Innovating research, policy and education in synthetic and systems biology

About synthetic and systems biology

We are keen to share our enthusiasm for our research and so we participate in a wide variety of events including open days, local and national science festivals, visits to schools and public debates.

Working with the community

We are developing activities and materials to help insprire and educate young people about synthetic biology and its many applications. This includes on-hand activities at science festivals, workshops for school, materials for supporting the Curriculum for Excellence and other science events.

You can find out more through the links below.

  • Science Art and Writing Workshops
  • Science Festivals
  • Materials for teachers - Try out our 'What research would you fun?' game


What is Synthetic Biology?

Synthetic biology is defined as the design and construciton of new biological parts, devices and systems, or the re-design of natural parts and systems, for useful purposes.

There are many useful sources of information in the form of papers, videos and animations about all aspects of synthetic biology and its potential applications via the following links:


What is Systems Biology?

Systems biology aims to understand how genes and proteins interact and endow cells with the characteristics associated with life, such as the abilities to sense, move, grow and divide.

You can read more about systems biology and the origins and history of our Centre here.