July 2016: Summer Schools in Scotland and Tuscany

In July 2016, two summer schools dealing with the topic of Synthetic Biology will take place (Registration recommanded until end of March 2016):

  • Applications are now open for the 2016 Synthetic Genome Summer Course - a one-week residential summer school package in Edinburgh, UK from Sunday 3rd July – Saturday 9th July 2016 consisting of a 5-day workshop & a 2-day major international conference, suitable for people in research, industry, for students, DIYbio and more. The summer course is relevant for people at any stage in their career looking to expand their knowledge and skills in synthetic biology and genome engineering.
  • The 3rd International Synthetic and Systems Biology Summer School (SSBSS 2016) is a full-immersion five-day residential summer school at the Volterra Learning Center (Pisa - Tuscany, Italy) from Friday 8th July - Thursday 14th July 2016 on cutting-edge advances in systems and synthetic biology with lectures delivered by world-renowned experts. The school provides a stimulating environment for students (from Master students to PhD students), Post-Docs, early career researches, academics and industry leaders. Participants will also have the chance to present their results (with Oral Talks and Posters), and to interact with their peers, in a friendly and constructive environment.


3rd Joint Call - now open until 1 February 2016

ERA-IB-2 launches, in cooperation with ERASynBio and ERA-MBT, a seventh international joint call for multilateral research projects using Industrial Biotechnology (IB). The main purpose of this call is to generate joint European research and development activities and to stimulate and unify researchers and academics who specialise in the area of Industrial Biotechnology to work closely together and share funding and research projects. Through the collaboration between these three ERA-nets more funding will be available and the geographical coverage is expanded.




ERASynBio 3rd Joint Call: will be organized under the lead of ERA-IB (ERA-Net Industrial Biotechnology) and in collaboration with ERA-MBT (ERA-Net Marine Biotechnology)

ERA-IB-2 is pleased to announce the seventh transnational joint call for multilateral research projects using Industrial Biotechnology. This call will be organized in collaboration with ERASynBio and ERA-MBT.
By combining forces of the three ERA-NETs, more funding will be available and the geographical coverage is expanded. The main purpose of the call is to generate joint European research and development activities in the field of Industrial Biotechnology addressed by synthetic biology/biotechnology approaches. Joint projects must have a minimum of three and maximum of eight participants from a minimum of three different ERA-IB-2, ERASynBio and/or ERA-MBT partner countries. The participation of an industrial partner in the consortium is recommended but not mandatory.
The 7th joint call will officially be launched on 2 November 2015. Submission of full proposals will be invited from 2 November 2015 and closes on 1 February 2016 (13:00 CET). Projects are expected to start in late 2016.



CELLULAR and MOLECULAR BIOTECHNOLOGY - Entretiens interdisciplinaires de Bures

Synthetic Biology is heralded as a novel approach to the engineering of biosystems that will set the scene for a flourishing knowledge-based bio-economy. Benefits for the fundamental understanding of biological phenomena are also claimed, as rational construction of a system based on hypothesized design principles can be used to test assumptions. The keywords of synthetic biology are rational design, decoupling of conception and fabrication, standardization and component re-use, modularity and hierarchy, orthogonality and context-insensitivity. However, each keyword raises questions of desirability and feasibility. These questions remain ongoing areas of inquiry for the field and require multi-faceted approaches. Beyond the current hype surrounding it, what is the value of synthetic biology for the progress in understanding of biological systems and for the establishment of new biotechnological production platforms?



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

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.