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Conversations about Synthetic Biology

The emerging field of synthetic biology builds biotechnologies to meet societal challenges in areas like healthcare, energy, agriculture and the environment. By making biology easier to engineer, the field also connects to human values around science and technology. This Conversations about Synthetic Biology event will bring diverse community members together with synthetic biologists to share knowledge, hopes and concerns about synthetic biology. We’d greatly welcome your views and perspectives.
 
Previous events in the series:
 
ArtSocial - Paint with Pipettes!! SF Skyline
Monday, March 28, 2016, in Emeryville

Emeryville, CA - Chevys Fresh Mex - 1890 Powell Street, Emeryville, CA 91502

Learn how to paint your own orginal masterpiece using a micro-pipette and brushes with paint & ink. Your instructor will guide you through the different techniques you may use to create a completely unique painting on watercolor paper. In this unique class we learn how to use a pipette as an art tool, and gain more information on how they are used in science.

A micro-pipette is a laboratory tool commonly used in biology to transport a measured volume of liquid. What happens when you fill it with paint or ink? Come find out and get creative. And enjoy the opportunity to paint with scientists working at the frontiers of biological engineering! In partnership with ArtSocial. View our photo album of the evening!

Cafe Valparaiso
December 2, 2015 in Albany, CA

This Conversations about Synthetic Biology event featured three guest scientists/engineers:
  • Nathan Hillson, Director of Synthetic Biology, Joint BioEnergy Institute
  • Alyssa Rosenbloom, Postdoctoral Researcher in Molecular and Cellular Biology at UC Berkeley
  • Danielle Tullman-Ercek, Professor of Chemical Engineering at UC Berkeley
The December 2 event had informal time for members of the public to mingle with synthetic biologists from the Synthetic Biology Engineering Research Center (Synberc), and learn about synthetic biology through some materials from the Building With Biology project. The scientists briefly provided their perspectives about the field, and the audience was invited to share its thoughts through informal conversation and small group discussions. We also invite participants' ideas for how to improve and sustain this important conversation between scientists and the general public. The conversation will be moderated by Kevin Costa, Synberc Managing Director, and Shaila Kotadia, Synberc Education Outreach & Diversity Manager.
 
LabCentral, Cambridge, MA
 
The first in our series of Conversations about Synthetic Biology event took place on September 18, 2015 at LabCentral in Cambridge, MA. It brought out the Cambridge community and resulted in lively round table discussions about hopes and concerns for the future of synthetic biology. View a presentation about the event and survey results.
 
The evening had informal time for members of the public to mingle with synthetic biologists from Synberc, and learn about synthetic biology through some materials from the Building With Biology project. A few individuals with different perspectives about the field spoke briefly and then the discussion opened up to consider personal responses and ways to continue the conversation, if desired. The conversation was co-moderated by Natalie Kuldell of the BioBuilder Foundation and David Sittenfeld of the Museum of Science, Boston.