Innovating research, policy and education in synthetic and systems biology


Edinburgh's first Cafe Synthetique

On 9th of October, researchers from Biology, Informatics and Engineering hosted Edinburgh’s first Café Synthetique event. This monthly event aims to address the lack of public and informal events for those curious about Synthetic Biology.

Professor Andrew Millar appointed Scotland’s CSA for Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture

Photo of Andrew Millar

Professor Andrew Millar, previously Director of Edinburgh’s Centre for System Biology (2007-2012) and SynthSys, has been appointed as the Scottish Government's Chief Scientific Adviser for Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture (ENRA).

Doors Open day attracts more visitors

The University’s Doors Open event attracted even greater numbers with thousands braving the lively Scottish autumn weather to explore the science going on at the King’s Buildings Campus.

Young Frankenstein – cautionary tale or valuable lesson


A Sci-Screen event provided a light-hearted backdrop for Centre members to engage the audience of Edinburgh Skeptics in a more serious dialogue about science, its representation and its communication.

Building superbugs in the Meadows

Centre members braved the erratic Edinburgh summer weather to build bugs with kids of all ages at the annual Meadows Festival.

Over 100 children came along during the event to design and build bugs with super powers that could help to save the planet.

Centre hosts future trends workshop

A group of 50 leading synthetic biologists gathered at the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (see image) in Edinburgh on May 16 and 17 to discuss ‘Future Trends in Synthetic Biology.’

Science as Muse

What happens when a leading scientist visits a group of first year illustration students at the Edinburgh College of Art (ECA)? The birth of a new field where the scientist becomes the muse. 

Mammalian synthetic biology comes of age

Mammalian synthetic biology will make a huge impact on medicine and healthcare if just a fraction of the many exciting projects discussed at the 5th Annual Mammalian Synthetic Biology Workshop in Boston (May 5 and 6) come to fruition.

SAW Trust inspires again

The SAW Trust were back in Edinburgh on May 3 to deliver what was their third successful training day in science communication. 

Professor Susan Rosser awarded Royal Academy of Engineering’s Chair in Emerging Technologies

Susan Rosser, Professor of Synthetic Biology, is the recipient of a prestigious Royal Academy of Engineering’s Chair in Emerging Technologies scheme.