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Call for trainees for the second International Training Course on Industrial Synthetic Biotechnology


Synthetic biology is widely regarded as a forward-looking and disruptive technology. The industrial application of synthetic biology is expected to provide new solutions to the major challenges on resources, health and environment faced by human beings.

Tianjin Institute of Industrial Biotechnology (TIB), Chinese Academy of Science (CAS) is a leading institute in the field of synthetic biology and green bio-manufacturing, well equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, committed to promoting eco-friendly development in industrial sectors by innovative biotechnology. Currently, as the lead Institute, TIB is putting great efforts to build the “National Center of Technology Innovation for Synthetic Biology”, which is intended to build a bridge-connecting scientific research of synthetic biology with the development of synthetic biotechnology, and promoting the industrialization of scientific and technological achievements by converging the talents of CAS and the academia, political and financial support of the central and local government, the public and private capitals and the industry via open and innovative mechanisms.

In 2019, TIB has successfully hosted the first International Training Course on Industrial Synthetic Biotechnology (ITC-ISB) among which 20 young S&T scholars in biotechnology from 10 countries attended the training course. To encourage more young scientists from the Belt and Road countries to extend their career to Synthetic Biology, TIB will organize the second ITC-ISB this year via online.

General Information

l   Number of trainees: ~50

l   Duration of the training course: About 10 days during December, 2021

l   Host organizer: TIB, CAS

l   Sponsors: Alliance of International Science Organizations (ANSO) and Department of International Cooperation, Ministry of Science and Technology, PRC.  

l   Supporters: Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS), CAS-TWAS Center of Excellence for Biotechnology, Innovation Cooperation Center (Bangkok), CAS

l   Online Platform: VooV Meeting (TBD)

l   Language: English


The training course will focus on the theory, practice and application of the Industrial Synthetic Biotechnology. The main contents include:

l   Technical courses: senior experts and scholars from China and other countries will be invited to introduce the advances in frontier technologies in various areas such as future food, biomedicine, bio-agriculture, bio-chemicals, bio-based materials, bioenergy, etc.

l   Experimental courses: demonstration experiments of enabling technologies will be presented as a video, including High Throughput Screening (HTS) technology, Systems Biotechnology, Protein Structure Analysis, DNA Synthesis, Bio-design, Intelligent Fermentation Technology and Genome Editing

l   Discussions: the trainees would be arranged to have group discussions and encouraged to introduce the intent of cooperation

l Training Test: the trainees would be arranged to participate the training test at the end of the course to gain the training certificate

l Questionnaires: Feedback of trainees would be gathered to improve the following trainings

Tentative Agenda

During December, 2021, Beijing time (GMT+8)




Day 1


Attendance Taking

Day 1


Opening Ceremony

Day 1


Keynote Speech

Day 1


Video Presentation of the National Center of Technology Innovation for Synthetic Biology (NC SynBio)

Day 1


Online Visit to TIB

Day 2


Technical Courses Session 1: Frontier technology progress on biomedicine

Day 3


Technical Courses Session 2: Frontier technology progress on bio-agriculture

Day 4


Technical Courses Session 3: Frontier technology progress on future food

Day 5


Technical Courses Session 4: Frontier technology progress on bio-chemicals

Day 6


Technical Courses Session 5: Frontier technology progress on bio-based materials

Day 7


Technical Courses Session 6: Frontier technology progress on bioenergy

Day 8


Experimental Courses Session 1-3 (High Throughput Screening, Systems Biotechnology, Protein Structure Analysis)

Day 9


Experimental Courses Session 4-6 (DNA Synthesis, Bio-computational Design, Intelligent Fermentation Technology, Genome editing)

Day 10


Group Discussions

Day 11


Training Test


Graduation Ceremony

Note: Each session contains three lectures, including presentation and Q&A

Costs Covered

l   No training fee

Eligibility Criteria

l   Enrollment region: Scientists from the Belt and Road Countries, especially those from the ANSO members and Centers of Excellence of COMSATS

l   Education background: Self-motivated young scientists/engineers entitled with Ph.D. degree in principal from institutes or universities in industrial biotechnology, microbiology, molecular biology, synthetic biology, bioinformatics, metabolic engineering, bio-catalytic engineering, fermentation engineering, bioprocess engineering, etc.

l   Age limit: 45 in principal (no more than 50 with senior title)

l   Language requirements: proficient in English communication

Application Documents

l   A cover letter, including self-introduction, reasons for applying for the course and expectations for the course. (No more than 800 words in principal)

l   Application form (attached)

l   Recent 2 inch full-faced and bareheaded electronic photo (preferably 3.5*4.5cm)

l   E-copy of the passport and previous Chinese visa if available

l   Two recommendation letters from the principal investigator and the head of International Cooperation Department, respectively

Key Dates

l   Deadline for Application: December 5, 2021 (submit the above application documents to e-mail:

l   Notice of Acceptance: before December 15, 2021 by email

Contact Information

Ms. Chai Qianqian

Tianjin Institute of Industrial Biotechnology, Chinese Academy of Sciences

32 West 7th Avenue, Tianjin Airport Economic Area, Tianjin 300308, China


Phone: +86-22-84861925


Application Form


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