In March 2017, The European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC) published a report on "Genome editing: scientific opportunities, public interests and policy options in the European Union".
On Friday, December 9th 2016, a multimedia event for the general public titled "Synthetic biology: bioreality and biofiction" took place at the Faculty of Social Sciences in Ljubljana in the scope of the EU 7th Framework programme "SYNENERGENE: Responsible Research and Innovation in Synthetic Biology" project.
Notions of ‘Responsible Research and Innovation’ (RRI) or ‘Responsible Innovation’ have evolved over at least ten years, both in the EU and the US.
The last weekend of October 2016, I was at the Giant Jamboree in Boston, USA, to meet as many members of the iGEM community as possible and present them with a tool we developed for them in order to support the community for a respon
Doing It Together Science (DITOs) will implement many innovative participatory event formats across Europe focusing on the active involvement of citizens in two critical areas: the cutting edge topic of biodesign and the pressing area of envi
In the past years, there has been a growing interest within the art and design community to engage with life sciences—from growing biomaterials (i.e., make mycelium furniture) to designing genetic circuits (i.e., explore bacterial photography
On October 27-31 the international Genetic Engineering Machine competition (iGEM) welcomed 3,000 attendees to Boston for the Giant Jamboree, the annual gathering of students presenting their projects.
The SYNENERGENE Forum is a large public event which will discuss the promises and implications of synthetic biology from a societal perspective. This programme gives detailed information about the sessions, workshops and speakers and venues.
What is the future of biotechnology? How can we create an ecosystem that integrates traditional and non-traditional actors and bolsters innovation?
Synthetic biology (synbio) is a very young and still unconsolidated new emerging technology.
On 14-15 January 2016, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) hosted the joint final event of 4 European projects, all working with the concept of RRI.
TAB, the Office of Technology Assessment at the German Bundestag, has analysed the safety and security issues of synthetic biology as well as the involvement of societal stakeholders a
This article outlines the role of synthetic biology in current industrial biotechnology production platforms, and gives insights into possible further developments.
This transatlantic exchange of perspectives on bioeconomy notions was organised by KIT-ITAS and TU Darmstadt in collaboration with the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Sciences and Arts and took place in Brussels at the Palace of the Academies on October 8 & 9, 2015. The workshop brought together European and U.S. experts from the fields of policymaking, industry and civil society organisations discussing different stakeholder perspectives on bioeconomic notions, expectations and future challenges.
Standards are traditionally claimed to be one of the pillars of modern Engineering and as such they are also vindicated as one of the core tenets of contemporary Synthetic Biology.
The mutual learning activities between iGEM and SYNENERGENE were continued this year, as we again called the iGEM teams to reflect on the societal ramifications of their projects by creating two types of scenarios.
In Mid-September, a public dialogue event initiated and organised by a SYNENERGENE mini consortium took place in Karlsruhe.
Synthetic biology is already being used in the processing of biomass to produce industrial goods such as biofuels, commodities for the chemical industry and ingredients for consumer goods.
Late November 2015, a group of scientists from the University of California announced their plans in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences to use gene drive technology to engineer a whole population of the mosquito that normally carry t
This report focuses on task 6.2, conducted by Zebralog, University of Southern Denmark (SDU) and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. It includes the assessment of online public opinion about SynBio (synthetic biology) by identifying actors and arenas in the online sphere that “talk” about that topic.