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8th International Workshop on Bio-Design Automation (IWBDA), Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, August 16-18, 2016

The Eighth International Workshop on Bio-Design Automation (IWBDA) at Newcastle upon Tyne in the UK will bring together researchers from the synthetic biology, systems biology, and design automation communities to discuss concepts, methodologies and software tools for the computational analysis and synthesis of biological systems.

IWBDA offers a forum for cross-disciplinary discussion, with the aim of seeding and fostering collaboration between the biological and the design automation research communities. This year’s IWBDA will be hosted by the Interdisciplinary Computing and Complex BioSystems (ICOS) research group, Newcastle University.

The Synthetic Biology SRI is assembling a delegation from Cambridge to attend this highly relevant meeting - if you would like to attend with others from Cambridge, please contact Jenny Molloy on

Find out more at the event website >>

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Topics of interest include


  • Design methodologies for synthetic biology.
  • Standardization of biological components.
  • Automated assembly techniques.
  • Computer-aided modeling and abstraction techniques.
  • Engineering methods inspired by biology.
  • Domain specific languages for synthetic biology.
  • Data exchange standards and models for synthetic biology.


This year’s IWBDA will host the BDAthlon programming contest, where teams are given a set of programming challenges and then work to solve these challenges. In addition, there will be a satellite workshop on the Synthetic Biology Open Language (SBOL).

Key Dates


  • Abstract submission deadline: April 15, 2016
  • Scholarship application due: April 30, 2016
  • Abstract and scholarship notification: May 13, 2016
  • BDAthlon team application due: May 20, 2016
  • SBOL workshop: August 15, 2016
  • BDAthlon Competition: August 16, 2016
  • Main IWBDA workshop: August 17-18, 2016


Registration will be open soon.


Abstract submission

Abstracts for oral and poster presentations should be two pages long, following ACM SIG Proceedings format. Detailed instructions can be found at:


ACS Synthetic Biology IWBDA 2016 Special Issue

All attendees will also be invited to submit to ACS Synthetic Biology “IWBDA 2016” Special Issue. ACS Synthetic Biology has the highest editorial standards, offers rapid publication of your research findings and imposes NO author submission, page, color, or cover art charges. We are looking for high quality submissions, for peer-review, as either short Letters or full-length Articles. The submission deadline will be announced soon.


Organizing Committee

Please feel free to contact the organizers with questions at:


  • Co-General Chair - Anil Wipat, Newcastle University
  • Co-General Chair - Pietro Lio', University of Cambridge
  • Finance Chair - Traci Haddock, iGem Foundation
  • Co-Local Chair - Goksel Misirli, Newcastle University
  • Co-Local Chair - Harold Fellermann, Newcastle University
  • Publication Chair - Avi Robinson-Mosher, Harvard University
  • Programme Committee Chair - Chris French, The University of Edinburgh


IWBDA is organized by the non-profit Bio-Design Automation Consortium (BDAC).