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The increasing demand for new materials, sustainable chemicals and renewable energy sources are inspiring scientists to create, change and improve the design of new technologies. Recent advances in chemical and synthetic biology now enable the engineering of metabolic and signalling pathways into microbial factories. To date, this approach has been successful in producing new materials, alternative fuel sources, drugs, and even storing and processing information similar to silicon based computers.

In this meeting we have invited the world's leading scientists to highlight the recent advances in microbial engineering, along with discussing the challenges and future directions in the field. We, as young investigators and scientists, want to ask how to piece together our knowledge of chemistry and biology to participate in this field.

Key Themes

  • Biofuel production
  • Cellular computing
  • Synthetic gene networks
  • Cellular signalling
  • Bacterial communication
  • Quorum sensing

Highlighted Speakers

  • William Bentley (University of Maryland, USA)
  • Martin Fussenegger (ETH Z├╝rich, Switzerland)
  • Clyde Hutchison (J. Craig Venter Institute, USA)
  • Jay Keasling (University of California, Berkeley, USA)

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