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BIOCATNET & IBioIC: Biohalogenation meeting, June 13th 2017

This meeting will review the current status of microbial halogenation and aims to stimulate discussion towards new technologies and potential applications in this area.

Selective halogenation is widely used for tuning the properties of high value bio-actives, particularly in the pharmaceuticals and agrochemicals sectors. In that context halogenation is achieved entirely by chemical methods, and such processes present environmental challenges. For these reasons biocatalytic methods for halogenation, although rare, are attractive.

Speakers:

Rebecca Goss (University of St Andrews)
Deng Hai (University of Aberdeen)
Jason Micklefield (University of Manchester)
Cormac Murphy (University College Dublin)
David O’Hagan (University of St Andrews)

Directing Biosynthesis V

22 – 24 March 2017, University of Warwick

royal_society_of_chemistry-svgNatural products produced predominantly by microorganisms and plants have inspired the development of many blockbuster drugs, crop protection agents and other high value chemicals. Biosynthetic research is strategically important commercially but also to society as a whole and will continue to help address emerging challenges in health, the environment and sustainability on a global scale. While this multidisciplinary field is driven by genetic and associated technological advances, chemistry remains the central focus with key input from the fields of organic chemistry, enzymology, biochemistry and ecology

Directing Biosynthesis V provides a significant opportunity for scientists interested in the biosynthesis of natural products to hear more about developments in the field, network and present their own work during poster sessions and talks. Sessions will include: pathway engineering, enzymology and structural biology, biosynthesis of cell walls/targets for antimicrobials, natural products discovery – a response to AMR, and chemical ecology. Oral abstract deadline 9th October.

More information, including abstract submission and registration can be found on the event website: http://www.rsc.org/events/detail/22912/

New €3.8 million SuperBIO project to support industrial innovation within the EU bioeconomy

superbio-logo-nlNNFCC are looking for SMEs ready to take part in the development of value chains through partnering with other stakeholders across Europe (feedstock, technology provider and/or end-user). SuperBIO aims to offer them access to innovation services, helping to materialise a chosen value chain.

Funding of up to € 60,000 is available for SMEs through the SuperBIO project via innovation support services (i.e. techno-economic evaluation, sustainability assessment, market appraisal, techno-economic evaluation, access to scale-up facilities).

More information can be found here.

UK Catalysis Hub JMT Catalysis Medal


UK Catalysis Hub is launching a new medal in honouring the achievements of Sir John Meurig Thomas. The medal will be awarded to Scientists working in the UK in all fields of Catalytic science and engineering. 

The deadline for nominations is 30 September 2016 and the 2016 JMT Medal will be awarded to an Early Career researcher (< 12 years from start of PhD). See the BIOCATNET news article for more information.  To submit a nomination contact Dr Josie Goodall (josie.goodall@rc-harwell.ac.uk).

http://www.ukcatalysishub.co.uk

Biotechnology YES 2016

YES is an innovative competition which aims to raise awareness of the commercialisation of scientific ideas among the research community. YES has been running for 21 years and has a track record of inspiring postgraduates to take their careers somewhere they may not have previously imagined.

How does YES work?

A team of 4 or 5 members work together to devise a business plan for a company based on hypothetical science.

Places are provided FREE of charge to most researchers.

The Chemistry and Biology of Natural Products Symposium X

On the 30th June – 1st July, the University of Warwick will host the tenth annual meeting exploring the chemistry and biology of natural products covering subjects from synthetic chemistry to microbial genetics.

This two-day symposium is aimed at postgraduate students, PDRAs and young academics but is also open to any academic/industrialist working in any areas of natural product chemistry and biology.

Industrial Biotechnology Skills Conference and Workshop, 18-19 May 2016, Manchester

This two-day BBSRC event, developed in conjunction Cogent Skills and the Industrial Biotechnology Leadership Forum, is an opportunity for early career researchers to discover more about possible career paths in Industrial Technology, including those outside the laboratory. This event will feature career development workshops and activities, as well as sessions from individuals in academia & industry highlighting various career paths and opportunities.

This event will bring together a mix of early career researchers from 8 BBSRC NIBB. BIOCATNET will sponsor up to 12 people to attend this event free of charge, these places are available to PhD students, Post-docs, and early career industry researchers. Click here to download the the event flyer.

Industrial Biotechnology Course: Biocatalysis through to Synthetic Biology


Industrial Biotechnology Course: Biocatalysis through to Synthetic Biology

When: 18-20 April 2016

Where: Biochemical Engineering, University College London

This unique module designed in collaboration with the Centre of Process Innovation (CPI) will introduce options for integrating biocatalysis into chemical manufacturing processes, and also explore successful examples of biocatalyst design, process operation and biorefining for sustainable manufacturing. In this module a series of lectures, problem solving case studies, and a practical workshop will provide close interaction with key academic and industrial speakers