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Synthetic Biology Symposium


15th of September


Y. Schaerli, University of Lausanne


Barbara di Ventura, University of Freiburg

Mustafa Khammash, ETH Zurich


Objectives: Introduction and exposure to synthetic biology, a field rapidly growing in importance.


Synthetic biology: the next industrial revolution?

Synthetic biology is a fast-growing interdisciplinary field that promises to engineer biological systems with potential applications in almost every aspect of our lives, including production of materials, disease detection and treatment, bioremediation, and data storage. Indeed, synthetic biology is predicted to fuel the next industrial revolution.

This afternoon will allow you to dive into this fascinating research field. After a short introduction into synthetic biology, two leading synthetic biologists will give a seminar about their research (45 min + 15 min for questions). After a break we will discuss in small groups about the future of synthetic biology and careers in the field.

14.00 - 14.15 Introduction Yolanda Schaerli, UNIL

14.15 – 15.15 Barbara di Ventura, University of Freiburg

15.15 – 16.15 Mustafa Khammash, ETH Zurich

16.15 – 16.45 Break

16.45 – 17.30 Discussion




Full attendance and active participation.

Make sure to sign the attendance list each and every day!




PhD students are eligible for the reimbursement of incurred travel expenses by train (half-fare card, and 2nd class).

The online reimbursement system is now in place: within 15 days after the course, please request the reimbursement via your MyCUSO account, no need for paper anymore!


To register, please use your MyCUSO account!

Deadline for registration: 01.09.2021

Priority is given to PhD students of the CUSO MicrobialSciences programs 01.09.2021 - after this deadline places will be assigned on a first come, first serve basis, starting from the people in waiting list.

Registration Fees:

Free for PhD students enrolled in the co-organising programs.

In case of cancellations, free before the deadline: 01.09.2021

Late cancellations (after 01.09.2021) or no-show: 20 CHF administrative fee



Deadline for registration 05.09.2021
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