Synthetic biology, which has been defined as ‘an emerging discipline that uses engineering principles to design and assemble biological components’, is being heralded as offering solutions to the most urgent challenges faced by humanity, including climate change, environmental degradation, population growth, and access to sustainable energy. At the same time, synthetic biology raises unique social, legal and regulatory questions that need to be addressed if the full benefits of the science are to be realised. This workshop will explore some of the key challenges that synthetic biology poses for national and international regulatory frameworks, and consider possible solutions. Additionally, the workshop will look at the ways in which these frameworks are being integrated into the developing science and what this might mean in the future for research, innovation, and development.


  • Professor Brad Sherman, ARC Laureate Fellow, TC Beirne School of Law, The University of Queensland


  • Professor Margo A Bagley, Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Law, Emory University School of Law
  • Professor Charles Lawson, Griffith Law School, Griffith University
  • Dr Claudia Vickers, Associate Professor, Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, The University of Queensland and Director, Synthetic Biology Future Science Platform, CSIRO


This is a free event.


Essential by 11 February 2019.

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Level 6, Sir Llew Edwards building
The University of Queensland
St Lucia campus
Terrace Room