The 2021 Gordon Research Seminar Biomass to Biobased Chemicals and Materials provides a unique opportunitiy forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience and education to present and exchange new data and cutting edge ideas. The meeting (May 29-30, 2021) will directly precede the Gordon Research Conference on Biomass to Biobased Chemicals and Materials (May 30 - June 4) at the venue Grand Summit Hotel at Sunday River, Maine, USA. Those applying to the GRS are strongly encouraged to submit an additional application to the GRC on Biomass to Biobased Chemicals and Materials.
The seminar will include a keynote speaker, poster sessions and a select number of oral presentations on the conversion of bio-resources towards the preparation of chemicals and materials. Bio-resources such as plant residue, algae and food supply chain waste contain a variety of components such as lignocellulose, carbohydrates, proteins and other plant metabolites, suitable for transformation to chemicals or materials. Each individual combination of resource, component and target product brings their own unique challenge in catalysis, upscaling and process design. The submissions of any science and engineering activities solving such challenges in the transformation of bio-resources is highly encouraged.
The GRS will provide young researchers an opportunity to discuss the sustainability of biomass conversion with a panel of mentors from academia, industry and regulatory bodies. There will also be opportunities for informal discussions during poster sessions, meals and the free time which will enable attendees to expand their professional network and establish future collaborations.
The seminar will feature approximately 10 talks and 2 poster sessions. All attendees are expected to actively participate in the GRS, either by giving an oral presentation or presenting a poster. Therefore, all applications must include an abstract.
The seminar chair will select speakers from abstracts submitted by February 28, 2021. Those applicants who are not chosen for talks and those who apply after the deadline to be considered for an oral presentation will be expected to present a poster. In order to participate, you must submit an application by the date indicated in the Application Information section above.
Gordon Research Seminars are 2-day meetings which take place on the Saturday and Sunday just prior to the start of the associated GRC. The GRS opens with a 1-hour introductory session on Saturday afternoon, followed by a poster session, dinner and a 2-hour session in the evening. Sunday morning begins with breakfast and is followed by another 2-hour session, a second poster session, and lunch. A final 1-hour session takes place just after lunch, and the associated GRC begins later that evening.