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Publish your SB6.0 research!

ACS Synthetic Biology will be publishing a special SB6.0 Issue later this year, aiming to highlight some of the amazing work that will be showcased in posters and talks at the conference this July. We would like to invite all attendees of SB6.0 to submit original work for this special edition. The edition will be edited by SB6.0 program team members Dr. Tom Ellis of Imperial College London ( and Dr Yizhi Cai of Edinburgh University ( The submission deadline is July 31st, 2013. Please email the editors if you are considering a submission.

More details can be found here:

ACS Synthetic Biology publishes research as either short Letters or full-length Articles and does not impose any submission, publication, page or color charges. We also recommend publishing with the ACS AuthorChoice option, which make your published work freely accessible on the Web.


The Second International Synthetic Biology Slam

What is Your Vision for the Future of Synthetic Biology?

Have a big idea? Throw it down at the third Synthetic Biology Slam: an evening of fast-paced creative talks, plentiful discussion and real-time building of a roadmap for the future of synthetic biology. Meet other innovative thinkers, get feedback, and find new ideas and partners for good work that lies ahead. 

The Slam will be held on July 8th (the evening before SB6.0) at Imperial College London. We will provide beverages, snacks and a stage — you will bring your best ideas on what the future holds for Synthetic Biology!

Each person will have 3 minutes to present their vision for how the field should evolve. Participants can focus on anything from applications, tools, concepts, practices – it’s up to you! We welcome everything from ideas-in-the-making to more developed hypotheses and work. Everyone in the community is encouraged to participate regardless of background or career stage  - all we ask is a willingness to share your ideas and enthusiasm.

Highlights from the inaugural synthetic biology slam, held at SB5.0, included over 25 presentations including a poetic take on the future of beer brewing, a vision for low-cost automation tools, a proposal for advancing public engagement, and thoughts on the policy landscape shaping the field. To see these and more, visit us online.

Don’t miss this opportunity to participate in a fun and lively evening getting to know the next generation of thinkers moving the field forward! Spots are limited so sign up now!

When: 6.30 – 10.00 Monday 8th July
Where: Room G34, Sir Alexander Fleming Building (SAF), Imperial College


SynBioBeta in London!

We’re bringing a little bit of SynBioBeta to London at SB6.0 this July as we present SynBioBeta: Activate!  Join us Wednesday, July 10th at Imperial College in the Sir Alexander Fleming Building from 8pm to 10:30pm.

Grab a drink and bite to eat as we begin the evening with some food and beverages to munch on while listening to our Lightning Pitch session hosted by John Cumbers and Reshma Shetty.

The pitch session will be followed by a panel discussion including Simon Bayly, Lionel Clarke, Maciek Drozds, Belinda Clarke and Rob Carlson. The panelists will discuss the bottlenecks and breakthroughs on the syn bio commercialization path. We’ll finish the night off with a networking event and drinks.

Space is limited, so sign up early! To attend, register at

When: Wednesday, July 10th – 8:00pm to 10:30pm.
Where: Sir Alexander Fleming Building, Room 119



Ever wondered if anyone out there was interested in what you have to say? How does your work fit into international policy discussions? Now is the time to find the answers to both questions! This one of a kind opportunity brings together folks from three international bodies to explore the importance of past engagement by the synthetic biology community in the societal implications of their work. The meeting will hear about how this engagement has helped: (1) the work the Scientific Advisory Board’s temporary working group on convergence of biology and chemistry at the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons; (2) the informal consultations held by the World Health Organization on dual use research of concern; and (3) reviews of advances in science and technology conducted under the Biological Weapons Convention. Additional insights will be provided by Prof. Rod Flowers, FRS and Prof. Drew Endy. Come along and figure out how what you do really does make a difference and help explore how the synthetic biology community can continue to shape policy around the world.
When: 10.00 – 12.30 Friday 12 July
Where: Sir Alexander Fleming Building, Room 119
More details are available at:



The 2nd International Synthetic Yeast Genome (Sc2.0) Consortium Meeting

Sc2.0 is the first synthetic eukaryotic cell genome project and the largest research collaboration in synthetic biology, bringing together research teams from the China, UK, India and the USA to synthesize and assemble a human-designed 11 million bp yeast genome. On Friday July 12, following SB6.0, there will be 1 day meeting at Imperial to update on the progress of Sc2.0 and to scope out future directions and technologies for genome synthesis projects. Speakers will include Jef Boeke (Johns Hopkins, USA), Mitsuhiro Itaya (Keio University, Japan), Yue Shen (Beijing Genomics Institute, China), Tom Ellis (Imperial College London, UK), Junbiao Dai (Tsinghua University, China) and Yizhi Cai (Edinburgh University, UK). The meeting will be open to those who register and food and drink will be provided.

When: Friday July 12, 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Where: Room 311, Huxley Building
More information can be found here:


The Fifth International Workshop on Bio-Design Automation (IWBDA 2013) – July 12-13, 2013


The IWBDA 2013 will be co-located with SB6.0 at Imperial College London. This meeting will bring together researchers from the synthetic biology, systems biology, and design automation communities. The focus is on concepts, methodologies and software tools for the computational analysis of biological systems and the synthesis of biological systems. This workshop offers a forum for cross-disciplinary discussion, with the aim of seeding collaboration between the research communities.  Speakers will include Jeff Hasty (UCSD), Alfonso Jaramillo (École Polytechnique), Howard Salis (Penn State), Domitilla Del Vecchio (MIT), and Richard Kitney (Imperial College London).

When: July 12-13, 2013
More information can be found on the website