Meeting report: Synthetic Biology Australasia Conference

By Konstantinos Vavitsas and Jestin George Synthetic biology as we commonly know it is often described in its scientifically specific context, or in the context of its effects on society and the environment. However, another prominent characteristic of synthetic biology in Australasia is the sense of community within the field. People from various disciplines, educational … Continue reading Meeting report: Synthetic Biology Australasia Conference

SBA signs MoU with Biotechnology and Biochemical Engineering Society of Taiwan

In the first of two important initiatives, SBA President Claudia Vickers recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding on behalf of SBA with Biotechnology and Bioengineering Society of Taiwan president Ching-Kuan Lin. This MoU is designed to help facilitate cooperative collaboration between Taiwanese and Australian/New Zealand synthetic biologists. If you would like information or contacts for … Continue reading SBA signs MoU with Biotechnology and Biochemical Engineering Society of Taiwan

2016 iGEM Local Teams Meet-Up

2016 iGEM Local Teams Meet-Up

The four Australian iGEM teams and their supervisors came together on Friday evening (14/10/16) for the inaugural local teams meet-up, supported by SBA.  The venue was a somewhat shabby 1970’s era tutorial room in the Biochemistry building at the University of Sydney. Luckily, the science presented by these young synthetic biologists was far from shabby. … Continue reading 2016 iGEM Local Teams Meet-Up

Upcoming Synthetic Biology meetings/conferences

“Unlocking the potential of synthetic biology to enhance human health”: a web-based conference on synthetic biology, 27th-29th September 2016 regonline.co.uk/virtualsynbiol06 There is a synthetic biology session at the upcoming ComBio2016 conference in Brisbane, https://www.asbmb.org.au/combio2016/, 3 - 7 October 2016 “SynBioBeta SF 2016” October 4th-6th, 2016, South San Francisco Conference Center, San Francisco, CA http://synbiobeta.com/conferences/synbiobeta-sf-2016/ “Synthetic … Continue reading Upcoming Synthetic Biology meetings/conferences

Australia is on track to producing a new generation of Synthetic Biologists

With excellent results at the 2015 Genetically Engineered Machine competition (iGEM). All four Australian teams received medals in the 230 team strong international competition. Team UNSW led by Marc Wilkins was awarded a gold medal for their Endosymbio project. Team Macquarie led by Louise Brown and Rob Willows were awarded a gold medal for their Solar … Continue reading Australia is on track to producing a new generation of Synthetic Biologists