Synthetic Biology Reverse Pitch Competition Kick-Off

From waste to wealth - Microbes to the rescue! Can microbes turn waste into useful products, can we purify water with new biopolymers? Or feed old rugs to microbes?

Synbio Powerhouse Reverse Pitch 20.3.2019 -tapahtuman mainos

The first synthetic biology reverse pitch competition in Finland is launched on 20 March 2019.

Student teams will use synthetic biology to solve real-life challenges presented by Ikea, Neste, Kemira and St1. After the kick off the students will have 2 months to come up with their ideas for solutions at the Finals 27.5.2019. Interested in joining the competition? Read More here

Synthetic biology is a new rapidly developing technology that enables us to engineer microbes for useful purposes. It is especially useful in circular economy applications as microbes are able to turn waste into valuable raw materials.

Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment of Finland has listed synthetic biology as one of the future drivers for economic growth. It is important that we now accelerate innovations, startup companies and industry renewal with synthetic biology. 

The competition is organized by Aalto University CYSS Center for Young Synbio Scientists, Synbio Powerhouse, VTT and Sitra Fund.


Boosting Circular Economy with Synthetic Biology
Riitta Silvennoinen
, Specialist in the Circular economy focus area at Sitra Fund
Nina Pulkkis, Documentarist, Parad Media

Synthetic Biology and the Future of Finland
Howy Jacobs,
Professor of Molecular Biology, Tampere University
Science documentary about Synthetic Biology and The Microbial Revolution

The challenges presented by:

Circular Economy: Making edible waste for microbes
Tomi Erho
, VTT Principal Scientist
A novel device for processing problematic waste

Synbio – what could it be?
Merja Penttilä
, Professor, Aalto University & VTT

Register by 19.3. at 12:00.


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