So what is synthetic biology? Ask the experts in an evening with the curators, Paul Freemont, Anthony Dunne, Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg, and Cathal Garvey - hosted by Science Gallery Director Michael John Gorman as part of our SFI Speaker Series. Find out how design, genetics, engineering and biology all contribute to one of the most important emerging fields in contemporary science.

Join us for a behind-the-scenes discussion about the themes and artworks of the exhibition with the people who helped put it all together, and find out how and why synthetic biology will change the world. 


Professor Paul Freemont is the co-founder and co-director of the EPSRC Centre for Synthetic Biology and Innovation at Imperial College London. The Centre is the first of its kind in the UK and aims to develop foundational technologies to enable synthetic biology research in application areas like biosensors, biosynthesis, bioprocessing and metabolic and genome engineering.

Anthony Dunne is Professor and Head of the Design Interactions Programme at the Royal College of Art in London. He studied Industrial Design at the RCA before working at Sony Design in Tokyo. On returning to London he completed a PhD in Computer Related Design at the RCA. He was a founding member of the CRD Research Studio where he worked as a Senior Research Fellow leading EU and industry funded research projects. Anthony was awarded the Sir Misha Black Award for Innovation in Design Education in 2009.

Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg is an artist, designer and writer, interrogating emerging technology and science, and the function and future of design. As Design Fellow on Synthetic Aesthetics, an NSF/EPSRC-funded project at Stanford University and the University of Edinburgh, she has been curating an international programme researching synthetic biology, art and design, investigating how we might ‘design nature.’ The Synthetic Aesthetics book will be published by MIT Press in 2014.

Cathal Garvey is the creator of Indie Biotech, a blog that provides tools, materials and learning resources for biotechnology to individuals worldwide. Worldwide, the DIYbio movement is taking hold and generating renewed interest in community biotech. Cathal provides affordable, open-source DNA development platforms, kits and strains for beginners, which helps them to learn the engineering of bacteria easily, and later facilitates the engineering of plants and simple bugs such as Sea Monkeys. He hopes to change the face of biotech, and perhaps change some lives for the better in the process.

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  • Where: Paccar Theatre
  • Price: Free - prebooking required

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