Applications for this meeting must be submitted by June 25, 2017. Please apply early, as some meetings become oversubscribed (full) before this deadline. If the meeting is oversubscribed, it will be stated here. Note: Applications for oversubscribed meetings will only be considered by the Conference Chair if more seats become available due to cancellations.
The enzymes that deconstruct polysaccharides and in
particular those of the plant cell wall share structural, mechanistic and
evolutionary similarities whether for biofuels production, for digestion of
dietary glycans or for myriads of other applications such as in food and feed
processing. This realization has motivated a small change of title for this very
successful conference established in 1999. The 2017 Gordon Research Conference now
entitled "Cellulases and Other Carbohydrate-Active Enzymes" will present
cutting-edge research on this broad class of enzymes which not only find
applications in the industrial enzyme sector, but also in the health sector as
they control the sensing and breakdown of dietary polysaccharides in the animal
gut. The 2017 conference will offer complementary sessions on "traditional"
lignocellulose degradation for biofuels and biorefinery, on the exciting enzymes
that depolymerize polysaccharides via oxidative mechanisms, on the
polysaccharide deconstruction in the digestive microbiota, and on the multiples
approaches that lead to novel enzyme discovery and their complete mechanistic
and structural characterization.
This GRC will be held in conjunction with the "Cellulases & Other Carbohydrate-Active Enzymes" Gordon Research Seminar (GRS)
. Those interested in attending both meetings must submit an application for the GRS in addition to an application for the GRC. Refer to the associated GRS program page
for more information.
The topics and speakers for the conference sessions are displayed below (italics denote discussion leaders). The Conference Chair is currently developing their detailed program, which will include the complete meeting schedule, as well as the talk titles for all speakers. The detailed program will be available by March 23, 2017. Please check back for updates.
Keynote Session: CAZymes: From Industry to Fundamentals
(Katja Johansen / Per Falholt / Kiyohiko Igarashi)
and the Deconstruction of Plant Cell Walls for Biofuels and Biorefinery
(Mike Himmel / Seema Singh / Corinne Scown / Yannick Bomble)
(Edward Bayer / Sarah Morais / Carlos Fontes)
The Gut Microbiota and Complex Carbohydrates
(Harry Gilbert / Justin Sonnenburg / Michael Patnode / Nicole Koropatkin / Harry Flint)
Carbohydrate-Active Enzymes of the Microbiota
(Harry Brumer / Gabrielle Veronese / Nathalie Juge)
and Redox Enzymes
(Paul Walton / Leila Lo Leggio / Makoto Yoshida / Jean-Guy Berrin / Katja Johansen)
and Mechanistic Characterization of CAZymes
(Mark Morrison / Lynne Howell / Gideon Davies)
and Assays for Discovery
(Gabrielle Veronese / William Helbert / William Willats / Marie-Christine Ralet)
Keynote Session: CAZymes: More Genes, Enzymes and Activities
(Gideon Davies / Michelle O'Malley / Harry Gilbert)