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Synthetic biology Engaging with New and Emerging Science and Technology in Responsible Governance of the Science and Society Relationship

Project Reference: 321488
Activity Code:  SiS.2012.1.2-1
Coordinator:Karlsruher Institut für Technologie


Synthetic biology (SynBio) offers huge potential for applications in energy, health and the environment. It also brings with it various challenges such as regulatory issues of biosafety, biosecurity and intellectual property rights, as well as potential environmental and socio-economic risks in developing countries. As yet, however, there is scant public knowledge about the technology. It is thus essential to establish an open dialogue between stakeholders concerning SynBios potential benefits and risks and to explore possibilities for its collaborative shaping on the basis of public participation. SYN-ENERGY will organise a wide range of mobilisation and mutual learning processes relating to these challenges. Besides a number of well-established European and international networks, the consortium encompasses and can mobilise a wide variety of stakeholders from science, industry, civil society, policy, education, art and other areas.

Learning processes will contribute to a better understanding of SynBio research and innovation and to enhanced public engagement, while at the same time stimulating reflection on novel approaches to an inclusive governance framework that is capable of fostering responsible research and innovation. The processes will involve citizens and specific publics through well-established and innovative means of engagement, and will support the convergence of stakeholders and perspectives. Activities will be structured by four platforms, highlighting SynBios future, public, cultural and research & innovation perspectives. The iterative mutual learning process within SYN-ENERGY will be open to change in order to accommodate the dynamics of an emergent field. By dint of its approach, design and consortium, SYN-ENERGY will be a Science in Society activity with significant impact, raising public awareness of SynBio and yielding benefits for involved stakeholders, public discourse and European policy making in an international context.

Project Details:

Start Date: 2013-07-01
End Date: 2017-06-30
EU Contribution: EUR 3 960 810
Total Costs: EUR 4 590 081
Programme Acronym: FP7-SIS
Subprogramme Area:  SiS.2012.1.2-1
Funding Scheme:Support actions
Administrative Contact Person:
Irina SCHOTT (Ms.)


  • Oesterreichische Akademie Der Wissenschaften, Österreich
  • Syddansk Universitet, Danmark
  • Universitetet I Bergen, Norge
  • Univerza V Ljubljani, Slovenija
  • Technische Universiteit Delft, Nederland
  • Universita Degli Studi Di Padova, Italia
  • University Of Bristol, United Kingdom
  • Universitaetsklinikum Freiburg, Deutschland
  • Zebralog Gmbh & Co Kg, Deutschland
  • L'union Europeenne Des Associationsde Journalistes Scientifiques Association, France
  • Woodrow Wilson International Center For Scholars, United States
  • Universiteit Utrecht, Nederland
  • Hallstrom Anders Niclas, Sverige
  • Biofaction Kg, Österreich
  • Eidgenoessische Technische Hochschule Zurich, Suisse
  • Rowe Eugene John - Gene Rowe Evaluations, United Kingdom
  • Action Group On Erosion Technology And Concentration Corporation, Canada
  • Technische Universitaet Darmstadt, Deutschland
  • De Vriend Hubrecht Cornelis, Nederland
  • Suomen Biotaiteen Seura Ry Foreningen For Biokonst I Finland Finnish Society Of Bioart Fbas, Finland
  • Stichting Vu-Vumc, Nederland
  • Universite Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne, France
  • Geneart Ag, Deutschland
  • Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie Van Wetenschappen, Nederland
  • Association Europeenne Des Expositions Scientifiques, Techniques Et Industrielles, Belgique
  • Vivagora, France
  • Stadt Freiburg, Deutschland