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Synthetic Biology for Future Health

13–15 March 2023

Wellcome Genome Campus, UK and Virtual

Towards improving human health with synthetic biology technologies

Summary

Synthetic biology has been widely championed worldwide as a driving force for the ‘bioeconomy’. This new conference will showcase the latest research within synthetic biology that impacts human health. The conference will present how technologies from synthetic biology are delivering innovations across clinical health applications and leading towards improved global health.

The meeting will bring together researchers working on synthetic biology, biotechnology, genomics and medical sciences, along with industry members from pharma and biotech companies, and investors and funders in this growing research area. It will address how the technologies coming out of synthetic biology impact both advanced healthcare in developed countries (e.g. personalised medicines, T-cell therapies) and global wide-impact, such as very low-cost diagnostics and self-replicating living therapies. In addition, the conference aims to provide a reflection on where resources and work are succeeding and where more effort needs to be placed to ensure equitable global outcomes.

This conference will be a hybrid meeting – with onsite or virtual attendance. We welcome abstracts on all major themes of this meeting as oral or poster presentations.

Programme

The conference will start at approximately 12:00 on Monday 13 March 2023 and close at approximately 13:30 on Wednesday 15 March 2023. All times are given in GMT. See the time where you are here.

Discussions will focus on a variety of exciting topics, including:

  • Engineering gene regulation
  • Cells engineered as therapies
  • Designing synthetic biomolecules
  • SocioTechnological readiness of synthetic biology
  • Infectious disease and biosensing
  • Synthetic genomes, cells, and multicellularity

A detailed programme will be available soon.

Committee and speakers

Scientific Programme Committee

Yasunori Aizawa
Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan 

Sonja Billerbeck
University of Groningen, The Netherlands 

Tom Ellis
Imperial College London, UK

Katie Galloway
MIT, USA

Keynote Speakers

Yvonne Y. Chen
UCLA, USA

Jason Chin
University of Cambridge, UK

Confirmed speakers

A list of confirmed speakers will be published soon.

Organisers – Wellcome Connecting Science

Lucy Criddle, Conference & Events Organiser
Nagehan Ramazanoglu Bahadir, Scientific Programme Officer

Registration and accommodation

Registration deadline: 14 February 2023 (in-person) | 6 March 2023 (virtual)

Details regarding in-person and virtual registration will be announced shortly.

Accommodation
Booked accommodation is for the nights of 13 and 14 March 2023.
Please note: there is limited onsite accommodation and this will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis; therefore, early registration is recommended. If you wish to book campus accommodation either side of the conference dates, please contact the Hinxton Hall Conference Centre directly.

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Travel visas
Citizens of many countries can travel to the UK to attend a course or conference without needing a visa. Please check the UK government website for visitor information: https://www.gov.uk/standard-visitor.

Confirmed attendees requiring a letter to support a visa application should contact the conference organiser.

Financial assistance

Bursaries

Bursary deadline: 17 January 2023

A limited number of registration bursaries are available to attend this conference in person (up to 50% of the registration fee). Priority will be given to PhD students submitting abstracts who are facing financial barriers.

To apply, please complete your event registration and bursary application before the bursary deadline. The following documents will need to be provided as part of the bursary application:

  • Abstract (to be submitted during the registration process)
  • A short CV
  • A justification letter explaining how you will benefit from attending the conference and indicating financial need.

If you have already registered for the conference you are still welcome to apply for a bursary, please contact the conference organiser.

Additional funding opportunities
Visit our support page for information on financial support, including carer grants to help delegates with the costs of caring for children or dependent family members while attending a course or a conference.

Abstracts

Abstract deadline: 17 January 2023

We welcome abstracts from all areas relevant to the main themes of the meeting, for both oral and poster presentations. Several oral presentations will be chosen from the abstracts submitted. Presenters of oral presentations are expected to be onsite for the duration of the conference, whereas those presenting posters can do so in person or virtually.

Abstracts will only be considered from registered delegates. Please use our online abstract submission system and follow the instructions given to ensure your abstract is submitted correctly. All abstracts must be submitted by the deadline. You are welcome to submit a second abstract, please follow the instruction below.

The scientific programme committee will assess your abstract after the deadline has passed and you will be notified whether you have been selected to present an oral or poster presentation.

Poster boards onsite will accommodate 118 cm high by 84 cm wide (A0- portrait) of printed material. Accepted abstracts will appear in the conference programme book; poster board numbers will be allocated at the conference.

If you have already completed your registration and subsequently wish to submit an abstract, please follow these instructions.

Sponsors

If you are interested in supporting this meeting, please contact the conference organiser.

You can view the sponsorship options here.

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