2017 Call for Abstracts

The Society for Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology is currently accepting abstracts for oral and poster presentations to be presented at the 39th Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals (SBFC). Technical talks and posters make up the majority of presentations, however detailed and informative presentations regarding commercial- and demonstration-scale endeavors advancing and promoting the emerging bio-based economy are strongly encouraged. Presenters are asked to submit their abstracts to one of the seven general research tracks listed below. The anticipated number of sessions for each track is indicated parenthetically, but may vary based on the number and quality of abstracts received in each track. Similar to recent years, each session is expected to have 7 oral presentations. Those abstracts not selected for oral presentations will automatically transferred to a poster session. Poster presentations are not expected to be limited.

Submit an abstract

General Guidelines

When entering your abstract title, use initial capital letters only for the first word in the title and any genus or proper name appearing in the title. Use lower case for all other words in the title, i.e., Improving phenylalanine production of Escherichia coli.

Maximum Abstract Length is 250 Words

Poster size is 4′ x 4′

Poster Presentations

Poster spaces are limited. Please do not submit an abstract unless you are committed to attending the meeting and presenting. To be assured of a poster space after receiving an acceptance, each poster must have the presenting author registered and paid by the advanced registration deadline date of 5PM eastern standard time on February 10, 2017. Substitutions for the presenting author must be identified by contacting SIMB directly. In the case of a substitution, the new presenter must also be registered and paid by February 10, 2017.

All posters displayed must have at least one author available to discuss the poster. This author may present only two posters within a single poster session, and present no more than a total of three posters in both poster sessions, i.e., a single author may present a maximum of two (2) posters in one poster session and one (1) poster in the other poster session.


You will be notified by email of acceptance of your poster abstract. All accepted poster presenters must be registered and paid in full by 5PM eastern standard time on February 10, 2017. If you have not registered and paid by the date specified, your poster will be withdrawn from the program/website and space will not be reserved for you in the poster hall.

Please do not bring a poster to the meeting if you have not been accepted or if you have not registered and paid by the required registration date.

Rapid Fire Showcase

It’s a one hour-long poster preview session. Forty presenters will be chosen from accepted poster submissions to present their work on one slide in one minute in the general session meeting room. There will be no questions and no comments. This is an opportunity to preview your poster to the entire meeting audience and to get your colleagues excited to see your work. If you are interested in being considered for this opportunity, please check the appropriate box when you submit your abstract. This is for posters only, not for selected oral presentations. Students are encouraged to apply.