SIMB 2019 Annual Meeting Welcome Letter

It is with great pleasure that I invite you to join us in the U.S. capital of Washington D.C. on July 21-24, 2019 for our Annual Meeting of the Society for Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology. The program committee and myself are especially excited about this year’s meeting as we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the creation of SIMB.

The kick-off to our meeting on Sunday afternoon includes a keynote address from Dr. Jo Handelsman, the Director of the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery and former Associate Director for Science at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy appointed by President Obama. The keynote will be immediately followed by the Science Slam session that features “rapid-fire” style presentations from students, postdocs, and young investigators.

Our technical program once again builds from the five SIMB focus areas of Biocatalysis, Environmental Microbiology, Fermentation & Cell Culture, Natural Products, and Metabolic Engineering. The program committee has been very active in establishing a robust, cutting-edge scientific program around these areas to highlight both recent industrial successes and emerging research advances in our field. As this meeting will take place in the U.S. capital, we have planned for two special sessions focusing on federal agencies, one featuring work from recent Department of Energy awardees on “Innovations in agriculture and energy to realize a new carbon economy” and the other on “Federal Perspective on Biomanufacturing R&D.” Finally, we continue our tradition of hosting a student mentoring luncheon and a diversity session. In addition to the technical program, we will continue the annual banquet and 5K run, which are traditional highlights of the conference.

This year’s annual meeting promises to be an excellent opportunity for networking and scientific dialogue. I encourage you to participate by both contributing through oral and poster presentation abstracts as well as attending this great meeting. We strongly encourage student and young investigators to participate in poster, student oral presentation sessions and the mentorship/networking lunch.

I look forward to seeing you in Washing DC in July and celebrating the 70th anniversary of the society!

Katy Kao
Associate Professor
Texas A&M University