OpenPlant Forum 2017 Programme

Monday 24 July 2017

13:00 - 17:00     OpenPlant Fund Pitches

Interdisciplinary teams led by early career researchers from Cambridge and Norwich pitch their ideas for £5000 OpenPlant Fund projects to a panel of judges from academia, industry and NGOs. In this round, projects should generate a tangible outcome of relevance to synthetic biology or cell-free synthetic biology and all outcomes must be shared openly with the community.

17:00 - 18:30     Drinks Reception and Poster/Demo Session

An opportunity to peruse previous OpenPlant Fund projects and ongoing research with drinks and networking.

18:30 - 20:00     industry forum: Building a Sustainable global bioeconomy

Talks from a range of synthetic biology companies about their journeys to setting up impactful ventures and the opportunities and challenges they foresee in establishing a sustainable bioeconomy with emerging fast and frugal biotechnologies. Topics may include the role that synthetic biology and industry could play in furthering the sustainable development goals, additional challenges to achieving impact in emerging and resource-constrained markets and the role of open IP as a commercial strategy.

Wednesday 26 July 2017

09:00 - 09:30    ARRIVAL AND COFFEE

09:30 - 11:00Constructing a shareable toolkit for rapid plant model systems

Speakers and topics TBC

11:00 - 11:30    Advances in tools for algal synthetic biology

Speakers and topics TBC

13:00 - 14:00    LUNCH AND POSTER SESSION

14:00 - 15:10    Metabolic engineering for novel chemicals and therapeutics

Speakers and topics TBC

15:15 - 15:30    Closing remarks

15:00 - 16:00    COFFEE and networking

 

Thursday 27 July 2017

Working group on curriculum development and teaching resources for fast and frugal biotechnology.

Invitation only. If interested to join, please email jcm80@cam.ac.uk

 

Tuesday 25 July 2017

09:00 - 09:30    Arrival and coffee

09:30 - 09:45    Welcome (Prof Jim Haseloff)

09:45 - 11:00   Cell-free expression systems for synthetic biology

Speakers and topics TBC

11:00 - 11:30    Coffee

11:30 - 12:45   Programming cell-free systems and design for diagnostics

Speakers and topics TBC

12:45 - 14:00    Lunch and poster session

14:00 - 15:15    Tools for fast and frugal bioengineering

Speakers and topics TBC

15:15 - 15:45    Coffee

15:45 - 17:30   Fast, frugal and open biotechnology for development

Speakers and topics TBC

17:30 - 18:30    Drinks reception

18:30 - 20:00    Conference Dinner

20:00 - 21:30    Synthetic biology curricula of the future:
fostering creativity and interdisciplinarity

21:30 - 23:30    Bar