ARC Centre of Excellence in Synthetic Biology

Magazine

Introducing SYNTHESIS

A new Australian not-for-profit magazine explores the intersection of synthetic biology (synbio) and design practices. Founded and edited by the Centre’s Designer-in-Residence Jestin George and Associate Investigator Andrew Care, SYNTHESIS is described as  ‘a tapestry of words and images stitched together to uncover common—and uncommon— ground for scientists and designers interested in synbio.’

SYNTHESIS will be published annually and is now freely available as an electronic magazine.  The next issue of SYNTHESIS will be published in 2023 and aims to disseminate vibrant content provided by a diverse group of Australian-based contributors. Open calls for contributors for this second issue will be announced in May-June 2022. The editors are focusing on students, early career researchers, artists, design researchers, Indigenous practitioners, educators, community members, community scientists, and similar. They will also look to hire a budding visual communication design student interested in this intersectional space. So, if you or someone you know are interested in synbio – watch this space, follow SYNTHESIS on Twitter @Synthesis_Aus, or email the editors at synthesis.aus@gmail.com.

ARE DESIGNERS AND SCIENTISTS MORE SIMILAR THAN WE REALISE?

A short visual narrative proposing how scientists and designers both drive change and as such, both hold a certain amount of power over the people they’re solving problems for.

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ENHANCING NATURE AS A TECHNOLOGY

An article rationalising use of tiny protein compartments to package—and therefore enhance—the efficiency of terpene biosynthesis reactions. It also discusses such ideas with more self-critique.

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HOW DOES IMAGINING POSSIBLE FUTURES HELP PROGRESS SCIENCE?

An honest and personal essay chronicling a science student’s experience navigating new design practices. What is design futuring? Why does it matter? Why should scientists consider collaborations with futurist researchers?

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MAKING WAVES AT THE EDGE OF SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY

An exclusive interview with local synbio startup Bondi Bio covering all things industry and bioeconomy, educational and training, and securing the next-generation of synthetic biologists.

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SCENTS OF THIS LAND

Recognising First Nations People’s longstanding expertise and relationship with valuable plant chemicals like eucalyptus oil, this reflective piece provides insights from a workshop with Kuku-Yalandji artist, Henrietta Baird.

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QUESTIONING OUR PERCEPTIONS OF SUSTAINABILITY

An exposé with insights from four international designers whose works focus on sustainability. What does ‘sustainable’ actually mean? How do you measure it?

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