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ESF EuroSYNBIO conference "Progress in synthetic biology"

3-5 October 2012, Groningen, the Netherlands

The EuroSYNBIO Programme-wide conference entitled “Progress in Synthetic Biology” was organised by the ESF-Eurocores EuroSYNBIO Programme and the Groningen Centre for Synthetic Biology and has taken place in Groningen, the Netherlands, from 3 to 5 October 2012.

All major European research groups in EuroSYNBIO were represented, including 10 keynote invited speakers. All project leaders, principal investigators and project members from the EUROCORES Programme EuroSYNBIO, as well as coordinators of key European initiatives such as the ERA-NET of Synthetic Biology were invited to attend the conference.

To read more about the ESF-Eurocores EuroSYNBIO Programme, please view brochure.

The Groningen Centre for Synthetic Biology contributed in organising the conference.


Please find the conference program here.    


Invited speakers

  • Prof. Ben Feringa, University of Groningen, Strating Institute of Chemistry, The Netherlands, CV
  • Dr. Philippe Marlière, Global Bioenergies, Evry, France, CV
  • Prof. Victor Sourjik, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, Germany, CV
  • Prof. Matthias Heinemann, University of Groningen, Molecular Systems Biology, CV
  • Dr. Annette Kremser, Biologische Innovation und Ökonomie, EU und Internationales (BIO3), Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, Germany, CV
  • Dr. Andy Boyce, Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), U.K. CV
  • Dr. Markus Schmidt, BIOFACTION KG, Vienna, Austria CV
  • Dr. Joachim Boldt, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Germany, CV
  • Prof. Hagan Bayley, University of Oxford, U.K., CV
  • Prof. Nediljko Budisa, Technical University of Berlin, Germany, CV


On Thursday 4th October the iGEM teams from Groningen and Wageningen presented their projects. For further information about iGEM and the teams see:

During the European iGEM Jamboree in Amsterdam on 7th October all European teams presented their projects. Both iGEM Groningen and Wageningen made it to the final iGEM competition!

Event details


The meeting will take place in Groningen from 3 to 5 October, 2012.

On Wednesday 3 October the meeting has taken place in the Groninger Museum.

On Thursday 4 and Friday 5 October the meeting has taken place at Het Kasteel.  

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Groninger Museum, Museumeiland 1, 9711 ME Groningen

Het Kasteel, Melkweg 1, 9718 EP Groningen


WiFi is available in both Groninger Museum and Het Kasteel.

Posters and abstracts

Participants who have indicated at the registration form that they will present a poster:

- please send your abstract on 10th September at the latest to syntheticbiology

- please use this abstract example as a template for your abstract

- the poster session will be held on Thursday 4th October in Het Kasteel


For all participants from outside Groningen hotel rooms have been booked in:

Hampshire Hotel Groningen Centre

Address: Radesingel 50, Groningen

Single rooms are booked for invited speakers, EuroSYNBIO project leaders and principal investigators. Double rooms are booked for PhD students and Post-docs.

Route descriptions

Schiphol Airport – Groningen

Please note that Groningen is about 2 ½ hours by train from Schiphol airport (Amsterdam). As the train station is at the airport (and there are direct trains to Groningen every hour), it is generally more convenient to travel by train than by airplane from Amsterdam to Groningen.

Trains depart at 20 and 50 minutes past each hour. Tickets can be bought at the counters or by using one of the machines that can be found at the platform. For planning your train journey please check: or (English). Before boarding, please check if you are in the compartment to Groningen or ask a conductor.

Groningen railway station - Hampshire Hotel Groningen Centre

The Hampshire hotel is at ± 10 minutes walking distance from the railway station.

Leaving the station from the main entrance, turn to the right, along the water. Cross the second bridge (Trompbrug, small bridge, opposite theatre building "Oosterpoort" ) and turn to the right. Y ou have now reached the Radesingel. At the end you will find the hotel on your left hand side.

Groningen railway station – Groninger Museum

The Groninger Museum is located directly opposite the railway station.

Groningen railway station – “Het Kasteel”

“Het Kasteel” is at ± 20 minutes walking distance from the railway station.

“Het Kasteel” can also be reached by bus: bus nr. 3, direction “Vinkhuizen” or bus nr. 15, direction “Zernike”. Please get off the bus at Visserstraat/Westersingel (after ± 10 minutes). Tickets for the bus can be bought from the busdriver and a single ticket costs EUR 1,50.

You could also take a taxi from the railway station.

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Should you arrive in Groningen just before the start of the conference and go to the Groninger Museum from the railway station directly, please be aware that in the museum there are no lockers to safely store your bagage. However, at the railway station there are.  The costs for first 24 hrs are:

- small locker: EUR 3,70

- large locker: EUR 5,45


Invited speakers will get their travel costs reimbursed but are also kindly requested to book their own travel to Groningen.

Each EuroSYNBIO PI, PL, and project member can reimburse their travel costs up to a maximum of € 200. However, you are kindly requested to book your own travel. For the reimbursement please make sure to save all original tickets and receipts. A reimbursement form will be provided at the conference.

We are extremely pleased  that the European Science Foundation (ESF) is supporting this conference with EuroSYNBIO funds.  

Conference dinner

All participants are kindly invited for dinner in the museum on October 3rd and in Het Kasteel on October 4th.


For any questions, please contact Karlien Groothoff at syntheticbiology

Last modified:14 November 2018 2.18 p.m.