The society was founded in 2014 by Imperial iGEM alumni and other students, with the aim to help develop the next generation of synthetic biologists and be the synbio social platform for students from Imperial and elsewhere.

Background

Despite the established presence of Imperial in synthetic biology, there is a knowledge gap in synthetic biology in the student community. Most undergraduates within the Life Sciences and the Biomedical Engineering degrees are only introduced to this field in their final years, and access to other students is very limited. There is a massive value lost from the delayed exposure of talent to synthetic biology, as well as limitation of access to individuals outside biological sciences, as interdisciplinary teams have been shown to excel in iGEM and in research. The society aims to bridge this gap by providing these groups access to synthetic biology education, and by allowing iGEM alumni to pass on their experience to new students and iGEM teams.

Activities

The society organises the following:

Structure of the society

The society is run and organised by student society committee members, who take up responsibilities in their respective roles. The committee is elected once a year by majority vote, and we currently have some positions open for nominations. Further information on the SynBIC Committee Roles 2015-16 is now available‌.

To contact us, please send an email to synbic@ic.ac.uk.