Four PIs from SynthSys contributed to a consultation run by the Scottish Science Advisory Council (SSAC) reviewing the evidence for the potential impact of synbio on the Scottish economy.
The SSAC, Scotland's highest level science advisory body, provides independent advice and recommendations on science strategy, policy and priorities to the Scottish Government's Chief Scientific Adviser. It has been engaging with key stakeholders in industry and academic research to better understand the opportunities and threats from pursuing or not pursuing a synthetic biology strategy, and where Scotland's strengths lie in the synthetic biology arena.
A briefing document was produced and a meeting held on November 28th in Glasgow with Muffy Calder (CSA) and around 30 delegates from business, academia, government and NGOs. A report will be provided to the Scottish Government by the spring 2014.