OpenPlant is a collaborative initiative between the University of Cambridge, the John Innes Centre and the Sainsbury Laboratory in Norwich. The initiative promotes interdisciplinary exchange, open technologies for innovation and responsible innovation for sustainable agriculture and conservation.

The OpenPlant Fund supports innovative, open and interdisciplinary projects relevant to plant Synthetic Biology over 2015-19. Around 20 six-month projects per year will receive £4k each, with an additional £1k awarded on completion for follow-on and outreach.

The aim of the fund is to promote the development of plant Synthetic Biology as an interdisciplinary field and to facilitate exchange between The University of Cambridge, the John Innes Centre and The Sainsbury Laboratory for the development of open technologies and responsible innovation in the context of Synthetic Biology.

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The Forum brings together a multi-sector, multidisciplinary crowd, and provides a platform for exploring potential applications of reprogrammed biological systems, and the wider implications of the potentially disruptive new technologies.

The 2016 OpenPlant Forum will explore opportunities for engineering plants and reprogramming agriculture, as well as the social, legal, ethical and economic aspects that will affect future directions and successes. We will also look at the foundational tools and technologies being developed that will underpin future innovation.

See the Forum website for more information or to register.