Advancing synthetic cell research for greener technologies 

The European Synthetic Cell Initiative (SynCellEU) is a network of excellent European research laboratories, institutions and companies, coordinated by Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) in the Netherlands, that have joined forces to collaborate on synthetic cell research and accelerate its translation into technology. 
We believe that synthetic cell research will enable the development of nature-inspired technologies that can contribute to a healthier and greener future.

About the initiative

SynCell2024 - Registration is now open!

The International Conference on Engineering Synthetic Cells and Organelles is being held this year in Toulouse, France, from 17 to 19 April.

Synthetic cell research

Synthetic cell (SynCell) research, also known as bottom-up synthetic biology, aims to understand how cells work by trying to reproduce their molecular mechanisms, with the ultimate ambition of building functional synthetic cells from scratch, i.e. cell-like structures with life-like or life-inspired properties. This multidisciplinary research field also promises to have an impact on a wide range of industries and contribute to the development of new sustainable innovations, based on mimicking the natural cell processes.
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Research in the spotlight


Kerstin Göpfrich on building synthetic cells using DNA and RNA origami
Liedewij Laan on cell evolution and evolutionary trajectories
SynCell2022, the International Conference on Engineering Synthetic Cells and Organelles conference
Susana Camarero on how to exploit fungi’s power to make plant-based materials
Christophe Danelon on constructing minimal cells that can evolve
Jean-Christophe Baret on making cells that produce new materials
Tobias Erb on turning CO2 into valuable products
The promise of synthetic cells

Research collaboration

Cells are so complex that the challenge of building synthetic cells cannot be met by a single research lab. Therefore, one of our main goals is to foster collaboration among scientists in synthetic cell research. In this section, we highlight recent collaborations in this area.


Yash and Jacqueline
Yash Jawale and Jacqueline De Lora are working together on spindle assembly inside GUVs using acoustic vibrations. They tell us more about this collaboration and how it could advance their respective research. Read more

More case studies

Meet the community

Community members give us insight into what they do, why they joined the SynCellEU community, and what they expect from the initiative.

Marten Exterkate
As a young group leader, Marten works on lipid membranes, the bilayer that forms the outer boundary of a living cell. He is seeking to understand how cells reproduce and, in particular, how the various processes involved in membrane self-replication work together.  Read more


Laura Heinen
New independent group leader in Aachen, Germany, Laura seeks to understand what it takes to bring matter to life and aims to create life-like properties in materials. Read more

More interviews

Join the community

By joining the synthetic cell community you can expand your network: you can connect with research institutions and labs all over Europe. In addition, SynCellEU can offer you the opportunity to showcase your work on synthetic cells and amplify any news or job opportunities you may have by sharing it with its wide network.

Our partners

Our goal is to create a coordinated European innovation ecosystem for synthetic cell research, where scientists can join forces with industry to advance and upscale research and stimulate technologies in Europe. We work closely with our partners, who help us plan our strategy and actively campaign with us for a pan-European innovation ecosystem. Would you like to become a partner and help us shape the future of synthetic cell research in Europe? Get in touch with us today!

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