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[3-minute survey] What’s in the Cam? Share your experiences with our river!

[3-minute survey] What’s in the Cam? Share your experiences with our river!

It's summer, it's May Bumps, let's have a bath... and year by year, Cambridge rowers, swimmers and punters obtain serious infections associated with pathogens from the Cam’s water! What are these bugs, and where do they come from? A detailed information and research framework that targets the involved microbial culprits is still lacking.

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Open Cell launches shipping container labs at Shepherd's Bush Market to accelerate biotech start-up businesses

Co-founder and SynBio SRI Steering committee member Helene Steiner conceived the idea for Open Cell while working in Microsoft Research and also moonlighting as a lecturer in the Royal College of Art. Open Cell has joined forces with regeneration specialist, U+I, and the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham to launch Bio Lab – a biolab to offer affordable spaces at the Old Laundry Yard in Shepherds Bush Market. A first for London, phase one of Bio Lab will provide 20 low cost, start-up studios in shipping containers, in which innovators and entrepreneurs can build, test and demonstrate biotech focused innovations.

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Try a protein cell-free expression system for free with Quentin Dudley, OpenPlant fund grantee [Deadline: June 1 2018]

Quentin Dudley, postdoc with Nicola Patron (EI) and Sarah O'Connor (JIC) has established an in-house E.coli CFPS system to test a range of different proteins from various plants. He's looking for researchers to contribute their plant gene of interest in exchange for the output protein.

Try a protein cell-free expression system for free with Quentin Dudley, OpenPlant fund grantee [Deadline: June 1 2018] - Read More…

Apply for Development i-Teams by Tuesday May 1st: Adapting Polar Science for the Developing World

Apply for Development i-Teams by Tuesday May 1st: Adapting Polar Science for the Developing World

Have you ever wondered how new ideas can help people in the developing world? Are you interested in what Cambridge can do to help? If so, then our Development i-Teams programme is for you!

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Applications for 2018 SynBio UK Committee Positions are now open! [Apply by 8 April 2018]

Applications for 2018 SynBio UK Committee Positions are now open! [Apply by 8 April 2018]

SynBio UK is uniting the UK's SynBio students, incorporating university societies across the country. By fostering ties between students passionate about SynBio, the association enables them to combine their strengths and promote a vibrant national community. SynBio UK is recruiting a range of students (Undergraduates, Masters and PhDs) who are passionate about Synthetic Biology regardless of their background!

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Free Broadcast Interview Training for Cambridge academics, staff and students

Free Broadcast Interview Training for Cambridge academics, staff and students

Interviews can help audiences make sense of even the most complicated topics, cutting through the confusing complexity and making them relevant to everyday lives. The Office of External Affairs and Communications is now providing broadcast interview training to academics, staff and students at the University for free.

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Announcing CamMed 3D group- exciting new ventures in all things 3D printing

Announcing CamMed 3D group- exciting new ventures in all things 3D printing

Media Studio, Cambridge University Hospitals’ comprehensive photography, video and graphic design service is pleased to announce two new ventures with the aim of encouraging innovation in and around Cambridge in all things 3D.

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New paper out now! Programmed hierarchical patterning of bacterial populations

New paper out now! Programmed hierarchical patterning of bacterial populations

First author Christian Boehm, who earned his PhD in the Haseloff Lab and is the founder of the European Association of Synthetic Biology Students and Postdocs, reflects on the significance of this latest publication.

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Center for Research and Interdisciplinarity (CRI) in Paris seeks group leaders to join the Collaborary

Center for Research and Interdisciplinarity (CRI) in Paris seeks group leaders to join the Collaborary

The Center for Research and Interdisciplinarity (CRI) experiments and spreads new ways of learning, teaching, conducting research and mobilizing collective intelligence in life, learning and digital sciences. The CRI is seeking candidates at different career stages, from postdoctoral young investigators to tenured scientists. Calls are now open for Core (5 year), Long-term (1-3 years) and Short-term (3-6 months fellows).

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New report from the OpenPlant IP Working Group! Towards an Open Material Transfer Agreement

New report from the OpenPlant IP Working Group! Towards an Open Material Transfer Agreement

The OpenPlant Intellectual Property (IP) Working Group was formed to examine IP norms and policies that impede innovation in plant synthetic biology. The result was the development of the Open Material Transfer Agreement (OpenMTA), a legal tool for sharing DNA parts and other biological materials that allows IP-free sharing of foundational tools while promoting the scaling and commercialisation of novel advanced technologies.

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Loop Assembly: a simple and open system for recursive fabrication of DNA circuits

Loop Assembly: a simple and open system for recursive fabrication of DNA circuits

As part of a collaboration between the University of Cambridge the Universidad Catolica de Chile, Pollak and Federici have devised a new method for gene assembly based on two Type IIS restriction endonuceases, Bsal and Sapl. Loop Assembly allows rapid and efficient production of large DNA constructs, is compatible with widely used Level zero (L0) DNA parts such as Phytobricks, and can be easily automated.

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Postdoc representatives sought for University's Open Research Working Group

Postdoc representatives sought for University's Open Research Working Group

The Open Research Working Group will convene in 2018 to define and develop the University’s approach to open research, including open access to publications and open research data. The working group is seeking two postdoc representatives with some background or interest in open research, one from STEM and one from AHSS.

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Apply now for eLife Innovation Sprint - bringing cutting-edge technology to open research

Apply now for eLife Innovation Sprint - bringing cutting-edge technology to open research

The eLife Innovation Sprint is a two-day challenge on 10-11 May 2018 for developers, designers, technologists and researchers to collaboratively prototype innovations that bring cutting-edge technology to open research.

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[Closes 30 May 2018] OpenPlant and SynBio SRI seek new Coordinator - apply now!

[Closes 30 May 2018] OpenPlant and SynBio SRI seek new Coordinator - apply now!

The University of Cambridge is seeking a Co-ordinator for two Synthetic Biology research initiatives. The role-holder would work 50% to support the OpenPlant Synthetic Biology Research Centre and 50% with the Synthetic Biology Strategic Research Initiative (SynBio SRI).

[Closes 30 May 2018] OpenPlant and SynBio SRI seek new Coordinator - apply now! - Read More…

[Closes 16 April] Accepting applications for the 2018 Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Summer Course in Synthetic Biology

We are now accepting applications for the 2018 Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Summer Course in Synthetic Biology. We encourage you, your colleagues, and/or your trainees to apply if…

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[Closes 28 Feb] Early registration now open for Crossing Kingdoms: an international synthetic biology symposium

[Closes 28 Feb] Early registration now open for Crossing Kingdoms: an international synthetic biology symposium

Crossing Kingdoms is an international 3 day-event bringing together scientists from the microbial, animal and plant fields to present their results and highlighting how knowledge from these different life forms provide tools for synthetic biology innovations and applications.

[Closes 28 Feb] Early registration now open for Crossing Kingdoms: an international synthetic biology symposium - Read More…

[Closes 31 Jan] Apply now to PULSE: Programme for Up and coming Life Sciences Entrepreneurs

PULSE is a new, three day leadership and entrepreneurship training programme developed by the BIA and the Francis Crick Institute. The programme is for aspiring entrepreneurs and new CEOs looking for advanced practical advice, support and feedback from leading entrepreneurs, renowned professionals and CEOs.

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Opportunity for PhD Level Engineers to Join Deep Science Ventures

Deep Science Ventures is a London-based venture studio for a multidisciplinary community of technical founders curious to explore opportunities, critical insights and build transformative companies. They are looking for motivated engineers that love entrepreneurship and problem solving.

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Scientific Meeting- Computation by Natural Systems: March 21st-22nd

from Mar 21, 2018 09:00 AM to Mar 22, 2018 05:00 PM Kavli Royal Society Centre, Chicheley Hall, Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire, MK16 9JJ,

Theo Murphy scientific meeting organised by Dr Dominique Chu, Professor Christian Ray and Professor Mikhail Prokopenko. Over recent years it has become clear in various sciences that many natural systems perform computations. Research into the properties of these natural computers remains fragmented along disciplinary boundaries between computer science, physics, engineering and biology. The objective of this meeting is to overcome the fragmentation by bringing together researchers from different fields to discuss their latest finding on natural computation.

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Essex Synthetic Biology Summer School: 2-6 July 2018

Essex Synthetic Biology Summer School: 2-6 July 2018

The Essex Synthetic Biology School (ESBS) is an intensive 5-day summer course targeting students and early career scientists interested in learning cutting edge experimental and computational methods to design and build biological systems directly from world-renowned experts, working with bacterial, yeast, plant and mammalian systems, in fields such as cancer and healthcare research, as well as industrial, agricultural and environmental synthetic biology.

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Synthetic Biology and the Senses: volunteers wanted for Cambridge Science Festival

Synthetic Biology and the Senses: volunteers wanted for Cambridge Science Festival

Synthetic biology can bring cutting edge biotechnology into everyday experiences through people's senses by harnessing the wonderful variety of colours, scents, tastes and textures produced in nature. We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers and interactive exhibits or colourful posters to illustrate the theme of 'Synthetic Biology and the Senses' at the Cambridge Science Festival Life Science Marquee on Sat 17 March 2018.

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Congratulation to the winners of the Café Synthetique Christmas Quiz - how well would you have done?

Congratulation to the winners of the Café Synthetique Christmas Quiz - how well would you have done?

Four teams pitted their wits against the Café Synthetique SynBio Pub Quiz on 18 December at the Panton Arms. Congratulations to the winners and we've provided a couple of rounds of questions here so you can see how you would have done!

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Prof Giles Oldroyd joins Sainsbury Lab to engineer nitrogen-fixing cereals

Prof Giles Oldroyd, an OpenPlant PI who directs a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation programme of research to engineer nitrogen-fixing cereals has recently joined the Sainsbury Lab at University Cambridge after 15 years at the John Innes Centre in Norwich.

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Science Makers explores 3D printing with food, flavour networks and molecular cuisine

Science Makers explores 3D printing with food, flavour networks and molecular cuisine

Lab equipment and chemistry has made its way into the kitchen - with water baths, centrifuges, freeze dryers, 3D printers and more now involved in gastronomic creations. During the December Science Makers session, over 25 members of the SRI, Cambridge Makespace and interested members of the public heard about some of the techniques of 'molecular gastronomy' and tried them out!

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Call for Proposals: 5th International Synthetic & Systems Biology Summer School - SSBSS 2018

The Synthetic and Systems Biology Summer School (SSBSS) is a full-immersion five-day residential summer school on cutting-edge advances in systems and synthetic biology with lectures delivered by world-renowned experts. The 2018 Summer School will take place July 25-29, 2018 at Certosa di Pontignano in Tuscany, Italy.

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[Closes 31 Dec 2017] Applications for the 2018 EUSynBioS Steering Committee are now open !

[Closes 31 Dec 2017] Applications for the 2018 EUSynBioS Steering Committee are now open !

EUSynBioS is a community for students and postdocs in European synthetic biology. Applications to join their 2018 Steering Committee are now open until 31 December 2017, where you can help facilitate horizontal connections across the synthetic biology community and convene joint events with fellow communities around the globe.

[Closes 31 Dec 2017] Applications for the 2018 EUSynBioS Steering Committee are now open ! - Read More…

Synthetic Biology Student Society launch first collaborative project at Biomakespace

Synthetic Biology Student Society launch first collaborative project at Biomakespace

The Cambridge University Synthetic Biology Student Society are running a student-led project 2017-18. They had their first lab session this month which represented the launch of the first collaborative project at Biomakespace, Cambridge's new community biology lab based at the Biomedical Campus. Over 10 students attended to start preparing DNA that will eventually be used to create 'bacterial photography'.

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Cambridge researchers present cutting edge research at Synthetic Biology UK 2017

Cambridge researchers present cutting edge research at Synthetic Biology UK 2017

Cambridge synthetic biology researchers Prof Jason Chin, Dr Francisco Navarro and Dr Markus Ralser presented at the Synthetic Biology UK 2017 meeting in Manchester this week.

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Open technology and democratisation of synthetic biology features on BBC Radio 4 'Inside Science'

Open technology and democratisation of synthetic biology features on BBC Radio 4 'Inside Science'

The Synthetic Biology Strategic Research Initiative Coordinator Dr Jenny Molloy appeared on BBC Radio 4's 'Inside Science' last week following the publication of a bioengineering horizon scanning exercise co-organised by the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk and SynBio SRI, (both University of Cambridge) and the Future of Humanity Institute (University of Oxford) in Dec 2016.

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