1st European Congress on Cell-Free Synthetic Biology

26-30 March 2017, Ascona Switzerland

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The 1st European Congress on Cell-Free Synthetic Biology, intends to bring together an interdisciplinary group of researchers from a broad range of scientific fields to i) present the current state-of-the-art in cell-free synthetic biology, ii) define the future direction of the field, and iii) to serve as an environment for sharing ideas and engaging in new collaborations.

Cell-free synthetic biology is a young but burgeoning sub-field of synthetic biology and has seen rapid and exciting progress in recent years. As the name implies, cell-free synthetic biology involves the implementation and characterization of biological systems in a cell-free environment and thus builds on advances in synthetic biology and classical biochemistry. Cell-free synthetic biology enables the precise and quantitative characterization of complex biological systems in a well-defined and controllable environment. Because of these and other advantages, cell-free synthetic biology will provide fundamental insights into biological network structure and function, including network robustness and evolvability. In addition, cell-free synthetic biology has the potential to become a powerful approach for the rapid prototyping of engineered biological systems, and has recently been shown to be applicable to the development of cheap, yet sophisticated molecular diagnostics. Although cell-free synthetic biology is still in its infancy, recent progress in the field indicates that it will have significant impact on the Life Sciences and Society in the long-term.


The 1st European Congress on Cell-Free Synthetic Biology will be hosted by the Congressi Stefano Franscini at the Conference Center Monte Verita in Ascona. Ascona is located on the northern end of Lago Maggiore in Switzerland.