Young scientists debate synthetic biology : Feb. 16, University of Lausanne

Research breakthroughs and social impact – Young scientists debate synthetic biology

Tuesday, February 16th 2016, 12:30 – 14:00, Amphipôle, University of Lausanne

Algae farms that produce biofuel, bacteria that clean up environmental pollutants and cell-based medical devices that monitor our health status and correct imbalances – these are just some of the possible applications of synthetic biology. Synthetic biology – like other breakthrough technologies – has the potential to offer new solutions for society’s challenges. But it also raises concerns about safety and ethical implications. 

How will synthetic biology transform – medicine? – the environment? – industry? – society? – our concept of life?

The Forum for Genetic Research and LS2 cordially invite you to explore these questions together with young scientists at a round-table discussion. With Jan Roelof van der Meer (University of Lausanne) and the EPFL iGEM 2015 team (starting at 14.00h).

The round table discussion will be preceded by BIO•FICTION@Lausanne, featuring a selection of short films from the BIO•FICTION Science, Art and Film Festival (starting at 12.30h).

For further information and registration:

Deadline for registration: February 10th 2016.


This event is part of the LS2 Annual Meeting taking place February 15th-16th at the University of Lausanne.

The topic of the conference will be “Interdisciplinary Sciences” and will offer a wide array of cutting-edge research from interdisciplinary fields in the Life Science disciplines (Molecular and Cellular Biology, Physiology, Proteomics, Experimental Pharmacology, Neurosciences, Microbiology, Stem Cell research, Plant Biology, Chemical Biology, Laboratory Animals and many more) and plenary talks from internationally renowned speakers as well as numerous educational and career development events. For a detailed program, please see: