Sunday, January 13, 2019

Event - Biological Solutions for the Global CO2 Challenge

Biological Solutions for the Global CO2 Challenge will take place on June 3-4, 2019 at EMBL in Heidelberg, Germany. Successful reduction of atmospheric CO2 levels to pre-industrial levels is among the most pressing current challenges for scientific innovation. Given the scale of its impact on the global ecosystems and socio-economic implications, innovative solutions are urgently needed at the chemistry as well as biological front. The EMBL conference “Biological Solutions for the Global CO2 Challenge” will bring together scientific leaders, industrial players, as well as policy makers to discuss how synthetic biology and metabolic engineering can contribute to sustainable CO2 capture and conversion.

The conference topics will cover the entire chain of innovation, from the laboratory to the field implementation. Approaches that make optimal use of the evolutionarily optimised biological systems, like algae and plants, as well as novel synthetic biology solutions for CO2 fixation and conversion to value added chemicals will be discussed. The role of fundamental molecular biology in catalysing innovation will be one of the main focus areas for discussion.

Session topics
  • Processes currently scaling up
  • Microalgae solutions
  • Cell free systems and new pathways
  • Arren Bar-Even, Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology (MPIMP), Germany.
  • Bärbel Friedrich, Alfried Krupp Wissenschaftskolleg Greifswald, Germany.
  • Thomas Haas, Evonik Industries, Germany.
  • Michael Koepke, LanzaTech, USA.
  • Olaf Kruse, Bielefeld University, Germany.
  • Peter Lindblad, Uppsala University, Sweden.
  • Ron Milo, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel.
  • Volker Müller, Goethe University, Germany.
  • Joseph Noel, Salk Institute for Biological Studies, USA
  • Juha-Pekka Pitkänen, Solar Foods Oy, Finland.
  • Pamela A. Silver, Harvard Medical School, USA.
Scientific Organisers
  • Mohsen Ben Haha, HeidelbergCement, Germany.
  • Tobias Erb, Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology, Germany
  • Kiran Patil, EMBL Heidelberg, Germany.
Conference Organiser
  • Nathalie Sneider, EMBL Heidelberg, Germany.
The deadline to submit an abstract is March 11, 2019. The deadline for registration is April 23, 2019. Click here to register.

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