Microbial Engineering II

An ECI Conference Series

April 19-23, 2020
Grande Real Santa Eulalia Hotel
Albufeira, Portugal

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Preliminary Program

Call for Abstracts

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About This Conference

The first ECI Conference on Microbial Engineering in March 2018 brought together leaders in Synthetic Biology, Metabolic Engineering and Bioprocessing both from industry and the academic community.  Examples of applications included natural products, therapeutic proteins, vaccines and biosynthesis of a great variety of organic chemicals.

Based on the success of this meeting we plan to hold a second ECI Conference “Microbial Engineering II” from April 19 to April 23, 2020 in Albufeira, Portugal.  We are confident that this will capture the exciting progress being made and highlight practical applications.

We conclude that with so many advances occurring in so many different areas that we are on the leading edge of major change in applications of Microbial Engineering.  These breakthroughs will improve our health and our environment!

We invite you to sign up for future mailings for this conference.

Barry Buckland and Eli Keshavarz-Moore

Click on This Link to view the last conference in this series.

Conference Sessions

Session Chairs: Arindam Bose and Brigitte Gasser

Session Chairs: Tiffany Rau and Joel Cherry

Session Chair: John Aunins

Session Chairs: Steffi Frank and Barry Buckland

Session Chair:  Behnam Taidi

Session Chairs: Dan Bracewell  and Jim Swartz

Session Chairs: Karen Polizzi  and Neil Dixon

Chair:  Eli Keshavarz-Moore

Co-Chairs:  Brenda Parker and Laura Stoffels

Invited Speakers (confirmed)

Charles Cooney, MIT (Continuous Processing)

Jay Keasling, University of California Berkeley (Engineered microbial pathways for making industrial chemicals) (Alternative Fuels)

Chris Love, MIT (Therapeutic Proteins Process Intensification)

Diethard Mattanovich, BOKU (Microbial Cell Factory Design)

Kristala Prather, MIT (Metabolic Engineering)

Hari Pujar, MODERNA (mRNA Therapeutics)

Rahul Singvi, TAKEDA  (Vaccines)

Christina Smolke, ANTHEIA (Natural Products)

Conference Organization

Conference Chairs:  

Eli Keshavarz-Moore, University College London
Barry Buckland, BiologicB

Organizing Committee:

Dicky Abraham (Merck & Co., Inc.)
John Aunins (SERES)
Arindam Bose (Independent)
Manuel Carrondo (IBET)
Tim Charlebois (Pfizer)
Joel Cherry (Digestiva)
Neil Dixon, University of Manchester, UK
Stephanie Frank (University College London)
Parrish Galliher (GE)
Brigitte Gasser (BOKU)
Beth Junker (BPA)
Jay Keasling (University of California Berkeley)
Chris Love (MIT)
Gautam Nayar (BMS)
Aaron Pilling (KBI Biopharma, Inc.)
Karen Polizzi (IC)
Kristala L. Jones Prather (MIT)
Hari Pujar (Moderna)
Tiffany Rau
Rahul Singhvi (Takeda Vaccines)
Martin Smyth (Sartorius-Stedim)
Behnam Taidi (CentraleSupélec)
Ronen Tchelet (Dyadic)

Abstract Submission

Abstracts (one page maximum) that include specific results and conclusions to allow a scientific assessment of the proposed oral presentation are invited.  Please prepared your abstract according to this template: docx or doc.

You may choose up to two sessions from the list below where you feel your work fits best.

  • Primary Metabolites
  • Natural Products and Secondary Metabolites
  • Microbiome   
  • Vaccines
  • Biopolymers / Biofuels
  • Cell Free Protein Synthesis 
  • Therapeutic Proteins and Peptides

or     No Particular Session

Abstracts must be submitted electronically using the template provided at THIS LINK.

Oral abstract submission deadline:                January 8, 2020         

Poster abstract submission deadline:             January 20. 2020

Abstracts of all presentations will be made available to conference participants prior to the start
of the conference.

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

Major Sponsors

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Sponsorship Levels

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Conference Venue

Situated in the extreme south of Portugal, the Algarve was the final piece of territory to be conquered from the Moors by the Portuguese King Dinis in 1292. Traces of Moorish presence are still seen in its architecture – terraces, chimneys and whitewashed houses. The name Albufeira has its etymological root in the Arabic, a result from the maritime trade relations with North Africa. Al-Buhera means “Sea Castle,” which may reflect the existence of a fort in the region. The great 1755 Lisbon earthquake destroyed the town of Albufeira, destroying activity which was only resumed in the mid- 19th century. For years the export of fish and several nuts were the main economic sources of the region. Tourist activity arose in the 1960s.

The Algarve, known for its idyllic beaches and ideal temperatures, is just three hours from Lisbon by motorway. In the northern part of the Algarve, the hills of Espinhaço de Cão, Monchique and Serra do Caldeirão shelter the coast from strong winds. This brightly colored region, with its fig and carob trees, orange groves and almond trees in blossom complement the rich green vegetation and fertile land so characteristic of the whole of the northern Algarve. In strong contrast with the north, the southern Algarve is a coastal zone with long stretches of sandy beach, separated by extraordinary rugged cliffs and fantastic grottoes.

The town of Albufeira is a cosmopolitan town rich in historical and cultural sites. Notable attractions include the 19th Century Clock Tower (a symbol of the city), and the charming 18th Century parish church built in neo-classical style. The remains of one of the towers of the old Castle Wall can be explored as can the Arch of the Travessa da Igreja Velha, a beautiful example of Arab architecture.

Other nearby places of interest include Castro Marim (one can visit the dirt-built Castle), the Old Town of Faro, the Ilhas da Ria Formosa (National Park), the old town of Lagos with its old slave market, Loulé, Paderne (last Moorish castle ruin – one of the battlements featured on the Portuguese flag), Vila do Bispo, Sagres (the western most point of Europe and strongest lighthouse in Europe), and Silves where one can visit the medieval castle and old Moorish town.

The following web sites contain useful information:

Tourism Links:

Tourism in Portugal          Tourism in Albufeira          Tourism in Algarve 

Weather:  High temperatures in the Algarve at this time of year (April) average around 20°C (68°F), and the nightly lows are about 12°C (54°F).  Bring appropriate clothing and sun protection.  Keep in mind that you may want a sweater, as conference rooms tend to be chilly at the beginning of the session.  Chcck the weather HERE.   

Conference Hotel:  The conference will be held at the Grande Real Santa Eulalia Hotel in Albufeira, Algarve, Portugal. The resort has state of the art conference facilities and has hosted numerous meetings. It boasts 1,500 square meters of meeting space, including a large ballroom area, five breakout rooms, a business centre and two large foyers. The hotel offers free wireless internet in the conferences area and guest rooms. There is a Thalasso Spa with a fitness room, sauna and heated indoor interactive swimming pool, four tennis courts, and four outdoor heated swimming pools (including a salt water pool). A small gift shop is on site. Dry cleaning and laundry services are available. Family amenities include a children’s pool, babysitting and supervised activities. Parking is free. There is direct access to the Santa Eulalia beach and multiple golf courses in the area. The hotel is also a short distance from Maria Luisa Beach and Oura Beach.

The bedrooms have satellite television, air conditioning, climate control, safes and minibars.


The Municipality of Albufeira lies on the southern coast of Portugal, in the Algarve. As a tourist destination, Albufeira offers good air, rail and road links. The nearest airport is Faro International Airport, 35Km from Albufeira, which is served by various national and international links.

The Algarve is served by two main roads which extend parallel along the southern coast, the A22 Motorway (Castro Marim to Vila do Bispo) and the National Road 125 (Vila Real de Sto. António to Sagres), both passing close to Albufeira, linking it with Faro.

The road link between Albufeira and Lisbon is the A2 SUL Motorway and by the IP1, and the rail link is the Lisbon-Faro line. The nearest train station is 11Km from the hotel.

The hotel offers a free shuttle to Albufeira.

Transportation from the Faro Airport (FAO) to the Grande Real Santa Eulalia Resort in Albufeira

The distance from the Faro Airport to Albufeira is approximately 46 km and the transfer takes about 40 minutes.

There are numerous transportation choices available including rental cars, taxis, limousines, shared shuttles and buses.

We do not recommend local buses – the trip is longer and the bus will not drop you off at the hotel and you will need a taxi for the last part of the journey. The local bus will pass through the airport approximately every 30 minutes.  You will first be transported to the Faro Bus Station at Faro City and then you will need to check the schedule for your next bus. (Note that on weekends buses are not as frequently available as during the week.)  This local bus only goes to the bus station, which is a mile (1.6km) from Albufeira.  A transfer to another bus is then necessary for the tourist hotel areas and old town; however the same ticket can be used. Note that the last bus from Faro to the Albufeira station is at 7:40 pm on weekdays and 6:45 on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.

Shared shuttles are available.  One of the companies offering shared shuttles is Shuttle Direct.  Choose your language and currency to get a quotation (for both a private transfer and a shared shuttle).  Use FAO as the airport and Grande Hotel Santa Eulalia as the destination.  Frequently you will need to wait in line to board the vehicle.  You will travel through the Algarve with multiple stops until you reach your destination.

Pre-booked Private Transfers:  This is usually your best choice as you pre-book your transfer online, insert your personal information and your flight details. On the day of your arrival a driver will be waiting for you at Faro Airport arrival’s hall with a sign with your name on it.  Some of the vendors are:

Sun Transfers offers both private car and minibus transfers.  If you are travelling with several companions, this might be worth considering.

Faro Airport Transfers provides fixed rates for private transfers.  The driver meets you at the arrivals hall and guides you to your assigned transfer vehicle, which may vary from an estate car for 4 passengers to a mini-bus which holds 19 passengers.

Local Taxis – Local taxis are exactly the same as some of the pre-booked transfers as they will transport you directly to the hotel, with no extra stops.  The inconvenience of getting this type of transfer is that they are much more expensive than a pre-booked transfer.  The taxis are metered.

By Train:  For specific train times & bookings, please consult official train site : www.cp.pt

Please note that the earliest train from Albufeira / Ferreiras train station to Lisbon is at 06H55 (am), due to arrive in Lisbon – Gare Orient ( near Lisbon Airport ) at approx 09H55 (am).

For more detailed information, check the Faro Airport Guide.

Transportation from the Lisbon Airport.

Conference Fees and Registration

Coming soon.

The conference fee for Microbial Engineering (single room, all meals from Sunday dinner through Friday breakfast with the exception of Tuesday night dinner on your own in Old Town Albufeira) is US$2525.  Registration will open in December 2019.

Preliminary Program

Please use This Link to view the preliminary program.

General Information about ECI

Engineering Conferences International (ECI) is a not-for-profit, 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 conference provides morning and late afternoon or evening sessions in which major presentations are made. Poster sessions will be scheduled for evening discussion as well. 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 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.

Smoking is prohibited at ECI conferences and conference functions.

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