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Monday 4 - Tuesday 5 Apr 2016


BAE Theatre
Australian War Memorial, Campbell


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Event date: Apr 2016

Monday 4 - Tuesday 5 Apr 2016

BAE Theatre

Australian War Memorial, Campbell

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The CSIRO and the newly formed Synthetic Biology Australasia society will host a national two-day Synthetic Biology Symposium where international experts will explore the cutting edge science, technology and possibilities of this emerging field.

Synthetic Biology is one of the most rapidly growing areas of modern science, with a wealth of potential for developments in healthcare, industrial biotechnology, plant research and beyond.

Those working or studying Synthetic Biology or related fields such as genome engineering, technological developments, protein design, bio-manufacturing and gene editing are invited to attend this conference.

The program will include sessions on systems and synthetic biology, sensing and regulation, ex vivo, microbial and in planta synthetic biology, the ethics of synthetic biology, and iGEM and public outreach.

Outstanding international plenary and invited speakers will host talks and workshops, and a variety of established and early career scientists from Australia and New Zealand will also feature. Unfortunately, the number of participants is limited to 190, and we anticipate considerable interest from academia, government research labs and industry. Attendance numbers are limited, please register early to avoid disappointment


The conference will be held at the Australian National War Memorial, within easy travel of Canberra's centre and the Parliamentary Triangle, home to many of Canberra's tourist attractions. The Australian War Memorial is one of the world's great museums. It is also the premier archive and centre for research into the history of Australian involvement in war. The Memorial commemorates the service and sacrifice of all Australian men and women in wartime


Registration will be at 8 am on the 4th of April 2016 at the War Memorial, with talks from 9 am until 5pm and a networking session from 5 pm until 7 pm. Registration will also be open from 8 am on the 5th of April, with talks from 9 am until 5 pm, and a conference dinner and award presentations at the War Memorial from 7 pm

Event program

Important dates

Registration Deadline: March 4 2016
Abstract deadline: Extended to March 4 2016

Plenary Speakers

Prof Jim HaseloffProf. Jim Haseloff (Cambridge, UK) is a world leader in plant synthetic and systems biology, using a combination of technologies including advance imaging to understand plant physiology and morphogenesis.

Dr Jane CalvertDr Jane Calvert (Edinburgh, UK) is a world leader in the sociology and philosophy of synthetic biology, working at the interface of the technology, science, and perception of this emerging field.

Steve Van DienSteve Van Dien is the Director of Technology Development from the world leading SynBiol company, Genomatica, which has delivered successful biobased routes to the chemical manufacturing industry.

Jack NewmanJack Newman is a cofounder and CSO of the successful synbiol company Amyris Biotechnologies, is on the board of directors of the Biobricks Foundation and zagaya.

Australian/New Zealand Speakers

  • Ian Paulsen (ARC Laureate, Macquarie University)
  • Nick Coleman (University of Sydney)
  • Siouxsie Wiles (University of Auckland)
  • Alisha Anderson (CSIRO)
  • Keith Shearwin (University of Adelaide)
  • Monica Gerth (University of Otago)
  • Tara Sutherland (CSIRO)
  • Colin Jackson (ANU)
  • Emily Parker (Canterbury)
  • Paul Jaschke (Macquarie)
  • James Petrie (CSIRO)
  • Claudia Vickers (University of Queensland)


Mercure Hotel $159.00 rate for a superior room per night – booking can be placed directly though the hotel with Tamar Gamiea the Reservations Manager.
Set in a former mansion, this relaxed hotel is a 12-minute walk from the Australian War Memorial, and 6 km from both the National Gallery and the Old Parliament House.
Address: Corner of Ainslie, and Limestone Avenue, Braddon ACT 2618, AU Phone: (02) 6243 0000

The Pavilion on Northbourne have quoted us $140.00 for a Deluxe Room per night – delegates are to quote CSIRO16 when making their booking.
With a stay at Pavilion on Northbourne in Dickson (Northern Canberra), you'll be minutes from Canberra and Region Visitors Centre and close to Australian War Memorial. This 4.5-star hotel is within close proximity of Canberra Centre and CSIRO Discovery Centre.
Address: 242 Northbourne Avenue, Dickson, Australian Capital Territory 2602, AU Phone: (02) 6250 9100

Capital Executive Apartment Hotel 2km from AMW various rate options from $140.00 per room per night for a studio twin room through to $250.00 per room per night for 6 person shared room = $42.00 per person per night.
Address: 108 Northbourne Ave & Cnr Girrahween Street Canberra City Ph: Hannah (02) 6243 8333

Canberra City YHA Hostel 2km from AWM various rates for both private rooms and shared dormitories from $33.00 per person per night though to $183.50 for a 5 bedroom ensuite room per night.
Address: 7 Akuna Street Canberra City Ph: Lexie (02) 6248 9155 Quote Reference: CSIRO for a 10% discount

Organising Committee

Colin Scott (CSIRO), Claudia Vickers (University of Queensland), Louise Brown (Macquarie University), Monica Gerth (Otago University), Surinder Singh (CSIRO) and Kirill Alexandrov (University of Queensland)

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