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1st International Symposium on Building a Synthetic Cell (BaSyC)
28 and 29 August 2018 – Delft, the Netherlands

1st International Symposium on Building a Synthetic Cell (BaSyC)
28- 29 August 2018 – Delft, the Netherlands

Dear colleagues,

It is our great pleasure to invite you to participate in our 1st International Symposium on Building a Synthetic Cell (BaSyC), on 28 and 29 August 2018 in Delft, the Netherlands.
You are warmly invited to join us in this global scientific meeting!

The symposium is fully dedicated to research on the bottom-up assembly of a functioning synthetic cell from its molecular components.
Being able to build a synthetic cell is one of the big scientific challenges of the 21st century, as it will allow us to understand how life works. It will help shedding light on how life started on our planet, and on the conditions for life on other places in the universe.
At the same time, understanding the interactions between the different cellular mechanisms is the fundamental step towards being able to recreate these interactions, or to modify them. This will open up a new scientific and technological field that will boost the rapidly developing field of synthetic biology – thus advancing unprecedented new understanding and application areas in healthcare, medicine, biotechnology, food and power generation.

Aim of this symposium is to bring together researchers worldwide to present and discuss the latest results in cutting-edge research on the synthetic cell, and its future scientific and technological perspectives.

Further, the symposium aims at further building up on the community involved in this endeavour at the international level.
A couple of years ago, a group of European top researchers from the physics, chemistry and biology communities have started a dedicated European community with a common ambition to engineer synthetic life using a bottom‐up approach. Since then, this community has grown to include has a large number of world‐top researchers from various countries and disciplines, until now working on different aspects of minimal life rather independently.
This interdisciplinary community is now joining efforts to start a European Synthetic Cell Flagship Initiative (www.syntheticcell.eu) . During the symposium, time will also be reserved for an update on the progress of this initiative.

Symposium Venue
The symposium will be hosted at the Science Centre Delft at the Delft University of Technology.
Address: Mijnbouwstraat 120, 2628 RX Delft

The symposium is free of charge however registration is mandatory for organizational reasons.
Deadline for registration is 15 June 2018.
Due to time constraints, the programme provides only invited talks. For up-to-date information and to register, please check the website.

We look forward to welcoming you in Delft!



The BaSyC Symposium organizing committee
Prof. Gijsje Koenderink (AMOLF)
Prof. Wilhelm Huck (Radboud University Nijmegen)
Prof. Pascale Daran-Lapujade (TU Delft)

And the Chair of the BaSyC Steering Committee
Prof. Marileen Dogterom (TU Delft)

Contact: Secr-BN-TNW@tudelft.nl

Keynote speakers

  • John Sutherland

    Laboratory of Molecular Biology
  • Joachim Spatz

    MPI for Medical Research
  • Hagan Bayley

    University of Oxford
  • Tobias Erb

    MPI for Terrestrial Microbiology
  • Yannick Rondelez

  • Eugene Koonin

  • Eörs Szathmáry

    Eötvös University
  • Michael Jewett

    Northwestern University
  • Tom de Greef

    Eindhoven University of Technology
  • Carla Rita Palmerino

    Radboud University
  • Petra Schwille

    Max-Planck-Institute of Biochemistry
  • Kate Adamala

    University of Minnesota
  • Mohan Balasubramanian

    University of Warwick
  • Allen Liu

    University of Michigan
  • Drew Endy

    Stanford University

BaSyC speakers


BaSyC Consortium Symposium

12.00 – 13.30 Registration and lunch
13.30 – 15.40 Afternoon session
13.30 – 13.40 Opening and welcome by Marileen Dogterom, Chair of BaSyC consortium
13.40 – 14.00 John van der Oost – Wageningen University and Research
14.00 – 14.20 Gijsje Koenderink – AMOLF Institute Amsterdam
14.20 – 14.40 Bert Poolman – University of Groningen
14.40 – 15.00 Hub Zwart – Radboud University Nijmegen
15.00 – 15.20 Gijs Wuijte – VU Amsterdam
15.20 – 15.40 Christophe Danelon – Delft University of Technology
15.40 – 16.00 Break
16.00 – 18.00 Poster session
18.00 – 19.00 Dinner
19.00 – 21.00 BaSyC Masterclass: “Engineering Bioinspired Molecular Networks and Synthetic Cells” by Tom de Greef – Eindhoven University of Technology

BaSyC International Symposium Day 1

08.00 – 09.00 Registration
09.00 – 09.05 Opening and welcome by Marileen Dogterom, Chair of BaSyC consortium
09.05 – 09.20 Introduction to BaSyC by Marileen Dogterom
09.20 – 09.55 Keynote speaker: John Sutherland
09.55 – 10.15 BaSyC speaker: Wilhelm Huck
10.15 – 10.40 Break
10.40 – 11.15 Keynote speaker: Joachim Spatz
11.15 – 11.35 BaSyC speaker: Bela Mulder
11.35 – 12.10 Keynote speaker: Petra Schwille
12.10 – 12.30 BaSyC speaker: Hub Zwart
12.30 – 13.45 Lunch
13.45 – 14.20 Keynote speaker: Yannick Rondelez
14.20 – 14.55 Keynote speaker: Drew Endy
14.55 – 15.30 Keynote speaker: Eugene Koonin
15.30 – 16.05 Keynote speaker: Allen Liu
16.05 – 16.30 Break
16.30 – 18.30 BaSyC Masterclass: “What is Life? Answers from the History and Philosophy of Science” by Carla Rita Palmerino
18.30  Barbecue at the Botanical Garden

BaSyC International Symposium Day 2

08.30 – 09.00 Walk in and coffee
09.00 – 09.05 Opening
09.05 – 09.40 Keynote speaker: Michael Jewett
09.40 – 10.00 BaSyC speaker: Christophe Danelon
10.00 – 10.35 Keynote speaker: Kate Adamala
10.35 – 10.55 BaSyC speaker: Matthias Heinemann
10.55 – 11.15 Break
11.15 – 11.50 Keynote speaker: Mohan Balasubramamiam
12.00 – 13.30 Lunch
13.30 – 14.05 Keynote speaker: Eörs Szathmáry
14.05 – 14.25 BaSyC speaker: Arnold Driessen
14.25 – 15.00 Keynote speaker: Tobias Erb
15.00 – 15.35 Keynote speaker: Hagan Bayley
15.35 – 16.00 Plenary wrap-up discussion: conclusions and perspectives
16.00 End of symposium
16.15 For those who are interested: Update on the EU Synthetic Cell Initiative

The BaSyC Symposium organizing committee

The Chair of the BaSyC Steering Committee