Directing Biosynthesis VI

27 - 29 June 2022, Edinburgh, United Kingdom


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Introduction

This will be a hybrid event, allowing participation both in person and online. 

Welcome

You are warmly invited to join us in Edinburgh, or online, in June 2022. 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 2022 for the community of researchers interested in the biosynthesis of natural products.

Organised by the Royal Society of Chemistry, the 2022 conference will host some of the leading researchers from around the world.

The conference promises to be a great forum for established and early-career scientists, post-graduate students and industrial researchers to network with each other and build strong collaborations for the future. Networking and discussion are an important part of Directing Biosynthesis and the main poster sessions will be timed to give ample and priority time for this key aspect.

On behalf of the organising committee, I look forward to welcoming you in Edinburgh, or online.
 
Greg Challis University of Warwick

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

The Chemistry and Biology of Natural Products Symposium XV

Directing Biosynthesis VI will be followed on Thursday 30 June by The Chemistry and Biology of Natural Products Symposium XV, a 1 day symposium dedicated to presentations by PhD students, postdocs and other early career researchers. Registration for the two meetings is separate, please see the symposium link for further details.

Speakers
Abstract Submission

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

Oral abstracts

The deadline for oral abstracts has now passed.

Poster abstracts

The deadline for poster abstracts has now passed.

Posters are displayed throughout the meeting, both in-person and virtually.
 
As this conference is being planned as a hybrid event we will be using a dedicated online poster platform to show all posters. Poster presenters who are attending the conference in-person will also need to print and display their poster physically. If your poster is accepted for this event, you will receive an email from us with further information for those attending in-person and inviting you log on to the poster platform where you will be able to upload a PDF of your poster.

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

Planning your trip

We encourage delegates who are planning to attend events in person to arrange suitable travel and accommodation insurance, which should include cover for the postponement or cancellation of travel caused by regulations and guidelines relating to Covid-19. We also recommend considering flexible travel and accommodation booking options where possible.

In-person registration includes:
  • Attendance at all scientific sessions
  • Attendance at the poster session and access to the virtual poster gallery
  • Refreshments throughout the meeting and lunch on all three days
  • Attendance at the poster drinks reception
  • Attendance at the conference dinner on Tuesday 28 June 2022
  • Access to recordings of all scientific sessions post-event
Virtual registration includes:
  • ​Attendance at all scientific sessions via the Royal Society of Chemistry’s virtual conference platform
  • Live interaction with delegates attending in-person and other virtual delegates
  • Access to the virtual poster gallery and exhibitor/sponsor virtual rooms
  • Access to recordings of all scientific sessions post-event 
In-person registration fees are as follows (subject to VAT at the prevailing rate):
 
Early bird Standard
RSC Member* £350 £400
Non-member** £450 £500
RSC Student member* £250 £300
Student non-member £275 £325
Accommpanying person £100 £100
 
Please note accommodation is not included in the in-person registration fee.
 
Virtual registration fees are as follows (subject to VAT at the prevailing rate):
 
RSC Member* £125
Non-member** £175
RSC Student member* £75
Student non-member £95

* If you are a 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.

**For non-member registrants, affiliate membership of the Royal Society of Chemistry until the end of 2022 is available, the affiliate membership application will be processed and commence once the registrant has attended the event.

Accompanying person

If you would like to bring a guest to the conference, this can be done during the registration process. There will be a charge of £100 which will include all lunches, refreshments and the conference dinner. The fee does not include attendance at any scientific sessions.

Accessibility

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, please contact us to discuss your requirements so that we can enable your attendance.
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Bursaries

Researcher Development Grants

If you are an RSC member and a PhD student or postdoctoral researcher based at a higher education or research institution you are eligible to apply for a Researcher Development Grant.

This grant can provide up to £500 towards activities that will develop your skills and experience as a researcher, which includes participation at conferences, either in-person or virtual.

Applications are processed monthly, with the deadline for each round being the last day of the month, and decisions being sent out by the 21st of the following month. Researcher Development Grants can be applied for in addition to Grants for Carers and Assistance Grants.

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.

You can apply for up to a maximum of £1000/year to assist with additional financial costs that you incur for care usually provided by you whilst you attend a chemistry related meeting, conference or workshop or a professional development event.

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).
Programme

Scientific programme

A PDF of the full scientific programme can be downloaded from the Downloads section at the top of this page.

Careers consultations

https://events.rsc.org/rsc/2542/register
DBVI delegates can also book a CV consultation with an RSC career and professional development adviser who will review your CV and provide one-to-one advice. 
If the slots are fully booked, please email careers@rsc.org including information that you are attending DBVI and the Careers Team will contact you directly to arrange an alternative slot. Please note these consultations are only available for RSC members.
Sponsorship & supporting organisations
A selection of sponsorship opportunities are available for companies who would like to promote their activities at Directing biosynthesis VI.

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

University of Edinburgh, 18 Holyrood Park Rd, Edinburgh, EH16 5AW, United Kingdom


This event is a hybrid event. For those attending in-person, venue details are as above. Virtual attendance will take place via the Royal Society of Chemistry’s virtual conference platform.

We are actively planning to hold this event in a hybrid format. Should the event move to be held in virtual-only format, any in-person delegate registrations will be refunded for the difference between in-person and virtual registration fees.
Accommodation
There is a selection of accommodation on the University Campus, which can be booked direct.  By using the code EVENT you will receive a 15% discount on the best flexible B&B price. Please note this excludes any promotions or other deals that may be running.  Payment is taken at time of booking.

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