Building with Biology

Activities and Conversations About Synthetic Biology

Engaging publics and scientists at 200 sites nationwide

The Building with Biology Project is a community of informal science educators, researchers, and scientists dedicated to developing innovative resources, practices and processes to build the capacity of the field to use public engagement with science (PES) activities to extend STEM learning about science, technology, and societal implications through public and scientist dialogue about synthetic biology.

Credit: Building with Biology

Through collaboration with informal science education (ISE) institutions and partnering scientists, a physical Building with Biology kit of hands-on activities and programs is being developed to create conversations among publics and scientists about synthetic biology. During the summer of 2016, two-hundred (200) sites nationwide will participate in Building with Biology Events and Conversations.

AAAS Center for Public Engagement with Science's Director of Meetings and Public Engagement, Tiffany Lohwater, serves as a co-PI on the NSF-funded Multi-Site Public Engagement with Science project. 

Interested in hosting a Summer 2016 Building with Biology Event?

We are pleased to make available a limited number of free Building with Biology physical kits designed to help facilitate conversations among scientists and public audiences in science centers about the fast-growing field of synthetic biology. Two-hundred (200) kits will be made available to institutions that apply and meet eligibility requirements; the deadline to submit an application is February 1, 2016.

Learn more about what's inside the Building with Biology kit and how to apply

Scientist: Interested in participating in a Summer 2016 Building with Biology Event?

We welcome graduate students, professors, scientists, industry professionals and members of the synthetic biology community (and related fields) to participate in Building with Biology events in your local community. Please fill out this expression of interest form and we’ll help to connect you with a science center/museum in your community hosting an event.

Project Partners

The synthetic biology public engagement project is funded the National Science Foundation (Grant Number DRL 1421179) and is led by:

Credit: NSF
The Multi-Site Public Engagement with Science-Synthetic Biology (Innovations in Development) project is supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number DRL 1421179. Any opinions, findings, or conclusions expressed in this material are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.