Synthetic Biology Engineering Research Center

2014 Spring Symposium at UC Berkeley

Fall 2013 SymposiumThis Synberc Symposium & NSF Site Visit is open to members and invited guests only. You must be registered to attend. Members include our Principal Investigators (PIs), Affiliated PIs, students and postdocs in their labs (SPA), as well as our industry members (IAB) and Strategic Advisory Board (SAB).

If you are not affiliated with Synberc, attendance is by invitation only. Prospective member companies attending as guests must sign our guest NDA and return a signed copy (PDF) to Peter Ackermann. If you are unsure whether you may attend, would like to request an invitation, or have any other questions, please contact Synberc Central.

REGISTATION IS NOW CLOSED. If you think you still need to register, contact Fernando del Rosario for help. NO WALK-INS WILL BE ACCEPTED.

VIEW THE AGENDA HERE

DATES
Monday, March 24, 6:00 PM: opening dinner and talk at the Hotel Shattuck Plaza
Tuesday, March 25, 8:00 AM: science talks, poster reception
Wednesday, March 26, 8:00 AM: NSF site visit, student/postdoc mixer
Thursday, March 27, 8:00 AM: PI-IAB-SAB-SPA round-up session, industry field trip (contact Matt Davis for more info)

LOCATION 
Except for the operning dinner at the Hotel Shattuck Plaza, all sessions will be held at Stanley Hall, University of California at Berkeley. A map can be viewed here. You can get there using Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) and exiting at the downtown Berkeley station. We will also provide campus parking permits to PIs, IAB, and SAB members who are driving. Please contact Fernando del Rosario to reserve yours.

Downtown BerkeleySUGGESTED HOTEL
Hotel Shattuck Plaza
2086 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704, USA
Tel. +1 (510) 845-7300

We have secured a limited number of rooms at a discounted rate of $169 + tax per night (hotel code: "Synberc rate"). Please book online (hotel reservation link) or call 866-466-9199 (+1-510-845-7300 from outside U.S.). You can also contact the hotel via email at reservations@hotelshattuckplaza.com. The Hotel Shattuck Plaza is a fifteen minute walk from Stanley Hall through the scenic greenery of UC Berkeley campus (map). 

Alternative hotels in the region include:

DEADLINES
Now:
Book flights to obtain low fares.
Feb 21:
Last day to book rooms at Hotel Shattuck Plaza at discounted rates.
Mar 12:
Last day for students and postdocs to submit poster abstracts.
Mar 17:
Registration closes.

HOTEL & TRAVEL INFO (for SynBERC PIs, Affiliated PIs, SAB, students/postdocs/staff)
Synberc will pay room and tax at the Hotel Shattuck Plaza (check-in: Mar 24, check-out: Mar 27). Students and postdocs are expected to share double-occupancy rooms as much as possible. On your Travel Request form, write in the name if you have a preferred roommate. Upon check-in at Hotel Shattuck Plaza, you will be asked for your credit card to cover personal incidentals.

For air tickets, if you submit your Travel Request form to Fernando del Rosario BEFORE March 5th, Synberc will book and purchase your economy-class tickets. If not, you may have to pay out of pocket and be reimbursed later. Campus travel policy only allows nonrefundable, nontransferable economy-class tickets.

After the symposium, reimbursement for in transit travel expenses can be requested by filling this Travel Reimbursement online form. Email the signed form with all receipts to Synberc Central

MORE INFO FOR STUDENTS AND POSTDOCS 
Put me on your poster!There will be an orientation/mixer for new and current students on the evening of March 24 after dinner. Plan to arrive at the hotel by 6:00 PM. If you are funded by Synberc and/or expect to be reimbursed, you are required to present a poster (roughly 36" x 48"). You may use this poster template and Synberc logo. Please mark your poster "CONFIDENTIAL" if you anticipate filing a patent or invention disclosure. Confidential work will be isolated from public view. If you are not ready to submit your poster when you register, email your title, author/s, and abstract to Fernando del Rosario (no later than March 12). You will need to follow up with a PDF of your poster before you will be reimbursed.

OTHER QUESTIONS? Send email to Synberc Central.