The 2017 SBFC Program Chairs, Program Co-Chairs, Organizing Committee, SIMB Officers, Directors, and Staff are looking forward to seeing you next week at the 39th Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis, San Francisco, CA USA!

When you Arrive

Please stop by the SBFC Registration Desk on the B2 Level North Registration of the hotel to pick up your name badge, program, and other Symposium materials during on-site registration hours:
Monday, May 1 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Tuesday, May 2: 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Wednesday, May 3: 7:00 AM – 12:00 NOON
Thursday, May 4: 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM

The official SBFC name badge must be worn during all SBFC sessions and activities.

One copy of the printed SBFC Program will be given to each registrant. We will not be able to replace a lost copy.

Breakfast Options

SBFC will not be serving breakfast this year; attendees are on their own. In the hotel, you’ll find Mission Street Pantry with several options. There is also a restaurant with a full menu.

Meeting Program – Online & Downloadable

Fully Searchable Schedule Available

The meeting schedule is available online:
View the Online Meeting Schedule

Please check the online schedule for any last minute room changes.

Letter Certifying Presentation or Attendance

If you are an oral or poster presenter and require a letter certifying your attendance and participation, you may download a customized copy from the abstract site where you first submitted your abstract.

If you are not a presenter, please stop by the SBFC registration desk to request a letter that will be emailed to you following the Symposium. You may also contact after the meeting to obtain the letter.

Rapid Fire Poster Showcase Presenters

Presenters taking part in the Rapid Fire Poster Showcase on Monday, May 1 should report to Yerba Buena Ballroom 7 at 11:30 a.m. and take a seat in the front row according to where you find your name. Please be ready to present as soon as the welcoming remarks are finished.

Meeting Room Wireless Internet Instructions

Wireless Internet Access will be available in the meeting rooms:

Network: Marriott Conference
Password: SBFC2017

Please Note: Cell service will be limited in the lower levels of the hotel unless AT&T is your provider.

There are also other Wi-Fi calling solutions you can use, including FaceTime, Google Hangouts, Google Voice, and Skype.

Alternatively, some iPhones and Androids support Wi-Fi calling. See below for more details and instructions to see if your phone and carrier support Wi-Fi calling:

Connect to a Wi-Fi network
Tap Settings – Phone – Wi-Fi Calling
Move slider to ON
More detailed instructions

Connect to a Wi-Fi network
Tap Settings – Network Connections – Wi-Fi Calling
Tap ON for each desired network
More detailed instructions

Attendee Access to Presentations

Attendee login access to uploads of presentations will be provided via email. Login access to presentations will also be provided via email after the meeting. The login will also be posted at the SBFC registration desk. Everyone who registered and paid for the meeting, including those who are no-shows and those who cancelled and are not eligible for refunds, will receive the login access. In addition, those who are no-shows or cancelled but paid to attend the meeting will receive a program book via regular mail.

Tabletop Exhibits

Please visit representatives from the exhibiting companies in Yerba Buena Salon 9 during exhibit hours listed in the SBFC Program.

Monday-Thursday Speaker/Session Chair Breakfast

Session chairs and invited speakers should plan to meet for breakfast in the Nob Hill located on B2 Lower Level, on the day of your session to discuss any last minute program updates. Monday breakfast will be held 9:00-10:00 a.m.; Tuesday-Thursday breakfasts will be held 7:00-8:00 a.m.

Wednesday Hospitality Suite sponsored by Katzen International, Inc.

Attendees are invited to the KAZTEN International hospitality event on Wednesday evening, May 3, from 9:00-11:00 p.m. in the Club Room, 2nd Level.

Thursday SBFC Banquet, Awards, and Address

Please confirm your attendance at Thursday evening’s Banquet with the SBFC registration staff when you pick up your name badge, SBFC Program, and other meeting materials.

Thank you 39th SBFC Sponsors!

Please extend your thanks to the 39th SBFC sponsors who have made the many events of this symposium possible:

Visit San Francisco Highlights

Visit for information on what you’d like to do or see.

Local Transportation
Ground transportation from the airport: BART, Uber, Lyft, taxis and shuttles are available.

San Francisco has many sights and attractions that may be easily accessed. Learn more at

San Francisco Things to Do
You can visit the SBFC Meeting App and view several businesses that are offering discounts to attendees ranging from food to discounts on tours.

We look forward to seeing you soon in San Francisco!