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OpenPlant Forum: Engineering Plants for Bioproduction

  • John Innes Conference Centre Colney Lane Norwich, England, NR4 United Kingdom (map)

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:


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

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