I am writing this post from my dorm room in… Russia! Yes it has been such a lovely days here in Moscow State University! I am quite happy since I am the only non-Japanese representative for this program this year, so happy !
So let’s put Russia aside for a while. In this post I would like to talk about the conference that my laboratory will arrange this December.
Yes, Matsuda Laboratory is arranging The 20th Biocatalysis Symposium of Japan at December 12-13, in Tokyo Institute of Technology, Suzukakedai Campus! You can go to the official website here.
So since I would like to promote this symposium, I would like to list up why you should attend this symposium :
- Great invited speakers from academia and industry
We have a great line up from academia and industry; from Japan and beyond.
From academia we have Professor Harald Gröger from Bielefeld University for a bit of touch of chemo-enzymatic processes, Professor Zhi Li from National University of Singapore bringing you latest update of his cascade reaction study, and Professor Kazlauskas from University of Minnesota, of course known for his Kazlauskas rule and lipase!
We also proudly present to you one of the best from Japan, Professor Ikuro Abe from Tokyo University with his polyketide synthase study. From industry, we have two speakers (up to now) from Codexis and Pfizer!
- Official language is English
Whether you are a Japanese trying to brush-up your English or you are a non-Japanese student looking for English-friendly conference : this symposium is a great choice! We try our best to make the official language of the conference English and encourage participant to make their abstract, and do their talk or poster in English, also engage in discussion in English.
Our committee also consists of many international students with some of them speaking both English and Japanese, so you will definitely not feel lost!
- The credibility of this symposium, of course
This symposium is one in the series of annual symposium by Society of Biocatalysis Japan. Although small, this society is solid and consists of all experts in biocatalysis field in Japan (proud to say, my supervisor as well).
In addition to that, we are also supported by many other scientific societies in Japan, such as The Chemical Society of Japan.
- Warm atmosphere of this symposium
Yeah, based on my own experience this conference always have very warm atmosphere that foster fruitful discussions and further collaborations. Although you might be new in this society, don’t worry! You will end up with many new friends and connections afterwards!
So yes, if your research is related into biocatalysis; whether it is more in the chemical side or biology side you are very welcome to register for this symposium!
Registration for participant will end at October 5, 2018 and you can register here.
If you would like to present the early bird registration will end at October 5 and as a student you can only register with only 2000 JPY! If you just want to participate, the participation registration will end at November 9.
So, we are looking forward for your participation in The 20th Biocatalysis Symposium of Japan!!! 待ってますね！
Afifa Ayu Koesoema