an urgent and topical play, commissioned to feed into a critical debate as scientists break new ground daily.

Written in collaboration with the University of Bristol’s play-writing fellow, David Lane, and produced by theatrical pioneers, Kilter, performances take place with small audiences at ‘point-blank range’. Staged in the pressure-cooker environment of a real residential flat, three women traverse three generations as the political and scientific become intensely personal. And all along Bristol's Synthetic Biologists will be listening.

Each performance is followed by a discussion with the cast and specialist guests. Then it’s up to you: how far would you go?

Performances:

  • Saturday 10 March 2018 – 3pm & 7.30pm
  • Sunday 11 March 2018 – 3pm & 7.30pm
  • Monday 12 March 2018 – 7.30pm (no matinee)
  • Thursday 15 March 2018 – 3pm & 7.30pm
  • Friday 16 March 2018 – 3pm & 7.30pm
  • Saturday 17 March 2018 – 3pm & 7.30pm
  • Sunday 18 March 2018 – 3pm & 7.30pm

For more information http://www.kiltertheatre.org/projects_workshops/invincible/

Get your tickets https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/invincible-tickets-43000456523

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Inaugural Bristol BioDesign Institute Conference and Public Lecture
Mar
8
12:00 PM12:00

Inaugural Bristol BioDesign Institute Conference and Public Lecture

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  • Google Calendar ICS

We are delighted to invite you to our launch and Inaugural Bristol BioDesign Institute Conference. This will showcase oral and poster presentations from Early Career Researchers across the field of biodesign. The conference will be closed with a public lecture from Professor Nadrian C. Seeman, inventor of DNA nanotechnology. 

Abstract submission

We strongly encourage delegates to submit abstracts for consideration for oral or poster presentations, however if you only wish to be considered for a poster presentation you can make this clear on the abstract template. Posters should be A0 size and portrait orientation.

We will inform delegates if they have been selected to make an oral presentation no later than Friday 13 April 2018.

Abstract submission deadline: 23 March 2018

Abstract submissions: Please complete the BBI presentation abstract template and email to brissynbio-info@bristol.ac.uk

Registration

Registration deadline: 4 April 2018

Registration fee: £20.00

Registration for non University of Bristol delegates: Online BBI Conference ticket shop

More information at: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/brissynbio/events/2018/inaugural-bbi-spring-conference--.html

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Bioelectricity project meetup
Mar
7
7:00 PM19:00

Bioelectricity project meetup

This Norwich Biomakers project meetup will provide the opportunity to delve deeper into discussions, planning and prototyping of ideas, and the establishment of project groups in topics related to bio electricity, e.g. Bacterial fuel cells, or making electricity from plants and what to run off these. Several project ideas have been discussed at previous meetings and one project is already in the early planning stages.

This meeting is open to all, but organised for those who want to take part in one of the projects. A variety of skills will be needed to move these projects forward, from organisation, communication and ideas through to specific technical skills. However, the most important thing will be plenty of good old enthusiasm, so whatever your skill set come prepared to get involved!

Register at: https://www.meetup.com/Norwich-Biomakers/events/247546813/

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Science Makers: Multispectral Imaging with Raspberry Pi
Mar
3
12:00 PM12:00

Science Makers: Multispectral Imaging with Raspberry Pi

During this Science Maker session, we will aim to build a multispectral camera and enclosure. Once they are finished, we will take photographs in the surrounding area and learn to process them.

Multispectral imaging is a sensing technique where a spectrum is obtained for all of the points in an image of a scene, allowing the user to detect signatures across different parts of the spectrum. In agriculture, spectrum information gives good insights into crop stress. multispectral cameras mounted on drones or aircraft allows quick assessments to be performed for yields across large areas of farmland, allowing for targeted use of fertilisers and irrigation.

This sensing technique is also used to classify different mineral groups, monitoring industrial emissions, and to detect different pigments in antique art.

Professional multispectral cameras will typically cost ~£5000, however excellent imaging for plants can be achieved using several NoIR camera modules (with filters) using a Raspberry Pi computer. Processing the images can be done using online tools or by writing your own program (for example with OpenCV).

This event is jointly organised by the Cambridge Synthetic Biology and Sustainable Technology groups.
 

Timings

12:00 - Arrival and introductions

12:15 - Talks and discussion

13:30 - Pizza

14:00 - Making a multispectral camera!

17:00 - Finish



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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Norwich Biomakers: How to generate electricity from plants
Feb
21
6:30 PM18:30

Norwich Biomakers: How to generate electricity from plants

Register here: https://www.meetup.com/Norwich-Biomakers/events/247546753/

What if your houseplants could do more than sitting pretty? What if they could power your radio or your clock? What would you choose to power with plants?

At this month's Norwich Biomakers meetup we have both a talk and a practical workshop, based on the generation of electricity from plants. Dr Paolo Bombelli from the University of Cambridge will talk about his work understanding plant and algae photosynthesis – with a rather interesting line investigating ways for harnessing electricity directly from these plants. For a taster, find out about one Paolo’s projects in this youtube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YV8nKPdu_Xs In this meetup, you will get the chance to build your own plant-microbial fuel cell. All materials will be provided to establish a small unit. There are only 32 places for this meetup, due to the room capacity, so please make sure you register to come. If you have registered and are not able to make it, please cancel your registration so that someone else can take your place.

The theme of this session follows on from Prof Julea Butt’s session on 18th October last year. There were several project ideas coming out of that session. We will be running a project meeting on Wednesday 7th March for those who are interested to follow up with further discussion, project planning and prototyping on specific projects. See the scheduled meetup for more information.

More information about Paolo’s research at the University of Cambridge can be found at these links:

https://www.bioc.cam.ac.uk/howe/members/paolo-bombello-postdoctoral-researcher-1
https://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/harnessing-the-power-of-algae-new-greener-fuel-cells-move-step-closer-to-reality

Additional Information:
A limited selection of snacks and soft drinks will be available, and it will be possible to order takeaway. But please feel free to bring your own food and drinks. These cannot be consumed in the lab, but can be in the lounge area.

The John Innes Centre is on the research park just outside of the city. Please don't let transport concerns stop you from attending though. Please post on the site or contact Colette Matthewman if you are unsure about transport arrangements. There are several bus routes that stop outside of the John Innes Centre, or it may be possible to link you up with someone who is driving from your area. I will post details of buses closer to the time.

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