The Forum on Synthetic Biology: Challenges and Opportunities for Australia will be held in Syndey, Australia on 13 March 2012. It will provide participants with an opportunity to hear from speakers on a number of key topics relating to synthetic biology in Australia, as well as a brief perspective on international developments.
Participation : The Forum on Synthetic Biology is by invitation only but we will make as much conference content available as possible through the OECD web pages following the meeting.
Download draft agenda Download draft agenda
The Forum will explore topics such as regulatory considerations, skills and research support, intellectual property and community engagement. In addition, discussions will also focus on links between a ‘bioeconomy’ and synthetic biology. The bioeconomy, an economy that generates sustainable growth by using renewable biological resources, is an emerging area of interest for the Australian Government. The Forum is expected to provide useful perspectives for countries seeking to enable development of the field.
Purpose of the meeting
The meeting aims to :
- Provide a forum to discuss how synthetic biology can contribute to the bioeconomy.
- Discuss new infrastructure required to enable development of the field
- Consider how they can operate systemically to foster more effective innovation and promote infrastructure development within resource and fiscal constraints.
- Consider the role of government in supporting infrastructure development to make the most of the benefits of synthetic biology for both individuals and society.
- Gather input from the international community, including international policy-makers and industrial participants.
- Develop policy recommendations to allow governments to develop the necessary infrastructure (physical, social, financial, governance) to foster development of, and derive benefit from the field.
- Determine areas in which the OECD can provide further policy insight and expertise.
Based on the outcomes of this meeting, the OECD will produce a summary of the main policy messages and a policy report in mid-2012. The policy report will include recommendations to support governments in developing the necessary infrastructure (physical, social, financial, governance) to foster development of, and derive benefit from the field of synthetic biology.