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Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals

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									Hosted by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and National Renewable Energy Laboratory

30

th Symposium on Biotechnology for
Fuels and Chemicals
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS
Deadline: 12/14/2007

The last two years have seen a dramatic, worldwide upsurge in interest and governmental support for bioenergy. In its 30th year, the Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals is uniquely well positioned to continue to attract experts from around the world who will gather in New Orleans May 4-7, 2008, to discuss the latest research breakthroughs and results in biotechnology for fuels and chemicals. With the two-fold increase in attendance last year, the Symposium has been encouraged to modify the meeting format to include 12 dual technical sessions to accommodate over 80 presentations, as well as a Plenary Session and two large poster sessions. In addition, a Special Topic on International Bioenergy Centers, with presentations on the plans and expectations of newly emerging bioenergy centers around the world, will be the focus of a Tuesday evening session. Participants will also benefit from the exciting environment New Orleans and its French Quarter continues to offer.

The 30th Symposium session chairs invite you to submit abstracts for the posters or oral presentations in the technical program. All submissions must be submitted electronically. You will receive automatic confirmation of receipt of your abstract.

To submit an abstract, please go to:

www.simhq.org/meetings/ 30symp/index.html

A special conference of the Society for Industrial Microbiology

Welcome to New Orleans
Unlike any other North American city, New Orleans inspires and intrigues. The birthplace of jazz, home to some of the greatest restaurants (and service) in the world, an oasis of history and charm on the Mississippi, New Orleans is all that and more. New Orleans has a subtropical climate with pleasant yearround temperatures. Temperatures range from the mid 40’s in winter to more than 90’s in the summer. Rainfall is common in New Orleans, with a monthly average of about five inches of precipitation. For the lover of things cultural, New Orleans is a mecca. The city is full of world-class, award-winning museums: stunning exhibits of international and southern art, the nation’s World War II Museum, plus captivating historical museums where you can learn about the history of Jazz or Mardi Gras or see the death mask of Napoleon. Fascinating smaller, niche museums highlight a diversity of topics including liquor, shipwrecks and treasure, voodoo, old tools of the pharmaceutical trade, dollhouse treasures and more. For those with a musician’s soul, it would be almost criminal not to experience jazz in the city that invented it. Whether on New Orleans’ street corners or in its historic clubs, jazz instrumentals and vocals created by the city’s talented musicians are an experience that shouldn’t be missed. New Orleans has long been an inspiration to artists, so it is no surprise there are an abundance of art galleries peppered throughout the city. From Fauborg-Marigny to the French Quarter, and from the Warehouse and Arts District to the magical six miles of Magazine Street, you’ll find everything from established, international artists, to jewelry that dazzles the senses, to local up-and-comers in the city’s burgeoning and revitalized Arts District. With its array of specialty boutiques and gift shops, as well as your favorite department stores, it will be hard to go home empty handed. Check out the shopping on Magazine Street, which is 6 miles of specialty boutiques or the department stores at Canal Place or New Orleans Center or the Riverwalk. For a taste of local flavor, take a trip through the French Market, a farmer’s market offering local delicacies, produce, art and merchandise. New Orleans is rapidly becoming a golf center in the southern United States. An explosion of golf course development and course renovations have made New Orleans a true urban resort. One of the oldest PGA Tour stops is located here, the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, now played at the new spectacular Pete Dyedesigned Tournament Players Club of Louisiana.

Lodging
Astor Crowne Plaza Hotel New Orleans, LA Tel: 504-962-0500 Reservations: www.simhq.org/meetings/30symp/index.html A block of rooms has been reserved for the conference dates of May 4 - 7. The conference rate may be offered three days before and three days after the conference dates if rooms are available. If you require rooms prior to and after the conference, please make your reservations as soon as possible. The room rate for the Symposium is $175 single/double.

Transportation
www.airportshuttleneworleans.com

Sponsorship Opportunities
Sponsorship opportunities are available. In addition to inclusion in conference publicity, sponsors may receive complimentary registrations or exhibit space. For more information about sponsorship opportunities contact program chairs Thomas Klasson or Jonathan Mielenz.

Tabletop Exhibits
Tabletop exhibits will be on display during the meeting. Please visit www.simhq.org/meetings/30symp/index.html for more details or to download the exhibit prospectus.

Advertising
Program advertising opportunities available. The deadline for submitting advertising insertion forms is March 3. The deadline for submitting artwork is March 21. For rates and details, please contact: suzi.eller@simhq.org

SUNDAY, MAY 4
Session 1 - Advances in Bioenergy Feedstocks and Plant Science
The agronomic industry for dedicated energy crops is in its infancy as many initial sources of feedstock come from the food and feed industry, such as corn stover. This session will discuss the broad ranging effort that is underway to identify and develop crop species solely as sources of lignocellulosic biomass and recent progress in this area.

are underway to improve carbohydrase’s economic production and discover new enzymes with the eventual goal of development of biological process for complete biomass deconstruction.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 7
Session 9 - Advances in Bioprocessing and Related Separations Technology
An economically viable bioprocess must use the best practices for material handling and bioconversion, coupled with optimal product separation and purification. The diversity of conversion processes and product targets provide ample opportunities for these process unit operations and will be the emphasis of this session.

Session 6 - The New Biofuels Industry: Biomass Availability and Supply Chain
The new biomass-based industry must have an ample supply of feedstock at a low cost. To attain that goal the supply of biomass must be ample and the supply chain from the field to the biorefinery should be optimized. This session presents recent progress to predict special localization biomass and resulting availability as well as development in the logistics of the supply schemes using Geographic Information System and other analysis tools.

Session 2 - Advances in Microbial Science and Technology I
Key catalysts for the production of fuels and chemicals are microorganisms that convert portions of biomass to fuel and other products. Research continues in this important area due to the complexity of these microbial biomass conversion processes and is the subject of two sessions.

Session 10 - The New Biofuels Industry: Biomass Environmental Feasibility and Sustainability
The new growing bioenergy industry using lignocellulosic biomass has significant potential in the world but not without impacts on the environment. This new session will examine the issues that must be considered as the bioenergy industry grows with the aim of understanding and investigating any potential environmental and sustainability issues including proper land and water use.

Poster Session/Reception - Monday night

Poster Session/Reception - Sunday night

TUESDAY, MAY 6
Session 7 - Advances in Microbial Science and Technology II
Key catalysts for the production of fuels and chemicals are microorganisms that convert portions of biomass to fuel and other products. Research continues in this important area due to the complexity of these microbial biomass conversion processes and is the subject of two sessions.

MONDAY, MAY 5
Session 3 - Pretreatment and Biomass Recalcitrance: Fundamentals and Progress I
Plant material has been developed through time to be very resistant to degradation processes. To economically deconstruct this resistant biomass structure requires development of chemical and biochemical processes to allow biomass structure (carbohydrates, lignin) to be accessible to bioconversion. Advances in existing process as well as new approaches will be covered in two sessions.

Session 11 - Biorefining Technology Deployment and Demonstration
After over three decades of research and development, the resulting technology for biomass utilization and fuel production is being commercialized. Federal and State support in the United States and elsewhere in the world is beginning to support large scale demonstrations and initial full scale biomass bioconversion facilities. This session will present current efforts and progress to demonstrate and deploy these technologies.

Session 8 - Pretreatment and Biomass Recalcitrance: Fundamentals and Progress II
Plant material has been developed through time to be very resistant to degradation processes. To economically deconstruct this resistant biomass structure requires development of chemical and biochemical processes to allow biomass structure (carbohydrates, lignin) to be accessible to bioconversion. Advances in existing process as well as new approaches will be covered in two sessions.

Session 4 - New Biofuels and Biomass Chemicals
This session will specialize in discussions of new fuels and chemicals emerging in the research community. Approaches include development of biogasoline, mixed alcohols, merging of thermochemical processes with biological conversion, as well as new targets for biomass-derived chemicals.

Session 12 - Advances in Enzyme Science and Technology II
Enzymatic deconstruction of biomass works synergistically with pretreatment to promote sugar release for bioconversion. Two sessions will present the multi-front efforts that are underway to improve carbohydrase’s economic production and discover new enzymes with the eventual goal of development of biological process for complete biomass deconstruction.

Evening Special Topic: International Bioenergy Centers: Plans for the Future
Federal and private funded support for centers of research and development excellence aimed at bioenergy production have emerged recently. This single special session will provide a platform for over viewing the missions and goals of many of these new exciting opportunities to move R&D for energy forward more rapidly.

Session 5 - Advances in Enzyme Science and Technology I
Enzymatic deconstruction of biomass works synergistically with pretreatment to promote sugar release for bioconversion. Two sessions will present the multi-front efforts that

Banquet

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Contact Information
Thomas Klasson
Conference Chair USDA-ARS-SRRC Commodity Utilization Research 1100 Robert E. Lee Blvd. New Orleans, LA 70124 tklasson@srrc.ars.usda.gov

Society for Industrial Microbiology
3929 Old Lee Highway, Suite 92A Fairfax, VA 22030

Jonathan Mielenz

Conference Co-chair Oak Ridge National Laboratory PO Box 2008 Oak Ridge, TN 37831 mielenzjr@ornl.gov

Bill Adney

Conference Co-chair National Renewable Energy Laboratory 1617 Cole Blvd. Golden, CO 80401 bill_adney@nrel.gov

30th Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals www.simhq.org/meetings/30symp/index.html

Jim McMillan

Conference Co-chair National Renewable Energy Laboratory 1617 Cole Blvd. Golden, CO 80401 jim_mcmillan@nrel.gov

Conference Registration
Registration begins January 4, 2008. Please visit http://www.simhq.org/meet-ings/ 30symp/index.html to register. Full conference registration includes the welcome reception, continental breakfasts Monday-Wednesday, daily refreshments, poster session receptions, conference banquet, conference program and abstracts, and proceedings NOTE: Only full registrations will receive the conference proceedings. Cancellations: Requests for refunds must be submitted in writing to meetings@simhq. org no later than April 4, 2008. Refunds will be issued, less a $75 administrative fee. No refunds will be issued after April 4, 2008. NOTE: Personnel substitutions may be made in lieu of cancellation.

Before 4/4/2008
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Deadlines
Abstract Deadline Author Notification Manuscripts Due (optional)

Date

After April 4, 2008 add $50 to all categories

12/14/2007 2/01/2008 5/4/2008

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