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Future Events > Synthetic biology: design and engineering through understanding

Synthetic biology: design and engineering through understanding

22—26 August 2011

Keele University, UK

The 70th Harden Conference


Meeting background

Synthetic Biology is the design and construction of new biological systems not found in that configuration in nature. The overarching aims of Synthetic Biology are to develop a firm basis for the design and engineering of new biological and biologically inspired molecules and collections of molecules (so-called systems), and to put these to useful purposes. The 70th Harden Conference will illustrate the potential of this emerging cross-disciplinary area; showcase current successes; and present the underpinning biology, engineering and systems understanding necessary to design synthetic biological systems reliably and predictably.


Abstract deadline: 22 June 2011.

Abstract submission is now closed. If you would like to submit an abstract for this conference, please contact the Conference Office.


Application still available!


A Biochemical Society Centenary poster prize of £200 will be awarded at this conference


A Biophysical Chemistry Interest Group poster prize of £150 will be awarded at this conference.


Oral communication slots are available at this meeting. All attendees, particularly researchers in the early stages of their career, are invited to submit a poster abstract for consideration as an oral communication.


Continuing Professional Development

Approved by the Society of Biology for the purpose of CPD, this event may be counted as 120 CPD credits.


Harden Conferences

Unique to the Biochemical Society, Harden Conferences are residential research conferences covering a specialist topic.

The conferences bring together scientists from various backgrounds with a common interest in - but varying approaches to - the topic of the conference.

To maintain a suitably high level of discussion and presentation at the conference, it is desirable that participants be experienced in the field covered; most of the participants will be expected to have postdoctoral or equivalent experience, although Ph.D. students will also be welcome.

The planned scientific sessions feature speakers invited by the Organizers and, in addition, time is left for extensive discussion and for short contributions, including posters, by other conference participants.

All participants must be resident for the duration of the conference.Scientists wishing to participate are asked to apply online.


Bursaries and free places

A limited number of bursaries to cover the cost of registration are available to assist younger members of the Biochemical Society to attend the conferences.

Preference will be given to senior graduate students (or those who gained their Ph.D. in the last 5 years) and restricted to members of the Biochemical Society.

Applications for these places should be sent to the Biochemical Society from the applicant's supervisor and should be accompanied by an independent reference.