7th International Yeast 2.0 and
Synthetic Genomes Conference

26-28 November 2018 Sydney, NSW, Australia


Dr Alan Finkel

Dr Alan Finkel Australia's Chief Scientist, Victoria, Australia

Professor Jef Boeke

Professor Jef Boeke The Institute for Systems Genetics at NYU Langone Medical Center, New York, USA

Professor Brenda Andrews

Professor Brenda Andrews University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Professor Floyd Romesberg

Professor Floyd Romesberg The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA, USA

Professor John Glass

Professor John Glass J. Craig Venter Institute, San Diego, California, USA

Professor Christina Smolke

Professor Christina Smolke Stanford University, California, USA

Professor Bert Poolman

Professor Bert Poolman University of Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands

Associate Professor Danielle Tullman Ercek

Associate Professor Danielle Tullman Ercek Northwestern University, Illinois, USA

Professor Lars Steinmetz

Professor Lars Steinmetz Stanford University, California, USA

Associate Professor Debra Mathews

Associate Professor Debra Mathews Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics, Maryland, USA

Dr Tom Ellis

Dr Tom Ellis Imperial College London, London, UK

Dr Leslie Mitchell

Dr Leslie Mitchell New York University, New York, USA

Professor Paul Freemont

Professor Paul Freemont Imperial College London, London, UK

Dr Erika Szymanski

Dr Erika Szymanski University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

Professor Richard Kitney OBE

Professor Richard Kitney OBE Imperial College London, London, UK

Dr Yue (Chantal) Shen

Dr Yue (Chantal) Shen BGI and China National GeneBank, Shenzhen, China

Professor Junbiao Dai

Professor Junbiao Dai Shenzhen Institute of Advanced Sciences, China

Dr Jingchuan Luo

Dr Jingchuan Luo New York University, New York, USA

Professor Joel Bader

Professor Joel Bader Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA

Professor Kathryn North AM

Professor Kathryn North AM University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia

Professor Birger Lindberg Møller

Professor Birger Lindberg Møller University of Copenhagen, Frederiksberg C, Denmark

Dr Aleksandra Filipovska

Dr Aleksandra Filipovska The University of Western Australia, Western Australia, Australia

Associate Professor Yasunori Aizawa

Associate Professor Yasunori Aizawa Tokyo Institute of Technology, Kanagawa Pref, Japan

Dr Kate Fairley-Grenot

Dr Kate Fairley-Grenot Director - AgriFutures Australia, Australia

Dr Rick Johnson

Dr Rick Johnson Global Helix LLC, USA

Lorraine Chiroiu

Lorraine Chiroiu AusBiotech Ltd, Victoria, Australia

Professor Hiroshi Takagi

Professor Hiroshi Takagi Nara Institute of Science and Technology, Nara, Japan

Elizabeth Finkel

Elizabeth Finkel Cosmos Magazine, Victoria, Australia

Dr Daniel Schindler

Dr Daniel Schindler University of Manchester, Manchester, UK

Assistant Professor Alison McLennan

Assistant Professor Alison McLennan University of Canberra, ACT, Australia

Professor Lars Nielsen

Professor Lars Nielsen The University of Queensland, Queensland, Australia

Associate Professor Claudia Vickers

Associate Professor Claudia Vickers CSIRO and The University of Queensland, Queensland, Australia

Professor Ian Paulsen

Professor Ian Paulsen Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia

Professor Oliver Rackham

Professor Oliver Rackham The University of Western Australia, Western Australia, Australia

Nadia Levin

Nadia Levin Research Australia, NSW, Australia

Professor Ian O'Hara

Professor Ian O'Hara Queensland University of Technology, Queensland, Australia

Dr Tom Williams

Dr Tom Williams Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia

Dr Jee Loon Foo

Dr Jee Loon Foo National University of Singapore, Singapore

Dr Anthony Borneman

Dr Anthony Borneman The Australian Wine Research Institute, South Australia, Australia

Dr Ross Cloney

Dr Ross Cloney Senior Editor - Nature Communications

Dr Josh Wodak

Dr Josh Wodak University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia


The 7th International Yeast 2.0 and Synthetic Genomes Conference will be conducted from Monday, 26 November to Wednesday 28 November. View and download the conference program via the button below.



Synthetic Biology is widely believed to have the potential to make the most profound impact on the way we solve the many grand challenges facing humanity over the next 50 years. Conferences, such as this one, which bring together individuals involved in this field from around the world, are crucial to supercharge the intellectual horsepower required to ‘join the dots’


Stay nearby at the Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour or at a range of other nearby accommodation.

Conference sessions will be held at ICC Sydney, 14 Darling Drive, Darling Harbour, Sydney.

We have secured special accommodation rates for conference delegates at the Sofitel Hotel.

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