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Synthetic Aesthetics

Calvert, J

SuperMondays - The North East's IT Community

University of Newcastle

March 25 2013

This Super Monday event was organised around the theme of synthetic biology, and the new market it will create for the North East IT community. The event was in two parts, a series of talks followed by a panel discussion. There were several invited speakers talking about all aspects of syn-bio, everything from wordpress plugins for describing designer bacteria to bacteria that repair cracked concrete, cybernetic robot lobsters and syn-bio-inspired installation art. The panel discussion explored ethics, possible social impacts, and the range of IT services that the syn-bio sector would love to out-source to you. Syn-bio has been earmarked by the government as an area for investment and as an economic driver and given a £20M government investment.