Duration: 36 months

Project Websitewww.sb-tarpol.eu

Coordinator: Prof. Andrés Moya, Universitat de Valencia – Estudi General (UVEG) (Spain)

Contact Person:

Dr. Andrés Moya
Instituto Cavanilles de Biodiversidad y Biología Evolutiva
Universitat de València
Apartado Postal 22085
46071 – Valencia, Spain
e-mail: andres.moya[at]uv.es
tel:(+34) 96 354 3480



  • Universitat de Valencia – Estudi General (UVEG) (Spain)
  • Helmholtz-Zentrum fuer Infektionsforschung GmbH (HZI) (Germany)
  • Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) (Spain)
  • Institut Pasteur (IP) (France)
  • Universidad Politécnica de Valencia (UPVLC) (Spain)
  • Université de Lausanne (UNIL) (Switzerland)
  • Universita’ degli Studi di Milano (UMIL) (Italy)
  • Geneart GmbH (GA) (Germany)
  • Centre National de la Recherche Scinetifique (CNRS) (France)
  • Universita’ Ca’foscardi di Venezia (UNIVE) (Italy)
  • Biological Research Centre (BRC HAS) (Hungary)
  • Fundación Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Oncologicas Carlos III (CNIO) (Spain)
  • Commissariat a L’energie atomique (CEA) (France)
  • Organisation for International Dialogue and Conflict Management (IDC) (Austria)
  • Centre National de la Recherche Scinetifique (CNRS-ENS) (France)
  • Eidgenöessische Technische Hochschule Zuerich (ETH-Zurich) (Switzerland)
  • The Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine (IMPERIAL) (United Kingdom)
  • Bauer Umwelr GmbH (BU) (Germany)


Project Description:

Synthetic Biology deals with the rational combination of biological properties with central elements of engineering design. We argue that by merging the genetic tool box already available with disciplines such as electrical, mechanical, or chemical engineering and computer sciences, there is an extraordinary opportunity to take a fresh approach to longstanding environmental pollution problems through a vigorous application of modelling techniques and organizing the development of novel biological (e.g. catalytic) systems along a hierarchical architecture with defined and standardized interfaces. However, this endeavour faces 3 major bottlenecks that this Coordination Action attempts to overcome: [i] The scientific and technical communities of european contributors to the application of SB to environmental issues (i.e., Environmental Biotechnologists, Bioinformaticians and experts on the Origin-of-Life subject) have so far failed to recognise their latent capacity to shape a fresh discipline at their very interface, [ii] The new field still misses a comprehensive language and a shared conceptual frame for description of minimally functional biological parts (specifically dealing with catalytic properties and regulatory circuits) and [iii] The development of the SB field touches upon social sensitivities related to recreating life-in-the-test-tube, which threats with a re-enactment of the controversy on GMOs and thus it worries off the needed industrial ease in the field. To tackle all these challenges, TARPOL proposes a dynamic 2-year programme of activities, run by a large collection of stakeholders in the field and aimed at coordinating the so far fragmented efforts to direct this emerging discipline into the most industrially beneficial and socially viable directions.