Collaborative development of new synthetic biology tools

Lead Research Organisation: University of Edinburgh
Department Name: Sch of Biological Sciences

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Publications

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Description This travel award allowed a team of synthetic biologists at the University of Edinburgh, led by Dr Louise Horsfall, to explore ideas for collaborative research with academics in China. Materials and techniques were shared, and academics, PDRAs and PhD students exchanged visits. The relationships formed have resulted in the academics involved collaborating in journal editorships, conference speaker invitations, society board memberships and in the submission of collaborative research proposals.
To date no funding has been secured to grow this research collaboration further. However, the team remain in regular contact and will continue to look for research opportunities.
Exploitation Route We will continue to develop our research ideas and submit proposals for collaborative projects
Sectors Agriculture, Food and Drink,Environment,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology

 
Description Coordinated a University response to the Convention on Biological Diversity
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
 
Description Public consultation on the preliminary opinion on Synthetic Biology
Geographic Reach Asia 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
URL http://ec.europa.eu/health/scientific_committees/emerging/docs/scenihr_o_044.pdf
 
Description SSAC report on SB: opportunities for Scotland
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
URL http://www.scottishscience.org.uk/article/opportunities-scotland-synthetic-biology-ssac-report-publi...
 
Description BBSRC: SPARKING IMPACT AWARD
Amount £19,651 (GBP)
Funding ID SI.1 2013-0103 
Organisation Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2014 
End 08/2014
 
Description Newton Fund - China-UK Research & Innovation Bridges 
Organisation Beijing University of Chemical Technology
Country China 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Unsuccessful application to the Newton Fund - China-UK Research & Innovation Bridges with UK company Epona to Innovate_UK
Collaborator Contribution Unsuccessful application to the Newton Fund - China-UK Research & Innovation Bridges with Chinese company Sinosteel Tiancheng Corp
Impact Unsuccessful application to the Newton Fund - China-UK Research & Innovation Bridges This application included industrial partners in the field of Engineering Alternative funding sources are being sought.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Bang Goes the Borders activities 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Organised and demonstrated research-related activities for Bang Goes the Borders event in Melrose, Scottish Borders. We discussed our research and its impact with both school pupils and their families.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Highlighting Synthetic Biology at the Edinburgh International Science Festival 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Highlighting Synthetic Biology at a stand within the Museum while a room-sized balloon sculpture was being created and linking its creation to synthetic biology principles provoked many discussions and drew a lot of attention from visitors.

Asked to participate in the festival and highlight synthetic biology again the following year
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Interview for Research Professional 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Interview described importance of internal collaboration and directed readers to schemes which fund travel, subsistence etc.

I was interviewed again by Research Professional for my views on other matters

My interview was read an noted by colleagues who asked me follow up questions
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL http://www.researchprofessional.com/0/rr/funding/insight/2013/11/Winning-proposal-a-partnership-with...
 
Description Invited speaker to 'Curious Minds' lecture series 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact Presented my research in an accessible way to the Perthshire Society of Natural Science. A regional learned society.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Synthetic biology debate panellist 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Invited synthetic biology debate panellist at the Linnean Society of London, hosted by the London Evolutionary Research Network. This was a public debate, organised by a learned society.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description UN Biodiversity Conference 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The Royal Society, the African Academy of Sciences and the Wellcome Trust organised an event on synthetic biology at the Conference of Parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity. This event informed conference delegates about synthetic biology as they debate how these technologies should be regulated. The Convention on Biological Diversity's (CBD) has been in discussions on synthetic biology since the 2016 Conference of Parties (COP) and there was another effort at this year's COP to agree proposals that would serve as a moratorium on gene drive research and possibly have wider implications for synthetic biology.
This event at COP was to provide delegates with an opportunity to hear about synthetic biology research and governance in a range of countries and contexts.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018