May 21, 2012

Concordia University, Loyola Campus,            7141 Sherbrooke Street West, SP Building, Montreal, Quebec, H4B 1R6 

The Centre for Structural and Functional Genomics presents : Building Biology, a symposium on Synthetic Biology.

The purpose of today's symposium is to foster interaction between existing synthetic biologists in Canada and North America. We hope that today's event represents a cornerstone for the creation of a synthetic biology research hub for Concordia, and more widely, Canada.

Concordia University’s name comes from the Latin origin and means “harmony”. Founded in August 1974, Concordia University is the result of the merger of Loyola College, located in residential west-end Montreal, and Sir George Williams University, located in downtown Montreal. The University now offers more than 500 programs of study to some 43,500 students from over 150 countries.

Concordia’s Faculty of Arts and Science is the third largest academic faculty in Canada. It encompasses a broad range of disciplines and offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs spanning the pure, natural, and life sciences, the humanities and social sciences. Going in hand with the meaning of the University name, this Faculty seeks to harmonize the growth of both its teaching resources and avant-garde research activities. “Because of its size, diversity and connectedness, Arts and Science is uniquely positioned to foster inter-disciplinary teaching and learning, to promote collaborative research across departments and between faculties, to develop external partnerships with industries, governments, communities, and to build productive relationships with other universities and research centers in Quebec and Canada “ (Concordia University’s CRC and CFI Strategic Research Plan: 2008-2012).