Programs

Connaught Summer Institute on Synthetic Biology

What is the Connaught Summer Institute?

The Connaught Summer Institutes were programs held at the University of Toronto for three consecutive years: 2014, 2015 and 2016. The Synthetic Biology Innovation Cluster is proud to be the organizing host of the Connaught Summer Institutes. The Connaught Summer Institutes are funded by the Connaught Fund which was founded in 1972, allows researchers at the University of Toronto to fund their furthering work. Funds focus on interdisciplinary work and innovation – with a strong emphasis on meeting challenges facing global society. The summer institutes are focused on learning about synthetic biology and fostering innovation.

Connaught Summer Institute 2016

The 2016 Summer Institute featured:

• Talks by top scholars reflecting on the latest developments in the field;

• Hands-on training in key computational and laboratory methods that help participants learn the essentials of another field (e.g. biologists could learn computational modelling while engineers or physicists would learn molecular biology lab techniques);

• Discussions led by government, industry, and academic representatives on the real-world challenges that can be addressed with synthetic biology, and how to formulate plans of action to bring solutions from ideas to reality.

Summer Institute ran from June 6-10, 2016.

2016 Schedule

Monday, June 6 Tuesday, June 7 Wednesday, June 8 Thursday, June 9 Friday, June 10
08:30-9:00
Registration
09:00-10:00
Introduction and opening remarks
McMillen
09:00-10:00
Talk II (Methods)
Green
09:00-12:00
Guided computational/modelling tutorial
Tang, Sukumaran, Ingalls, McMillen
09:00-10:00
Team meetings
09:00-10:00
Additional discussion of
computational modelling
McMillen,Tang
10:00-12:00
Introductory presentations
by students/attendees
10:00-12:00
Computational modelling continued and introduction to COPASI
Ingalls, Sukumaran
10:00-12:00
Problem identification exercise: what are you going to do about problem X?
Goh
10:00-12:00
Individual discussions
with students/groups;
work time
12:00-13:00 Lunch
13:00-16:00
Introduction to Biochemical Modelling
Ingalls
13:00-14:00
Introduction to Gibson assembly
and DNA design
Hussey
13:00-16:00
Lab session II
Hussey, Pardee, McMillen

Sponsored by NEB

13:00-15:00
Work time (additional lab work, and/or computational modelling)
13:00-16:00
Work time (lab and/or computational); Student/team discussions of future directions
14:00-18:00
Lab Session1
Hussey, Pardee, Green, McMillen

Sponsored by NEB

15:00-18:00
Synthetic Biology Innovation
Cluster mini-meeting:
industry representatives
plus academic participants;
opportunities to network
16:00-17:00
Introduction to
cell-free synthetic biology
Pardee
16:00-17:00
Talk
Zandstra
16:00-18:00
Wrap-up: discussion of lab and model results, presentations from teams
(if applicable)
17:00-18:00
Talk 1(Research)
Green
17:00-18:00
Discussion/meeting time with Prof. Zandstra
18:00 – 19:00
Dinner, and time for students to meet with Prof. Green (and others)
18:00-18:30
Travel to Banquet
18:00-19:00
Dinner and networking time
18:30 – 20:00
Chinatown Banquet
Monday, June 6 Tuesday, June 7 Wednesday, June 8 Thursday, June 9 Friday, June 10

2016 Speakers || 2016 Venue || 2016 Application

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Connaught Summer Institute 2015

Check back soon for the 2015 Connaught Summer Institute summary!

The 2015 Summer Institute featured:

• Talks by top scholars reflecting on the latest developments in the field;

• Hands-on training in key computational and laboratory methods that help participants learn the essentials of another field (e.g. biologists could learn computational modelling while engineers or physicists would learn molecular biology lab techniques);

• Discussions led by government, industry, and academic representatives on the real-world challenges that can be addressed with synthetic biology, and how to formulate plans of action to bring solutions from ideas to reality.

Summer Institute ran from July 13-17, 2015.

2015 Schedule

Monday, July 13 Tuesday, July 14 Wednesday, July 15 Thursday, July 16 Friday, July 17
08:30-9:00
Registration and Opening Remarks
09:00-11:00
Student Introductory Presentations
09:00-10:00
Computational Modelling (continued)
Ingalls, Tang, McMillen
09:00-10:00
Talk II
Pardee
09:00-10:00
Talk II
Salis
09:00-10:00
Extended topics in
Computation Modelling
McMillen, Tang
10:00-12:00
Introductory presentations
by students/attendees
10:00-12:00
Computational modelling continued and introduction to COPASI
Ingalls, Sukumaran
10:00-12:00
Problem identification exercise: what are you going to do about problem X?
Goh
10:00-12:00
Individual discussions
with students/groups;
work time
12:00-13:00 Lunch
13:00-16:00
Introduction to Biochemical Modelling
Ingalls
13:00-14:00
Introduction to Gibson assembly
and DNA design
Hussey
13:00-16:00
Lab session II
Hussey, Pardee, McMillen

Sponsored by NEB

13:00-15:00
Work time (additional lab work, and/or computational modelling)
13:00-16:00
Work time (lab and/or computational); Student/team discussions of future directions
14:00-18:00
Lab Session1
Hussey, Pardee, Green, McMillen

Sponsored by NEB

15:00-18:00
Synthetic Biology Innovation
Cluster mini-meeting:
industry representatives
plus academic participants;
opportunities to network
16:00-17:00
Introduction to
cell-free synthetic biology
Pardee
16:00-17:00
Talk
Zandstra
16:00-18:00
Wrap-up: discussion of lab and model results, presentations from teams
(if applicable)
17:00-18:00
Talk 1(Research)
Green
17:00-18:00
Discussion/meeting time with Prof. Zandstra
18:00 – 19:00
Dinner, and time for students to meet with Prof. Green (and others)
18:00-18:30
Travel to Banquet
18:00-19:00
Dinner and networking time
18:30 – 20:00
Chinatown Banquet
Monday, July 13 Tuesday, July 14 Wednesday, July 15 Thursday, July 16 Friday, July 17

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Connaught Summer Institute 2014

The 2014 Summer Institute featured:

• Talks by top scholars reflecting on the latest developments in the field;

• Hands-on training in key computational and laboratory methods that help participants learn the essentials of another field (e.g. biologists could learn computational modelling while engineers or physicists would learn molecular biology lab techniques);

• Discussions led by government, industry, and academic representatives on the real-world challenges that can be addressed with synthetic biology, and how to formulate plans of action to bring solutions from ideas to reality.

Summer Institute ran from June 2-6, 2014.

2014 Schedule

Monday, June 2 Tuesday, June 3 Wednesday, June 4 Thursday, June 5 Friday, June 6
08:30-9:00
Registration
09:00-10:00
Introduction and opening remarks
McMillen
09:00-10:00
Talk II (Methods)
Green
09:00-12:00
Guided computational/modelling tutorial
Tang, Sukumaran, Ingalls, McMillen
09:00-10:00
Team meetings
09:00-10:00
Additional discussion of
computational modelling
McMillen,Tang
10:00-12:00
Introductory presentations
by students/attendees
10:00-12:00
Computational modelling continued and introduction to COPASI
Ingalls, Sukumaran
10:00-12:00
Problem identification exercise: what are you going to do about problem X?
Goh
10:00-12:00
Individual discussions
with students/groups;
work time
12:00-13:00 Lunch
13:00-16:00
Introduction to Biochemical Modelling
Ingalls
13:00-14:00
Introduction to Gibson assembly
and DNA design
Hussey
13:00-16:00
Lab session II
Hussey, Pardee, McMillen

Sponsored by NEB

13:00-15:00
Work time (additional lab work, and/or computational modelling)
13:00-16:00
Work time (lab and/or computational); Student/team discussions of future directions
14:00-18:00
Lab Session1
Hussey, Pardee, Green, McMillen

Sponsored by NEB

15:00-18:00
Synthetic Biology Innovation
Cluster mini-meeting:
industry representatives
plus academic participants;
opportunities to network
16:00-17:00
Introduction to
cell-free synthetic biology
Pardee
16:00-17:00
Talk
Zandstra
16:00-18:00
Wrap-up: discussion of lab and model results, presentations from teams
(if applicable)
17:00-18:00
Talk 1(Research)
Green
17:00-18:00
Discussion/meeting time with Prof. Zandstra
18:00 – 19:00
Dinner, and time for students to meet with Prof. Green (and others)
18:00-18:30
Travel to Banquet
18:00-19:00
Dinner and networking time
18:30 – 20:00
Chinatown Banquet
Monday, June 2 Tuesday, June 3 Wednesday, June 4 Thursday, June 5 Friday, June 6

Lab Session Sponsor

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