Workshop on Control Engineering and Synthetic Biology


A Workshop on Control Engineering and Synthetic Biology was held on the 10th, 11th and 12th of September 2014 at Worcester College, University of Oxford. This was funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), under projects EP/I031944/1, EP/I032223/1 and EP/I03210X/1.



Designing and implementing effective methods of control in a living cell has the potential to dramatically change biotechnology. However, before this potential is realised, a number of both theoretical and practical challenges must be met. The workshop on control and synthetic biology covered both the challenges and the opportunities involved with this area. Both synthetic biology and control engineering topics were discussed.

  • Control Engineering Themes:

Modelling, analysis, and design of reliable synthetic circuits as well as regulation of synthetic processes.

  • Synthetic Biology Themes:

Challenges and opportunities for implementing designs and enabling effective synthetic regulation and control.

Confirmed Speakers

  • Dr Lionel Clarke, UK Synthetic Biology Leadership Council.
  • Dr Jordan Ang, Imperial College London.


The timetable is available to download.

Location of the Workshop

Worcester College is located within walking distance from Oxford's city centre. The workshop took place in the Linbury Lecture theatre and the poster sessions were held in the Morley Fletcher Room. Please see the College Map for more information.

Travel Information

Directions to Oxford can be found here. It is within easy reach of Birmingham Airport, Heathrow Airport, Gatwick Airport and Southampton International Airport. Information on the best way to travel to Oxford can be found here. Car Parking within Oxford is extremely limited and expensive. If you are coming by car it is recommended that you use the Pear Tree or Water Eaton Park and Ride facilities.

Worcester College has also provided us with directions.

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