Enzyme Engineering XXIV

An ECI Conference Series

September 24-28, 2017
Pierre Baudis Congress Center
Toulouse, France

Important Information for Participants

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Pierre Monsan Wins the 2017 Enzyme Engineering Award

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About ESOF Toulouse 2018
The biennial European event, EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF ) will take place in Toulouse,
European City of Science” from 9 to 14 July 2018.  “Sharing science: towards new horizons” will be the motto of this ESOF 2018 edition, a 6-in-1 event including various sections “Science”, “Sciencepolicy”, “Science to Business”, “Careers” and “Media & Science Communication” and a “Science in the City” programme dedicated to the general public.  Health and its challenges, sustainable development, transport of the future, the digital world or ethics in science are some of the themes that will be tackled through conferences, exhibitions and satellite events.

About This Conference

The Enzyme Engineering Conferences were initiated in 1971 and have become the leading international forum for the discussion of new developments in enzyme technology and biocatalysis, putting an emphasis on emerging technologies and focusing on both the fundamental and practical aspects. The proposed scope and thrust of the conference will continue this tradition and will additionally focus on new developments in the field. This conference series typically draws international participation both from industry and academia.

The specific topics will include:

  • Computational design and artificial catalysts
  • Enzymes and Synthetic Biology
  • Sequence and function-based discovery
  • Structure-Activity-Dynamics-Evolution
  • Biocatalysis I Enzyme engineering I Process development for:
    • Food/Feed/Health
    • Fine Chemicals and Commodity
  • Enzymes and Sustainable Development

Confirmed Invited Speakers

Wolfgang Aehle, B.R.A.I.N Aktiengesellschaft, Germany
Miguel Alcalde, Institute of Catalysis, ICP, CSIC, Madrid, Spain
Frances Arnold, California Institute of Technology, USA (Opening Keynote Speaker)
Yasuhisa Asano, Laboratory of Enzyme Chemistry, Biotechnology Research Center, Toyama, Japan
Kai Baldenius, BASF, Germany
Torben Borchert, Novozymes, Denmark
Uwe Bornscheuer, Dept. Biotechnology and Enzyme Catalysis, University of Greifswald, Germany
Véronique de Berardinis, Genoscope, CEA, France
Marc Delcourt, Global-BioEnergies, France
Robert DiCosimo, DuPont, USA
Vincent G. H. Eijsink, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway
Kurt Faber, Organic and Bioorganic Chemistry University of Graz, Austria
Marc Fontecave, Chemistry of Biological Processes, Collège de France, France
Daniela Grabs-Röthlisberger, Arzeda Corp., USA
Olivier Guais, ADISSEO, France
Prof. Dr. Bernhard Hauer, University of Stuttgart, Germany
Molly He, Illumina, USA
Bernard Henrissat, Laboratoire Architecture et Fonction des Macromolécules Biologiques (AFMB), France
Don Hilvert, ETH, Zurich, Switzerland
Yoshihiko Hirose, EnzymeWorks, Inc., Japan
Florian Hollfelder;  University of Cambridge, UK
Dick Janssen, Groningen Biomolecular Sciences and Biotechnology Institute, University of Groningen, The Netherlands
Dorothee Kern, Dept. of Biochemistry, Brandeis University, USA
Byung-Gee Kim, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Seoul National University, Korea
Anu Koivula, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
Tanja Kortemme, University of California, San Francisco, USA
Takashi Kuriki, Ezaki Gliko, Japan
Stefan Lutz, Department of Chemistry, Emory University, USA
Philippe Marlières, Heurisko, USA
Alain Marty, Carbios. France
Oliver May, DSM, Netherlands
Karl Heinz Maurer, AB Enzymes, Germany
Vesna Mitchell, Codexis, USA
Joelle Pelletier, Université de Montréal, Canada
Antoni Planas, IQS Universitat Ramon RUll, Barcelona, Spain
Gerard Roelfes, University of Groningen, Netherlands
Olivier Rolland, Energie Nouvelle
Claudia Schmidt Dannert, University of Minnesota, USA
Ulrich Schwaneberg,  RWTH Aachen University, Germany
Yasuaki Takakura, Ajinomoto Co.,
Eriko Takano, Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Manchester, UK
Dan Tawfik, Weizmann Institute of Science, Department of Biomolecular Sciences, Israel
Andreas Vogel, C-LECTA, Germany
Steve Withers, Department of Chemistry, University of British Columbia, Canada
Huimin Zhao, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

Conference Organization

Pierre Monsan, Toulouse White Biotechnology, France
Magali Remaud-Simeon, LISBP-INSA, University of Toulouse, France

Enzyme Engineering Award

2017 Award in Enzyme Engineering 

Nominations are closed

The Award

A piece of Steuben glassware, appropriately engraved for the awardee from Genencor; a certificate, signed and dated by an officer of Engineering Conferences International (ECI), and a financial award of US$3,000 from ECI.

The award will be presented in the names of Engineering Conferences International and Genencor.

The Presentation

The 2017 Award will be presented by the Chairs of the 24th International Conference on Enzyme Engineering in September 2017 in Toulouse, France.

The awardee is to deliver an address during the conference, a requirement for acceptance.


The award is based on any or all of the following:

  • New discoveries, research, process or device development or methodology relating to scientific or engineering achievements in the area of enzyme engineering.
  • Outstanding contributions of a scientific or engineering nature in the design, operation or management of facilities, processes or devices based primarily on enzyme engineering.
  • Distinguished service towards the development and growth of enzyme engineering.

Awardees may be from academic, governmental, industrial, or other organizations anywhere in the world and there are no age restrictions.


Nominations are now being accepted. They are to include:

One letter of nomination which is to include:
– a. Curriculum vitae (personal data, professional experience, list of publications and patents) of nominee.
– b. Record of contributions, with specific evidence of outstanding achievements.
– c. Paragraph citing the key factors on which the nomination is based.

Two letters of recommendation.

The complete nomination package should be submitted in an electronic form as a single PDF file with the name of the nominee, and should include the scanned, signed letters of support.  This file is to be sent to Barbara@engconfintl.org.

No special forms are required; however, the packet must be complete at the time of submission. Questions should be submitted to Barbara Hickernell at Barbara@engconfintl.org with the subject line 2017 Enzyme Engineering Award Question.


The Award Committee will review the nominations and recommend a candidate to the Executive Committee of the Enzyme Engineering Conference for approval.

The Executive Chair of the conference shall notify the nominee in advance of the conference, to ensure his or her willingness to accept the award, be present for its presentation and deliver the required address.

Previous Recipients of this award.

Abstract Submission

One-page abstracts should be submitted as soon as possible and no later than the deadlines noted below. The abstract should include both the significance of the research as well as results that will be discussed in order to allow a scientific assessment of the work by the organizers. Please indicate the topic for which you are submitting your abstract and whether the abstract should be considered for an oral or poster presentation.

The specific topics will include:

  • Computational design and artificial catalysts
  • Enzymes and Synthetic Biology
  • Sequence and function-based discovery
  • Structure-Activity-Dynamics-Evolution
  • Biocatalysis I Enzyme engineering I Process development for:
    • Food/Feed/Health
    • Fine Chemicals and Commodity
  • Enzymes and Sustainable Development

Only a limited number of oral presentation slots are available. Thus all submissions for oral sessions will be considered for both oral and poster presentation.

All abstracts should be submitted electronically and submissions must follow the template provided at THIS LINK.

Please prepared your abstract according to this template: docx or doc.

Deadline for abstracts for oral presentations:                    Closed
Deadline for abstracts for poster presentations:               Closed

Poster Size: A0 (118.9 cm x 84.1 cm) Portrait style

Major Sponsors

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Sponsorship Levels

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Conference Venue

With its characteristic architecture, the city of Toulouse has earned the nickname “ville rose” or “pink city” due to the color of the local building material traditionally used – terra cotta bricks.  Its other nickname is the “city of violets.”  There is a brotherhood of violets in Toulouse, as there was large-scale production of this flower.  With a medieval heritage, it is one of the most attractive destinations in France and center of the European space industry.  The city also hosts the European headquarters of Intel and CNES’s Toulouse Space Centre, the largest in Europe.  Its world-renowned university is one of the oldest in Europe (founded in 1229).  Toulouse counts two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Canal du Midi and the Basilica of St. Sernin.

Toulouse’s Place du Capitole easily passes the“great city squares of Europe” test with its vast car-free space for strolling and people-watching from one of the many cafes.  The grand building with eight columns on one side of the square is the Capitale du Toulouse, the head of government, dating from 1750. Located in southern France in the Midi-Pyrenees region, Toulouse is bisected by the Garonne River and sits near the Spanish border.  Its 17th century Canal du Midi links the Garonne to the Mediterranean Sea.

The technical sessions will be held at the

Le pont rouge et le cerisier se reflete dans le lac

modern Pierre Baudis Congress Center, conveniently located close to the center of Toulouse, surrounded by the green parks of the

Jardin de Compans Caffarelli and only about 15-20 minutes from the airport.

Useful Tourism Links:


Conference attendees need to reserve their preferred hotel accommodations directly.  Special rates have been negotiated with many hotels in Toulouse. Please use the links below to make your reservations for the conference. The links will accept reservations for the dates of 22 September – 29 September.

Please note that reserving your hotel does NOT register you for the conference.

The Mercure Hotel (Toulouse Centre Compans) and Novotel  (Toulouse Centre Campans Caffarelli) are the closest hotels to the Pierre Baudis Conference Center, where the conference will take place. A selection of many other hotels in Toulouse can be found at THIS LINK.


Transportation Information: Toulouse Airport to Conference Center

Toulouse-Blagnac International Airport (TLS) is 8 km west of Toulouse.  The city center is easily reached by the airport shuttle service or by taxi (taxis are outside the arrivals hall).

By Train:  T2 line – Airport-Palais de justice

Airport to Toulouse: first departure at 5h57 and final departure at 23h58 (00h20 on Friday and Saturday).

Toulouse to Airport: first departure from Palais de justice at 5h50, and final departure at 23h30.

Connection with the metro at the Arènes and Palais de justice stations.  You can connect to the metro station at Compans Caffarelli (in front of the Pierre Baudis Convention Center where the technical sessions will be held).

Frequency:  every 15 minutes; Journey time: 30 minutes
Fare: €1,60 for one ticket.
More information at www.tisseo.fr/en/home

Tisséo airport shuttle bus        Tel.: +33 5 61 41 70 70

Airport to Toulouse:  first departure at 5h40 and final departure at 0h15.

Toulouse to Airport:  first departure from the bus station at 5h and final departure from the bus station at 21h20.

Departures every 20 minutes, every day.  Journey time: between 20 to 45 minutes.
Stops in the city center:  Compans-Caffarelli (by convention center), Jeanne d’Arc, Jean-Jaurès, train station Matabiau-SNCF, bus station.
Fares:  €8 per trip, €15 two trips for one person.

Taxi:  Average fare from airport to city center: €25.

Conference Fees

The conference fees below include registration, all meals and breaks with the exception of all breakfasts and dinner on Wednesday, conference banquet, taxes, and gratuities from the welcome reception on Sunday through the banquet on Thursday.

Accommodations are not included – see section above Conference Fees to reserve accommodations.

Registration will be available as soon as the preliminary program is available.

The conference fees are:

Register on or before August 21, 2017 Register after
August 21, 2017
Participant US $1,875.00 US $2,075.00
Bona fide Graduate Student  (Those in this category must send proof of current status – copy of current Student ID can be faxed to 1-212-514-6030 or emailed to Kathy@engconfintl.org) US $1,460.00 US $1,660.00
**Fees for Guest/accompanying person (Includes all meals and drinks as well as the conference banquet). Guests are not permitted to attend technical sessions. US $505.00 US $505.00

If you plan to bring children to the conference, please contact ECI (info@engconfintl.org) for pricing.

Special Notes for Payment

We suggest that you register as soon as possible and all participants are encouraged to register before August 21, 2017.  There is a discounted price for registering before this date. Late registrations will be accepted on a space available basis.

Your registration is not officially confirmed until we receive payment of the amount due.  ECI reserves the right to cancel your registration if payment is not received. Your invoice/receipt will automatically be e-mailed upon receipt of your registration.

Because of contractual guarantees made with the conference center for meal functions, no shows, late arrivals, missed meals and early departures cannot receive fee adjustments.  If you have a disability and may require accommodation in order to participate fully in this conference, please indicate this when you register. An ECI representative will contact you to discuss your specific needs. If you have special dietary requirements (e.g., vegetarian or a food allergy), please make a note on your registration.  The chef needs to know this information in advance if we are to accommodate you. ECI will attempt to accommodate special requests such as Kosher or Halal meals, but such meals may not be available at all conference sites. Any additional costs for special meal requests must be paid by the participant to ECI.

Payment must be made by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Amex), check or money order drawn on a U.S. bank in U.S. dollars, payable to ENGINEERING CONFERENCES INTERNATIONAL. Checks or money orders in any other currencies are NOT ACCEPTABLE.  Payment is made on the web site except for those who are sending payment by wire transfer or have a purchase order from their company/institution.

WIRE TRANSFER PAYMENT: If you are planning to make payment by wire transfer, please contact ECI for the bank information. You must add $30 to cover ECI bank charges. Please reference your full name and the conference title.  Either fax a copy of your bank transfer papers to ECI (Fax: +1-212-514-6030) or email a scanned copy to kathy@engconfintl.org.  This is very important – otherwise it is extremely difficult to trace your payment and you may not receive a receipt prior to the conference.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation must be received by ECI in writing at least 28 days prior to the start of the conference in order for a full refund (less a processing fee) to be considered. The ECI auditors require that refunds for all conference cancellations be processed after the conference so that the necessary back-up information (e.g., hotel list of those in-house) can be attached to the refund request and ECI can verify that the hotel has not charged a cancellation fee.

Cancellation fees:

  • Cancellations received more than 28 days prior to the conference start date are subject to a processing fee of 4% of the total fee, plus any direct expenses incurred by ECI.
  • Cancellations received 15 – 28 days prior to the conference start date are subject to a $250 cancellation fee plus any direct expenses incurred by ECI.
  • Cancellations received 8 – 14 days prior to the conference start date are subject to a $500 cancellation fee plus any direct expenses incurred by ECI.
  • No refunds will be issued for cancellations received less than 7 days prior to the conference start date.
  • No refunds will be issued due to inclement weather or travel disruptions/cancellations.

Registrations can be transferred without incurring any penalty or cancellation fee.

Denied or delayed visa

If a participant is forced to cancel due to a denied or delayed entry visa, ECI will issue a full refund provided that ECI has been notified of a potential visa issue at least four weeks prior to the conference start date.

Change of payment method

If an attendee who has already paid the conference fee with a credit card requests that the fee be refunded to that card so that it can be paid in a different manner (e.g., charged to an alternate credit card, or paid via check or bank transfer), a processing fee of 4% of the total fee amount will apply.


It may be necessary for reasons beyond the control of ECI to alter the content and timing of the program or the identity of the speakers. In the unfortunate circumstance that an event is cancelled, ECI is not liable for any costs incurred by participants in connection with their attendance.

Smoking is prohibited at ECI conferences and conference functions.

Should you have specific questions regarding your registration, please contact Kathy Chan (Kathy@engconfintl.org).

Final Program

Please click This Link to view the final program and posters.

Register Now!

Please click HERE to register for this conference.

General Information

Engineering Conferences International (ECI) is a global engineering conferences program, originally established in 1962, that provides opportunities for the exploration of problems and issues of concern to engineers and scientists from many disciplines.

The format of the weeklong research conference provides morning and late afternoon or evening sessions in which major presentations are made. Available time is included during the afternoons for ad hoc meetings, informal discussions, and/or recreation. This format is designed to enhance rapport among participants and promote dialogue on the development of the meeting. We believe that the conferences have been instrumental in generating ideas and disseminating information to a greater extent than is possible through more conventional forums.

All participants are expected both to attend the entire conference and to contribute actively to the discussions. The recording/photographing of lectures and presentations is forbidden. As ECI conferences take place in an informal atmosphere, casual clothing is the usual attire.

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