SynbiTECH 2020, 26-27th October, Now online

SynbiTECH Virtual 2020 COMPLETE.

The first ever SynbiTECH Virtual conference was a great success. Highlights will be posted shortly. Thank you to all speakers, sponsors and attendees.

Last Year’s Events

Take a look at some of the highlights from SynbiTECH 2019

Reasons to attend



SynbiTECH Virtual 2020 is Europe's only international synthetic biology conference this autumn. SynbiTECH is a must attend event for innovators and experts in synthetic biology research, commercialisation, investment and policymaking. Following a hugely successful maiden event in 2019, SynbiTECH Virtual 2020 will focus on the greatest opportunities and challenges for building a multibillion-dollar synthetic biology industry that will contribute to the fast-growing bio-economy.

Q&A Sessions

Q&A Sessions

Don't miss your chance to join the event and post your questions to our world leading speakers. With the fast-growing global population, our rapid use of the world's finite resources and the damaging impacts of climate change on the environment, there is an URGENT need to radically re-think how to sustain future human activity. Bring your expertise and contribute to the debate.



Using our online business match-making system, join world-leading experts to discover the many opportunities created by the synergy between biology, engineering and technology. There is still time to register and be involved.



An opportunity to showcase knowledge and innovation across synthetic biology. Demonstrate to our expert audience how your business is delivering a difference, the value of your technology and discover potential partners and customers.


Log-on and listen to the innovators driving a synbio revolution that will transform our world for the better. SynbiTECH Virtual 2020 is THE synthetic biology event for sharing ideas from brilliant minds in science, engineering and technology.

SynbiTECH Virtual 2020 will bring together the most informed and passionate pioneers in synthetic biology. Our speakers will be discussing a huge range of important topics including sustainability, biomaterials, transport, energy, food, DNA storage, biosecurity, investment and much, much more.

Speakers from across the world will share their opinion, insights and expertise at this not to be missed event as we accelerate toward realising synthetic biology's true potential.

This is not just another online webinar. Take a look at an exclusive preview of our new virtual platform here.

Sir David King Professor Sir David King
Centre for Climate Repair at Cambridge
Keynote Sir David King

Professor Sir David King

Founder, Centre for Climate Repair at Cambridge

Professor Sir David King is Founder and Chair of the Centre for Climate Repair at Cambridge; Emeritus Professor of Chemistry, University of Cambridge; an Affiliate Partner of SYSTEMIQ Limited; and Senior Strategy Adviser to the President of Rwanda. He served as Founding Director of the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment at Oxford University, 2008 -2012, Head of the Department of Chemistry at Cambridge University, 1993-2000, and Master of Downing College Cambridge 1995-2000.

He was the UK Government Chief Scientific Adviser, 2000-2007, the Foreign Secretary’s Special Representative on Climate Change, 2013-2017, and Chair of Future Cities Catapult, 2012-2016. He has travelled widely to persuade all countries to take action on climate change. He initiated an in-depth risk analysis approach to climate change, working with the Governments of China and India in particular, and initiated a collaborative programme, now known as Mission Innovation, to create a £23bn pa research and development international exercise, which involves 22 countries and the EC, to deliver all technologies needed to complete the transition into a fossil-fuel-free world economy.

He was born in Durban, educated at St John’s College Johannesburg and at Witwatersrand University, graduating in Chemistry and a PhD in physical chemistry. He has received 23 Honorary Degrees from universities around the world.

As Govt Chief Scientific Adviser he raised the need for governments to act on climate change and was instrumental in creating the British £1 billion Energy Technologies Institute. He created an in-depth futures process which advised government on a wide range of long term issues, from flooding to obesity. He was Member, the President’s Advisory Council, Rwanda, and Science Advisor to UBS, 2008-12.

He has published over 500 papers on surface science and catalysis and on science and policy, for which he has received many awards, medals etc. and 23 honorary degrees from universities around the world.

Elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 1991; Foreign Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2002; knighted in 2003; made “Officier dans l’ordre national de la Légion d’Honneur” in 2009.


Two days of inspiring talks, passionate debate, insightful questions and illuminating ideas from leading speakers and audience members will ensure that everyone leaves SynbiTECH Virtual 2020 better informed and able to take the synbio revolution forward. Business match-making opportunities and poster sessions are included as part of our new virtual platform and we invite everyone at SynbiTECH 2020 to take part.

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