Events

  • EBRC Council Retreat 2021

    Wednesday, October 27, 2021: 8:00 AM- 2:00 PM PDT
    Thursday, October 28, 2021: 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM PDT

    The annual EBRC Council Retreat and planning meeting will be held virtually October 27-28, 2021. This meeting is by invitation only and will be a mix of plenary discussions and extended breakout sessions.

    Please register for the meeting and select your breakout session preferences, and indicate your interest in giving a Synergies lightning talk. We will organize breakout sessions based on your preferences, as well as obtaining a mix of academic and industry members, and WG representation. Throughout the meeting, we will identify and integrate opportunities to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion.

  • EBRC SPA presents Follow the Money Panel

    The EBRC Student and Postdoc Association is hosting a panel discussion called Follow the Money for researchers to understand the science funding pipeline for engineering and synthetic biology. Join us virtually on October 18th, 2021 (12:00-1:30pm ET | 9:00-10:30am PT) on Zoom by registering here. Our diverse panel includes a broad range of perspectives from the congressional, project management, and advocacy levels to provide a full-circle overview on how research priorities go from expert opinion to budget items to grants to research labs and back.

    Click here to view our flyer.

    Please contact Julie Ming Liang (julieliang2022@u.northwestern.edu) if you have any questions.

  • Climate and Sustainability Roadmap Virtual Writing Workshop 7: December 13th

    Climate and Sustainability Roadmap Virtual Writing Workshop 7
    Monday, December 13th, 2021
    12 pm – 3 pm ET | 9 am – 12 pm PT

    Register Here

    Registration closes December 11th, 2021

    Workshop Activities and Details Coming Soon!

    We are excited to engage with EBRC members and the broader research community on this important roadmapping effort. We welcome workshop participation from academic, industry, and government scientists and engineers, research & development leadership, students and postdocs, and other stakeholders.

    For more information about the roadmap or workshop, please contact Sifang Chen (schen@ebrc.org)

  • Climate and Sustainability Roadmap Virtual Writing Workshop 6: December 1st

    Climate and Sustainability Roadmap Virtual Writing Workshop 6
    Wednesday, December 1st, 2021
    11 am – 2 pm ET | 8 am – 11 am PT

    Register Here
    Registration closes November 29th, 2021

    Workshop Activities and Details Coming Soon!

    We are excited to engage with EBRC members and the broader research community on this important roadmapping effort. We welcome workshop participation from academic, industry, and government scientists and engineers, research & development leadership, students and postdocs, and other stakeholders.

    For more information about the roadmap or workshop, please contact Sifang Chen (schen@ebrc.org)

     

  • Climate and Sustainability Roadmap Virtual Writing Workshop 5: November 15th

    Monday, November 15th, 2021
    11:00am-2:00pm ET | 8:00am-11:00am PT

    Register Here
    Registration closes November 13th, 2021

    Workshop Activities and Details Coming Soon!

    We are excited to engage with EBRC members and the broader research community on this important roadmapping effort. We welcome workshop participation from academic, industry, and government scientists and engineers, research & development leadership, students and postdocs, and other stakeholders.

    For more information about the roadmap or workshop, please contact Sifang Chen (schen@ebrc.org)

  • Climate and Sustainability Roadmap Virtual Writing Workshop 4: September 30th

    Thursday, September 30th, 2021
    12:00pm-3:00pm ET | 9:00am-12:00pm PT

    Register Here
    Registration closes September 28th, 2021

    Agenda: Click here

    We are excited to engage with EBRC members and the broader research community on this important roadmapping effort. We welcome workshop participation from academic, industry, and government scientists and engineers, research & development leadership, students and postdocs, and other stakeholders.

    This workshop will continue to refine the Roadmap’s technical themes and goals developed in previous workshops on engineering biology approaches to address climate, environmental, and sustainability challenges. In addition, participants will draft key technical objectives, milestones, bottlenecks, and potential solutions toward accomplishing those goals.

    For more information about the roadmap or workshop, please contact Sifang Chen (schen@ebrc.org)

     

  • August 24, 2021

    Synthetic Biology Young Speaker Series (SynBYSS)

    This virtual seminar series, held every Thursday (11-12 am US ET | 8-9 am US PT), will feature presentations by early-career professionals.

  • Climate and Sustainability Roadmap Virtual Writing Workshop 3: September 9th

    Thursday, September 9th, 2021
    1:00pm-4:00pm ET | 10:00am-1:00pm PT

    Register Here

    Registration closes September 7th, 2021

    Agenda: Click here

    We are excited to engage with EBRC members and the broader research community on this important roadmapping effort. We welcome workshop participation from academic, industry, and government scientists and engineers, research & development leadership, students and postdocs, and other stakeholders.

    Building off the first two workshops focusing on climate and environmental challenges, this third workshop will broaden our scope to include discussions on concrete and bold engineering biology solutions for long-term sustainable development and use of natural resources, while iterating on the opportunities and goals put forth in the previous workshops.

    For more information about the roadmap or workshop, please contact Sifang Chen (schen@ebrc.org)

  • Climate and Sustainability Roadmap Virtual Writing Workshop 2: August 20th

    Friday, August 20, 2021
    11:00am-2:00pm ET | 8:00am-11:00am PT

    Register Here

    Registration closes August 18, 2021

    Agenda: Click here

    We are excited to engage with EBRC members and the broader research community on this important roadmapping effort. We welcome workshop participation from academic, industry, and government scientists and engineers, research & development leadership, students and postdocs, and other stakeholders.

    The workshop will provide an opportunity for participants to brainstorm, discuss, and put forth ambitious goals, breakthroughs, and milestones for advancing engineering biology to address climate and environmental challenges. This will be the second writing workshop and activities are anticipated to include reviewing and revising previously identified goals, along with additional writing.

    For more information about the roadmap or workshop, please contact Sifang Chen (schen@ebrc.org)

  • Climate and Sustainability Roadmap Virtual Writing Workshop 1: July 28th

    Wednesday, July 28, 2021
    2:00pm-5:00pm ET | 11:00am-2:00pm PT

    Registration is now closed. For more information, please contact helix@ebrc.org

    Agenda: Click here

    We are excited to engage with EBRC members and the broader research community on this important roadmapping effort. We welcome workshop participation from academic, industry, and government scientists and engineers, research & development leadership, students and postdocs, and other stakeholders.

    During the workshop, participants will:

    • Discuss and brainstorm engineering biology solutions for the following areas:
        a) addressing the climate crisis, including mitigating greenhouse gasses and responding and adapting to the negative impacts of climate change;
        b) addressing environmental challenges, including pollution mitigation and remediation, restoration, and rehabilitation of ecosystems;
        c) promoting sustainability, through the sustainable production of materials and goods and the sustainable use of natural resources.
    • Identify and describe which challenges can be addressed by engineering biology.
    • Discuss and draft how engineering biology could address those challenges, through a framework of technical themes.

    For more information about the roadmap or workshop, please contact Sifang Chen (schen@ebrc.org)

  • June 29, 2021

    Synthetic Biology Young Speaker Series (SynBYSS) nominations open!

    This virtual seminar series will feature presentations by early career professionals. Nominations will be accepted on a rolling basis.

  • 2019 Roadmap Assessment Workshop – Data Science

    Please join us at a virtual workshop to assess the Data Science: Data Integration, Modeling, and Automation technical theme of Engineering Biology.

    Friday, June 11, 2021
    12:00pm – 3:00pm Eastern | 9:00am – 12:00pm Pacific

    AgendaRegister Here

    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 Adam Arkin (UC Berkeley) and Nathan Hillson (LBNL)

     

  • 2019 Roadmap Assessment Workshop – Host Engineering

    Please join us at a virtual workshop to assess the Host Engineering: Host and Consortia Engineering technical theme of Engineering Biology.

    Thursday, June 10, 2021
    11:00am – 2:00pm Eastern | 8:00am – 11:00am Pacific

    AgendaRegister Here

    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 James Carothers (UW) and Ute Galm (Zymergen)

  • 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 helix@ebrc.org.

    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)

  • 2019 Roadmap Assessment Workshop – Biomolecular Engineering

    Please join us at a virtual workshop to assess the Biomolecular Engineering: Biomolecule, Pathway, and Circuit Engineering technical theme of Engineering Biology.

    Tuesday, June 8, 2021
    11:00am – 2:00pm Eastern | 8:00am – 11:00pm Pacific

    Agenda

    Registration for this event is now closed. For more information, please contact helix@ebrc.org.

    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 Chang Liu (UC Irvine) and Jesse Zalatan (UW)

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