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Selected (virtual) workshops, conferences and other events in synthetic cell research.


  • March 13 – March 24 : workshop, Engineering life: unifying concepts from system chemistry, biophysics and theoretical physics, Munich (Garching), Germany
    The workshop aims to bring together scientists from biophysics, system chemistry, and theoretical physics to discuss the current challenges in engineering life-like processes. Petra Schwille, Kate Adamala, Sijbren Otto, Wilhelm Huck, L. Mahadevan, and Frank Jülicher are the keynotes speakers.
    Registration deadline: 18 September 2022
  • April 11-12: conference, Origins Center 2023 Conference, Groningen, Netherlands
    At the conference, a multidisciplinary group of scientists, including geoscientists, evolutionary biologists, ecologists, chemists, physicists, mathematicians, and astronomers will update each other about recent developments in their fields. The topics of this meeting are aligned with the main research themes of the Origins Center: the origin of life; life and its relation to geology; finding life in outer space; metabolism, from genes to function; and from cells to organisms. Christophe Danelon, Ipre Gözen, and Evan Spruijt are three of the confirmed speakers at this conference. Registration
  • April 17 – 21: workshop, Interdisciplinary Challenges: from non-Equilibrium Physics to Life Sciences (InterChall2023), Centro Congressi Frentani, Rome, Italy
    Who it is for: for early-career researchers, from undergraduate students to recently appointed faculty, who are tackling interdisciplinary challenges in Physics, Biology, and Chemistry
    Registration deadline: February 15 (Registration link here)
  • May 2 – 4:  conference, DYNALIFE Meeting
    Venice, Italy
  • May 22 – May 24: conference, SynCell 2023 – International Conference on Engineering Synthetic Cells and Organelles
    Minneapolis, MN, United States
    Registration is open!
    SynCell2023 is an international conference that aims to bring together researchers worldwide to present and discuss the latest results in in bottom-up synthetic biology research. In addition, SynCell2023 also provides room to discuss future scientific and technological perspectives of research on synthetic cells and organelles, and the philosophical and ethical considerations that come with them. The program will feature plenary as well as parallel sessions with presentations and discussions, and poster sessions. Invited top scientists will give tutorials for young researchers, and technical sessions and talks for all attendees.
    To apply for travel funding: register by the end of February 2023.
    To propose a talk: register by the end of February 2023.
    To show a poster: register by the end of April 2023.
    The last day to register for the conference as a participant will be May 15, 2023.
  • May 23 – May 24: conference, NWO Life2023
    Conference to connect senior and junior researchers from all different disciplines in the life sciences and discuss major topics addressing the further development of the field.
  • May 25: Workshop, Build-a-Cell Workshop 10
    University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA
    Registration here.

Past events of the Synthetic Cell initiative

Since its inception in 2017, the European Synthetic Cell initiative has brought together top researchers in the international synthetic cell field as well as representatives of the industry and ethicists. Have a look at the past events of this initiative:

SynCell2022 – International Conference on Engineering Synthetic Cells and Organelles

18-20 May 2022 – The Hague, The Netherlands

Public Lecture by Marileen Dogterom on “The Promise of Synthetic Cells”

19 May 2022

SynCell2019: Defining the Challenges

16 – 17 October 2019 – Spanish National Research Council, Madrid, Spain

2018 1st International Symposium on Building a Synthetic Cell

28 – 29 August 2018 – Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

2017 Future Symposium on Building a Synthetic Cell

– 12‐14 July 2017 – Ringberg Castle, Germany