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OpenPlant Fund Mixer: Open Innovation & Entrepreneurial Opportunities

  • John Innes Centre Colney Ln Norwich, England, NR4 7YY United Kingdom (map)

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 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.



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 All projects are documented on the website

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