Directing Biosynthesis V – 22nd-24th March 2017

This is the fifth in a series of meetings on natural product synthesis run by the Royal Society of Chemistry and supported by BBSRC. The conference takes place at the University of Warwick from the 22nd-24th March 2017. Full details can be found at

Please note the following deadlines:
• Oral abstracts – 9th October 2016
• Poster abstracts – 8th January 2017
• Early bird registration deadline – 22nd January 2017
• Standard registration deadline – 22nd February 2017

Genopole Young Biotech Award – Closing Date 3rd October

Genopole is France’s leading biocluster for biotechnologies and research in genomics and genetics, is built upon the model of American and European campuses and unites innovative high-tech life sciences companies, public and private research and higher education facilities at a single site in Evry/Corbeil-Essonnes, just south of Paris. They have launched the Young Biotech Award competition for 2016 First prize : €100,000 and it is open to international projects and start-ups.

Who can apply?
→ A researcher, entrepreneur or student
→ Conceptualizing an innovation or developing one within a start-up (<3 years old) → Biotech applied to the following sectors: environment, food and agriculture and industry Want to know more about the Genopole Young Biotech Award? Follow this link! Contact details are :, or Emily Hamblin | Regional Manager – Europe, West | UK Science & Innovation Network | British Embassy | 35 Rue du Faubourg St. Honoré | 75008 Paris | email: | telephone: +33 (0)1 44 51 31 39 | mobile: +33 (0)6 78 71 99 78: Alison MacEwen –

GCRF Call for Evidence

RCUK have launched a call for evidence to gather views on the high-level challenges that will form the basis of the funding calls from the GCRF Collective Fund, the information gathered will also be shared with the other delivery partners so that it may inform their own strategies. Your views on the most effective ways of delivering GCRF would also be appreciated.

Input is being requested from individuals and institutions across all academic disciplines, non-governmental organisation and industrial sectors both in and outside of the UK, so please feel free to highlight wider.

The survey closes at 16.00 on 22 August.

OpenPlant Forum and Industry-Academia Networking Event

25th – 27th July 2016
John Innes Conference Centre, Norwich

The OpenPlant Forum is the annual meeting of the BBSRC-EPSRC funded OpenPlant Synthetic Biology Research Centre. Funded under the Synthetic Biology for Growth programme, the Centre promotes interdisciplinary exchange, open technologies for innovation and responsible innovation for sustainable agriculture and biotechnology.

The OpenPlant Forum will provide a platform for a multidisciplinary exploration of applications for reprogrammed plant and agricultural systems, and the wider implications of potentially disruptive new technologies. The first day will investigate the growing potential for reprogramming plant feedstocks, and the relative benefits of these systems for bioproduction. Following on from this, the second day will focus on the tools that will enable innovation and exchange to realise the growing potential.

The Forum will be preceded by an industry-academia networking event focussed on platforms and chassis for plant synthetic biology.

The OpenPlant Forum and industry-academia networking event are open to all and free to attend. Please register via the OpenPlant website: If you have any queries, please contact

Job Opportunity at Croda – Research and Technology Manager, Ditton, Widnes.

Croda currently have an exciting opportunity for a Research & Technology Manager to lead the Biotechnology Research team at our site in Widnes, Cheshire. The Biotechnology Group is responsible for the discovery and development of a variety of natural ingredients from microbial sources for application across our business interests. The group is also responsible for process development of biotransformations / fermentations from laboratory scale to full-scale manufacturing. The successful candidate will manage a small team of research scientists and a maturing product pipeline. The role also involves a strong outward focus of open innovation, interacting with the academic community and other partners in the product supply chain across the Croda business activities. More information available here