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The SynBio SRI is teaming up with SciArt Cambridge, Biomakespace and event producer Sophie Weeks for an exciting event for Cambridge Science Festival 2019

The SynBio SRI is teaming up with SciArt Cambridge, Biomakespace and event producer Sophie Weeks for an exciting event for Cambridge Science Festival 2019

We're shaking things up this year and co-hosting The Art & Science Soirée on the evening of Monday 18 March at The Engineer's House by the river. We invite creative thinkers and tinkerers to connect with scientists, engineers, artists and designers engaged in DIY science. But why science and art you ask?

The SynBio SRI is teaming up with SciArt Cambridge, Biomakespace and event producer Sophie Weeks for an exciting event for Cambridge Science Festival 2019 - Read More…

Two publications describe focus stacking setup developed through OpenPlant Fund and Biomaker Challenge

Two publications describe focus stacking setup developed through OpenPlant Fund and Biomaker Challenge

Dr Jennifer Deegan has built a Focus Stacking system that enables her to take close up, high-definition photos of very small gametophyte ferns. The project was further developed through an OpenPlant Fund and the Biomaker Challenge, during which she collaborated with an interdisciplinary team to photograph new samples and build up teaching tools to enable others to replicate the system.

Two publications describe focus stacking setup developed through OpenPlant Fund and Biomaker Challenge - Read More…

Speed Breeding Made Accessible and Democratic

Speed Breeding Made Accessible and Democratic

Scientists at the John Innes Centre, Earlham Institute, and Quadram Institute in Norwich and the University of Queensland have improved the technique, known as speed breeding, adapting it to work in vast glasshouses and in scaled-down desktop growth chambers.

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Our Biomaker Challenge: Improving homebrewing with the help of arduinos and XOD

We are a small, merry band of newbie Biomakers and amateur homebrewers and have started a project to monitor the progression of our fine brews in real time. By day we are two research scientists and a Biology teacher. We are looking to develop a piece of kit which allows us to see how quickly our homebrew is turned from a mixture of sugars in the initial malty extract into alcohol in beer. As sugars are converted to alcohol by the yeast, the density, or Specific Gravity (SG), of the liquid decreases and this is traditionally monitored by the means of a hydrometer. The SG decreases over time until it reaches a final plateau, at which point all of the sugars have been turned into alcohol. We are interested in monitoring how quickly this happens and how we can monitor it in real time.

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These low-cost, open source projects won the 2018 Biomaker Challenge. Plus, ways to get involved!

Though the 2018 Biomaker Challenge is now over, biomaker activities are still going strong! What we have coming up plus a quick recap of this year's challenge outcomes and the Open Technology Workshop...

These low-cost, open source projects won the 2018 Biomaker Challenge. Plus, ways to get involved! - Read More…

LGBT+ STEM researchers for Cambridge Science Festival

LGBT+ STEM researchers for Cambridge Science Festival

Following the success of their events at this year’s festivals, OUT THINKERS is back for 2019 Cambridge Science Festival. This event will celebrate Cambridge’s LGBT+ scientists, engineers and mathematicians. The organisers are looking for researchers to take part – anyone from PhD students to postdocs to lab and group leaders.

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Open Science Hardware in the Developing World

Open Science Hardware in the Developing World

In the developing world it’s difficult to get and maintain the hi-tech equipment we associate with modern laboratories. But could open-science hardware provide a lifeline? Rachel Brazil of PhysicsWorld investigates, highlighting several members of our synthetic biology community!

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Biomaker Fayre: Call for Exhibitors! (Saturday 27 October 2018)

Biomaker Fayre: Call for Exhibitors! (Saturday 27 October 2018)

If you have an interesting project using open technologies, created as part of the Biomaker Challenge, or independently, you are invited to exhibit it at the Biomaker Fayre during Open Technology Week.

Biomaker Fayre: Call for Exhibitors! (Saturday 27 October 2018) - Read More…

[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.

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

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.

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

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!

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

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!

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

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).

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

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.

New report from the OpenPlant IP Working Group! Towards an Open Material Transfer Agreement - Read More…

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…

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

[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.

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

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!

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

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