About OpenPlant

OpenPlant is a BBSRC/EPSRC Synthetic Biology Research Centre, supported by the Research Councils' Synthetic Biology for Growth programme. The initiative promotes interdisciplinary exchange, open technologies for innovation and responsible innovation for sustainable agriculture and conservation.


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The OpenPlant 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.

See the Forum website for more information and follow us on Twitter #OpenPlantForum

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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.

See here for more information.

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OpenPlant have a strong collaboration with SAW Trust, bringing science, art and writing into schools.


Image by opensourceway on Flickr, licensed under CC-BY 2.0

Image by opensourceway on Flickr, licensed under CC-BY 2.0

We are collaborating with Linda Kahl (Legal Director, Biobricks Foundation) on an Open Materials Transfer Agreement (OpenMTA). This is a simple, standardized legal tool that enables individuals and organizations to share their materials and associated data on an open basis.

The primary purpose of the OMTA is to eliminate or reduce transaction costs associated with access, use, modification, and redistribution of materials and associated data. This in turn will help minimize waste and redundancy in the scientific research process and promote access to materials and associated data for researchers in less privileged institutions and world regions.

More information coming soon