Directing Biosynthesis VII

1 - 3 July 2024, Birmingham, United Kingdom



Join us in Birmingham in July 2024 for this edition of the Directing Biosynthesis series. Established in 2006, Directing Biosynthesis is a key conference for researchers interested in all aspects of biosynthesis.
This conference will bring together established researchers, early-career scientists, post-graduate students and industrial researchers to deliver an unmissable opportunity to share and discover new work, reconnect with colleagues and establish new collaborations. 
On behalf of the scientific committee, I look forward to welcoming you to Birmingham.
Kira Weissman, University of Lorraine


  • 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
Abstract Submission
Abstract submission will open Winter 2023
Registration will open early 2024

Researcher Development Grant and Training Grants

If you are an RSC Member and you are one of the following
  • A PhD student;
  • An academic researcher within 10 years of completion of a PhD (including postdoctoral researchers);
  • Working in the industry within 10 years of leaving full-time education or;
  • A technician within 10 years of leaving full-time education.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 Training Grant and we encourage you to apply as early as possible. This Grant is open for 11 months of the year – January to November.
Applicants must apply for activities occurring at least 2 months from the end of your application month. 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.

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 £1200/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).
University of Birmingham

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

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