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The biochemistry and chemistry of biocatalysis: From understanding to design

12 – 15 June 2016 | Oulu, Finland

Registration deadline

29 February 2016

Selected participants will be notified by

8 March 2016

Payment deadline

29 March 2016

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About the conference

The EMBO Conference focuses on fundamental and applied aspects of biocatalysis, with an emphasis on the impact that enzyme research has at the interface of biology and chemistry. The sessions will cover an array of topics including computational, chemistry and structural approaches, as well as directed evolution, bioinformatics and spectroscopic methods, aimed towards better understanding of enzyme mechanisms and mechanisms of complex multifunctional enzyme systems, in vitro and in vivo. The importance of the electrostatic and dynamical properties of enzymes will be addressed. The impact of this knowledge for drug discovery research and research on non-natural biocatalytic systems will be highlighted. Established and emerging scientists from academic and industrial settings will be available to stimulate discussion and provide perspective on the topics of this conference. We strongly encourage participation of students and postdoctoral associates, providing opportunities for discussion and networking. Oral presentations chosen from submitted poster abstracts will provide additional opportunities for discussing new and innovative ideas. The speakers are encouraged to give a brief introduction of the field in which they work and allow for sufficient time for discussion.


A special issue on the topics covered at this conference will be published in PEDS. More information, including submission details, can be found below.








Registration deadline

29 February 2016

Selected participants will be notified by

8 March 2016

Payment deadline

29 March 2016


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Registration includes:

  • welcome party
  • coffee/tee, lunch and dinner as indicated in the conference program
  • snacks at the end of conference
  • bus transportation between Radisson Blu Hotel and conference venue in the mornings and evenings
  • bus transportation to gala dinner from Radisson Blu Hotel to Hotel Eden and back


Registration fee does not include:

  • accommodation
  • travel expenses



Notification of your acceptance to the conference is sent by 1 March 2016 with the payment details. A letter of confirmation of registration is sent after the payment of the conference fee.


Selection criteria

There is limited number of places in the conference. In the case of over-registration, preference will be given to scientists actively working in this field and early registration.


Abstract guidelines

Abstract is submitted using the registration and abstract submission form. Word limit for abstract is 450 words. When submitting the abstract of a poster, indicate if you are willing to present the poster also as a short talk. Four abstracts will be selected to be presented as oral presentations on the basis of the topic of the conference and scientific novelty. Best posters are awarded in the gala dinner at Hotel Eden.


Poster specifications

Poster format should be a portrait, A0 size at maximum.



Protein Engineering, Design and Selection (Oxford University Press) is pleased to publish a special issue covering the topics of this conference. The issue will be guest edited by Dr. Rik Wierenga and Dr. Dagmar Ringe. Speakers, poster presenters, and participants are encouraged to submit their papers.

The deadline for submissions is 14 October 2016. Click here for more information about the special issue.





Pia Askonen


Anne Vainionpää





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Keynote lecture and accommodation

Radisson Blu Hotel, Oulu

Hallituskatu 1
90100 Oulu


Conference venue

Kieppi building, University of Oulu

Aapistie 5
90220 Oulu




Accommodation should be booked directly through the Radison Blu Hotel website (+358201234700 or by using a special booking code which will be provided with the letter of confirmation of the registration sent by E-mail. Single room rate is 104 €/night and double room rate is 119 €/night. The description of the rooms can be found from the Radison Blu Hotel, Oulu web page. When registering to the conference, indicate if you wish to share a room with another conference participant, if you do not have a roommate, local organizers can match two participants with the same wish and make a selection of roommates according to the gender. The number of hotel rooms is limited. In the case of over-booking, there are other hotels in downtown Oulu such as Hotel Arina and Scandic Oulu.



Traveling instructions

By plane

The easiest way to reach Oulu is by plane to Oulu Airport. From the airport you can take a taxi or a bus number 8 or 9. Taxi costs around 40 € and takes about 20 minutes to downtown Oulu. Phone number for the Oulu area taxi is +358(0)60030081. If you take a bus, please exit at the Toripakka bus stop (Google map), which is located next to the City Hall and in walking distance from the Radisson Blu Hotel. The bus fare from airport to downtown is 5,80 €.


By train

If you reach Oulu by train, the railway station (Google map) is located in walking distance from the downtown Oulu. It takes about 10 minutes to walk from railway station to Radison Blu Hotel. If you need a taxi the phone number for the Oulu area taxi is +358(0)60030081.


Bus transportation is arranged between the Radisson Blu Hotel and the conference venue in the mornings and evenings.


Additional information

In Finland the Middle European electricity standards with 220 Volt is used. You might need an adapter. The temperature in Oulu in June is around 10oC at night and 18oC during the day.