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 (

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.

ESSIB 2016: European Summer School on Industrial Biotechnology


The third edition of the “European Summer School on Industrial Biotechnology” will take place in Barcelona, 5th-9th September, 2016 with a focus on “Bioprocess design and optimisation for the production of recombinant proteins: Concepts, tools, methods and current challenges”. The summer school is aimed towards PhD students and postdocs, preferentially from European labs, and started in 2014 to take place annually in a different country and with a different focus for each edition. The Summer School is currently organized by a network of three partners (University of Milano-Bicocca, Department of Biotechnology and Biosciences), the University of Stuttgart (Institute of Technical Biochemistry), and the Autonomous University of Barcelona (Department of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering). More partners are invited to join the network.

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.

BIOCATNET, CBMNet, BioProNet Event – Overcoming Cellular Barriers: Implications for Industrial Biotechnology

Three BBSRC NIBB – BioCatNet, BioProNet, and CBMNet – are hosting a two day event to address the challenges of protein secretion and targeting in Industrial Biotechnology. Three themes form the backdrop of the meeting: Protein Trafficking in Eukaryotic Cells, Protein Export from Bacterial Cell Factories, and Delivery of Therapeutic Proteins and Other Molecules to Targets.

8th SIÑAL EXHIBITION: Biobased Products and Solutions, 24-25 May 2016

The UKTI New Technologies team in Lyon is happy to partner with ABE events to bring you the 8th edition of the SIÑAL EXHIBITION which will be held on the 24th & 25th May 2016 in Châlons-en-Champagne. More inofrmation can be found on the website:

SIÑAL EXHIBITION focuses on Biobased Products and Solutions. Every year, thanks to an effective business meeting system, SIÑAL EXHIBITION brings together professionals, academics and researchers around topics such as BIOBASED MATERIALS, PLANT-BASED CHEMISTRY AND BIOENERGY

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