Climate and Sustainability Roadmap

EBRC’s next roadmapping effort, focused on climate and sustainability, will provide a critical assessment of the current status and potential of engineering biology for climate change mitigation and adaptation, and for advancing engineering biology to enable long-term sustainable and equitable development.

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About the Roadmap

The Roadmap aims to identify research opportunities that respond to the urgency of the climate crisis, explore ambitious research goals for precipitating a greener future, and discuss the ethical and social implications of engineering biology for climate and sustainability. With this technical roadmap, EBRC hopes to establish a resource for the research and research-support community, including educators, policymakers, and funding bodies, that portrays the importance and impact of engineering biology tools and technologies and highlights community-identified areas for innovation and advancement.

EBRC’s roadmapping is an iterative process of brainstorming, discussion, drafting, review, and revision. Roadmap contributors participate in workshops and collaborative writing sessions, building on the work of their colleagues and bringing new ideas and approaches to each strategy laid out in the roadmap’s milestones and technical achievements.

The climate crisis presents complex and multifaceted challenges. As we develop this roadmap, we are excited to engage with EBRC members and the broader research community on this important roadmapping effort. We welcome contributions from academic, industry, and government scientists and engineers, research & development leadership, students and postdocs, and other stakeholders.

To create the roadmap, EBRC will host a number of writing workshops from July 2021 to January 2022. Tentative dates for currently planned workshops can be found below. Please check back regularly for updates.



August – September (virtual workshops)

October – December (in-person workshops)

  • Workshop 5: Mid-late October; Chicago, IL
  • Workshop 6: Early November; location TBD
  • Workshop 7: Early December; location TBD

If you would like to contribute to the roadmap or have questions and comments, please contact Sifang Chen ([email protected]).


Climate and Sustainability Roadmap Writing Workshop 3: September 9th
Thursday, September 9th, 2021
1:00pm-4:00pm ET | 10:00am-1:00pm PT
Held virtually on Zoom
For more information and to register, click here.


Climate and Sustainability Roadmap Writing Workshop 4: September 30th
Thursday, September 30th, 2021
12:00pm-3:00pm ET | 9:00am-12:00pm PT
Held virtually on Zoom
For more information and to register, click here.