April 25-28, 2016, Hilton Baltimore at Camden Yards, Baltimore, MD
Call for Abstracts
The Society for Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology is currently accepting abstracts for oral and poster presentations to be presented at the 38th Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals (SBFC). Technical talks and posters make up the majority of presentations, however detailed and informative presentations regarding commercial- and demonstration-scale endeavors advancing and promoting the emerging bio-based economy are strongly encouraged. Presenters are asked to submit their abstracts to one of the six general research tracks listed below. The anticipated number of sessions for each track is indicated parenthetically, but may vary based on the number and quality of abstracts received in each track. Similar to recent years, each session is expected to have 7 oral presentations. Those abstracts not selected for oral presentations will automatically transferred to a poster session. Poster presentations are not expected to be limited.
Technical abstracts for oral and/or poster presentations for the 38th SBFC are being accepted in the following research topics:
Renewable plant-based feedstocks are the starting materials for any biomass conversion process. This track focuses on manipulation, analysis, and the logistics of optimizing these feedstocks for subsequent conversion, whether in a constrained process or more generally. Manipulation of feedstock properties to enhance conversion, including higher enzymatic or microbial reaction rates or yields, are of particular interest. The following lists general, non-exclusive topics of interest for this track:
Pretreatment and fractionation encompasses a wide variety of processes for making biomass feedstocks more amenable to enzymatic or microbial conversion. Numerous methodologies exist and there are distinct advantages and drawbacks to each. Advances in technical approaches that decrease conversion costs through increasing rates and yields of products are of particular interest. Fractionation methodologies used to subdivide biomass into its major constituents (cellulose, hemicellulose, lignin) are also of high interest. The following lists general, non-exclusive topics of interest for this track:
Enzymes are central to biological generation of fuels and chemicals from renewable feedstocks, whether through deconstruction of lignocellulose, conversion of biomass-derived compounds to products, or via autotrophic carbon fixation. This multi-session track will highlight advances in enzyme discovery, characterization and kinetic analysis, performance engineering, and structure- and model-driven understanding of catalytic mechanisms. Of particular interest are studies on increased thermostability, oxidative mechanisms of biomass deconstruction, enzyme synergy in biomass conversion, and in developing robust consolidated bioprocessing-based conversion processes. The following lists general, non-exclusive topics of interest for this track:
Microbes are essential biocatalysts in both heterotrophic and autotrophic production of fuels and chemicals. Alcohols, lipids, hydrocarbons, and a wide variety of other organic compounds can be produced by microbial systems. As the opportunities to use these clean biocatalysts in the production of renewable fuels and chemicals becomes more widespread, improvements in rate, titer, conversion efficiency, and yield are needed to overcome the scale and economic obstacles to achieving an economically viable bio-based fuels and chemicals market. This multi-session track will emphasize recent research progress utilizing bacteria, fungi, and algae to overcome these fundamental obstacles. Topics of particular interest include new microbe strain discovery, progress using genetic engineering and microbial evolution approaches to enhance strain performance, as well as testing of natural or constructed consortia for improved microbial bioconversion. The following lists general, non-exclusive topics of interest for this track:
A wide variety of bio-based chemicals and advanced biofuels can be produced from biomass-derived sugars, synthesis gases, or other sustainable carbon sources. Sessions in this track will highlight advances in the development of biological and combined thermochemical-biological (or biological-thermochemical) routes to producing bio-based products from renewable feedstocks. Also of interest are studies describing progress in producing bio-based intermediates suitable for upgrading in petroleum refineries as well as in developing new chemicals and fuels products from lignin or other potential biorefining side streams. The following lists general, non-exclusive topics of interest for this track:
The disparity in potential market sizes between large volume biofuels and smaller volume chemical products represents a critical challenge to realizing a greatly expanded bio-based economy. Production processes for different bio-based products are limited in their ability to achieve desired scales of economy in production by the market size(s) of the product(s) they produce. Rigorous process integration and validation are needed to ensure that new processes will be economically viable. Sessions in this track will focus on improvements or innovations in unit operations and their integration and span the full gamut of process operations, i.e., from feedstock size-reduction and refining through pretreatment, enzymatic hydrolysis, biological conversion, and product separation. Overall plant operations, technoeconomic analysis, and life cycle assessment are also of interest. The following lists general, non-exclusive topics of interest for this track:
We are introducing an exciting new regular session this year. After two years as a special topic on systems and synthetic biology, it now has its own session.
New biological systems can be created and advances in high-speed low-cost sequencing, gene fabrication, and genome editing make it feasible to rapidly generate and characterize new organisms suitable for production of fuels and chemicals. Advances in new approaches to design and understand these novel biological systems will be instrumental in creating optimal microbial systems and pathways. The following lists general, non-exclusive topics of interest for this track:
NOTE: When entering your abstract title, use initial capital letters only for the first word in the title and any genus or proper name appearing in the title. Use lower case for all other words in the title, i.e., Improving phenylalanine production of Escherichia coli.
Maximum Abstract Length is 250 Words
Poster size is 4' x 4'
Poster spaces are limited. Please do not submit an abstract unless you are committed to attending the meeting and presenting. To be assured of a poster space after receiving an acceptance, each poster must have the presenting author registered and paid by the advanced registration deadline date of 5PM eastern standard time on February 29, 2016. Substitutions for the presenting author must be identified by contacting SIMB directly. In the case of a substitution, the new presenter must also be registered and paid by February 29, 2016.
All posters displayed must have at least one author available to discuss the poster. This author may present only two posters within a single poster session, and present no more than a total of three posters in both poster sessions, i.e., a single author may present a maximum of two (2) posters in one poster session and one (1) poster in the other poster session.
IMPORTANT: You will be notified by email of acceptance of your poster abstract. All accepted poster presenters must be registered and paid in full by 5PM eastern standard time on February 29, 2016. If you have not registered and paid by the date specified, your poster will be withdrawn from the program/website and space will not be reserved for you in the poster hall.
Please do not bring a poster to the meeting if you have not been accepted or if you have not registered and paid by the required registration date.
RAPID FIRE POSTER SHOWCASE
In lieu of a keynote speaker, the 38th SBFC will begin with an hour-long poster preview session. Forty presenters will be chosen from accepted poster submissions to present their work on one slide in one minute in the general session meeting room. There will be no questions and no comments. This is an opportunity to preview your poster to the entire meeting audience and to get your colleagues excited to see your work. If you are interested in being considered for this opportunity, please check the appropriate box when you submit your abstract. This is for posters only, not for selected oral presentations. Students are encouraged to apply.
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