Cluster Meetings

Meetings at a Glance

What are Cluster Meetings?

SynBio’s Cluster Meetings are half day meetings where we bring together relevant industries, faculties, academics, governmental agencies, and students in an open forum to discuss the challenges and benefits of applying synthetic biology to different fields. Each cluster meeting is focused on a specific topic and we bring speakers from industries and academia to talk about their current work and challenges they are facing. With each cluster meeting, we hope to learn from each other and foster a collaborative community.

We hold Cluster Meetings throughout the year, below you will find details about past meetings. To participate in upcoming meetings, keep an eye out on our calendar or subscribe to our mailing list under the “Contact Us” tab. If you would like to suggest topics you are interested in hearing about, please contact us!


Cluster Meeting History


Cluster Meeting #7

The 7th Synthetic Biology Cluster Meeting was held on February 9th, 2018 at the University of Waterloo. This meeting focused on opportunities for Microbiology and Synthetic Biology in Agriculture and more generally Plant Microbiome and Precision Agriculture.

This meeting was proudly sponsored by NSERC.

Cluster Meeting #6

The 6th Synthetic Biology Cluster Meeting was held on November 7th, 2018 at the University of Toronto. This meeting focused on microbiome research and industry challenges.

This meeting was proudly sponsored by NSERC.

Cluster Meeting #5

The 5th Synthetic Biology Cluster Meeting was held on November 15th, 2016 at the University of Toronto. This meeting focused on future directions of synthetic biology in agriculture, as well as how to foster industry partnerships.

This meeting was proudly sponsored by NSERC.

Cluster Meeting #4

The 4th Synthetic Biology Cluster Meeting was held on May 7th, 2015 at the University of Waterloo. This meeting focused on synthetic biology, bioengineering and biotechnology in Agriculture.

This meeting was proudly sponsored by NSERC.

Cluster Meeting #3

The 3rd Synthetic Biology Cluster Meeting was held on April 17th, 2014 at the University of Toronto. This meeting focused on fostering networking between governmental agencies, industry and faculty members.

This meeting was proudly sponsored by NSERC.

Cluster Meeting #2

The 2nd Synthetic Biology Cluster Meeting was held on November 28th, 2013 at the University of Toronto. This meeting focused on Public Sector challenges and how to overcome them.

This meeting was proudly sponsored by NSERC.

Cluster Meeting #1

The 1st Synthetic Biology Cluster Meeting was held on February 19th, 2013 at the University of Toronto. This meeting focused on fostering opportunities and Public-Private partnerships.

This meeting was proudly sponsored by NSERC.