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International Workshop

on Control Engineering and Synthetic Biology


An International Workshop on Control Engineering and Synthetic Biology' will be held from the 9th to the 11th of September 2019 at Worcester College, Oxford. This event is supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), under projects EP/M002187/1 and EP/M002454/1.

Organisers: Guy-Bart Stan (Imperial College London), Antonis Papachristodoulou (University of Oxford), Harrison Steel (University of Oxford).

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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.


To register please complete the registration form and return it to Payment can be completed via the University of Oxford website here.

Early-bird registration (before July 1st): £300 for academics and members of industry. £200 for students and post-doctoral researchers.

Final registration (before August 20th): £350 for academics and members of industry. £250 for students and post-doctoral researchers.

An additional (optional) payment of £50 is required for the banquet in the Worcester College dining hall on the night of September 10th.

Confirmed Speakers

Confirmed speakers will be provided closer to the workshop.

Additional Information

Delegate leaflet

The delegate leaflet containing our welcoming message, programme of talks, poster abstracts, and travel information will be posted closer to the workshop.


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Workshop schedule

Workshop schedule will be provided closer to the workshop.


Everyone participating in the workshop is invited to bring a poster to display their work. Please include a poster title, author list, and abstract in your registration if you wish to present a poster.


Location of the Workshop

The Sultan Nazrin Shah Centre, Worcester College, 1 Walton Street, Oxford, OX1 2HB.

Accommodation for Attendees

A wide array of hotel/accommodation venues are available in or near Oxford city centre. Accommodation is provided for invited speakers.

Travel Information

Worcester college is a 15 minute walk from Oxford Train Station, or a 5 minute walk from Oxford Central Bus Station. The train from central London takes approximately one hour. Bus transport is available from major London airports to Oxford.