- Conversations about Synthetic Biology - In trying to engineer solutions to important real-world challenges to society, synbio especially connects to human values around science and technology. The Conversations about Synthetic Biology series brings diverse community members together with synthetic biologists to share knowledge, hopes and concerns about synthetic biology. The goal is to engage members of the public in a genuine two-way conversation about the responsible advance of engineering biology. We’d greatly welcome your views and perspectives - learn about our next event!
- #meetsynbio - We are conducting a social media campaign to introduce members of the public to the people behind synthetic biology. We hope to better connect with the people in our community whom we endeavor to benefit. This will give scientists and the broader public an opportunity to share their motivations and concerns about how we can together shape the responsible advancement of #synbio to solve important problems in the world.
Multi-Site Public Engagement with Science (MSPES) in Synthetic Biology - The aim of this project is to create conversations in science museums among scientists, engineers, and public audiences about an emerging research field, synthetic biology. Conversations between researchers and public audiences will focus not only on what synthetic biology is and how research in the field is carried out, but also on the potential products, outcomes, and implications for society of this work. Researchers and publics will explore personal and societal values and priorities as well as desired research outcomes so that both groups can learn from each other. Public participants will benefit from knowing about this field of research, and researchers will benefit from hearing public perspectives directly from the public participants. This project will be led by the Museum of Science with partners at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Synthetic Biology Engineering Research Center, the Science Museum of Minnesota, the Ithaca Sciencenter, and several other universities and science museums.
- Synthetic Dance-ology (now STEM Dance-ology) - In these activities, a professional dancer (and creative movement teacher), Amanda Whitehead, and a scientist (and Synberc's education, outreach, and diversity manager), Shaila Kotadia, work with participants to translate synthetic biology research projects into dances. They help participants break down the project into parts, explore those parts through movement and then lead them through the remixing and stringing together of those movements to form an accessible dance routine that illustrates the completed research project. This is followed by a discussion supplemented with practicing synthetic biologists. Participants explore synthetic biology in a fun way that reinforces learning, sparks questions and promotes interaction! Synthetic Dance-ology has officially transitioned to its own independent business, STEM Dance-ology.
- The Synberc Student & Postdoc Association (SPA) led a Synthetic Biology Communication Workshop at MIT on Friday September 26, 2014, in partnership with the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook. The purpose of the workshop was to provide science practitioners with the skills and confidence needed to communicate and engage with general audiences about the importance and potential of engineering biology. A follow-up communications event is being scheduled for Spring 2015.
- A Guide for Communicating Synthetic Biology - The Wilson Center (September 2014)
- Communicating Synthetic Biology: How the Media Covers Emerging Technology (June 2009)
- Communicating Synthetic Biology: from the lab via the media to the broader public (December 2009)
- Synthetic biology dialogue: Summary findings and recommendations (June 2010)
From the BBSRC study on synthetic biology dialogue in the UK - visit the BBSRC site for the full report and other materials
- Will the real synthetic biology please stand up? (August 2014)
Brent Erikson of BIO talks about the characteristics of synthetic biology and its relationship to genetic engineering technology
- An ecological risk research agenda for synthetic biology (May 2014)
- The next front in the GMO war: Synthetic biology (The Grist, June 2014)
- Synthetic biology confronts publics and policy makers: challenges for communication, regulation and commercialization (March 2012)
Paper in Cell by Bubela et al
- Royal Academy of Engineering (UK): A public dialogue on synthetic biology (June 2009)
This report presents the findings of an exploratory public dialogue project to explore uninformed and informed perceptions of and attitudes to synthetic biology in the UK.
- COSY Project: Communicating Synthetic Biology (EU)
Markus Schmidt, Organisation for International Dialog and Conflict Management IDC
- NPR Science Friday (You, Garrett, Carr, Oye)
- Radio Boston - Gene Drives (Oye, Esvelt)
(more coverage about Gene Drives is located here: http://synberc.org/news/gene-drives)
- George Church - Regenesis: How Synthetic Biology Will Reinvent Nature and Ourselves
- Craig Venter - Life at the Speed of Light: From the Double Helix to the Dawn of Digital Life
- Rob Carlson - Biology is Technology
- Daisy Ginsberg et al - Synthetic Aesthetics
- Michael Crichton - Next (fiction)