06. PROGRAMME

Six days in the lab, seven modules, seven practicals, seventeen talks, five discussions, one fieldtrip, two public events…

 

 

 

Monday, 1. ORIGINS

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Talk: SYNTHESIS INTRODUCTION

Talk: LABORATORY SAFETY INDUCTION

Talk: SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY’S BRIEF HISTORY

Dr. Jane Calvert, University of Edinburgh

TALK: SYNTHETIC FUTURES & INTERDISCIPLINARY PRACTICE

Oron Catts, SymbioticA & Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg, Synthetic Aesthetics

TALK: MICROSCOPIC WORKHORSES

Professor John Ward, UCL

Monday, 2. BUILD-IT-YOURSELF

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TALK: WHY DO-IT-YOURSELF?

Oron Catts

PRACTICAL: BUILD-IT-YOURSELF

Oron Catts & Matt Johnson, Bare Conductive
Devised by Andy Gracie, Hackteria & Tito Jankowski of BioCurious/Pearl Biotech
Video microscope, PCR, Centrifuge, Incubator, Gel box

PRACTICAL: THE SIMPLEST SENSOR

Professor John Ward & Oron Catts

PRACTICAL: EXTRACTING FROM THE MATERIALS LIBRARY

Strawberry, Gin & Curacao Cocktails
Oron Catts & Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg

Tuesday, 3. THE LIVING TOOLBOX

TALK: TOOLS OF THE TRADE

Professor John Ward, UCL

PRACTICAL: TRANSFORM LIFE

eGFP transformation of E.coli
Professor John Ward

TALK: BioBricks

Dr. Alistair Elfick, University of Edinburgh

PRACTICAL: Gibson Assembly 1

Professor John Ward

DISCUSSION: Society & Synbio

Dr. Jane Gregory, Dr. Alistair Elfick, Oron Catts, Dr. Jane Calvert

PUBLIC EVENT: Synthetic Biology Film Night

Introduced by Nicola Triscott, The Arts Catalyst & Jane Gregory
Synthetic Biology short films
Day of the Triffids (1962)

Wednesday, 4. LIFE VERSUS BIOLOGY

TALK: The Engineering Paradigm

Dr. Alistair Elfick

TALK: Mass Construction – Gibson Assembly

Dr. Fernan Federici, University of Cambridge

PRACTICAL: Gibson Assembly 2

Dr. Fernan Federici et al

TALK: The Dual Use Dilemma

Professor Brian Rappert, University of Exeter

DISCUSSION: Life versus Biology

Led by Dr. Emma Tobin, UCL

Thursday, 5. CONTEXT & SYMBIOSIS

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TALK: The Origins of Life

Dr. Nick Lane, UCL

TALK: Plant Synthetic Biology

Dr. Fernan Federici

PRACTICAL DEMO: Transforming Plants

Dr. Fernan Federici

TALK & PRACTICAL: Model Organisms, Context & Ecosystems

C.elegans worms practical
Professor John Ward

TALK: Synthetic/Post-Natural Ecologies

Oron Catts & Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg

DISCUSSION: The Sins of Synbio

Jim Thomas, ETC Group

PUBLIC FORUM: We Need To Talk About Synthia

John Ward, Alistair Elfick, Oron Catts, Tuur Van Balen, Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg
Panel discussion & artists presentations on synthetic biology hosted by the Arts Catalyst

Friday, 6. LIFE AS WE NEVER KNEW IT

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TALK: The Machines are Alive!

Dr. Cristina Del Bianco, University of Trento

PRACTICAL DEMO: Abiogenesis

Oscillating in Time and Space: Reaction-Diffusion Reaction
Professor John Ward

Self-Assembling Systems
Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg

PRACTICAL: Protolife?

Constructing cell-like systems from defined parts
Dr. Cristina Del Bianco, University of Trento
Devised by Dr. Sheref Mansy, University of Trento

DISCUSSION:What is Life?

Grant Museum of Zoology
Led by Brendan Clarke, UCL

PRACTICAL: WASTE MANAGEMENT

Oron Catts

Saturday, 7. SYNTHESIS

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TALK: ALTERNATIVE VISIONS

Professor Ben Davis, University of Oxford

DISCUSSION: AND NOW?

Oron Catts & Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg

FIELDTRIP: ARCHAEOLOGY OF A FUTURE NATURE

Guided walking tour of Crystal Palace Dinosaurs
Led by Dr. Joe Cain