Synthetic Biology Australasia (SBA) aims to support the growing synthetic biology research field in Australia, New Zealand, and ultimately in the broader Australasian region. SBA operates as a hub to develop collaborations in academia and industry, and to engage in public outreach, education, and training in synthetic biology.
The idea for the society was developed during a synthetic biology workshop held as a satellite meeting of the NanoBio Australia 2014 conference at The University of Queensland (Brisbane, July 11th 2014). The workshop was attended by ~40 representatives from universities and research institutes across Australia and New Zealand. This was followed up with the first formal AGM of the society during the Synthetic Biology and Protein Engineering Meeting (a satellite meeting of the Lorne Protein Meeting) on 6th February 2015 at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research.
SBA is guided by a Steering Committee consisting of representatives from universities and research institutes which meets once per year.
We are grateful to our Founding Sponsors for recognizing the significance of Synthetic Biology in Australia and New Zealand.