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Café Synthetique - OpenPlant Fund Mixer and Microfluidics

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Café Synthetique is the monthly meetup for the Cambridge synthetic biology community with informal talks, discussion and pub snacks.

This month we’ll hear from 2016 OpenPlant Fund grantees and discuss your ideas for open, innovative and interdisciplinary projects in cell-free or plant synthetic biology.

OpenPlant Fund Mixer

The OpenPlant Fund will support innovative, open and interdisciplinary projects relevant to plant Synthetic Biology over 2015-19. Around 20 six-month projects per year will receive £4k each, with an additional £1k awarded on completion for follow-on and outreach. We are now accepting applications with a submission deadline of 1 December 2016.

If you are interested in finding out more, come along to our mixer event on November 21st.

This event will be casual, and informative so that you can find out more about the fund, share ideas and meet potential collaborators – you do not need to have a proposal ready formulated beforehand.

The aim of the fund is to promote the development of plant Synthetic Biology as an interdisciplinary field and to facilitate exchange between The University of Cambridge, the John Innes Centre, the Ealham Institute and The Sainsbury Laboratory for the development of open technologies and responsible innovation in the context of Synthetic Biology.

In 2015 the OpenPlant Fund supported 16 projects with very diverse aims, from lab-based projects to generate and characterise DNA parts, through hardware and software projects to workshops in intellectual property, hackathons and outreach.

For more information on the fund, click here.


This month, Café Synthetique will also include a series of talks on the emerging topic of microfluidics. This month’s speakers will include Ivan Reyna-Llorens, Steve Burgess, Florian Hollfelder, and Clive Smith from Sphere Fluidics.

”Plant ProChip: A microfluidic device for high-throughput analysis of genetic circuits in plant protoplasts.”

Ivan Reyna-Llorens is post-doctoral research associate in the Department of Plant Sciences.

”High Throughput Screening of Synthetic Biology Libraries by ESI Mass Spectrometry”

Clive Smith is principal chemist at Cambridge based company Sphere Fluidics.

”Plant ProChip: Exploring the Use of Microfluidics for High-throughput Screening in Plants”

Steve Burgess is a research staff member in the Department of Plant Sciences.

”Topic title TBC ”

Dr Florian Hollfelder is a principal investigator in the Department of Biochemistry.

Please join us in the Panton Arms pub at 6pm.

This talk is part of the Engineering Biology Interdisciplinary Research Centre series.

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