Registration for Bio-Design Week is now open! Please note that registration includes entry to the Monday workshops and IWBDA sessions. Register using this link!
Join us for the 15th annual IWBDA meeting, in Boston, September 11-14, 2023. This year, IWBDA will take place during Bio Design Week and will include presentation and poster talks selected from submitted abstracts, Birds of a Feather discussions, and breakout sessions on selected topics. We aim to bring together academic researchers and industry partners to push the field of bio-design automation for synthetic biology forward.
The field of biology is still lagging behind the industry when it comes to implementation and adoption of computational and digital solutions. This is primarily because it is extremely difficult to offer a one-size-fits-all solution to engineer biology. Some BDA solutions serve as templates for a larger problem, but, to make it usable in a practical setting, the solutions often have to be redesigned for bespoke biological workflows. Without understanding the requirements of the broader synthetic biology community, it is hard to design a solution that can have a wider impact.
Increasing the efficiency of biological processes and workflows with biodesign automation is a continuous journey that requires fresh exchange of ideas. It is crucial for the BDA community to have a forum where they can collaborate, gather new perspectives, and understand the requirements of the broader synthetic biology community. IWBDA provides this forum for cross-disciplinary discussion, with the aim of seeding and fostering collaboration between the researchers from the synthetic biology, systems biology, and design automation communities.
Bio-Design Week will be held at two main venues:
Hotels close to Boston University and Asimov during Bio-Design Week may be more expensive than usual due to a Red Sox-Yankees series happening during the same week. We recommend looking at hotels along the MBTA’s Green Line (B) or within a reasonable walking distance to Boston University. There are options over in the Longwood Medical area (~25 minute walk or ~15 min by public transportation). Hotels in Cambridge may also be less expensive, but would require a longer commute.
If you require on-site parking, please let us know so we can explore some options to accommodate you. Please email Traci with the specific dates that you would need parking.
08:00-09:00 Registration and breakfast
09:00-09:10 Welcome to IWBDA
09:10-10:15 IWBDA Talks: Sequence Manipulation and Gene Expression
10:15-10:45 Coffee break
10:45-11:45 Keynote: Dr. Nicole Wheeler
13:30-14:30 IWBDA Talks: Biosecurity
14:30-15:00 Coffee break
15:00-16:30 Biosecurity Panel and Discussion Session
We are pleased to announce that IWBDA will host a biosecurity panel with panelists Dr. Nicole Wheeler and Dr. Peter Carr, moderated by Dr. Jacob Beal. This panel will explore the relationship between design tools and biosecurity.
Dr. Peter Carr is a Senior Scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Lincoln Laboratory, where he leads the Synthetic Biology research program. His research interests include genome engineering, rapid prototyping of both hardware and wetware, DNA synthesis and error correction, and biosecurity. He is the Director of Judging for the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition and a founding member of the Synthetic Biology Center at MIT. He received his bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from Harvard, and his PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics from Columbia University.
Dr. Jacob Beal is an Engineering Fellow at Raytheon BBN and is the lead developer for FAST-NA Scanner, a signature-based biosecurity screening tool used by multiple DNA synthesis companies. He also co-led the IGSC’s Regulated Pathogen Database update, and is co-organizing international standards for testing biosecurity sequence screening systems.
16:30-17:00 Break and travel time to dinner
17:00-20:00 Dinner at Sunset Cantina
09:00-10:05 IWBDA Talks: Modeling
10:05-10:35 Coffee break
10:35-11:40 IWBDA Talks: Genetic Design
13:00-13:40 Invited Talks
13:40-14:45 Discussion session: Growing our Community
14:45-15:15 Coffee break
15:15-15:45 Discussion summary
15:45-16:45 IWBDA Talks: Automating Evolution
16:45-16:50 Late breaking lightning talk
16:50-17:00 Break and travel to the reception
17:00-19:30 Networking Reception sponsored by Asimov
09:00-09:45 Workshop: How to Write a Technical Note for ACS Synthetic Biology
09:45-10:45 Nona Works: Presentations
10:45-11:15 Coffee break
11:15-12:20 IWBDA Talks: Machine Learning
12:30-13:30 Lunch and Nona Works Voting
13:30-14:25 IWBDA Talks: Improving Workflows through Software
14:25-14:45 Awards and Closing Remarks
ACS Synthetic Biology would like to invite all IWBDA attendees to submit their original work to the journal to appear in the “IWBDA 2023” Virtual Special Issue. Any article type is welcome. The submission deadline is April 30, 2024.
If you wish to be part of this special collection, please see the ACS Synthetic Biology Invitation for further information and instructions.
Abstracts and workshop proposals must be submitted via EasyChair. Submissions cannot exceed two pages (excluding figures and tables). If you do not have an EasyChair account, please create one by following the instructions specified here.
All abstracts must use the IWBDA template and must not exceed two pages excluding the figures and tables. The following versions of the template are available for use:
All abstracts will undergo a single-blind peer review process on EasyChair. The accepted abstracts will be invited to present their work as a poster or a talk at the conference.
We encourage abstracts for posters and/or talks at IWBDA 2023 on ongoing research that may be submitted as a full journal paper later. We are currently in talks with ACS Synthetic Biology to set up a special issue on bio-design automation for such extended journal submissions.
Do you have an idea for a workshop for Bio Design Week? Submit a proposal for your workshop by uploading a PDF with the following information: workshop title, short description (100 words or less), overall goal(s), format, and expected length in hours for the workshop.
Upload your proposals using this link.
Workshop proposal deadline: July 30th 2023
Introducing Bio Design Week, a new annual event to bring people together to meet and discuss topics focused on the intersection of synthetic biology, systems biology, computer aided design, and lab automation. Bio Design Week will include the annual International Workshop on Bio-Design Automation (IWBDA), additional meetings and workshops on relevant topics, social events, and a Nona Works hackathon. Bio Design Week offers a forum for cross-disciplinary discussion, with the aim of seeding and fostering collaboration between the biological and the design automation research communities.
Bio Design Week and IWBDA are organized by the non-profit Bio-Design Automation Consortium (BDAC). The Nona Works Hackathon is organized by the Nona Research Foundation. BDAC and the Nona Research Foundation are both officially recognized 501(c)(3) tax exempt organizations.