IWBDA 2019: 11th International Workshop on Bio-Design Automation, Cambridge, UK

11th International Workshop on Bio-Design Automation

Keynote Speakers: Prof. Luca Cardelli and Dr. Traci Haddock-Angelli

Detailed program and proceedings available

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The Eleventh International Workshop on Bio-Design Automation (IWBDA) 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.

The field of synthetic biology, still in its early stages, has largely been driven by experimental expertise, and much of its success can be attributed to the skill of the researchers in specific domains of biology. There has been a concerted effort to assemble repositories of standardized components; however, creating and integrating synthetic components remains an ad hoc process. Inspired by these challenges, the field has seen a proliferation of efforts to create computer-aided design tools addressing synthetic biology's specific design needs, many drawing on prior expertise from the electronic design automation (EDA) community.

The 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.

IWBDA is organized by the non-profit Bio-Design Automation Consortium (BDAC). BDAC is an officially recognized 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization.

Topics of interest include:


IWBDA will take place in Cambridge, England.

Department of Computer Science and Technology
William Gates Building
JJ Thomson Avenue
Cambridge. CB3 0FD

IWBDA Dinner on Tuesday is at:
The Anchor Pub (map)
Silver St



Raytheon BBN Technologies

Lattice Automation

Key Dates


SBOL Workshop

Date: Monday, July 8th 2019

Time: 09:00 - 17:30

Prior to IWBDA, there will be a one-day SBOL workshop on July 8th, 2019 at Cambridge University, UK. The workshop is aimed for both for software developers and SBOL users, and will include demos and tutorials. Although there is no registration fee for the SBOL workshop, participants should still register. For details, please visit this link.

Workshop on Bio-Design for Portability

Date: Monday, July 8th 2019

Time: 13:30 - 17:30

This workshop will address some of the challenges relevant for the portability of synthetic designs across species, and will give an overview of possible solutions being developed in a large EPSRC-funded project.


Scholarship applicants should wait until after they find out about their scholarship to register

Please contact us with any registration questions.

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SBOL Workshop Registration

Participants interested in attending the SBOL Workshop must register using this Google Form

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Workshop on Bio-Design for Portability Registration

Participants interested in attending the Workshop on Bio-Design for Portability must register using this Google Form

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There are several options for staying in Cambridge. We recommend using the following sites to find accommodations for IWBDA 2019.

Call for Papers

Call for papers : Link

Please submit all abstracts here https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=iwbda19. If you do not have an easy chair account, please create one by following the instructions specified here.

Abstract Details:

Abstracts will be reviewed by the Program Committee. Those that are selected for oral and poster presentations will distributed to workshop participants and posted on the workshop website.

Special Issue

Submit your Research and Review Articles to the 2019 IWBDA Special Issue of ACS Synthetic Biology

Submission Deadline: January 30, 2020

ACS Synthetic Biology, led by world-renowned scientists, is the cutting-edge forum for publication for top research in the fields of synthetic and systems biology. We are actively seeking submissions for the 2019 International Workshop on Bio-Design Automation (IWBDA) Special Issue. If you have any questions, please contact the journal (eic@synthbiol.acs.org).

Editor in Chief
Christopher A. Voigt, Ph.D.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Author Benefits


IWBDA Scholarships are available for students, postdocs, and young researchers. Please see this PDF for details. This year applications will be accepted via this Google form: Scholarship Application Form

Allan Kuchinsky IWBDA Scholarship

This year IWBDA will be soliciting applications for the 5th annual Allan Kuchinsky Internation Workshop on Bio-Design Automation Scholarship. Allan was a tremendous supporter of both synthetic biology as well as design automation. His contributions to projects such as Cytoscape and Eugene as well as numerous Agilent efforts was crucial in helping academic and industrial researchers develop state-of-the-art technologies and tools to lay the foundation for this field. This scholarship in some small measure attempts to recognize his tireless efforts by highlighting a student who shares Allan's vision for the field. This scholarship will provide support for one recipient to attend IWBDA (registration, airfare, hotel, and small travel stipend) along with a recognized poster presentation slot. Interested individuals should provide the following: IWBDA abstract, resume/CV, essay, and recommendation letter. For details, including how to apply, please see this PDF.

The Allan Kuchinsky scholarship is generously sponsored by Agilent.

Keynote Speakers

Luca Cardelli
Luca Cardelli

Prof. Luca Cardelli is a Royal Society Research Professor at the University of Oxford since 2013. He has an M.Sc. in computer science from the University of Pisa, and a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Edinburgh. He worked in the USA at Bell Labs, Murray Hill, from 1982 to 1985, and at Digital Equipment Corporation, Systems Research Center in Palo Alto, from 1985 to 1997, and at Microsoft Research, in Cambridge UK from 1997 to 2018 where he was head of the Programming Principles and Tools and Security groups until 2012. His main interests are in programming languages and concurrency, and more recently in programmable biology and nanotechnology. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society, a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery, an Elected Member of the Academia Europaea, and an Elected Member of the Association Internationale pour les Technologies Objets.

Traci Haddock-Angelli
Traci Haddock-Angelli

Dr. Traci Haddock-Angelli earned her doctorate in marine microbiology from the University of Rhode Island in 2010. She then joined the CIDAR lab under the guidance of Prof. Douglas Densmore at Boston University as a postdoctoral researcher in synthetic biology and later served as the Executive Director of the Center of Synthetic Biology. During her time at Boston University, Traci mentored over 40 undergraduate and graduate students and also ran the university’s iGEM team for four years. Traci joined the iGEM Foundation in the spring of 2015 as a Science and Technology Fellow, was later promoted to the Director of Technology, and now serves as the Director of the Competition. In this role, Traci oversees all aspects of the iGEM Competition and works to ensure that every team from around the world has a successful and fulfilling iGEM experience.

Organizing Committee

Contact us at: iwbda-exec AT lists.bio-design-automation.org

Local Organizers

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Anti-harassment Policy

The International Workshop on Bio-Design Automation will not tolerate harassment of workshop participants. Examples of such prohibited practices would include gossiping, slurs, offensive or derogatory comments, or other verbal or physical conduct. This includes sexual harassment as defined as "unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature" not only when the conduct is made as a condition of workshop participation ("quid pro quo" harassment), but when the conduct creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive workshop environment. IWBDA participants who feel they are being harassed by participants, organizers, or support staff should make it clear to the individual(s) that such behavior is offensive and unwelcome. Any participant who believes he or she has been subjected to harassing conduct can report the matter to the IWBDA organizing committee or the Bio-Design Automation Consortium (BDAC) executive committee.

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