The Centre for Synthetic Biology and Innovation (CSynBI) was established in January 2009 at Imperial College London in partnership with the BIOS Centre at the London School of Economics and Political Science. The social science team moved in January 2012 to join the newly established Department of Social Science Health and Medicine at King’s College London and the collaboration continues unabated from King's. CSynBI is funded through a 5-year EPSRC Science and Innovation Award that aims to build new activity in areas of national strategic importance, with a particular focus on supporting new research leaders. In July 2003 we were awarded another EPSRC grant entitled "An infrastructure for platform technology in synthetic biology", as part of the Flowers Consortium which brings our group together with synthetic biologists at Imperial College London and the Universities of Edinburgh, Cambridge, and Newcastle.
Researchers at SSHM form an integral part of CSynBI and interaction between teams at Imperial and King's provides a novel foundation for a programme of research, training and dissemination that aims to enhance capabilities to understand the ways that developments in synthetic biology impact and shape the world around us. Through a combination of high quality social science research and engagement with policy, SSHM researchers seek to influence the trajectory of this emerging field of science and technology and contribute to the development of an appropriate governance regime.
Contact: Claire Marris