Directing Biosynthesis VI

29 June - 1 July 2020, Edinburgh, United Kingdom


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Introduction
You are warmly invited to join us in Edinburgh in June 2020. The Directing Biosynthesis conference has been a key meeting in the biosynthetic research calendar for over a decade and is set to be a highlight in 2020 for the community of researchers interested in the biosynthesis of natural products.

Organised by the Royal Society of Chemistry, the 2020 conference will host some of the leading researchers from around the world. It promises to be a great forum for researchers working in biosynthesis to network with and build strong collaborations within their community and related disciplines.

Networking and discussion are an important part of Directing Biosynthesis and the main poster sessions have been timed for the middle of the day to give ample and priority time for this key aspect.

Themes

Directing Biosynthesis VI will cover all aspects of microbial, plant and marine natural products research, including:
  • Natural product discovery
  • Genetics, enzymology and structural biology of natural product biosynthesis
  • Biosynthetic engineering and synthetic biology
  • Biological function and mechanism of action
  • Industrial applications of natural products and biosynthetic enzymes

Attendance

The Royal Society of Chemistry is keen to encourage and enable as many people as possible to attend our events, to benefit from the networking opportunities and the chance to hear talks from leaders in the field. If you would like to discuss accessibility, or have childcare, caring responsibilities or other care needs, please contact us to discuss your requirements so that we can enable your attendance. Please refer also to our Grants for carers fund, for more information please see the ‘bursaries’ section on this page.

Speakers
Abstract Submission

Oral Abstracts

The oral abstract should outline current research in progress,  the deadline for submission is 29 January 2020

Poster Abstracts  

Submit your poster abstract by 22 April 2020. Posters are displayed throughout the meeting. 

Additional Information

Authors will be notified of the outcome of the review process within about 4 weeks of the submission deadline. The abstracts should be no longer than one A4 page in portrait layout. Please ensure you provide the details of the presenting author and indicate whether you are submitting an abstract for oral or poster presentation. 
Registration
Please read the registration information before registering.
You can register by clicking on the online registration link on this page.
Please note accommodation is not included in the registration fee.

 Registration includes:
  • Attendance at the sessions 
  • Refreshments throughout the meeting
  • Lunch on all three days
  • Attendance at the drinks reception on Monday 29 June 2020
  • Attendance at the conference dinner on Tuesday 30 June 2020 (transport provided from and to the conference venue)
  • For non-member registrants, membership of the Royal Society of Chemistry until the end of 2021.      

Registration Fees

Subject to the prevailing rate of VAT
 
EarlyBird
(by 11 May 2020)
Standard
(by 1 June 2020)
Member* £354.17 £400.00
Non-member £445.83 £491.67
Student member £245.83 £287.50
Student non - member £266.67 £308.33

* If you are an Royal Society of Chemistry member and wish to register for this meeting, please select the member option on the online registration page. You will need to enter your membership number.  

Conference Dinner

The conference dinner on Tuesday 30 June is included in the registration fee.  Transport will be provided from the University.
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Bursaries
We have two types of grants available to attend this meeting:
  • A limited number of non-competitive travel grants of up to £200 are available for PhD students and early career scientists. These are assigned on a first come, first served basis.  Applicants must be Royal Society of Chemistry members of any level at the time of making their application.
  • Competitive grants of up to £800 are available to assist with international travel expenses for PhD students, postdocs within 10 years of completing their PhD and early career scientists (including technicians and industrialists) within 10 years of leaving full time education. In addition, applicants must be Royal Society of Chemistry members of any level at the time of making their application. 
To take advantage of the competitive grants and many other benefits, become a member. Follow the link on the right hand side to find out more and join today!
  
Applications for either grant should be submitted as early as possible. 
 

Grants for Carers

Grants for carers have been introduced following the Royal Society of Chemistry Breaking the barriers report where 78% of chemists working in UK academia felt that managing parenting and/or caring responsibilities has an impact on women’s retention and progression. This fund is not limited to women scientists and welcomes applications from anyone with caring responsibilities. These grants have been supported by The Royal Society of Chemistry’s Chemists’ Community Fund.

Caring responsibilities are wide and varied, and so each application will be individually assessed, examples of applications that we will consider include:
  • paying for extra home help or nursing care for a dependent whilst you will not be present
  • additional medical/respite care for a dependent whilst you will not be present
  • travel expenses for a relative to travel with you to care for dependents whilst you attend a meeting or event
  • paying for extended hours with a care worker/childminder/play scheme to cover time when you will arrive home later than normal.
You are eligible to apply if: 
  • you are a chemist
  • you will incur additional caring expenses whilst attending a chemistry-related meeting, conference, event or workshop or a professional development event
  • you will use these funds to cover the cost of care that you usually provide 
  • you are based in the UK or Ireland or if not, you will normally have held three years RSC membership (past or current).
Sponsorship & supporting organisations
A selection of sponsorship opportunities is available for companies who would like to promote their activities at Directing Biosynthesis VI 

As well as booking a table top exhibition space, there are opportunities to sponsor social events, advertise in the abstract book or place a promotional item in delegate packs. For further information and prices please download the sponsorship menu from this page.

Please note that exhibition spaces are limited, spaces will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

If you would like more information about sponsoring Directing Biosynthesis VI , please contact the Commercial Sales Department at the Royal Society of Chemistry (solutions@rsc.org)  Sponsorship Menu
Venue
University of Edinburgh

John McIntyre Conference Centre, University of Edinburgh, 18 Holyrood Park, Edinburgh, EH16 5AY, United Kingdom

Accommodation
Edinburgh has a wide choice of accommodation to suit all budgets, please see the links on this page for further information.

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