Town Hall Meeting: Building a Trans-Disciplinary Workforce in Canada
Ideas drive innovation, but innovation cannot have impact without highly qualified personnel (HQP) with the right technical skills. Synthetic biology as a platform technology has emerged from a confluence of various scientific and applied science disciplines, making it difficult to effectively teach within our current education context, which is dominated by siloed faculties and departments and a lack of cross-curricular learning opportunities. In this breakout session, we will have a large group discussion on the current state (and optimal future) of synthetic biology training in Canada, facilitated by the Canadian Synthetic Biology Education Research Group (CSBERG) and Ontario Genomics. Audience members will be encouraged to participate through both live surveys and discussions. Come have your voice heard, discuss current opportunities and roadblocks in this space, and help craft our vision for synthetic biology training in Canada. An additional session will be held online on June 1st at 3:15pm for those who cannot attend this in-person session.