Synthetic biology - enabling sustainable solutions for food, feed, bio-fuel and health: New potentials for the European bio-economy

06-06-2012 14:00 -17:00
European Parliament Brussels - Altiero Spinelli (ASP) A5G3
Event to be web-casted








STOA workshop in cooperation with the University of Copenhagen and the Technical University of Denmark (DTU)


Chair:  Vittorio PRODI  MEP, member of the STOA Panel  

Synthetic biology can enable a transition towards a greener Europe. By gathering scientific experts from within the nanotechnology, plant biology, neurobiology, chemistry and physics sector, this field is creating novel safe technologies for sustainable production of food, feed, bio-fuels and pharmaceuticals.  

What is 'Synthetic biology'?

Synthetic biology is based on the study of biological systems with the aim of constructing similar systems with desired features. It is an emerging bio-based technology which is quickly establishing itself as a key enabling technology alongside nanotechnology, ICT and advanced materials. It offers promising approaches to realising the vision of a bio-based European economy through research and innovation as well as a deliverer of competitive and sustainable growth for Europe. 


14:00-14:10           Vittorio Prodi,
Welcome and introduction
14:10-14:30           Professor Birger Lindberg Møller,
University of Copenhagen and the DTU Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability (NNF)
PlantPower: The Ultimate Way to go Green
14:30-14:50           Professor Jim Haseloff,
The University of Cambridge, UK
The fast-track to knowledge creation and business potentials
14:50-15:10           Amanda Collins,
Head of Engineering Data and Technologies at the UK Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)
Win-win investments: Synthetic biology for growth and innovation
15:10-15:30           Jørgen Hansen,
Evolva A/S (SME)
Turning elite science into profitable business for SMEs
15:30-15:45           Coffee break
Slide-presentation on the scope of synthetic biology
15:45-16:50           Interactive panel debate, including questions from audience

16:50-17:00          Closing remarks by the chairman

Panel members:

Birger Lindberg Møller,
University of Copenhagen and the DTU Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability (NNF)
Jim Haseloff,
The University of Cambridge, UK
Amanda Collins,
UK Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)
Jørgen Hansen,
Evolva A/S (SME)
Peter de Pous,
Policy Director at European Environmental Bureau (EEB)