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ERASYNBIO'S DEFINITION OF SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY


Synthetic Biology is the engineering of biology:
the deliberate (re)design and construction of novel
biological and biologically based parts, devices and systems to perform new functions for useful purposes,
that draws on principles elucidated from biology and engineering.
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DEVELOPMENT AND COORDINATION OF SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY IN THE EUROPEAN RESEARCH AREA


ERASynBio aims at promoting the development of synthetic biology by structuring and coordinating national efforts and investment, with the final goal of creating a sound European research community in the field avoiding national fragmentation from the very start.
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ERASynBio Initiative

ERASynBio is an initiative of international funding agencies working together to promote the robust development of Synthetic Biology and to structure and coordinate national efforts and funding programs. The network was created in 2012 and funded as an ERA-Net by the European Commission under FP7 until 2014. From 2015 onwards, ERASynBio will operate as a self-sustainable initiative (i.e. without the financial support of the EC), with most ERA-Net partners continuing their collaboration in the next years.

Along with the 2 joint calls, several supporting measures were initiated by ERASynBio in order to support the development of high quality Synthetic Biology research. One major effort was the development of a Strategic Vision accompanied by a series of targeted recommendations designed to empower national and international funding organizations, policy bodies and other stakeholders.

It is the aim of the ERASynBio initiative to further support joint activities that focus on transnational coordination, capacity building, sharing resources and facilities, and - last but not least - joint calls for proposals in the field of synthetic biology.

Coordinator

Dr. Marion Karrasch-Bott
Phone: +49 2461 61 6245
Mail: m.karrasch@fz-juelich.de

Current news

New report on synthetic biology and intellectual property rights (IPR) published

13.04.2015

A report from the IP (Intellectual property) Expert Meeting at the Danish Agency for Science, Technology & Innovation has been published in the Biotechnical Journal (Biotechnol. J. 2015, 10, 236–241): "Synthetic biology and intellectual property rights: Six recommendations"

On 26th November 2013, the Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation organized an expert meeting on “Synthetic Biology & Intellectual Property Rights” in Copenhagen sponsored by the European Research Area Network in Synthetic Biology (ERASynBio). The meeting brought together ten experts from different countries with a variety of professional backgrounds to discuss emerging challenges and opportunities at the interface of synthetic biology and intellectual property rights. The aim of this article is to provide a summary of the major issues and recommendations discussed during the meeting.

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Events


08

JUN

2015

SEED 2015: Synthetic Biology: Engineering, Evolution & Design

Boston Park Plaza, Boston, MA, USA

The conference focuses on advances in the science and technology emerging from the field of synthetic biology. It will highlight new tool development, as well as the application of these tools to diverse problems in biotechnology, including therapeutics, industrial chemicals and fuels, natural products, and agriculture. SEED is held annually, each year in a different location.

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08

JUN

2015

Synthetic Biology in Action - EMBO Practical Course

EMBL Heidelberg, Germany

The course focuses on the exploitation of tools and concepts of SynBio for multi-scale engineering of biological systems. The program consists of practicals with two daily lectures on closely related topics. The practicals will employ Gram-negative bacteria and yeast, the lectures will encompass a suite of topics beyond that, including activities on Ethical, Legal and Social Implications (ELSI).
Applications by PhD students and early post-doctoral researchers are possible until 12.03.2015

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28

JUN

2015

Gordon Research Conference on Synthetic Biology

Sunday River Resort, Newry, ME, USA

The 2015 Gordon Research Conference on Synthetic Biology will present cutting-edge research from this rapidly developing field and provide an in-depth discussion forum among practitioners from academia and industry of the various fields contributing to Synthetic Biology.

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