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International Workshop on Control Engineering and Synthetic Biology

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An International Workshop on Control Engineering and Synthetic Biology will be held on the 17th and 18th July 2017 at the Royal Academy of Engineering - Prince Philip House, London. This event is supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), under projects EP/M002187/1 and EP/M002454/1.

Organisers: Antonis Papachristodoulou (University of Oxford), Guy-Bart Stan (Imperial College London), Filippo Menolascina (University of Edinburgh).



Designing and implementing effective feedback control in living cells has the potential to dramatically change biotechnology. However, before this potential is realised, a number of theoretical and practical challenges must be addressed, which lie at the interface between control engineering and synthetic biology. This workshop will discuss both the challenges and the opportunities that Synthetic Biology offers. A specific focus will be on the “next grand challenges” the field of synthetic biology and how control engineering can address them. An exceptional group of speakers, world leaders in synthetic biology and control engineering, will present recent progress, identify challenges and share their vision of where synthetic biology is headed and how the control engineering community can contribute to delivering its promise.

  • 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.


In order to cover the costs participants are asked to pay a registration fee of £250. For students/postdocs, the discounted rate is £180. Payments form (processed by Imperial College of London) will be made available when you register using our Registration form.

Deadline: 1 May 2017

Confirmed Speakers


The timetable will be made available soon.

Location of the Workshop

Prince Philip House at 3 Carlton House Terrace is an historic Grade I listed building, overlooking The Mall and St James’s Park and a short walk from Trafalgar Square.


The Best Western Cromwell Hotel is conveniently located few footsteps away from Gloucester Road Station: from there, attendees can reach Prince Philip House in 15-20 mins via the Piccadilly Line.

Travel Information

The venue is close to several bus and tube stops and there are plenty of hotels nearby or a few stops away.


Everyone participating in the workshop is invited to bring a poster to display their work. If you are interested in contributing, please give brief details when you register using the Registration form.