2019 Roadmap Assessment Workshop – Engineering DNA

Please join us at a virtual workshop to assess the Engineering DNA: Gene Editing, Synthesis, and Assembly technical theme of Engineering Biology.

Thursday, June 3, 2021
2:00pm – 5:00pm Eastern | 11:00am – 2:00pm Pacific
Agenda

Registration for this event is now closed. For more information, please contact [email protected]

This workshop will draw upon our survey results to assess technical progress in the context of the research milestones predicted in Engineering Biology, the 2019 EBRC technical research roadmap. This information will shape a narrative of the most pressing needs and challenges still facing engineering biology over the next decade.

The workshop will inventory the degree of completion for each milestone, discuss technical and nontechnical barriers inhibiting progress, highlight new directions and avenues of research, and review social science dimensions associated with the development of technical goals. This will come in the form of a published report that will be adapted for public viewing.

These virtual writing workshops for each technical theme (3 hours each) are focused on drafting and revising the assessment. They are organized as followed:

  • Introduction of the assessment, including the purpose, timing, and impact;
  • Brainstorming, informed by the results of our surveys, of the degree of completion for each research milestone, technical and nontechnical barriers inhibiting progress, and social science dimensions associated with the development of technical goals. We’ll also discuss new avenues and directions of research unanticipated by the roadmap;
  • Drafting and revising summaries of each of the above components.

The report will be invaluable to policymakers and funders to understand the continued challenges faced by our researchers; to researchers to learn the critical research gaps preventing engineering biology progression; and for our EBRC community to assess the utility of our roadmaps.

Hosted by Rebecca Nugent (Twist Bioscience) and Howard Salis (Penn State)