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  • [Virtual Meeting] EBRC Education Working Group

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    EBRC Education Working Group
    Virtual Meeting
    Thursday, April 2, 2020
    11:00am – 1:00pm PST

    We will discuss recent and on-going efforts in EBRC Education and Outreach, including the EBRC YouTube channel, current development of agile curriculum modules for engineering biology higher education, and future programs for engineering biology education in the K-12 landscape. Participants can expect to review and/or contribute to the curriculum modules and other plans.

    Agenda

    Participation instructions will be sent to you via email prior to the meeting date.

  • [Virtual Meeting] EBRC Security Working Group

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    EBRC Security Working Group
    Virtual Meeting
    Thursday, April 2, 2020
    9:00am – 11:00pm PST

    The Security Working Group Chairman will provide a short presentation on the background and purpose of the Group. Dr. Mackelprang will talk about her project and provide some questions about the security ontology project. The majority of the time will be spent on discussions on the Malice Analysis program. This will include updates on the roadshow in light of the COVID-19 outbreak, as well as discussions on how to adapt the program for industry and funders of research.

    Agenda

    Participation instructions will be sent to you via email prior to the meeting date.

  • BioInd Manufacturing Innovation Institute EBRC Team Meeting

    Thank you for your interest in the EBRC’s Bioindustrial MII Team. Some of the links below may no longer be active as we progress in the proposal process. If you’re interested in joining or discussing our team, please contact bioindmii@ebrc.org.


    The EBRC is hosting a second Bioindustrial MII Team Meeting on March 6, 2020 in Arlington, VA.  This meeting is scheduled the day following the Government Proposers’ Day and in the same location. Advance registration is required.

    Register here

    This meeting will include:

    1. A presentation and discussion of proposed institute framework developed based on your input.
    2. Breakout Sessions for each of the working group topic areas. The initial work product of each working group will serve as the basis for the breakout discussions, with a goal of further refining the details of an institutional model. Please see our recent email(s) about joining our working groups and teams to develop the institute. More detail can be found in our updated Q&A document.
    3. Plenary discussion of all topics.

    This meeting is open to relevant biomanufacturing stakeholders and is subject to capacity limits. Organizations not US-owned and operated inside the United States should contact BioIndMII@ebrc.org prior to registering. Advance registration is required.

    Read our Updated Q&A

    IMPORTANT DATES

    WORKSHOP VENUE & HOST HOTEL INFORMATION:

    Marriott Crystal Gateway
    1700 Richmond Highway, Arlington, VA | 703-920-3230

    Negotiated room rate: $269/night plus taxes/fees at LINK or by calling 1-800-228-9290 and requesting the “EBRC Meeting” rate.

    Point of Contact

    You may contact the EBRC Team at BioIndMII@ebrc.org

  • Malice Analysis, University of Wisconsin-Madison

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    Biology is easier than ever to engineer. This reality requires researchers to take proactive steps to consider the security implications of their work. The Engineering Biology Research Consortium (EBRC) is holding an interactive workshop to help you identify potentially malicious applications of your work, mitigation options, and what to do if you identify something and don’t know how to proceed. This four-hour, technically-focused workshop will include plenary presentations and discussion and small group analysis of participant projects. Refreshments will be served culminating with lunch as part of the final debrief. Participants that complete all aspects of the workshop will receive a certificate of completion which can be noted on your CV.

    This workshop is supported by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security under Grant Award Number, 2017‐ST‐108‐FRG002.

  • [CANCELLED] Malice Analysis, Georgia Institute of Technology

    The Engineering Biology Research Consortium’s Malice Analysis workshop at Georgia Tech on April 10 is cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    We appreciate your interest. Feel free to reach out to EBRC at helix@ebrc.org if you would like more information on security in engineering biology.

    Biology is easier than ever to engineer. This reality requires researchers to take proactive steps to consider the security implications of their work. The Engineering Biology Research Consortium (EBRC) is holding an interactive workshop to help you identify potentially malicious applications of your work, mitigation options, and what to do if you identify something and don’t know how to proceed. This four-hour, technically-focused workshop will include plenary presentations and discussion and small group analysis of participant projects. Refreshments will be served culminating with lunch as part of the final debrief. Participants that complete all aspects of the workshop will receive a certificate of completion which can be noted on your CV.

    This workshop is supported by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security under Grant Award Number, 2017‐ST‐108‐FRG002.

  • [CANCELLED] Malice Analysis, Clemson University

    The Engineering Biology Research Consortium’s Malice Analysis workshop at Clemson University on April 9 is cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    We appreciate your interest. Feel free to reach out to EBRC at helix@ebrc.org if you would like more information on security in engineering biology.

    Biology is easier than ever to engineer. This reality requires researchers to take proactive steps to consider the security implications of their work. The Engineering Biology Research Consortium (EBRC) is holding an interactive workshop to help you identify potentially malicious applications of your work, mitigation options, and what to do if you identify something and don’t know how to proceed. This four-hour, technically-focused workshop will include plenary presentations and discussion and small group analysis of participant projects. Refreshments will be served culminating with lunch as part of the final debrief. Participants that complete all aspects of the workshop will receive a certificate of completion which can be noted on your CV.

    This workshop is supported by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security under Grant Award Number, 2017‐ST‐108‐FRG002.

  • Malice Analysis, University of Michigan

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    Biology is easier than ever to engineer. This reality requires researchers to take proactive steps to consider the security implications of their work. The Engineering Biology Research Consortium (EBRC) is holding an interactive workshop to help you identify potentially malicious applications of your work, mitigation options, and what to do if you identify something and don’t know how to proceed. This four-hour, technically-focused workshop will include plenary presentations and discussion and small group analysis of participant projects. Refreshments will be served culminating with lunch as part of the final debrief. Participants that complete all aspects of the workshop will receive a certificate of completion which can be noted on your CV.

    This workshop is supported by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security under Grant Award Number, 2017‐ST‐108‐FRG002.

  • [CANCELLED] Malice Analysis, North Carolina State University

    The Engineering Biology Research Consortium’s Malice Analysis workshop at NCSU on April 8 is cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    We appreciate your interest. Feel free to reach out to EBRC at helix@ebrc.org if you would like more information on security in engineering biology.

    Biology is easier than ever to engineer. This reality requires researchers to take proactive steps to consider the security implications of their work. The Engineering Biology Research Consortium (EBRC) is holding an interactive workshop to help you identify potentially malicious applications of your work, mitigation options, and what to do if you identify something and don’t know how to proceed. This four-hour, technically-focused workshop will include plenary presentations and discussion and small group analysis of participant projects. Refreshments will be served culminating with lunch as part of the final debrief. Participants that complete all aspects of the workshop will receive a certificate of completion which can be noted on your CV.

    This workshop is supported by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security under Grant Award Number, 2017‐ST‐108‐FRG002.

  • [CANCELLED] Malice Analysis, Rice University

    The Engineering Biology Research Consortium’s Malice Analysis workshop at Rice University on April 1, 2020 has been cancelled to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    We appreciate your interest. Feel free to reach out to EBRC at helix@ebrc.org if you would like more information on security in engineering biology.

    Biology is easier than ever to engineer. This reality requires researchers to take proactive steps to consider the security implications of their work. The Engineering Biology Research Consortium (EBRC) is holding an interactive workshop to help you identify potentially malicious applications of your work, mitigation options, and what to do if you identify something and don’t know how to proceed. This four-hour, technically-focused workshop will include plenary presentations and discussion and small group analysis of participant projects. Refreshments will be served culminating with lunch as part of the final debrief. Participants that complete all aspects of the workshop will receive a certificate of completion which can be noted on your CV.

    This workshop is supported by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security under Grant Award Number, 2017‐ST‐108‐FRG002.

  • [VIRTUAL] Writing Workshop: An EBRC Roadmap for Microbiome Engineering

    Participation in this workshop is by invitation only.

    Registration for this workshop is now closed. Please contact roadmap@ebrc.org for more information.


    As a follow-up to EBRC’s 2019 roadmap Engineering Biology, we are developing a technical research roadmap for microbiome engineering, to be published in Summer 2020. Microbiomes have the capacity to substantially influence their environment in novel ways, and therefore engineering and applying these technologies has broad implications for industry, agriculture, medicine, and other biotechnology sectors. Our primary technical themes focus on spatial and temporal microbiome engineering, stably engineering ecological diversity, and engineering cooperative biosynthesis of compounds to facilitate novel biochemistry.

    This (now virtual) writing workshop will be a critical opportunity to elaborate on and refine the technical content of the roadmap, and discuss the application and impacts of engineered microbiomes. Workshop activities are expected to include:

    • Plenary discussion of existing technical themes, goals, and breakthrough capabilities;
    • Breakout groups to detail technical milestones, and accompanying Bottlenecks and Potential Solutions;
    • Breakout groups to draft and revise application sector content, with a particular focus on Health & Medicine, Energy, and Industrial Biotechnology; and
    • Plenary and breakout group review of material.

    Agenda

  • [VIRTUAL] Writing Workshop: An EBRC Roadmap for Materials Engineering

    Participation in this virtual workshop is by invitation only. Please contact roadmap@ebrc.org for more information.


    As a follow-up to EBRC’s 2019 roadmap Engineering Biology, we are developing a technical research roadmap for materials from engineering biology, to be published in Summer 2020, focusing on technologies related to:

    • The structure and functionality of biological and inorganic materials,
    • Production of novel and defined biopolymers,
    • Engineering cells and consortia to produce challenging natural materials and compounds, and
    • Tools and technologies for the production of living materials that incorporate  cells to sustain active and responsive behaviors.

    The roadmap will also address applying these technologies, with broad implications for industry, agriculture, medicine, and other biotechnology sectors.

    This writing workshop will be a critical opportunity to create the goals, objectives, and milestones of a roadmap for materials from engineering biology, and to articulate the impact of engineering biology applied to novel materials. Workshop activities are expected to include:

    • Plenary discussions addressing scope, high-level goals and challenges, and appropriateness of milestones;
    • Breakout groups to draft and revise content specific to technical themes and/or application spaces; and
    • Plenary and breakout group review of material.

    Agenda

  • Writing Workshop: An EBRC Roadmap for Microbiomes Engineering

    Participation in this workshop is by invitation only. Please contact roadmap@ebrc.org for more information.

    Draft Agenda Workshop Documents Folder


    Microbiomes have the capacity to substantially influence their environment in novel ways, and therefore engineering and applying these technologies has broad implications for industry, agriculture, medicine, and other biotechnology sectors.

    This writing workshop will be a critical opportunity to refine the scope, topics, and themes of a roadmap for microbiome engineering, and to create the technical content of the roadmap. Workshop activities are expected to include:

    • Plenary discussions addressing scope, high-level goals and challenges, and appropriateness of milestones;
    • Breakout groups to draft and revise content specific to technical themes and/or application spaces; and
    • Plenary and breakout group review of material.

  • Malice Analysis, University of Washington

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    Biology is easier than ever to engineer. This reality requires researchers to take proactive steps to consider the security implications of their work. The Engineering Biology Research Consortium (EBRC) is holding an interactive workshop to help you identify potentially malicious applications of your work, mitigation options, and what to do if you identify something and don’t know how to proceed. This four-hour, technically-focused workshop will include plenary presentations and discussion and small group analysis of participant projects. Refreshments will be served culminating with lunch as part of the final debrief. Participants that complete all aspects of the workshop will receive a certificate of completion which can be noted on your CV.

    This workshop is supported by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security under Grant Award Number, 2017‐ST‐108‐FRG002.

  • Malice Analysis, Colorado State University

    Biology is easier than ever to engineer. This reality requires researchers to take proactive steps to consider the security implications of their work. The Engineering Biology Research Consortium (EBRC) is holding an interactive workshop to help you identify potentially malicious applications of your work, mitigation options, and what to do if you identify something and don’t know how to proceed. This four-hour, technically-focused workshop will include plenary presentations and discussion and small group analysis of participant projects.  Participants that complete all aspects of the workshop will receive a certificate of completion which can be noted on your CV.

    Tuesday, December 8, 2020
    1:00-5:00 PM Mountain Time, 12:00-4:00 PM Pacific Time

    Register Here

    Malice Analysis: Colorado State is being hosted by CSU faculty to better build and support a local security community in Colorado. Thus, this Malice Analysis workshop will preferentially accept participants from the Fort Collins area. However, all are welcome to register and will be admitted based on availability and registration date. Additional workshops will also be forthcoming. Contact Helix@ebrc.org, if you’re interested in hosting a virtual Malice Analysis workshop for your institution.

    This workshop is supported by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security under Grant Award Number, 2017‐ST‐108‐FRG002.

  • Synbio Manufacturing Innovation Institute Stakeholders Meeting

    The EBRC is hosting a Synbio MII Stakeholders Meeting on January 24, 2020 in Houston, TX. We will outline our general vision for the institute and discuss community needs. Specifically, we will host a dialogue on Membership & Structure, R&D Planning, Institute Capacity Needs, Location, IP & Data Sharing, and Workforce Development. We will use input from this meeting to draft a framework of the Institute for community feedback, continued dialogue, and ultimately to create of a strong, proposing team.

    As outlined in the U.S. Department of Defense recent Request for Information and Notice of Intent, the FOA will request the Synbio MII focus on innovations in biomanufacturing non-biomedical products, be structured to address both DoD and commercial applications, and focus on maturing technologies from TRL 4 to 7.

    Read our Dear Colleagues Letter

    This meeting is open to relevant biomanufacturing stakeholders and is subject to capacity limits. Organizations not US-owned and operated inside the United States should contact SynbioMII@ebrc.org prior to registering. Advance registration is required.

    Update (17 Jan): Registration is nearly at capacity. If you would like to participate, please email SynbioMII@ebrc.org and we will do our best to accommodate you.

    Updated Meeting AgendaRead our Q&A

    IMPORTANT DATES

    • January 17, 2020 – Last day to register, if we don’t reach capacity beforehand.
    • January 24, 2020 – Meeting will run from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM. (We recommend a departing flight after 5:30 PM to fully participate)

    WORKSHOP VENUE & HOST HOTEL INFORMATION:

    Houston Airport Marriott at George Bush Intercontinental 
    18700 John F Kennedy Blvd, Houston, TX 77032 | 281-443-2310

    Negotiated room rate: $159/night plus taxes/fees [A link will be provided when your registration is accepted.]

    Point of Contact

    You may contact the EBRC Team at SynbioMII@ebrc.org

  • NSTC Interagency Synthetic Biology Workshop

    This workshop is an invitation-only event.

    Venue & Registration

    Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center

    5701 Marinelli Road, Rockville, MD 20852

    Secure Online Event Registration

    Meeting Overview

    This workshop is the beginning of an exercise across federal agencies that fund synthetic biology to coordinate activities and look for opportunities that will catalyze the science and technology in this space.  As such, the workshop is designed around a set of workshop case studies and the EBRC Roadmap.

    Please see the workshop goals to learn more about the workshop objectives.

    Workshop the attendees include approximately 30 experts from academia and industry and 30-50 policy makers and subject matter experts from inside the US government.

    Please send any questions to helix@ebrc.org.

    Agenda & Other Materials

    Agenda

    Workshop Goals

    Workshop Case Studies

    Case Studies: Biomanufacturing

    Case Studies: Bioenergy Agriculture

    Case Studies: Medicine

    Case Studies: Cellular Factories

  • SBA 2019 Conference – Synthetic Biology Australasia (SBA)

    SBA2019 will be held Monday 14th – Wednesday 16th October 2019 in sunny Brisbane, Australia.The conference will provide a forum for academic and industry researchers to present the latest research findings and describe emerging technologies and directions in synthetic biology. Leading international and Australian scientists will present, and we have a strong commitment to providing presentation opportunities for early and mid-career researchers. There will be plenty of opportunities for networking, and we invite scientists from all related disciplines to attend.The program includes both biophysical and social science, as well as industry presentations.

    We encourage submissions across a range of biophysical science topics, including (but not limited to): genetic circuitry, high throughput engineering, pathways and products, metabolic engineering, tools, computational synbio, iGEM, etc.; as well as application areas including diagnostics, health, environment, agriculture, food, and commercialisation. In the social sciences, submissions are encouraged in areas including (but not limited to): psychology, behavioural economics, bioethics, bioart, sociology, anthropology, legal studies, science & technology in society, responsible innovation, and ethics.

    SBA 2019 is co-hosted by The University of Queensland (through the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology) and the CSIRO Synthetic Biology Future Science Platform. We have partnered with the Australian Academy of Science to support an ECR Forum on Synthetic Biology Commercialisation.

    SBA members get substantial discounts on registration; ECRs (student and post-doc) members of SBA are eligible to apply for travel awards of $250 (membership can be purchased here). Registration places are limited, so please register early to avoid disappointment. We look forward to welcoming you in Brisbane!

  • 2nd Annual Synthetic Biology Congress

    Over 600 senior-level delegates representing internationally renowned research & academic institutions, clinical research institutions and pharmaceutical companies.

    Over 20 case studies and presentations demonstrating the latest synthetic biology tools and their therapeutic applications.

    Including 2 interactive streams:

    Synthetic Biology – Tool Design & Development
    Synthetic Biology – Evaluating Applications

    View Agenda: https://www.oxfordglobal.co.uk/syntheticbiology-congress/download-agenda/

    Free Live Webinar
    Machine Learning for and by Synthetic Biology
    Presented by Jean-Loup Faulon, Director, Institute of Systems & Synthetic Biology iSSB and Professor, University of Manchester
    Tuesday October 8th 2019, 9:30am BST
    Register Now & Receive Free Recording: https://bit.ly/2JvoY8C

    For further information, contact b.copeman@oxfordglobal.co.uk

    Go Social: Follow @xgenseq and join the congress conversation on #GENSERIESUK19
    Follow Linked In group and network with industry and academic peers

  • EBRC 2019 Global Forum for Engineering Biology: Initial Review of Synthetic Biology National Strategies

    This workshop is an invitation-only event.

    VENUE

    Chaminade Resort & Spa 

    One Chaminade Lane, Santa Cruz, CA 95065

    MEETING OVERVIEW

    The EBRC Global Forum is an international summit on national synthetic biology roadmaps and strategies. Our goal is to bring together leading representatives from more than 15 countries with active synthetic biology national strategies, programs, and roadmaps. It is an opportunity for international leaders in the field to present and discuss national strategies for synthetic or engineering biology in a relaxed, not-for-attribution forum.

    The agenda of two full days includes plenary sessions to exchange information and to review key international and national trends, developments, and themes shaping engineering biology strategies and policies worldwide. We will also hold discussions focused on the common elements, opportunities and challenges for collaborative activities and initiatives that will advance synthetic biology/engineering biology as a global enterprise and exploration into the creation of a virtual and ongoing Global Forum for Engineering Biology.

    The Forum is an invitation-only event to be held at the Chaminade Resort & Spa in Santa Cruz, California, USA. Registration fee includes hotel accommodations, meals, and a reception.

    TRAVEL INFORMATION

    The closest airports are San Jose International Airport – SJC (34 miles) or San Francisco International Airport – SFO (62 miles).

    Ground transportation to and from SJC or SFO:

    Sub Shuttle (www.subshuttle.com) +1-866-256-8182

    Santa Cruz On Time Airport Car (www.santacruzontimeairportshuttle.com) +1-831-421-9999

    Blue Water Limo (www.bluewater.limo) +1-831-477-0170

    Santa Cruz Airport Flyer (www.santacruzflyer.com)  +1- 831-423-5937

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