Conferences, Seminars, Tours

SIMB 2016 Annual Meeting and Exhibition

July 24-28, 2016

Sheraton New Orleans, New Orleans, LA

Annual Meeting of the Society for Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology

The meeting will start with a keynote address by Professor Christine Smolke from Stanford University followed by the second Science Slam. The Science Slam was a new event at the 2015 Annual Meeting that was well received. At the science slam, students, postdocs, and young investigators will present an appetizer of their work in a brief dynamic presentation.

The technical program will feature sessions in the five traditional SIMB focus areas: Biocatalysis, Environmental Microbiology, Fermentation & Cell Culture, Natural Products, and Metabolic Engineering. The program committee has recruited outstanding conveners who are lining up speakers in areas such as microbiome and microbial therapeutics, microbial control and food safety, enzymes from extreme environments, technologies for high throughput screening and fermentation, synthetic biology tools and applications, advanced imaging and analytical capabilities, and moving technologies from academia to the marketplace, to name a few. A special session in honor of Arny Demain’s contributions to industrial microbiology is also planned.

ABPDU Technical Presentations at SIMB 2016
P10 Developing Streptomyces venezualae as a platform organism for production of branched fuel compounds

Sundstrom*, S. Hubbard, T. Pray and D. Tanjore, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Emeryville, CA; S. Yuzawa and L. Katz, University of California, Berkeley, Emeryville, CA

P12 Varying nutrient concentrations impact ethanol production during fermentation of cellulosic sugars from mixed feedstock

C.S. Chen*, F. Tachea, A. Narani, M. Miller, P. Coffman, T. Pray and D. Tanjore, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Emeryville, CA; T. Schofield, Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI) Program, Emeryville, CA


APEC Workshop on Promoting the Development of Biomass Energy

July 26-27, 2016

Han Noi, Vietnam

This workshop hosted by the Asia-Pacific Economic Forum, has three objectives:

1) Provide opportunities for renewable energy experts, especially those in biomass energy from APEC member economies, biomass energy producers and investors (business sector) to share advantages, disadvantages, obstacles and recommendations on how to remove the obstacles and facilitate the development of biomass energy.

2) Create a platform for APEC member economies to discuss, exchange on experiences, current strategies, policies, regulations and technologies on biomass energy facilitation and development.

3) Explore potential cooperation opportunities among APEC member economies in developing biomass energy.

ABPDU Program Director, Todd Pray, will be presenting at this Workshop.

Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals

April 25-28, 2016

Hilton Baltimore at Camden Yards, Baltimore, MD

Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals (SBFC)

The first Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals was held in 1978 and hosted by Oak Ridge National Laboratory (Oak Ridge, TN). It was the first technical meeting focusing exclusively on the biotechnologically-­‐mediated conversion of renewable feedstocks, especially lignocellulosic plant biomass, to fuels and chemicals. This annual meeting soon became large enough to be co-­‐hosted by the predecessor of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (Golden, CO) and the Symposium’s location alternated yearly between Tennessee and Colorado. In 2008, SIMB began handling the logistics of the meeting and locations were expanded to include other states, with the Symposium being held in alternate years in the eastern or western United States. While many aspects of this meeting have changed since its inception, several features remain the same.

ABPDU Presentations at the Conference

Scale-up and process integration of municipal solid waste conversion process

Presenter: Ling Liang

Evaluation of storage effect on the biomass conversion to sugars using alkaline pretreatment

Presenter: Qian He


2015 AIChE Annual Meeting

November 8-13, 2015

Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City, UT

The AIChE Annual Meeting is the premier educational forum for chemical engineers interested in innovation and professional growth. Academic and industry experts will cover wide range of topics relevant to cutting-edge research, new technologies, and emerging growth areas in chemical engineering.


ABLC Next and Tour of the ABPDU

November 2-5, 2015

Hotel Nikko, San Francisco, CA

What’s Next for the Advanced Bioeconomy?

ABLC is the largest gathering of advanced bioeconomy senior leadership on the West Coast — focusing on advanced low carbon fuels, chemicals, and materials, advanced foods, seed and trait development, crop & soil technology, drones & robotics, and waste mitigation.

Tour of ABPDU, November 2, 2015

1:00pm     An Afternoon with the NEXT generation of technologies, and technologists

Tours of the Joint Bioenergy Center / Advanced Biofuels (and Bio-based products) Process Demonstration Unit / Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Please note! Limited to the first 40 people who sign up. Bus will depart Hotel Nikko at 12:30pm.

According to BioFuels Digest, “If there’s anything that slows the advanced bioeconomy down that is under industry control, it is allocating scarce resources to the best technologies, say observers. Keeping costs down and results meeting targets, we’re told at The Digest, means accessing best-of-class partners as early as possible to reduce failure risk at (expensive) full-scale.”