Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Strange Nature, Synthetic Biology Writing Competition

Contact: Vivian E: or Robert M: 0451 787 373

Competition opened: 20 July 2013            Closing date: 20 September 2013

Intended Audience: Secondary teachers and students, years 7-12

Strange Nature is an online platform for students to explore Synthetic Biology. We host a writing competition with the theme, 'what problems will be caused or solved by Synthetic Biology?', and showcase cool and informative videos, animations and resources for students and teachers. We're offering $850+ worth of prizes for 1000 word pieces written by students that display research, understanding and imagination. Submissions must be made online by 20 September. Visit the website for more info.

Synthetic Biology is about desiging living things, and all the tools, concepts, opportunities and risks that go with it. We are asking students to develop a basic understanding of genetics and recent advances in biotechnology, and to imagine how these may play out in the future. Imagine what the world might be like when everyone has their genome sequenced, when vaccines can be downloaded to handhald DNA printers, when oil can be harvested from photosynthetic algae, when bioterrorists can create pathogens in their garage.

Our Synthetic Biology Writing Competition is open to secondary students across Australia. We're offering $500 for the best entry, and $350 for the best application of Synthetic Biology to a real-world problem, plus runner-up prizes. Submissions must be made online by 20 September, 2013. Entries must be no more than 1000 words.