Although there are many efforts to define Synthetic Biology, the one proposed by the European project ERASynBio is as good as any one : "Synthetic biology is the engineering of biology : the deliberate (re)design and construction of novel biological and biologically based parts, devices and systems to perform new functions for useful purposes, that draws on principles elucidated from biology and engineering".

Synthetic biology (SB) is a multidisciplinary approach, bringing together experts from biology, engineering, chemistry, physics and computer science. The emergence of SB has been associated with industrial success stories such as the successful biosynthesis of artemisinin and of 1-3 propanediol which are now in industrial development. SB is viewed as a second biotechnological revolution with the promises of creating a whole new industry with potential applications in many sectors including industrial biotechnology and bioenergy, chemicals, medicine, agriculture and environmental remediation, and research and development tools. At the academic level, the tools developed by SB offer the possibility, together with the global approaches of systems biology, to obtain a much better understanding of living cells.


The Symposium is organized in three sessions covering the topics of the SB2 research programs :

  • Genomes, minimal cells and organisms, genomic engineering
  • Biodiversity, metabolic engineering
  • Biomimetism, orthogonal biosystems, bionanoscience for synthetic biology


Auditorium in IECB - Institut Européen de Chimie et Biologie
2 rue Robert Escarpit
F-33607 Pessac

[+] Further informations & program & registration, visit the website of SB2