Enzyme Engineering XXIV

An ECI Conference Series

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

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Call for Nominations: Enzyme Engineering Award

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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 

Request for Nominations

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 deadline for receipt of completed nomination packets is April 15, 2017.


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.

Deadline for abstracts for oral presentations:                    May 15, 2017
Deadline for abstracts for poster presentations:               May 15, 2017

Sponsorship Levels

Click HERE to view the various levels for sponsorship.

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.

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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.

Conference Fees

Conference Fees

The conference fees below include registration, all meals and breaks with the exception of 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 the fees to reserve accommodations.

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

The conference fees are:

Participant US $1,875.00
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
**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

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

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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