FutureAgriculture was at the New Scientist Live 2018 – an award-winning, mind-blowing festival of ideas and discoveries for everyone curious about science and why it matters. For 4 days in September, more than 120 speakers and 100 exhibitors come together in one venue to create an unrivalled atmosphere and energy, packed with thought-provoking talks, ground-breaking discoveries, interactive experiences, workshops, and performances. We were at our stand in the Earth zone with a puzzle game about the role of photorespiration in plants and the fun activity “Smell the Future” organized by our partners from Imperial College London. We got so many enthusiastic feedback about the project, thanks to all of you that came to visit us.
ePS-1, organized under the auspices of the International Society for Photosynthesis Research, is held in Uppsala, Sweden during the last week of June. ePS-1 covers all aspects of photosynthesis, from genetics and molecular mechanisms, to crop yields, artificial photosynthesis and solar fuels. Our partner Jan Zarzycki was invited to give a talk at the Metabolism and Metabolic Engineering session.
The third edition of the Protein Engineering Canada (PEC) Conference was held at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, BC, Canada) between June 17-20, 2018. The goals of the PEC Conference are to bring together leading experts in the fields of protein engineering, evolution and design, and structural and synthetic biology, to present their latest findings and develop a strong network throughout Canada and abroad. Among the invited speakers Dan Tawfik, our partner in FutureAgriculture.
The Annual conference of the Association for General and Applied Microbiology (VAAM) is an innovative and internationally recognized platform for all microbiology fields that promotes the scientific exchange and cooperation between its members. The spectrum of presentations and discussions on the meeting includes biodegradation, fungal biology, synthetic microbiology and many more. The MPI-TM team was present at the meeting to provide an insight into their current research work for FutureAgriculture.
Unleashing the technical present / Nov 30 – Dec 02. Researchers & artists met for this experimental conference in order to explore the meaning and implications of the technosphere. Arren Bar-Even was invited to the SEEDS session – watch the full performance here.
Our project coordinator got the chance to interact with artists and scientists on the topic “ESTHETICS get SYNTHETIC: Knowledge Link Through Art & Science” during the workshop organized by KLAS at the Max Planck Campus in Potsdam-Golm on the 27th – 28th of November 2017.
The workshop was an opportunity to bring together scholars and practitioners to jointly discuss and reflect on contents, approaches and methodologies that draw the link between synthetic biology and artistic research and how those can synergically interact by mutually interrogating and reconsidering their methodologies and modes of operation in an Artist in Residence program like KLAS, in which Arren Bar-Even’s team participate as hosting laboratory.
The 1st Synthetic Biology conference “Made in Germany”, GASB I, and the founding event of the German Association for Synthetic Biology, GASB took place on the 24th and 25th of November 2017 in Marburg, Germany. Several members of the FutureAgriculture team were there: Marieke Scheffen and Jan Zarzycki from MPI-TM and, among the keynote speakers, our project coordinator Arren Bar-Even.
Christian Edlich Muth introduced the computational models used in FutureAgriculture at the GBC2017 in Tubingen (Germany). The German Conference on Bioinformatics (GCB) is an annual, international conference devoted to all areas of bioinformatics (http://gcb2017.de).
7-8th September 2017. We are just back from a fruitful meeting at the MPI-TM premises in Marburg. We had two days of intense exchange, discussion and sharing of results. This time the newly appointed members of the Advisory Board joined us too: Prof. Nir Keren from the Hebrew University, and Prof. Georg Sprenger from the University of Stuttgard. They both gave a valuable feedback to the project! Looking forward to the next meeting in February!
11 September 2017. Selcuk Alsan from MPI-MP gave a talk at the “Global Conference on Plant Science and Molecular Biology” in Valencia, Spain, presenting the latest results from the pathway implementation in E.Coli. More here.
June 20-23, 2017 – Devin Trudeau has presented the poster “A synthetic carbon-neutral photorespiration bypass pathway for improved carbon fixation” at the SEED 2017 conference in Vancouver (Canada). More here.
In July, 9th-14th, our project coordinator, Dr. Arren Bar-Even, gave a talk at the conference “Plant Engineering in the Synthetic Biology Era” in Waterville Valley, USA. Selcuk Aslan has further presented the project at the poster session! More here.
15/06/2017 – Prof. Tobias Erb gave a talk about FutureAgriculture at the Department of Biology of the Nanyang Technological University (Singapore). The title is quite catchy “CETCH me if you can: Bringing inorganic carbon into life with synthetic CO2 fixation”.
On the 11th and 12th of May, some doctoral researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiologie and Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiologie met in Marburg for the first Max Planck Conference for Environmental Microbiology: “It MaTer(s)”. One of our students, Marieke Scheffen, took the occasion to present FutureAgriculture! More here.
Our project coordinator, Arren Bar-Even, and on of our students, Marieke Scheffen, gave a talk about FutureAgriculture at the 5th Joint Conference of the DGHM & VAAM “MICROBIOLOGY AND INFECTION 2017”, held in Würzburg (Germany) on March 5th–8th. More info here.
24th of February 2017 – Christian Edlich Muth (MPI-MP) was hosted by the Interuniversity Institute of Bioinformatics in Brussels (IB2) to talk about “Improving plant yield with computational methods” – more here.
The FutureAgriculture 9th Month Meeting was held on the 22nd-23rd of September 2016. It was hosted by IN Srl in Udine (Italy).
This summer partners of FutureAgriculture attended the workshop organized at the Lorentz Center (NL) that brought together researchers working on several aspects of photosynthesis research with those from the field of metabolic modeling and synthetic biology. Read more here.
On September 2016, one of our students participated to the Chemical Biology Summer School in Hirshegg (Austria) where she introduced FutureAgriculture.
In June 2016, partners from ICL presented FutureAgriculture project at the 11th Metabolic Engineering Conference in the Awajii Island (JP). The theme of this year’s conference was Design, Synthesis and System Integration for Metabolic Engineering. More here.
Synthetic scientists and industrialists met on 24-26 May 2016 in the historical center of Berlin to share their views and visions on recent and future advances in Xenobiology. During this event researchers from FutureAgriculture introduced the key-points of the project. More here.
On April 8th 2016 our project coordinator, Dr. Arren Bar-Even, introduced FutureAgriculture during a seminar at Department of Plant Biology at the Carnegie Institution for Science (Stanford, CA). More here.
FutureAgriculture partners from MPI-MP presented the project at the GRC conference “Exploring, Understanding and Applying the Diversity of One-Carbon Metabolism” in Waterville Valley, NH on July 31 – August 5, 2016. More info here.
The 14M FutureAgriculture Meeting was held in Brussels on February 22nd- 23rd 2017, right before the 1st project review meeting with the EU on February 24th.
The FutureAgriculture Kickoff Meeting was held on the 4th-5th of February 2016. It was hosted by the Max Planck Institute, Project Coordinator, in Berlin (Germany).