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Read more at: EPSRC Announces New Postdoctoral Fellowships in Synthetic Biology

EPSRC Announces New Postdoctoral Fellowships in Synthetic Biology

11 August 2020

The EPSRC has announced a new fellowship open to post-doctoral reserachers in the strategic priority area of Synthetic Biology. Applicants can apply for fellowships of up to 3 years. The fellowship includes a fully-funded salary as well as acess to facilities, training and funding for equipment, consumables, travel and subsistance.

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Read more at: Mycotextil Team Release Practical Guide to Making Fungal Biomaterial

Mycotextil Team Release Practical Guide to Making Fungal Biomaterial

11 August 2020

The Mycotextile project is a transdisciplinary exercise that seeks to develop an open source biomaterial. The project was developed in response to the fast fashion movement, encouraged by the textile industry, which generates serious socioenvironmental consequences. We set out to create a mycelium-based textile from native...

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Read more at: Biomaker Design2020: Low-Cost Reactors for Molecular Diagnosis and Bioengineering

Biomaker Design2020: Low-Cost Reactors for Molecular Diagnosis and Bioengineering

15 May 2020

Jim Haseloff, Francesco Ciriello and Maziyar Jalaal discuss OpenPlant Biomaker Design2020, a collaborative project to develop low-cost reactors for molecular diagnosis. The project aims to develop open-source bioreactors with potential applications for COVID-19 and viral diagnosis.

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Read more at: Digital Workshop: No-Code Programming for Biology

Digital Workshop: No-Code Programming for Biology

11 May 2020

Sadly, in order to protect our community, the popular No-Code Programming for Biology workshop due to be held on 23rd-24th March was cancelled. However, we’re pleased to announce that the materials for this workshop are now being made available online.

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Read more at: SynbiCITE Proof-of-Concept Call for Teams Interested in Commercialising SynBio Projects

SynbiCITE Proof-of-Concept Call for Teams Interested in Commercialising SynBio Projects

11 May 2020

SynbiCITE are running their next round of funding to help support small teams of researchers commercialise their synthetic biology projects. Teams will be invited to a two day retreat at the Wellcome Sanger Institute, where they can discuss business ideas, and pitch their projects.

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Read more at: Cambridge Synthetic Biology Network Awarded Interdisciplinary Research Centre Status

Cambridge Synthetic Biology Network Awarded Interdisciplinary Research Centre Status

25 February 2020

The Cambridge SynBio IRC is pleased to announce it's new status as one of the University of Cambridge's Interdisciplinary Research Centres.

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Read more at: Welcome to our New Coordinator!

Welcome to our New Coordinator!

21 February 2020

The SynBio SRI welcomes Stephanie Norwood, the new Coordinator for the Cambridge SynBio network and OpenPlant. Below, Stephanie shares a few words to introduce herself to the network.

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Our Biomaker Challenge: An XOD Library for the BNO055 Absolute Orientation Sensor by Matt Wayland

Our Biomaker Challenge: An XOD Library for the BNO055 Absolute Orientation Sensor by Matt Wayland

21 June 2019

I'm an imaging specialist based in the Department of Zoology with a background in biology and bioinformatics. I have no formal training in any aspect of engineering, but I enjoy working on open hardware projects when the opportunity or need arises. I first heard about XOD at the 2018 Biomaker Fayre last autumn and was excited about its potential to enable people with limited or no coding experience to program microcontrollers. For more experienced users, it offers rapid prototyping of hardware.

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This Summer's Cambridge-Norwich Biomaker Challenge Will Support 27 Diverse Open Science Projects

30 May 2019

We're very excited to announce the project list for this year's Biomaker Challenge. The participants span 20 University of Cambridge departments, several Norwich institutes, and include industry professionals and international collaborators from Germany, Chile, Argentina, Kenya and beyond. The proposals were incredibly varied, including everything from a neural sensor for early-stage cancer detection to a low-cost incubator to grow mycelium biotextiles. What's next in the challenge? We're putting the final touches on this year's training materials and are looking forward to our first training event on Monday 3 June (all are welcome)!

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Call for papers - The rise of DIY Laboratories: Implication for Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI) Policy

Call for papers - The rise of DIY Laboratories: Implication for Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI) Policy

30 May 2019

From Auckland to Zagreb, Do-It-Yourself (DIY) laboratories are "popping" up in cities across the world. Organised around open-source principles, these independent community-based science research hubs, often set up by Scientists and Science Enthusiasts to learn, experiment and get involve with the world of STI advancement. These "citizen laboratories" are flourishing because they are attracting volunteers, communities, groups, and venture capitalists, making them alternative homes for talent located within and beyond the theoretical boundaries of universities keen to open up the processes of science, technology, and innovation to the public (Hecker et al., 2018; Sleator, 2016; Landrain, 2013).

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