First Pearl Seiden International Meeting in Life Sciences: From Synthetic Biology to Discovery and Applications

First Pearl Seiden International Meeting in Life Sciences: From Synthetic Biology to Discovery and Applications
The First Pearl Seiden International Meeting in Life Sciences was held at the Department of Biotechnology and Food Engineering, Technion-IIT during the holiday of Hanukkah (Dec. 9-10, 2015). The meeting featured 18 speakers; 10 international speakers from the U.S. and Europe and 8 local speakers from the Technion, the Weizmann Institute, Tel Aviv University, and the Hebrew University, Jerusalem. Attended by 150 researchers, students and professionals from the private sector from Israel and around the world, the conference was truly an international gathering.
The meeting was the first of its kind, bringing together both synthetic and system biologists, to discuss the latest developments in their fields, and to jointly discuss how both fields can move forward. This framework was enthusiastically embraced by our invited speakers, who gladly attended the meeting despite the current political situation. In fact, we were successful in bringing senior U.S. scientists including Prof. Adam Arkin and Prof. Rama Ranganathan, internationally recognized for their many contributions to this field and others, to Israel for the first time. The meeting was a great success as it combined the presentation of top-notch and exhilarating science, while maintaining a friendly and collaborative atmosphere, encouraged students and researchers to discuss their own research with the invited speakers .

 

The two-day meeting was organized meticulously by the administrative team which undoubtedly contributed to the satisfaction of the participants. In addition, we received multiple compliments on both the organization and inspiring scientific content, from the invitees and guests: Thanks for hosting a really great meeting last week at Technion. I had a great time and saw some amazing science. It was really well organized and a pleasure to attend. Prof. Tom Ellis (Imperial College, London) Big congratulations on organizing such a great synthetic biology conference! It was really exciting to see all the energy and progress that has been made at the Technion since my last visit. Prof. Ron Weiss, M.I.T Without a doubt, we certainly set a high bar for the future Pearl Seiden meetings to follow! Roee Amit and Roy Kishony