Thank you to everyone who attended and contributed to the Designer Biology Symposium 2019 in Newcastle. We had a great time and hope you enjoyed the scientific and social programmes.

We had over 120 registered attendees for the meeting, from across Europe and the world.

We had a gender balanced programme of invited speakers.

Abstracts were reviewed blind by the committee and 42 % of offered talks came from women. 60 % of offered talks were from ECR’s.

We had the first on-site creche for a conference held at Newcastle University.

The UK iGEM meet up took place as a satellite meeting to Dbio19 and 70 UK iGEM team members joined the meeting for the Wednesday afternoon session. The University of Sheffield team presented their project to the symposium.

Attendees presented more than 50 posters.

Nine international companies exhibited the products and services at the symposium.

We ran a joint discussion panel with the Alife 2019 meeting.

We drank 200 pints of Jakehead, 100 Hickey the Rake, and ate 200 portions of street food at the Wylam Brewery.

Prize winners

We had five prizes, for talks and posters, generously sponsored by NEB and the Microbiology Society.

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NEB ECR talk prize winner: Ms Sila Kose, Bilkent University
The NEB sponsored prize for best ECR talk went to Ms Sila Kose, of Bilkent University.

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The Microbiology Society sponsored people’s choice prize for best PhD student poster went to Ms Jasmine Bird, of Newcastle University.

The Microbiology Society sponsored peoples’s choice prize for best ECR poster went to Dr Vivienne Goosens, of Imperial College London

The Microbiology Society sponsored committee’s choice prize for best PhD student poster went to Mr James Bryson, of Edinburgh University.

The Microbiology Society sponsored committee’s choice prize for best ECR poster went to Dr Louise Holyoake, of Edinburgh University.

Thanks for coming and see you in Freiburg in 2021!