Synthetic Biology Strategic Research Initiative, University of Cambridge
The Synthetic Biology Strategic Research Initiative provides a hub for anyone interested in Synthetic Biology at the University of Cambridge, including researchers, commercial partners and external collaborators.
|Address:||University of Cambridge, Downing Street, Cambridge|
|Membership type:||Cambridge University Department|
Synthetic Biology is an emerging field which applies engineering principles to the design and modification of living systems. The University of Cambridge has been an important and early contributor in this area. The Synthetic Biology Strategic Research Initiative was established in 2013 with the support of the Schools of Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences and Technology to bring together related activities by researchers across the University.
The major aims of the SRI are to:
- Provide a hub of interdisciplinary exchange for all those interested in Synthetic Biology at the University of Cambridge, from researchers and students to industrial partners and policy makers.
- Promote interdisciplinary collaborations across the University through regular events and twice-yearly seed funding competitions.
- Facilitate funding applications in the field of Synthetic Biology
- Initiate academic-industrial partnerships across the SRI Research Themes.
- Explore open technologies for innovation, widening participation in novel IP practices and business models for tools related to Synthetic Biology.
- Explore the wider social context of GM technologies at the local and global level, particularly responsible innovation for sustainability and conservation.
Regular Event Series
The SynBio Forum is a series of flagship events with prominent external speakers and excellent networking opportunities: a great opportunity to learn more about cutting edge synthetic biology.
Café Synthetique is the monthly meetup for the Cambridge synthetic biology community with informal talks, discussion and pub snacks. Every third Monday of the month at the Panton Arms.
Science Makers is the monthly meetup bringing together researchers and makers for talks, demos, hands-on making and co-working on projects. Every first Saturday of the month at Cambridge Makespace.
Special Event Series
Open Technology Week
Open Technology Week is a series of events showcasing and celebrating open and open source technologies, culminating in a gathering and open source maker faire at the Cambridge University Engineering Department.
Build a Biomakespace
A (usually) biweekly meeting to plan for establishing a Biomakespace at the old MRC-LMB. All welcome to discuss the space and what to put in it - particularly if you are keen to volunteer to help make it happen!
The OpenPlant Fund is now open to proposals for innovative, open and interdisciplinary projects relevant to plant or in vitro Synthetic Biology. Projects run for six months and can include biological research, hardware prototyping, software, outreach and policy work.
11 May 2017Read in full
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, the search is on for frugal, open source and DIY approaches to biological experiments.
11 May 2017Read in full
Registration is now open for OpenPlant Forum, an annual open meeting for plant synthetic biology organised by the OpenPlant partners: University of Cambridge, John Innes Centre and the Earlham Institute. Attendees from other organisations are welcome to the event, which takes place in Cambridge from 24-26 July 2017.
20 February 2017Read in full
Cambridge Synthetic Biology Meetup is a group for people interested in Synthetic Biology - one of the UK's 'Eight Great Technologies' and open technologies. This includes DNA-based reprogramming and computational modelling of living systems and low-cost hardware for biological instrumentation. The Meetup has just welcomed its 500th member.
16 February 2017Read in full
Thre OpenPlant Fund offers £5000 to support open, interdisciplinary and innovative projects to engineer plant biology. Applications are now open until 1 Dec 2016 for projects led from the University of Cambridge or Norwich Research Park, with external collaborators welcome. For this round, applications focused on cell-free synthetic biology are also encouraged.
16 November 2016Read in full
A team of Cambridge students has been awarded a Gold Medal and Best Plant Synthetic Biology Prize for their entry into the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) Competition 2016.
16 November 2016Read in full
The OpenPlant Forum is the annual meeting of the BBSRC-EPSRC funded OpenPlant Synthetic Biology Research Centre. Funded under the Synthetic Biology for Growth programme, the Centre promotes interdisciplinary exchange, open technologies for innovation and responsible innovation for sustainable agriculture and biotechnology.
11 July 2016Read in full
Fernán Federici, OpenPlant Fellow at the University of Cambridge and Director of the Synthetic Biology Lab at Pontificia Universidad Católica in Chile has been awarded a Wellcome Trust Image Award for his micrograph of maize leaves, shot in the Department of Plant Sciences in collaboration with Professor Jim Haseloff.
1 April 2016Read in full