Directing Biosynthesis VII

1 - 3 July 2024, Birmingham, United Kingdom


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Introduction

Welcome

Together with the organizing committee and the Royal Society of Chemistry, I would like to extend a warm invitation to join us in Birmingham in July 2024 for the next edition of the Directing Biosynthesis series. Established in 2006, and now in its seventh iteration, Directing Biosynthesis is a key conference for the community of researchers interested in diverse aspects of biosynthesis.
 
As in the past, this conference will bring together established researchers, early-career scientists, post-graduate students and members of industry to share and discover cutting-edge research, reconnect with colleagues and establish new collaborations. Ample opportunities will be provided for both networking and discussion, as well as for poster presentations by younger researchers. 
 
On behalf of the scientific committee, I look forward to welcoming you to Birmingham in 2024.
 
Kira J. Weissman, University of Lorraine

Themes

  • Genetics, enzymology and structural biology of natural product biosynthesis 
  • Genome and microbiome mining, microbiome engineering 
  • Synthetic biology and metabolic engineering
  • Chemical ecology and computational approaches for assessing natural products/enzyme functional diversity 
  • Industrial applications of natural products and biosynthetic enzymes

Careers consultations

A qualified career and professional development adviser for the Royal Society of Chemistry will be available for free one-to-one, confidential consultations on any aspect of your career.

Consultations are available for all meeting attendees on 2 and 3 July, and can be booked using the link on this page.
 
Your consultation will be for 15 minutes and could include:

  • Considering your next career step
  • CV checks
  • Job searching strategies

The Chemistry and Biology of Natural Products Symposium XVII - University of Warwick

Directing Biosynthesis VII will be followed on Thursday 4 and Friday 5 July 2024 by The Chemistry and Biology of Natural Products Symposium XVII, a 2 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 VII  will cover all aspects of microbial, plant and marine natural products research, including:
  • Genetics, enzymology and structural biology of natural product biosynthesis 
  • Genome and microbiome mining, microbiome engineering 
  • Synthetic biology and metabolic engineering
  • Chemical ecology and computational approaches for assessing natural products/enzyme functional diversity 
  • Industrial applications of natural products and biosynthetic enzymes

Oral abstracts

Submit your abstract before 5 February 2024

Poster abstracts

Submit your poster abstract before 22 April 2024

Posters are displayed throughout the meeting and are in person only. 

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 sessions 
  • Refreshments throughout the meeting and lunch on all three days
  • Attendance at the poster drinks reception
  • 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
Member £375 +VAT £425 +VAT
Non-member* £475 +VAT £525 +VAT
Student member £250 +VAT £300 +VAT
Student non-member* £285 +VAT £335 +VAT
Conference dinner £55 +VAT £55 +VAT
Accompanying person £80 +VAT £80 +VAT

Please note accommodation is not included in the in-person registration fee.

Virtual registration includes:
  • ​Live streaming of all scientific sessions 
  • Access to recordings of all scientific sessions post-event 

Virtual registration fees are as follows (subject to VAT at the prevailing rate):
 
Member £130 +VAT
Non member* £155 +VAT
Student member £70 +VAT
Student non member* £95 +VAT

*For non-member registrants, affiliate membership of the Royal Society of Chemistry until the end of 2024 is available, the affiliate membership application will be processed and commence once the registrant has attended the event.

Conference dinner

This will be held on Tuesday 2 July 2024 at the Edgbaston Park Hotel.  The cost to attend is £55 +VAT, you can book your place during registration.

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 £80 +VAT which will include all lunches and refreshments. The fee does not include attendance at any scientific sessions or the conference dinner.

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

Grants for carers

With our Grants for carers, you can apply for up to £1,200 per year to help you attend a chemistry-related meeting, conference or workshop or a professional development event. This money would be used to cover any additional costs you incur, paying for care that you usually provide.  Please visit the website for further information and eligibility criteria.

Accessibility grants

With our Accessibility grants, you can apply for up to £1,200 per year to help with the cost of specific support to attend a chemistry-related meeting, conference, workshop or professional development event. This support might be any form of equipment, service, or other personal expense associated with meeting your access needs.

Researcher Development and Travel Grants

If you are an RSC member and you are one of the following:
  • a PhD student actively undertaking a PhD course in the chemical sciences; 
  • a researcher in the chemical sciences (including post docs, research technicians and research assistants), working in academia, industry or any sector, within 10 years of leaving full time education (at the time of the application deadline).
You can apply for up to £500 to support your participation in this event.

Please note it is not necessary to have confirmation of abstract acceptance before applying for a Researcher Development and Travel Grant and we encourage you to apply as early as possible. 
 
Please see the website for up-to-date information on eligibility, how to apply and submission deadlines.
 
Researcher Development and Travel Grants can be applied for in addition to Grants for Carers and Assistance Grants.
Exhibitors & supporting organisations
A selection of sponsorship opportunities are available for companies who would like to promote their activities at Directing Biosynthesis VII.

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

We would like to thank the following companies for thier support: Sponsorship Menu
Venue
University of Birmingham

Bramall Music Building, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TT, United Kingdom

Accommodation
Edgbaston Park Hotel is a short walk from the University Campus.  They can offer the following promtion for conference delegates wishing to stay at the hotel.

The given promotional code is valid for reservations for 30th of June, 1st of July and 2nd of July 2024 only and entitles you to a discounted rate of 15% off our flexible rates.
 
You may book by emailing reservations@edgbastonparkhotel.com or by ringing 0121 414 8888 (Option 1) or through our website. In either case, please quote your given promotional code. RSC24
  
All room bookings are subject to availability, and will be available on a first come, first serve basis.
 
Please note that this code is valid for Standard rooms only and the given code must be applied at the time of booking to guarantee the agreed discounted rate. 
 
Please note that the discount code expires on 19.5.24. Guests will not be able to book using the code after this date but may be able to book at the standard rate if there is availability.

Edgbaston Park Hotel Use promo code RSC24 to receive 15% off standard rooms before 19 May 2024 https://www.edgbastonparkhotel.com/

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