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Synthetic Biology UK 2017

27—28 November 2017

Manchester Conference Centre, UK

Rosalind Le Feuvre (University of Manchester, United Kingdom)
Eriko Takano (University of Manchester, United Kingdom)
Monday 27 November 2017
11:30 - 12:30 Registration and Lunch

Welcome and Introduction
Rosalind Le Feuvre & Eriko Tanko (University of Manchester, United Kingdom)
12:35 - 12:55
Menthol in Everyday Life: A Sensory Approach to Engaging Publics
Andrew Balmer (Manchester University, United Kingdom)
12:55 - 13:05
OC005: Risk perception of synthetic biology: the role of cognitive biases
Selected Oral Communication - Lauren Swiney (University of Warwick)

Session One: Design

Monday 27 November 2017
13:00 - 13:30
Metabolic Engineering of Yeast for Production of Fuels and Chemicals
Jens Nielsen (Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden)
13:30 - 13:40
OC008: Pushing the boundaries of protein design: modularity and automation
Selected Oral Communications - Fabio Parmeggiani (University of Bristol)
13:40 - 13:50
OC003: RISC-based logic
Selected Oral Communication - Ali Ghareeb (Newcastle University)
13:50 - 13:55
Industry talk: Synthace, Markus Gershater
13:55 - 14:05
OC006: Smart Minimal Gene Sets using Whole Cell Models
Selected Oral Communication - Joshua Rees (University of Bristol)
14:05 - 14:15
OC018: Do we need to loosen the hold of the ELSI paradigm in synthetic biology?
Selected Oral Communication - Kenneth Taylor (Newcastle University)
14:15 - 14:40
Keynote: Anil Wipat (Newcastle University, United Kingdom)
14:40 - 15:10 Refreshment Break

Session Two: Build

Monday 27 November 2017
15:10 - 15:35
Synthetic Biology: A New Engine for the Third Wave of Biotechnology
Keynote: Huimin Zhao (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, U.S.A.)
15:35 - 15:45
OC002: Construction of a library of synthetic DNA parts for metabolic optimisation in Cupriavidus necator using a Beckman Coulter robotic platform
Selected Oral Communications - Magdalena Jonczyk (University of Nottingham)
15:45 - 15:55
OC024: Neochromosomes – a synthetic biology way to answer biological questions
Selected Oral Communication - Daniel Schindler (Manchester Institute of Biotechnology)
15:55 - 16:00
OC021: Supporting SynBio through Efficient Tools
Selected Oral Communication - Axel Trefzer (Thermo Fisher Scientific GENEART GmbH)
16:00 - 16:10
OC022: A systematic approach to design regulated synthetic promoters with tuneable outputs for plastic up-cycling in Pseudomonas putida KT2440
Selected Oral Communication - Manuel Salvador (University of Surrey)
16:10 - 16:20
OC010: DualUTR – A novel 5′-untranslated region design for synthetic biology applications
Selected Oral Communication - Rahmi Lale (Norwegian University of Science and Technology)
16:20 - 16:25
OC012: Design, build and validation of Isogenica’s fully synthetic human Fab library
Selected Oral Communication - John Kendall (Isogenica)
16:25 - 16:35
OC007: Identification and exploration of functional plasticity regions in plant monoterpene synthases for synthetic biology applications
Selected Oral Communication - Nicole Leferink (SYNBIOCHEM, Manchester Institute of Biotechnology)
16:35 - 16:45
OC014: miRNA-mediated regulation of synthetic gene circuits in the green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii
Selected Oral Communication - Francisco Navarro (University of Cambridge)
16:45 - 17:15 Flash Poster Presentations

17:15 - 18:30 Poster Session 1

19:00 Conference Dinner

Tuesday 28 November 2017
09:00 - 09:25
Reprogramming the Genetic Code
Keynote: Jason Chin (MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, United Kingdom)
09:25 - 09:35
OC004: Synthetic Biology: Technologies towards Production of Living DNA Nanostructures in Cells
Selected Oral Communications - Johann Elbaz (Tel Aviv University)
09:35 - 09:40
OC013: Design Build Test Learn, Repeat: Collaborative Hardware Development for Synthetic Biology
Selected Oral Communication - Harry Singer (Singer Instruments)
09:40 - 09:50
OC009: Deep refactoring of central carbon metabolism in the soil bacterium Pseudomonas putida
Selected Oral Communication - Alberto Sánchez-Pascuala (National Centre for Biotechnology (CNB), CSIC)
09:50 - 10:20 Refreshment Break

Session Three: Test

Tuesday 28 November 2017
10:20 - 10:45
Coordination of Microbial Metabolism
Keynote: Uwe Sauer (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)
10:45 - 10:55
OC001: Monitering of population dynamics of Escherichia coli Mutants during Long-Term Stationary Phase by the Bar-code deletion library.
Selected Oral Communication - Hirotada Mori (Nara Institute of Science and Technology)
10:55 - 11:05
OC017: Deinococcus geothermalis genome scale studies to  engineer heterologous metabolic pathways
Selected Oral Communications - Julie Zaworski (Institute of Systems and Synthetic Biology)
11:05 - 11:15
OC020: Yarrowia lipolytica as a synthetic biology chassis for the production of lipid-derived compounds
Selected Oral Communication - Rodrigo Ledesma-Amaro (Imperial College London)
11:15 - 11:40
Mass Spectrometry Approaches for Synthetic Biology Analytics – How much do you want to know?
Keynote: Perdita Barran (University of Manchester, United Kingdom)
11:40 - 12:10 Flash Poster Presentations

12:10 - 13:15 Lunch and Poster Session 2

Session Four: Application

Tuesday 28 November 2017
13:15 - 13:40
Synthetic biology approaches to new chemistry
Keynote: Michelle Chang (University of California Berkeley, U.S.A.)
13:40 - 13:50
OC023: Streptomyces Cell-Free – Transcription, Translation and Biosynthesis
Selected Oral Communication - Simon Moore (Imperial College London)
13:50 - 14:00
OC011: Improvement of transformation and creation of synthetic pathways in the anaerobic whole cell biocatalyst Clostridium pasteurianum
Selected Oral Communication - Alexander Grosse-Honebrink (University of Nottingham)
14:00 - 14:15
Synthetic biology at Amyris: Industrial production of terpenes and more from milligrams to kilotonnes
Industry Talk: Amyris, Chris Paddon
14:15 - 14:25
OC019: Growing programmable functional biomaterials with engineered kombucha-inspired co-cultures
Selected Oral Communication - Charlie Gilbert (Imperial College London)
14:25 - 14:35
OC016: An automated Design/Build/Test/Learn pipeline for microbial fine chemical production.
Selected Oral Communication - Adrian Jervis (University of Manchester)
14:35 - 14:40
OC015: Private and public values in emerging science and technology: an analysis of patents in synthetic biology
Selected Oral Communication - Barbara Ribeiro (University of Manchester)
14:40 - 15:00
Genetic control of mosquitoes
Luke Alphey (Pirbright, United Kingdom)
15:00 - 15:20 Refreshment Break

15:20 - 16:00
The Colworth Medal Award Lecture: From its origins to the modern metabolic network
Markus Ralser (University of Cambridge, United Kingdom)

EUSynBioS Social

Externally Organized

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This informal social event brings together early-career researchers with industry representatives and academics in synthetic biology. Join us for a drink from 15:30 to 17:30 in the Atrium of the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology

FAIRDOM SynBio Data Management training day

Externally Organized

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We at FAIRDOM are excited to announce that we will be hosting a SynBio Data Management training day, immediately following the conference, on Wednesday 29th November. The event is for everyone from beginners to experts in data management, and from PhD students through to PIs. We will be discussing current state of the art in Data Management from UK Synthetic Biology, and then following this up with hands-on training on our FAIRDOM Platform (openBIS and SEEK). The FAIRDOM Platform is currently used in the Manchester and Edinburgh Synthetic Biology Centres, and by more than 50 consortia groups in Europe. It is a national resource for the Centre for Digital Life in Norway.