Synthetic Biology

There is broad agreement even among science and engineering institutions that societal research is crucial for the responsible development of synthetic biology. In response to this need, on 4-6 November 2014, in Tempe, AZ, a workshop brought together 115 interdisciplinary participants representing academia, industry, government, and nonprofits to explore and articulate research agendas in the societal aspects of synthetic biology. 

This site includes videos from the workshopposters and 2-page papers on research agendas in the societal aspects of synthetic biology; and workshop outputs, including reports, brief written reflections, and interviews with selected participants. 


Workshop sponsored by National Science Foundation award #1445903


Collage Photo Credits

Top Row, left to right

Bottom Row, left to right

  • Frankenstein’s Monster (Boris Karloff), 1934, Public Domain, Wikipedia, (cropped)
  • Communities of Integration, 2013, CNS photo
  • Multipart BioBrick, Registry of Standard Biological Parts,
  • Artemisia annua, 2003, Scott Bauer, USDA Agricultural Research Service (cropped & changed to B & W)
  • A/CA/4/09 Swine Flu Virus, 2009, Public Domain, CDC/C. S. Goldsmith and A. Balish
  • CNS Board of Visitors Meeting, 2013, CNS photo