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SynCell2019: Defining the Challenges

16 & 17 October 2019, CSIC Headquarters, Madrid, Spain


Aim of the symposium

In the last two years our initiative has developed enormously. We started in 2017 in Ringberg by bringing together the world top scientists on synthetic cell research  – including three Nobel laureates – to define the scientific vision on building a synthetic cell with a bottom-up approach.

In 2018 and 2019 we worked hard on coupling this scientific vision into a path towards a new revolutionary technology, that uses knowledge produced on the route towards a synthetic cell for all kind of applications. We presented and discussed the potential and current limits of this technology with representatives from industry, policy makers, European politicians, and the public opinion.

The result of all this work is a Science and Technology roadmap describing the 10-20 year route towards the synthetic cell technological revolution and its broad range of applications, from health, to sustainable production of all kind of materials, to green energy.

In Madrid we will discuss and finalize a draft of this roadmap, that will be presented to the European Commission soon after this symposium.

Practical information

The symposium is by invitation only, with participants from science, industry and policy makers.

Headquarters of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC – Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas), in Madrid. The venue is easily reachable by subway.

A preliminary programme can be found HERE.

Organizing committee

Prof. Marileen Dogterom, Kavli Institute of Nanoscience, TU Delft, Netherlands

Prof. Petra Schwille, Max-Planck Institute Biochemistry, Martinsried, Germany

Prof. Hagan Bayley, University of Oxford, United Kingdom

Prof. Cees Dekker, Kavli Institute of Nanoscience, TU Delft, Netherlands

Dr. Laurent Blanchoin, Commissariat à l’énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives (CEA)

Dr. Manuel Théry, Commissariat à l’énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives (CEA)

Prof. Germán Rivas Caballero, Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)