TITLE Future Trends and Emerging Technologies in
Synthetic Biology
Connecting Australia and Japan through science and technology


Wednesday, 16th March 2022, 10:00 ~ 16:00 (AEST) / 9:00 ~ 15:00 (JST)
Zoom Meeting
Australian and Japanese representatives of research performing organizations, researchers,students in the field of synthetic biology, policymakers, etc


  • Akihiko Kondo

    CO-CHAIREDAkihiko KondoVice President,
    Kobe University


    Akihiko Kondo received his Ph.D. from Kyoto University in Chemical Engineering (1988). He has started his faculty career in 1988 in Department of Applied Chemistry at Kyushu Institute of Technology. He was appointed as full professor of Kobe University in Department of Chemical Science and Engineering in 2003 and also appointed as a team leader at RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Sciences (CSRS) in 2012. He was appointed as dean of Graduate School of Science, Technology and Innovation at Kobe University in 2016. He became a member of Science Council Japan in 2017 and deputy director of RIKEN CSRS in 2020 and Vice President of Kobe University in 2021. He is the scientific founder of several companies including BioPalette (genome editing), Synprogen (genome synthesis), AlgaeNexus (microalgae) and Bacchus Bio innovation (Biofundry). He has published more than 720 peer reviewed international papers.

  • Claudia Vickers

    CO-CHAIREDClaudia VickersChief Scientific Officer,Provectus Algae


    Professor Vickers is Chief Scientific Officer at Provectus Algae. Her research focus on developing sustainable alternatives to petrochemicals and other industrial/agricultural products using bio-based solutions. She works primarily in microbes, but has a background in plant molecular biology, abiotic stress, and applied plant engineering. From 2017-2022, she was Director of CSIRO’s Synthetic Biology Future Science Platform, a highly collaborative cross-disciplinary R&D program aimed at expanding Australia’s synthetic biology capability and building national synthetic biology-based industry. Professor Vickers is a Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) Fellow and represents Australia at international strategy and policy fora (US, Asia-Pacific, OECD, World Economic Forum). She sits on the Scientific Advisory Boards for numerous international synthetic biology institutes and is on the Executive Committee of the International Society for Isoprenoids/Terpenes (TERPNET). She serves on editorial boards for eight international journals, including as a handing editor for ACS Synthetic Biology. She was founding President of Synthetic Biology Australasia and has Adjunct Professor positions at Queensland University of Technology and Griffith University.


With advances in biotechnology and computational power, the world has entered the era of synthetic biology. Nowadays, people found the application of synthetic biology in food and agriculture, health and medicine, and others.

In this context, this “Future Trends and Emerging Technologies in Synthetic Biology” workshop aims to promote research exchange between Australia and Japan by sharing both countries' research and development status and concerns, promoting mutual understanding, exploring the possibility of future collaboration. The workshop is co-organized by Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), Asia and Pacific Research Centre (APRC) of the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) from Japan; and Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources (DISER), Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial ResearchOrganisation (CSIRO), the Australian Embassy Japan from Australia.

The 1-day program will feature outstanding keynote speakers, multiple talks from Australian and Japanese scientists on three specific sessions, and small group discussions on topics of interest nominated by participants upon registration.


10:00 AEST /
09:00 JST

Welcoming Remarks

  • Hiroya Yamanouchi, Director, Office for Strategic Research Promotion, Strategic Planning, Research and Development Division, Science and Technology Policy Bureau, MEXT
  • Steph Gorecki Natik, General Manager of the International and Astronomy Branch, DISER
10:15 AEST /
09:15 JST

Part 1: Morning part
Chair: Akihiko Kondo, Vice President, Kobe University

Keynote speech: Aleksandra Filipovska, Deputy Director, the ARC Centre of Excellence in Synthetic Biology; University of Western Australia

10:35 AEST /
9:35 JST

Session A: Artificial cell construction, Basic technology (15 mins each presentation)

  • ・Yuki Goto, Associate Professor, the University of Tokyo
  • ・Hirohide Saito,Professor, the Center for iPS Cell Research and Application, Kyoto University
  • ・Wenlong Cheng, Professor, Monash University
  • ・Ian Paulsen, Director, the ARC Centre of Excellence in Synthetic Biology; Macquarie University
11:35 AEST /
10:35 JST

Session B: Systems biology, Protein translation systems (15 mins each presentation)

  • ・Kirill Alexandrov, Professor, Queensland University of Technology
  • ・Colin Jackson, Professor, the Australian National University
  • ・Yutetsu Kuruma, Associate Professor, Earth-Life Science Institute, Tokyo Institute of Technology
  • ・Nozomu Yachie, Associate Professor, Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Synthetic Biology, University of British Columbia
12:20 AEST /
11:20 JST


13:30 AEST /
12:30 JST

Part 2: Afternoon part
Chair: Claudia Vickers, Chief Scientific Officer, Provectus Algae

Keynote speech 2: Hiroyuki Noji, Professor, The University of Tokyo

13:50 AEST /
12:50 JST

Session C: Application(15 mins each presentation)

  • ・Keiji Nishida, Deputy Director, Research Center for Advanced Bioengineering, Kobe University;Bio Palette Inc.
  • ・Toshiya Muranaka, Professor, Osaka University
  • ・Colin Scott, Synthetic Biology Future Science Platform Director, CSIRO
  • ・Claudia Vickers, Chief Scientific Officer, Provectus Algae
14:50 AEST /
13:50 JST

Discussion Session (45mins)

  • Session 1
    • ・Metabolic engineering
    • ・Systems biology and modeling,
      Data science and bioinformatics
    • ・Application
  • Session 2
    • ・Artificial cells and genome engineering
    • ・Synbio tools and nanotechnology
    • ・Application
  • Session 3
    • ・Bio-products and bio-materials
    • ・Cell-free systems, Protein engineering, Biocatalysis
    • ・Application
15:35 AEST /
14:35 JST

Wrap-up session by co-chairs:Akihiko Kondo, Claudia Vickers

16:00 AEST /
15:00 JST


Registration Form

Registration deadline: March 7th, 2022.


Secretariat: Asia and Pacific Research Center (APRC) ,
Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)
Science Plaza Bldg. 5-3, Chiyoda-Ku, Tokyo, 102-0076, Japan
E-mail: aprc@jst.go.jp