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About Dutch Biocatalysis Symposium (cancelled)

Dutch Biocatalysis Symposium (cancelled)

We are sorry to announce that the Dutch Biocatalysis Symposium BioCatNL-2021 is cancelled, due to the recent Corona measures announced by the Dutch Government on 12 November.

Welcome to the 3rd BiocatNL symposium organised by the working group Applied Biocatalysis of the Dutch Biotechnology Society (NBV). Biocatalysis is an active field of research in academic research groups and biotechnology companies in the Netherlands. To promote interactions of professionals in this field and to inform a broader audience, the symposium will showcase current research across several academic research groups and a biotechnology company in the Netherlands.

The programme consists of lectures from prominent academic group leaders and young researchers. Furthermore, there will be a lecture from the company DSM.

Young researchers (PhD students) are invited to give a pitch talk on their research. From the pitch-talk applications, 8 presenters will be selected.


Date: 19 November 2021
Time: 13:00h - 18:00h
Location: De Observant, Amersfoort
Registration: fill in the registation form


13:00     Dr. Mirjam Kabel & Peicheng Sun (Wageningen University), New findings with fungal lytic polysaccharide monooxygenases

13:35     Dr. Clemens Mayer (University of Groningen), Finding needles in haystacks - engineering biocatalysts by phenotypic selections

14:10     break 30 min

14:40     Dr. Hugo Brasselet (Delft University of Technology), Recent insights of the use of the photoactivated decarboxylase from Chlorella variabilis

15:05     Yiming Guo (University of Groningen), Engineering oxidases for valorization of plant biomass  

15:30     Dr. Eman Abdelraheem (University of Amsterdam), Engineering of cutinases to enable surface hydrolysis and characterization of polyester copolymers

15:55     break 30 min

16:25     Pitches (8 × 4 minutes talks by early career researchers)

17:00     Dr. René de Jong (DSM), Protein engineering & design in industry

17:45     drinks & snacks = borrel

To attend this symposium, please register via this registration form before 10th November. There is a maximal capacity of 45 participants, while respecting 1.5 m distancing. Registration for NBV-members is free, otherwise costs are 25,- euros. To become NBV member, please go to