Joint working group on synthetic biology

Synthetic biology encompasses various disciplines in the natural and life sciences and includes the design of biological networks, systems or even entire cells that do not occur in nature.

In January 2020, the DECHEMA and the Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (GBM) agreed to merge the activities of the Division for Systems Biology and Synthetic biology and the GBM study group Synthetic biology in the Joint Synthetic Biology Working Group. In February 2021, the German Chemical Society (GDCh) joined the agreement; The German Botanical Society (DBG) was added in June 2021.

Members of the societies can register for the joint working group with their societies‘ offices at no additional charge.

On September 17th, during the German Conference on Synthetic Biology 2021, the general assembly elected the steering committee 2021-24. It consists of

  • Prof. Dr. Hans-Peter Deigner (HS Furtwangen),
  • Dr. Martin Dippe (IPB Halle),
  • Dr. Götz Hensel (Uni Düsseldorf),
  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hannes Link (Uni Tübingen),
  • Prof. Dr. Bernd Müller-Röber (Uni Potsdam),
  • Dr. Steffen Schaffer (Evonik Industries AG),
  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jochen Schmid (Uni Münster),
  • Prof. Dr. Beatrix Suess (TU Darmstadt),
  • Prof. Dr. Alain Tissier (IPB Halle),
  • Dr. Hanna Wagner (Lonza AG),
  • Dr. Christina E. Weinberg (Uni Leipzig),
  • Prof. Dr. Gil Gregor Westmeyer (TU München),
  • Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Wiechert (FZ Jülich) und
  • Prof. Dr. Matias Zurbriggen (Uni Düsseldorf).

The 14 members represent DBG German Botanical Society, DECHEMA Society for Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, GBM Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and GDCh German Chemical Society. They elected Prof. Dr. Matias Zurbriggen as speaker and Prof. Dr. Beatrix Süß as deputy speaker.

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