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 February 2022. Tentative dates for currently planned workshops can be found below. Please check back regularly for updates.


Interim Report

The Climate & Sustainability Roadmap Interim Report provides an overview of the current structure and major themes of the Climate and Sustainability Roadmap. Its publication marks the halfway point of the roadmap’s drafting process. As the roadmap is an ongoing effort, we hope this Interim Report will help us connect and engage with new contributors – experts and stakeholders whose interests and expertise intersect with the topics outlined within the report. We welcome comments on potential areas of collaboration, any relevant topics we may have missed, and all constructive feedback on the content and scope laid out in the report.

Click here to view the 1-page Summary

Click here to read the full Interim Report

To get involved, register for one or more of our upcoming roadmap workshops. If you have questions or comments, please contact Sifang Chen (



August – December (virtual workshops)

  • Workshop 1: Wednesday, July 28th
  • Workshop 2: Friday, August 20th
  • Workshop 3: Thursday, September 9th
  • Workshop 4: Thursday, September 30th
  • Workshop 5: Monday, November 15th
  • Workshop 6: Wednesday, December 1st
  • Workshop 7: Monday, December 13th
  • Workshop 8: Friday, January 28th
  • Workshop 9: Thursday, March 10th, 2022
  • Workshop 10: Wednesday, April 6th, 2022
  • Workshop 11: April 21-22, 2022

If you would like to contribute to the roadmap or have questions and comments, please contact Sifang Chen (

Climate and Sustainability Roadmap Virtual Writing Workshop 10
Wednesday, April 6th, 2022
12:00pm-3:00pm ET | 9:00am-12:00pm PT
For more information and to register, click here.

Climate and Sustainability Roadmap In-person Workshop 11
Roadmap Review and Revision
Hosted by LanzaTech
April 21-22, 2022
For more information and to register, click here.