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.
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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 :
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.