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Targeting environmental pollution with engineered microbial systems á la carte

Objective

Synthetic Biology-SB- deals with rational combination of biological properties with central elements of engineering design. By merging the genetic tool box already available with engineering disciplines & computer sciences there is a great opportunity for a new approach to environmental pollution problems through application of modelling techniques & organizing development of novel biological systems across a hierarchical architecture with defined & standardized interfaces. However this faces 3 major bottlenecks: -The scientific & technical European contributors on SB have so far failed to recognise their latent capacity to shape a fresh discipline at their very interface -SB still lacks a comprehensive language & shared conceptual frame for the description of minimally functional biological parts -The development of SB touches on social sensitivities related to recreating life-in-the-test-tube which threatens to re-awaken the GMO controversy. Thus scaring off the necessary industrial input in the field. To tackle these challenges, we propose a 2-year program run by a large expert group to coordinate the fragmented efforts & direct this discipline into the most industrially beneficial and socially viable directions. We aim to energise and mobilise the European scientific, technical & social professionals to empower a new capacity to exploit properties present in Biological systems for environmental issues. TARPOL will recruit the required environmental competences from neighbouring disciplines and will set up a number of material and computational resources for advanced refactoring of biological systems. We will establish a frame consensus for procedure and parts standardization and pursue the awareness and eventual insertion of SB into the Environmental Biotechnology context by exploring its industrial interface. Finally, we will pursue the establishment of a solid European Research Agenda on SB-for-Environment at the service of implementing the KBBE vision

Call for proposal

FP7-KBBE-2007-1
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UNIVERSITAT DE VALENCIA
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Spain
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Angeles Sanchis (Ms.)

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HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM FUR INFEKTIONSFORSCHUNG GMBH
Germany
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€ 99 197,56
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Inhoffenstrasse 7
38124 Braunschweig
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Research Organisations
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Michael Strätz (Dr.)
AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
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€ 97 397,82
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Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
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María Del Mar García (Ms.)
INSTITUT PASTEUR
France
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€ 30 720,77
Address
Rue Du Docteur Roux 25-28
75724 Paris Cedex 15
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Research Organisations
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Nadia Khelef (Dr.)
UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE VALENCIA
Spain
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€ 28 504,80
Address
Camino De Vera Sn Edificio 3A
46022 Valencia
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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Jose Antonio Perez García (Mr.)
UNIVERSITE DE LAUSANNE
Switzerland
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€ 26 206,44
Address
Quartier Unil-centre Bâtiment Unicentre
1015 Lausanne
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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Jan Roelof Van Der Meer (Prof.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI MILANO
Italy
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€ 33 375,44
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Via Festa Del Perdono 7
20122 Milano
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Stafania Varotto (Ms.)
GENEART AG
Germany
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€ 28 822,59
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Josef-engert-strasse 9
93053 Regensburg
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Sabine Feiner (Ms.)
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
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€ 32 988,10
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Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
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Other
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Peggy Cardon (Ms.)
UNIVERSITA CA' FOSCARI VENEZIA
Italy
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€ 32 810,48
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Dorsoduro 3246
30123 Venezia
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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Patrizia Rosseti (Dr.)
SZEGEDI BIOLOGIAI KUTATOKOZPONT
Hungary
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€ 28 505,87
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Temesvari Korut 62
6726 Szeged
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János Báthori (Dr.)
FUNDACION SECTOR PUBLICO ESTATAL CENTRO NACIONAL INVESTIGACIONES ONCOLOGICAS CARLOS III
Spain
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€ 103 722,59
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C Melchor Fernandez Almagro 3
28029 Madrid
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Juna José Collazo Nieto (Mr.)
COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
France
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€ 28 366,77
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Rue Leblanc 25
75015 Paris 15
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Jean Weissenbach (Dr.)
ORGANISATION FOR INTERNATIONAL DIALOGUE AND CONFLICT MANAGEMENT
Austria
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€ 100 623,87
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Abt-karl Gasse 19/21
1180 Wien
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Research Organisations
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Gregor Giersch (Mr.)
EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZUERICH
Switzerland
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€ 68 640,50
Address
Raemistrasse 101
8092 Zuerich
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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Sven Panke (Dr.)
IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 27 150,18
Address
South Kensington Campus Exhibition Road
SW7 2AZ London
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Shaun Power (Mr.)
BAUER UMWELT GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 28 505,87
Address
In Der Scherau, 1
86529 Schrobenhausen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Peter Hingott