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Registrations for the 2019 Conference are now full to be waitlisted please email:  sba@synbioaustralasia.org


SBA2019 will be held Monday 14th – Wednesday 16th October 2019 in sunny Brisbane, Australia. The conference will provide a forum for academic and industry researchers to present the latest research findings and describe emerging technologies and directions in synthetic biology. Leading international and Australian scientists will present, and we have a strong commitment to providing presentation opportunities for early and mid-career researchers. There will be plenty of opportunities for networking, and we invite scientists from all related disciplines to attend.
The program includes both biophysical and social science, as well as industry presentations. We encourage submissions across a range of biophysical science topics, including (but not limited to): genetic circuitry, high throughput engineering, pathways and products, metabolic engineering, tools, computational synbio, iGEM, etc.; as well as application areas including diagnostics, health, environment, agriculture, food, and commercialisation. In the social sciences, submissions are encouraged in areas including (but not limited to): psychology, behavioral economics, bioethics, bioart, sociology, anthropology, legal studies, science & technology in society, responsible innovation, and ethics.
SBA 2019 is co-hosted by The University of Queensland (through the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology) and the CSIRO Synthetic Biology Future Science Platform. We have partnered with the Australian Academy of Science to support an ECR Forum on Synthetic Biology Commercialisation.
SBA members get substantial discounts on registration; ECRs (student and post-doc) members of SBA are eligible to apply for travel awards of $250 (membership can be purchased here). Registration places are limited, so please register early to avoid disappointment. We look forward to welcoming you to Brisbane!
Through the Theo Murphy Initiative (Australia), the Australian Academy of Science is also supporting a number of mobility grants for EMCRs to attend the Synthetic Biology Australasia (SBA) 2019 conference. The mobility grants can be used to cover costs associated with attendance to the event, such as registration fees, caring responsibilities, travel, accommodation and other support required to facilitate your attendance. To apply, please submit your abstract to attend the SBA2019 conference on the abstract submission page before applying for Theo Murphy Initiative mobility grant here (extended to the 12th of August 2019).




Conference Pricing

Abstract Submission Info

(Oral and Poster Submissions are now full)

SBA Presentation Guidelines 2019

Accommodation and travel


(Sponsorship opportunities are still available; Please download the sponsorship information and application form here, or contact Anwar Sunna (admin@synbioaustralasia.org) or Claudia Vickers (SynBioFSP_Admin@csiro.au) for more information.)

Organising Committee

Conference Chair – Claudia Vickers (The University of Queensland/CSIRO),  Conference Secretariat – Louise Burton (CSIRO), Organising Committee Members – Oliver Rackham (University of Western Australia), Anwar Sunna (Macquarie University), Emily Parker (Victoria University of Wellington), Joanne Macdonald (University of the Sunshine Coast), Dominic Logel (Macquarie University), Nina Pollak (University of the Sunshine Coast), Maciej Holowko (CSIRO), Kyle Van de Bittner (Victoria University of Wellington), Thomas Collier (Macquarie University), Frank Sainsbury (Griffith University), Karen Weynberg (The University of Queensland), Bingyin Peng (The University of Queensland) and Aditi Mankad (CSIRO).

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