The emerging field of Synthetic Biology aims to utilize rapid developments in biotechnology to engineer synthetic biological systems for useful purposes, and in doing so, increase our understanding of and interactions with the natural world.
The SBx.0 international conference series is the preeminent meeting in the field of Synthetic Biology. Started in 2004 with SB1.0 at MIT, the conference was envisioned as an event that would bring together the then-nascent community of biological engineers who were utilizing DNA to build biological systems and bringing engineering principles to bear on biological problems.
SB1.0 through SB4.0 have hosted over 1,500 researchers from more than 18 countries and have been held on 3 continents. In addition to presentations of cutting-edge biotechnologies, the meetings have included discussions to place the research within its current and future social context, including issues of biosafety, biosecurity, bioethics, and intellectual property.
Another unique feature of the conference series is that it brings together academic, government, and industrial researchers and students from a variety of disciplines, including engineering, molecular biology, computer science, biochemistry, biophysics, industrial biotechnology, biosecurity, environmental sciences, public policy and bioethics. This interdisciplinary gathering facilitates interactions between the researchers and others in support of the work and continues to build the community of biological engineers.
- SB1.0 (2004, MIT, United States)
- SB2.0 (2006, UC Berkeley, United States)
- SB3.0 (2007, ETH Zurich, Switzerland)
- SB4.0 (2008, HKUST, Hong Kong, China)
SB5.0 is being organized by the BioBricks Foundation, a U.S. nonprofit organization founded to promote and protect the open development of biological technology based on BioBrick™ standard biological parts and to develop standard operating procedures for their development and use. The BioBricks Foundation is the world leader in developing and promoting technical standards for synthetic biological parts, in building and protecting a public commons of parts, and in supporting a vibrant community of biological engineers.
Through sponsorship of activities such as SB5.0, the BioBricks Foundation will enable the widespread academic and commercial development of diverse biological technologies by individuals, research universities, for-profit corporations, and other organizations. SB5.0 is expected to draw more than 700 participants from around the world. We look forward to seeing you there!