SBA 2019 Conference Announcement and Call for Abstracts

The SBA 2019 organising committee is delighted to announce that the Synthetic Biology Australasia 2019 conference will be held on Monday 14th– Wednesday 16th October 2019 at Customs House, Brisbane, Australia. SBA 2019 is co-hosted by The University of Queensland and the CSIRO Synthetic Biology Future Science Platform.

SBA 2019 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.
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, behavioural economics, bioethics, bioart, sociology, anthropology, legal studies, science & technology in society, responsible innovation, and ethics.
The SBA 2019 conference website is now open for registration and abstract submission. Details for plenary speakers will be added shortly. Early bird registration discounts close on June 30th. 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.
Synthetic Biology Australasia (SBA) is a professional society established in 2014 that supports synthetic biology collaboration and communication between scientists, industry and the broader community. SBA’s inaugural conference was held in Canberra in April 2016, with a second conference, SBA 2017 held in Sydney in September 2017. The conference is now held biennially.

2019 Conference page


Sponsorship opportunities are still available; Please download the sponsorship information and application form here, or contact Anwar Sunna ( or Claudia Vickers ( for more information.

Synthetic Biology: ‘the rational design and construction of nucleic acid sequences or proteins – and novel combinations thereof using standardised genetic parts’.1

Organising Committee

Claudia Vickers (The University of Queensland/CSIRO) – Conference Chair 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 (The University of Queensland), Karen Weynberg (The University of Queensland), Bingyin Peng (The University of Queensland) and Aditi Mankad(CSIRO)

1.Gray, P., Meek, S., Griffiths, P., Trapani, J., Small, I., Vickers, C., Waldby, C., and Wood, R. (2018). Synthetic Biology in Australia: An Outlook to 2030. Report for the Australian Council of Learned Academies,