The long and winding road: accidents and tinkering in software standardization

Software is based on universal principles but not its development. Relating software to hardware is never automatic or easy. Attempts to optimize software production and drastically reduce their costs (like in hardware) have been very restricted. Instead, highly-skilled and experienced individuals are ultimately responsible for project success. The long and convoluted path towards useful and … Leer más

Towards the right standards: the intersection of open science, responsible research and innovation, and standards

The introduction of standards in research and development leading to new products or innovative processes can be thought of as a particularly technical approach to framing scientific enterprises. At the other end of the spectrum, open science or responsible research and innovation may be initially thought of as concepts with no underlying technical approaches to … Leer más

“It was always very enriching to work with people from different backgrounds” – Friederike Mey’s experience with the BioRoboost exchange programme

Friederike Mey is a PhD student at Marjan de Mey’s laboratory at the University of Ghent, and she chose the University of Edinburgh as her destination for the BioRoboost exchange programme. Here is what the experience was like: I heard about BioRooost via my supervisor, who is part of the network. Needless to say, the … Leer más

Two weeks at the Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology in Marburg – Esther Molina’s experience

[et_pb_section fb_built=”1″ _builder_version=”4.0.6″][et_pb_row _builder_version=”4.0.6″ column_structure=”1_3,2_3″][et_pb_column _builder_version=”4.0.6″ type=”1_3″][et_pb_gallery _builder_version=”4.0.6″ gallery_ids=”224013,224014″ posts_number=”2″ show_title_and_caption=”off” show_pagination=”off” hover_enabled=”0″][/et_pb_gallery][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column _builder_version=”4.0.6″ type=”2_3″][et_pb_text _builder_version=”4.0.6″ hover_enabled=”0″] Esther Molina is a PhD student at the Institute for Integrative Systems Biology (I2SysBio, Spain), and with the BioRoboost exchange programme she spent two weeks at the Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology. Here is what the experience … Leer más

Jasmine’s experience in the BioRoboost exchange programme: “I enjoyed being able to experience research in an industrial setting…”

Jasmine Bird is a PhD student at the Marles-Wright Laboratory of Newcastle University. This research group uses structural biology, biochemistry and cell biology techniques underpinned by synthetic biology technologies to answer questions relating to the function of bacterial compartmentalization systems and their rational design as platforms for biotechnology and synthetic biology. With the BioRoboost exchange … Leer más

“This exchange program encouraged me to start thinking about standardization…”, says Andries Peeters

Andries Peeters is doing his PhD thesis at the Center for Synthetic Biology of the University of Ghent and, in the first round of the BioRoboost exchange programme, he visited SYNMIKRO Marburg, an institute focused on gaining insight into the principles of microbial life and providing the necessary tools to tap the potential of microorganisms in … Leer más

“The BioRoboost Exchange Programme has been a great experience, both professionally and personally” – Adriel Latorre tells us about his stay in Ghent

Adriel Latorre is a PhD student that is doing his thesis at Darwin Bioprospecting Excellence S.L., a Spanish SME that is part of the BioRoboost consortia. In the framework of the BioRoboost exchange programme he spent two weeks in Ghent, and this is what he has to say about it:“The BioRoboost Exchange Program has been … Leer más

Manufactured life: the scientific and social challenges of synthetic biology

Since biology became secularised and the molecular scrutiny of life began, the possibility of artificially synthesising living cells in a laboratory became a tangible possibility. Contemporary synthetic biology aspires to design and manufacture new forms of life to obtain social and economic benefits. However, we cannot rule out the possibility that the creation of synthetic … Leer más