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5th Annual Sc2.0 and Synthetic Genomes Conference

On July 8th-9th 2016 scientists from around the world will convene in Edinburgh at Dynamic Earth to discuss the progress of the international synthetic yeast genome project as well as other advances in genome engineering including genome assembly methodologies, mammalian synthetic biology, lab automation and software development for synthetic biology.

For the past four years, the conference has focused on the ongoing Synthetic Yeast Genome Project (Sc2.0). As the world’s first synthetic, designer eukaryotic genome project, the Synthetic Yeast Genome Project has garnered global attention. The Sc2.0 international consortium is building 16 designer synthetic chromosomes encompassing ~12 million base pairs of DNA, and we are around halfway through this very exciting project.

The conference has been expanded to include a focus on Synthetic Genomes and Engineering Biology. This is a hot topic and we are thrilled to announce that this year’s program will include at least one new panel discussion as well as Keynotes from leaders in the field including Jasper Rine (UC-Berkeley), Pam Silver (Harvard), and Maitreya Dunham (University of Washington). The meeting will also feature panel speakers, demonstrations of the latest in lab automation, updates from the DNA synthesis industry and an exciting poster session.

Finally, delegates will be able to experience at first hand some local yeast strains in action with a glass or two of the local craft beers. During the event delegates will also get to enjoy many of the premiere foods for which Scotland has an international reputation.

There will be plenty of opportunity to burn off any additional calories at a lively traditional Ceilidh after the conference dinner and by strolling around the beautiful old city of Edinburgh during the long midsummer days! This meeting is being sponsored by LabCyte, BBSRC, Twist Bioscience, Autodesk, Gen9, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Synthetic Genomics, SULSA, the US National Science Foundation, the University of Edinburgh, New York University, and the UK Centre for Mammalian Synthetic Biology.

Tickets

Ticket Type Price
Early Bird – Students
Book before 1st April 2016.
Both days plus evening reception, dinner & ceilidh on 8th July.
£ 100
Early bird – PIs/Postdocs/Other Academics
Book before 1st April 2016.
Both days plus evening reception, dinner & ceilidh on 8th July.
£ 180
Early bird – Company
Book before 1st April 2016.
Both days plus evening reception, dinner & ceilidh on 8th July.
£ 450
Standard – Students
Both days plus evening reception, dinner & ceilidh on 8th July.
£ 150
Standard – PIs/Postdocs/Other Academics
Both days plus evening reception, dinner & ceilidh on 8th July.
£ 230
Standard – Company
Both days plus evening reception, dinner & ceilidh on 8th July.
£ 500
Attention students and postdocs: this year, 20 outstanding students and/or postdocs will be selected to receive an Sc2.0 Fellowship, allowing them to attend this meeting free of charge. Students/postdocs working on synthetic biology projects (preferably, those using yeast as a chassis) can apply by submitting a poster abstract (up to 500 words) to syntheticgenomes2016@gmail.com before April 1st, 2016. Successful applicants will be provided with a fellowship to cover travel costs to and from Edinburgh, conference registration fees, and accommodation in the city. Applicants should sign up for the meeting first, then submit the abstract. Should the application be successful, the registration fee will be refunded with the fellowship.

2016 Synthetic Genome Summer Course: July 3rd to July 7th

In conjuction with the conference, the University of Edinburgh, Imperial College London and the BBSRC are running an exciting 5-day residential summer school in Edinburgh teaching the practical lab techniques and theory behind genome synthesis, CRISPR-Cas9 genome engineering and advanced synthetic biology. This innovative course runs for the 5-days before the conference and as part of the package all participants get attendance to the main conference, as well as 7 nights en-suite accomodation and meals. For more details and for registration please visit the Synthetic Genome Summer Course website.
Package Price: £420
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Venue

Dynamic Earth

Holyrood Rd Edinbrugh EH8 8AS

Dynamic Earth is a 5 star visitor experience which invites you to take a journey through time to witness the story of planet Earth. Through a series of interactive exhibits, state of the art technology and even a 4D encounter you will feel the heat of a bubbling volcano, face the chill of polar ice, fly across the globe before crash landing in a tropical rainforest. As if this wasn’t enough, Dynamic Earth is home to Scotland’s only 360 degree full dome film theatre, with a variety of films showing throughout the year.
Walking and Cycling

Located at the bottom of Holyrood Road, neighbouring the Scottish Parliament and the Palace of Holyrood House, The Dynamic Earth is an approximately 15 minute walk from the city centre, and a 5 minute walk from the Royal Mile.
Bus

Several of Edinburgh's Lothian buses stop nearby, including the 35. Alternatively, many sight-seeing buses stop at Holyrood Palace, just down the street.
Car

Dynamic Earth has its own 24 hour car park located underneath the building, for which charges do apply:
£3 for the first 3 hours
Then £1.50 for every hour and part hour thereafter.
Nearby Hotels
Pollock Halls
≈ £40
18 Holyrood Park Rd, Edinburgh EH16 5AY
Travelodge
≈ £152
33 St Mary's Street, Edinburgh EH1 1TA
Kenneth Mackenzie House Hotel
≈ £82
7 Richmond Place, Edinburgh EH8 9ST
Ibis South Bridge
≈ £142
77 South Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1HN
Ibis Royal Mile
≈ £137
6 Hunter Square, Edinburgh EH1 1QW
Jury's Inn
≈ £134
43 Jeffrey Street, Edinburgh EH1 1DH

Thistle Edinburgh, The King James
≈ £120
107 Leith Street, Edinburgh EH1 3SW
Edinburgh Carlton Hotel
≈ £150
19 North Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1SD
Apex City Hotel
≈ £126
61 Grassmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2JF
Apex International Hotel
≈ £121
31-35 Grassmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2HS
Apex Waterloo Place
≈ £140
23 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh EH1 3BH
Holiday Inn Express Royal Mile
≈ £137
300 Cowgate, Edinburgh, Midlothian EH1 1NA