About SBFC

About SBFC 2018-02-07T20:39:11+00:00

Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals (SBFC)

The first Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals was held in 1978 and hosted by Oak Ridge National Laboratory (Oak Ridge, TN). It was the first technical meeting focusing exclusively on the biotechnologically-­‐mediated conversion of renewable feedstocks, especially lignocellulosic plant biomass, to fuels and chemicals. This annual meeting soon became large enough to be co-­‐hosted by the predecessor of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (Golden, CO) and the Symposium’s location alternated yearly between Tennessee and Colorado. In 2008, SIMB began handling the logistics of the meeting and locations were expanded to include other states, with the Symposium being held in alternate years in the eastern or western United States. While many aspects of this meeting have changed since its inception, several features remain the same.

  1. The meeting remains focused on the latest technology in biotechnology for fuels and chemicals.
  2. The feedstock coverage has expanded beyond dedicated energy crops and agricultural and
    forestry residues to include non-­‐lignocellulosics, e.g., algae and carbon oxides.
  3. The broad topic areas remain largely the same, i.e., feedstocks, pretreatment/fractionation, biological conversion, bioprocessing integration, process techno-­‐economics/commercialization/ sustainability, while varying special topics sessions cover new and cutting edge directions.
  4. There is a healthy split between oral (~100/year) and poster presentations (~350/year)
  5. The meeting is now Sunday through Wednesday, with daytime oral sessions and evening poster (Sunday and Monday) and special topics (Wednesday) sessions.
  6. A banquet is held on Tuesday evening where awards are presented to the best student posters as well as leading individual and organizational contributors who have advanced the field.

Preliminary Schedule

The 40th SBFC will introduce a new meeting pattern and events. SBFC will begin on Sunday, April 29, and run through Wednesday, May 2.

Evening Events
Poster sessions will be held Sunday and Monday evening. The banquet will be held Tuesday evening; and special topic sessions will be held Wednesday evening.

New Events
New this year, will be a pre-meeting workshop, on Saturday, April 28. A Student Oral presentation session will be held on Sunday, April 29.

Saturday, April 28

7:30 – 8:30 am Workshop registration only
8:30 – 4:00 pm All-day Workshop

Sunday, April 29

10:00 am Registration opens
11:00 am Poster Setup
12:00 pm Exhibits setup
1:00 – 3:45 pm Student Oral Session (depends on number of participants)
4:00 – 4:45 pm Rapid Fire
5:00 – 6:00 pm Keynote
6:00 – 8:00 pm Poster Session 1/Reception

Monday, April 30

All-day sessions
Poster Session 2

Tuesday, May 1

All day sessions

Wednesday, May 2

All day sessions
Special topic sessions