We are currently looking for keynote speakers all over Europe. So if you know someone that could fit well in our theme "New waves of thinking" please let us know.

Prof. Dr. Nicholas Taylor - Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research - University of Copenhagen

Realized through the EMBO Young Investigator Programme: Specialist for structural biology focused on complex membrane systems (realizing membrane transport, secretion systems, bacteriophages injection, flagellum) primarily by Cryo-EM.

Title of his Keynote Lecture: "Powering the bacterial flagellar motor"

Prof. Dr. Birte Höcker - University of Bayreuth, Germany

Specialist for Protein folding, evolution and design using computational and experimental methods, most recently projects involve the Enzymatic degradation of PET plastics. Her main expertise lies in the (βα)8-barrel enzymes and its relationship to flavodoxin-like proteins.

Birte is professor for biochemistry and leads a research group that focuses on the evolution and design of proteins. She wants to find out how the diverse natural structures and functions evolved and how we can apply this knowledge to protein design. The methods her group applies range from generating and screening of mutant libraries via repurposing of active sites or binding pockets all the way to de novo design. Some highlights from her recent research are the computational design of TIM-barrel proteins, the development of evolution-guided design by chimeragenesis, and the repurposing of a repressor protein into a plant sensor.

Title of her Keynote Lecture: "On the evolution and design of proteins "

Dr. Enrico Orsi - Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability (DTU Biosustain) at the Technical University of Denmark in Copenhagen

Specialist for Metabolic engineering in the fields of Synthetic Biology, Microbial Biotechnology suited for Industrial Applications.

Enrico research interest lies at the intersection of metabolic engineering and synthetic biology. In particular, his work focuses on studying and engineering the biochemical networks of new-to-industry prokaryotes, tailoring their metabolism for enhancing the biosynthesis of added-value compounds. Examples of his works include optimizing the conversion of sugars into isoprenoids in the purple bacterium Rhodobacter sphaeroides, as well as engineering the soil bacterium Cupriavidus necator for the synthesis of bioplastics from CO2 and renewable energy.

These research endeavors combined curiosity-driven studies on the control we can exert on metabolic networks to the advancement of industrial biotechnological processes. The ultimate application of Enrico’s research is to aid the transition to a real bio-based economy, providing sustainable and cost-effective means to manufacturing which can outcompete traditional petroleum-based industries.

Enrico obtained his BSc in Biotechnology at University of Bologna (Italy), followed by a MSc in Biotechnology and a PhD in the Bioprocess Engineering group at Wageningen University (The Netherlands). Then, he moved for his first postdoc to the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology in Potsdam (Germany). From May 2022, he will join the Novo Nordisk Center for Biosustainability in Copenhagen (Denmark) to continue his research on engineering prokaryotes for industrial biotechnology, with a special focus on developing processes from CO2 and renewable energy.

Title of his Keynote Lecture: "Faster, better, stronger - Improving the design-build-test-learn cycle of nontraditional microorganisms for accelerating their biotechnological exploitation "