Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety
Workshop on Synthetic Biology took place on 10 December 2015.
Some 70 participants from all over the world attended the workshop. Speakers from academia, scientific committees, Commission services and Member States made presentations on synthetic biology.
The Ministry of Health of Luxembourg was represented by Mr Xavier Poos, ‘Conseiller de direction adjoint’. A representative of SAM (the newly created scientific advisory mechanism of DG RTD) also participated and presented the new mechanism.
The workshop provided the opportunity to review the work on synthetic biology at EU level and to discuss challenges that synthetic biology may pose.
See the workshop report
You can read the booklet with the abstracts of the lectures and watch the presentations given at the workshop.
What is synthetic biology? What are the fields of its application? Challenges and future developments
Imperial College London
Synthetic biology Opinion I: The definition
Chair of the SCENIHR working group on synthetic biology
Synthetic biology Opinion II: Risk assessment methodologies and safety aspects
External expert of the SCENIHR working group on synthetic biology
Synthetic biology Opinion III: Research Priorities
Member of the SCENIHR working group on synthetic biology
Synthetic biology and GMOs
Head of Unit, Biotechnology, DG Health and Food Safety, European Commission
Potential impacts of synthetic biology on the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity
Policy Officer, DG Environment, European Commission
Alternative Feedstock for the Chemical Industry – Carbon Utilization
Policy Officer, DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, European Commission
The European Commission's Scientific Advice Mechanism
Policy Officer, Scientific Advice Mechanism
Synthetic biology – viewpoint of Austrian Federal Ministry of Health
Ministry of Health, Austria
State of discussion regarding synthetic biology in Germany
Federal Ministry of Health, Germany
In search of synthetic biology-policy fit for purpose and future proof
Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment, The Netherlands