Event:Events By Date/2008/06/03/Royal Society Meeting: Future of Synthetic Biology in the UK

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Dear colleague,

The Royal Society is planning a seminal discussion meeting on Synthetic Biology to discuss the future of this emerging area in the UK. The programme is being organised by Professor Brian Spratt FRS, Dr Jason Chin, Professor Richard Kitney and Professor Paul Freemont and will be held at the Royal Society in London on Monday 2 and Tuesday 3 June 2008.

The meeting aims to capture the recent developments in this rapidly developing field and to look at potential applications of synthetic biology. The meeting should help to clarify the wider issues associated with synthetic biology and how these might be addressed. We anticipate this being a very popular meeting. A report of the meeting will be produced by the programme organising committee that will capture the major developments, applications and issues identified at the discussion meeting. We would be grateful if you could distribute this information and list it on your department website, if you think appropriate. Many thanks in advance. Royal Society scientific discussion meeting announcement Synthetic Biology - Monday 2 – Tuesday 3 June 2008 Organised by Professor Brian Spratt FRS (Imperial College London), Dr Jason Chin (University of Cambridge), Professor Richard Kitney (Imperial College London) and Professor Paul Freemont (Imperial College London)

Synopsis: Synthetic biology has been described as the design and construction of novel artificial biological pathways, organisms or devices, or the redesign of existing natural biological systems.

It has developed from the convergence of other disciplines such as systems biology, genetic engineering, engineering, information theory, physics, nanotechnologies and computer modelling. This meeting will discuss advances and applications of this exciting technology. Speakers include: Dr Jason Chin, Professor Martin Fussenegger, Professor Phil Holliger, Dr Farren Isaacs, Professor Jay D. Keasling, Professor Alex Ninfa, Professor Steve Oliver, Dr Georg Seelig, Professor Pamela Silver, Dr Danielle Tullman-Ercek, Professor Hans Westerhoff and Dr Lingchong You

Registration: The meeting is free to attend but pre-registration online is essential. The online registration form and programme is available at www.royalsociety.org/events

Kind regards