Synthetic Biology Australasia (SBA) grew from a burgeoning community of scientists from universities and research institutes across Australia and New Zealand that recognising the promise of this new and exciting field. The idea was conceived at the “Synthetic Biology: From Talk to Action” workshop in Brisbane in July 2014 and was formalised with the first annual general meeting (AGM) of the society held during the Synthetic Biology and Protein Engineering Meeting in February 2015.

In 2016 our first conference was held in Canberra, in collaboration with CSIRO, with 120 participants. Our second conference was hosted by Macquarie University in Sydney in 2017 and attracted more than 200 participants and featured many world leaders in synthetic biology as international speakers. The next SBA conference will be hosted by the University of Queensland in Brisbane in 2019.

Our community now includes social scientists, ethicists and artists, as well as computational and laboratory scientists. Through the execution of Memoranda of Understanding with international organisations, including the Asian Federation of Biotechnology (AFOB) and the Biotechnology and Biochemical Engineering Society of Taiwan (BEST), SBA is active in networking the Australian, New Zealand and International communities. We are an open and inclusive society and welcome new members and national and international connections.