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[Closes 9 June 2017] POST Parliamentary Academic Fellowships call now open

[Closes 9 June 2017] POST Parliamentary Academic Fellowships call now open

The UK Parliament is piloting an Academic Fellowship Scheme that will offer academic researchers at every stage of their career the rare opportunity to work on specific projects from inside Westminster’s walls.

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Cambridge BRAINFest takes place June 23-25 2017 - get involved!

Cambridge BRAINFest is a public free festival of brain research that will bring together neuroscientists from across Cambridge to present ground breaking research in 30 interactive exhibits covering themes of Development', 'Brain & Body', ‘Pain & Pleasure’, ‘Imagination & Perception’ and ‘Learning & Forgetting’, spanning research from molecule to man.

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Cell-free technology startup founded by former SynBio SRI member awarded funding by RebelBio.

Cell-free technology startup founded by former SynBio SRI member awarded funding by RebelBio.

Cell-Free Tech is a brand new start up company specialising in giving people the ability to do biological research, without the need for expensive tools and infrastructure. Based at the Microbiology Department of the University College Cork, Cell-free Tech is part of RebelBio, an accelerator programme that helps life sciences innovators, academics, biomakers and citizen scientists to change the world with biology.

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[Closes 23 June 2017] Apply now for the Biomaker Challenge!

[Closes 23 June 2017] Apply now for the Biomaker Challenge!

Biomaker Challenge is a four-month programme challenging interdisciplinary teams to build low-cost sensors and instruments for biology. From colorimeters to microfluidics and beyond, we’re looking for frugal, open source and DIY approaches to biological experiments.

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[Closes 30 June 2017] Apply now for the OpenPlant Fund

[Closes 30 June 2017] Apply now for the OpenPlant Fund

The OpenPlant Fund is now open to proposals for innovative, open and interdisciplinary projects relevant to plant or in vitro Synthetic Biology. Projects run for six months and can include biological research, hardware prototyping, software, outreach and policy work.

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Synthetic Biology SRI members discover caterpillar that can biodegrade shopping bags

Synthetic Biology SRI members discover caterpillar that can biodegrade shopping bags

In an exciting new development in the war on plastic waste, Cambridge researchers have discovered a common insect larva that is able to break down chemical bonds in polyethylene plastic bags at higher rates than any method found previously. Scientists say the discovery could be a possible opportunity to help remove harmful polyethylene waste from the environment and landfills.

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Global Challenges Forum announced

Global Challenges Forum announced

The Global Challenges Forum have recently announced their new website. The forum aims to enhance the contribution of University of Cambridge research towards addressing global challenges and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

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[Closes 25 June 2017] Cambridge-Africa ALBORADA Research Fund

Cambridge-Africa have announced the 2017 call for applications for the ALBORADA Research Fund

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[Closes 14 May] Mozilla Fellowship for Open Science

[Closes 14 May] Mozilla Fellowship for Open Science

The SynBio SRI promotes open technologies for research among early-career researchers through events programmes and grants. The Mozilla Fellowships for Open Science are an excellent opportunity for ECRs who are working to advance Open Access, Open Source or Open Science in their research and want to step up their involvement.

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Opportunity to join international open hardware collaboration to produce a single pixel camera for low-cost hyperspectral imaging

Members of the international open science hardware community have been pursuing a group project to produce a single pixel camera for low-cost hyperspectral imaging and are seeking collaborators.

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[Closes 2 May 2017] Interested in alleviating global poverty using Cambridge synbio ideas? - APPLY for Development i-Teams

[Closes 2 May 2017] Interested in alleviating global poverty using Cambridge synbio ideas? - APPLY for Development i-Teams

Dr James Ajioka and Dr Orr Yarkoni are offering a Development i-Teams project for Easter Term 2017, exploring the potential of their new way of dyeing fabric using engineered microorganisms in India.

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The cutting edge of Synthetic Botany reviewed by Cambridge researchers

The cutting edge of Synthetic Botany reviewed by Cambridge researchers

Cambridge researchers have reviewed the state of art and future prospects for Synthetic Botany - the application of synthetic biology to engineering nuclear and chloroplast genomes in plants.

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Synthetic biology and the senses at the Cambridge Science Festival

The Downing Site Plant and Life Sciences Marquee welcomed over 1200 Science Festival attendees on Saturday 18 March to experience 'getting personal' with the biological sciences. Members of OpenPlant and the Synthetic Biology Strategic Research Initiative were out in force to help visitors of all ages explore synthetic biology with their senses and explore the every day applications this emerging technology might be put to in the coming years: from sustainable scents to tastier tomatoes.

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Three Cambridge based spin-offs win Bio-start accelerator funding

Three Cambridge based spin-offs win Bio-start accelerator funding

After an intensive 10-week competition across the UK, three Cambridge spin-offs have been awarded Bio-start funding, as well as the opportunity to join the UK’s first synthetic biology accelerator programme.

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Synthetic Biology SRI members collaborate on Biodesign challenge workshops at the Royal College of Art.

Synthetic Biology SRI members collaborate on Biodesign challenge workshops at the Royal College of Art.

The BioDesign challenge asks students, in consultation with scientists and design professors, to create designs that demonstrate how biotech might reshape our world—from foods, to materials, to energy, to medicine. The pilot program in 2016, which culminated in a summit at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) NY, received a tremendous amount of praise.

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Just add water: creating protein in a test tube with cell-free synthetic biology

Science Practice’s interest in synthetic biology goes back to the Arsenic Biosensor Collaboration, and recently we were back in Jim Haseloff’s lab to learn about a new development called cell-free synthetic biology. This technology made headlines when it was used to create a low-cost, paper-based diagnostic test for the Zika virus. We’re interested in paper-based diagnostics (see SoilCards) and portable technology that could enable lab analysis in the field, like the MinION. Because of our work in this area were we asked to co-convene a workshop called “Programmable biology in the test tube”, which was organised by Jenny Molloy from the Strategic Research Initiative for Synthetic Biology at Cambridge.

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How can we share solutions to complex systems problems across domains and application areas?

What do power networks, transportation hubs, weather patterns, commercial organisations and swarming robots have in common? Chih-Chun Chen and Nathan Crilly at the Cambridge Engineering Design Centre have published ‘A primer on the design and science of complex systems’, following on from work examining complexity in synthetic biology and swarm robotics.

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New Report Release Webinar from National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (March 9, 2017)

Preparing for Future Products of Biotechnology, a consensus report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, was released on Thursday, March 9, 2017.

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EUSynBioS announces 2017 dates for their annual Symposium 2017 (Aug 31 - Sep 1)

EUSynBioS announces 2017 dates for their annual Symposium 2017 (Aug 31 - Sep 1)

The European Association of Synthetic Biology Students and Postdocs (EUSynBioS) are excited to announce dates for their annual symposium on Synthetic Biology held Aug 31 - Sep 1 2017 in Madrid.

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Cambridge Synthetic Biology Meetup group reaches 500 members

Cambridge Synthetic Biology Meetup is a group for people interested in Synthetic Biology and open technologies: the DNA-based reprogramming and computational modelling of living systems and low-cost hardware for biological instrumentation.

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Registration opens for OpenPlant Forum in Cambridge, 24-26 July 2017

Registration opens for OpenPlant Forum in Cambridge, 24-26 July 2017

OpenPlant Forum is an annual open meeting for plant synthetic biology organised by the OpenPlant partners: University of Cambridge, John Innes Centre and the Earlham Institute. Attendees from other organisations are welcome.

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Professor Alison Smith featured on BBC's The Life Scientific

Professor Alison Smith featured on BBC's The Life Scientific

Alison Smith, Professor of Plant Biochemistry in the Department of Plant Sciences, whose research interests include algal synthetic biology, has been featured on the BBC's The Life Scientific.

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Open Innovation with Large Bioresources: a workshop report

Open Innovation with Large Bioresources: a workshop report

The Synthetic Biology SRI and OpenPlant, CSaP, Public Policy SRI and Faculty of Law co-organised a workshop held on 28 January 2016 on the openness of large bioresources in synthetic biology and genomics. The resulting report by Dr John Liddicoat and Dr Kathy Liddell has now been published on SSRN.

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WIRED UK cover beautiful bioluminescent dress supported by SynBio Fund

WIRED UK cover beautiful bioluminescent dress supported by SynBio Fund

A science-fashion collaboration between researchers in the Department of Plant Sciences and the Royal College of Art has appeared in the Februrary edition of WIRED UK.

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African Diaspora Biotech Summit 2017 to be held in Cambridge

African Diaspora Biotech Summit 2017 to be held in Cambridge

Seventy candidates will be selected to participate in the African Diaspora Biotech Summit 2017. The Summit will trigger discussion on how Africa's present and future leaders and all stakeholders can work collaboratively to strengthen research capacity building, innovation and commercialization in Africa.

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Ten projects awarded £5000 OpenPlant Fund grants to develop open technologies for plant or cell-free synthetic biology

Ten projects awarded £5000 OpenPlant Fund grants to develop open technologies for plant or cell-free synthetic biology

Congratulations to the successful ten teams who will be working on projects as diverse as microfluidic devices for cyanobacteria to light sheet microscopy for algae to open teaching resources for genetic circuit fabrication.

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