Regional ACS Meetings

Regional meetings of the American Chemical Society provide young chemists, particularly graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, the opportunity to make professional contacts and hone their presentation skills in a relatively low-key atmosphere. The Division of Biological Chemistry encourages its members to participate in the following regional meetings.

Conferences on Enzyme Mechanisms

Enzymology is a key interest of many of the members of the Division of Biological Chemistry. There are several national and regional conferences that highlight advances in our understanding of enzyme structure, function and mechanism.

Frontiers in Metallobiochemistry29th Summer Symposium in Molecular Biology, Frontiers in Metallobiochemistry

June 2 – 5, 2010 – This annual symposium, recognized as a major international scientific meeting, has built a tradition of excellence during the past 28 years. Once again an outstanding program of topics and speakers has been assembled. In addition to poster presentations, industrial exhibits will provide opportunities for participants to exchange information while viewing the latest biotechnology-oriented products and services applicable to this promising area of research and development. The average number of participants over the past twenty years has been in excess of 200.

Midwest Enzyme Chemistry Conference

October 16, 2010 – Northwestern University – Continuing a long-standing tradition of excellent science and collegial interactions, MECC 2010 is a one-day conference combining talks and posters at the forefront of enzymology and its interface with biological chemistry.

Everyone is invited: undergraduates deciding how and where the future lies; graduate students seeking to broaden their horizons and learn about techniques that will enrich their research; postdoctorals seeking a supportive yet truly expert audience, faculty recruiting for their new projects, research professionals placing their work in the context of the full variety of related research happening elsewhere, and industrial researchers showcasing the advances being made in addressing practical problems.

Posters are welcomed from all participants, but are not obligatory. Talks will be chosen from submitted abstracts to populate two morning sessions and one afternoon session, before we repair to the poster hall for a lively scientific discussion and celebratory reception.

Winter Enzyme Mechanisms Conference

January 2 – 6, 2011 – Don CeSar Beach Resort, St. Pete Beach, Florida The Enzyme Mechanisms Conference was founded in 1969 by Tom Bruice, Bill Jencks, and Myron Bender. The tradition of this biannual conference is to present the most recent advances in our understanding of the chemical mechanisms of enzyme-catalyzed reactions. The conference attracts a large audience from academia, industry, and government and is supported entirely by gifts from generous corporate sponsors and registration fees. Over the last 25 years, a tradition has been established that this winter conference alternates between coasts in a warm weather setting.

Texas Enzyme Mechanisms Conference

Jan. 8-9, 2010 – Austin, TX

Trends in Enzymology 2010

June 13-17, 2010 – Centro Stefano Franscini Ascona, Switzerland The third Trends in Enzymology meeting follows on successful meetings in Como, Italy, in 2006 and St. Malo, France, in 2008. The main goal of the conference is to bring together scientists from Europe and overseas to share their newest results and insights into the workings of nature’s chemical catalysts in a relaxed informal atmosphere resembling that of the American-based Gordon Research Conferences. We project to gather close to 120 participants to discuss the latest ideas on topics ranging from novel chemical and physical mechanisms of enzymes, new methods to monitor and modulate how they work, to novel applications. A second purpose of the Trends in Enzymology philosophy is to provide a European forum to enhance the participation of scientists, especially at the junior level, who rarely have the opportunity to attend the similarly stimulating and informal Gordon conferences. The program is designed to allow ample time for participants to interact socially and scientifically.

Southeastern Enzyme Conference

April 10, 2010 – Atlanta, GA The first Southeastern Enzyme Conference. SEC 2010 is a wonderful opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students, post-doctoral associates, and independent investigators to share their common interest in enzymes, get to know new colleagues and friends, or meet them once again. SEC 2010 will be a one-day event on Saturday, April 10th, with six talks selected by the Program Chair out of the list of submitted abstracts and a two-hour poster session. A keynote talk will conclude the event by mid-afternoon. The event is modeled and complements the long-time running and well-established Midwest Enzyme Chemistry Conference, which has been held in Chicago, IL, for twenty-nine years, and the Texas Enzyme Mechanisms Conference in Austin, TX, of more recent establishment.

Other Conferences of Broad Interest