69. Mosbacher Kolloquium - "Synthetic Biology - from Understanding to Application"

March 22- 24, 2018

Welcome Note

Dear Colleagues,

The traditional spring meetings of the German Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (GBM) are held annually in the picturesque town of Mosbach to promote the exchange of scientific ideas and to foster the education of young scientists. The scientific theme of the 69th meeting is "Synthetic Biology – from Understanding to Application".


Synthetic biology is a new highly interdisciplinary field of biological research, which aims at rational design of novel biological systems from well-characterized components, inspired by the concepts from engineering, physics and chemistry. It largely profits from the wealth of mechanistic insights and numerous tools generated through decades of research in molecular biology and biochemistry and more recently in systems biology. Synthetic biology addresses fundamental questions about the design of biological systems and also about the very nature of living organisms, and it also holds great promises for future biotechnology and medicine. 


At the meeting, leading experts will give an overview of this emerging field, including both bottom-up design of artificial (minimal) cell-like systems and top-down rational modification and rewiring of existing cellular networks. The meeting will further cover multiple biotechnological and biomedical applications of synthetic biology.   

We look forward to seeing you in Mosbach.
Victor Sourjik, Anke Becker, Matias Zurbriggen, Wilfried Weber