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Name: Biotransformations 2020

Date: July 27-30, 2020

Place: Bad Herrenalb, Germany



Name: Biotrans 2019

Date: July 7-11, 2019

Place: Groningen, The Netherlands


The BioTrans 2019 symposium will showcase recent advances in biocatalysis research, covering various cutting edge topics in the field, from reprogramming synthetic biology and redesign of natural enzymes to development of new (chemo)enzymatic cascades and novel classes of artificial enzymes . The symposium will include invited lectures from experimentalists and theoreticians, from both academia and industry. The invited speakers are all current or emerging leaders in their respective sub-fields, and bring together the interface between chemistry and biology. The combination of these speakers in one symposium provides an exceptional opportunity to bridge disciplines and engage in active discussion, while maintaining a strong link to both academic and industrial applications. Except for various lectures by invited experts in the field, the program will include oral presentations (selected based on submitted abstracts), poster pitch talks and posters. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the topic, we welcome high-quality abstracts from any area related to the topic of the symposium, including synthetic and evolutionary biology, genetics, biomolecular engineering, protein biochemistry, computational chemistry and synthetic (bio)organic chemistry.


 Name: RRB-15 Conference - International Conference on Renewable Resources & Biorefineries

Date: Monday 3 June until Wednesday 5 June, 2019

Place: Toulouse, France


The 15th edition of the International Conference on Renewable Resources & Biorefineries will take place in Toulouse, France from Monday 3 June until Wednesday 5 June, 2019. Based on the previous RRB conferences, this conference is expected to welcome about 350 international participants from over 30 countries.

Delegates from university, industry, governmental and non-governmental organizations and venture capital providers will present their views on industrial biotechnology, sustainable (green) chemistry and agricultural policy related to the use of renewable raw materials for non-food applications and energy supply. The conference  further aims at providing an overview of the scientific, technical, economic, environmental and social issues of renewable resources and biorefineries in order to give an impetus to the biobased economy and to present new developments in this area.


Name: Masterclass Applied Biocatalysis

Date: Mon 29 April 2019 until Wed 1 May 2019

Place: Wageningen Campus, The Netherlands


This 4th masterclass will provide detailed information on the basic principles of enzymes, enzyme immobilization and matters relevant to their industrial use.


Enzymes are used in various industrial processes ranging from the ton scale conversion of starch to the gram scale synthesis of active pharmaceutical ingredients. The enzymes used in these industrial processes need to be robust, cheap and work under varying conditions.

This masterclass will provide detailed information on the basic principles of enzymes, their engineering and immobilisation, and matters relevant to their industrial use. In addition, emerging fields such as use of enzymes in combination with chemical catalysts, alternative cofactors, enzyme nanoreactors and the use of enzymes in the lab on a chip will be discussed. A special session will deal with the future possibilities of CRISP-Cas technologies. Also issues relevant to industrial practice such as intellectual property will be presented.


Name: 2nd CCBIO Symposium on Industrial Biocatalysis

Date: June 7th, 2018

Place: W├Ądenswil, Switzerland


The 2nd CCBIO Symposium will feature cutting edge topics in the field of biocatalysis, from enzyme discovery, optimization and computational design, to bioprocess engineering strategies and successful biocatalytic examples from industry.  The meeting will again provide a platform for scientific knowledge transfer and dialog for participants from industry and academia in this expanding field and give an update about the current activities of the Competence Center for Biocatalysis (CCBIO).



Name: 12th Conference on Protein Stabilization (ProtStab 2018)                        

Date: 16-18 May 2018

Place: Vilnius, Lithuania


The 12th International Conference on Protein Stabilization (ProtStab2018) will be held on the 16-18th May 2018, in Vilnius (Lithuania) at the Life Sciences Center of Vilnius University. ProtStab2018 is organized by the Lithuanian Biotechnology Association (LBTA) and Vilnius University (VU) with the European Section of Applied Biocatalysis (ESAB) of the European Federation of Biotechnology (EFB). More details can be found at The conference will cover the topics of methologies to increase protein stability, medical aspects of protein stability, enzymes from extremophiles and enzyme stabilisation for industrial processes.



Name: 6th International Conference on Novel Enzymes         

Date: 9-12 October 2018

Place: Darmstadt, Germany


 The 6th international conference on Novel Enzymes aims to provide a forum for the presentation of the most exciting advances and new findings in our understanding of enzymes. Topics of the conference will be discovery, mechanisms, engineering and application of enzymes and the deadline for the submission of abstracts for oral presentations is 5 June 2018.