European Biological Inorganic Chemistry Conference, 26-30 August 2018, The University of Birmingham, UK
The European Biological Inorganic Chemistry Conference (EuroBIC) series has become a highly established international meeting. Attracting scientists from all over the world, EuroBIC provides the major platform to present and discuss the latest developments in all fields at the interface between Inorganic Chemistry and the Life Sciences.
2017 Meeting – Biochemistry of Iron Proteins
4-5th September 2017, University of East Anglia
Organiser: Nick Le Brun
Speakers: Juan Fontecilla-Camps (IBS, Grenoble, France), Steve Cramer (UC Davis, USA), Annalisa Pastore (Crick Institute, UK), Michael Johnson (University of Georgia, USA), Po-Wah So (Kings College London, UK), Paul Lindahl (Texas A&M University, USA)
At the beginning of September, we held our biennial two day meeting, at the University of East Anglia. The theme of the meeting was ‘The biochemistry of iron proteins’ and we had an outstanding line up of speakers, including Mike Johnson (Georgia), Paul Lindahl (Texas A&M) and Steve Cramer (UC Davis) from the US, Juan Fontecilla-Camps (IBS, Grenoble) from France, and Annalisa Pastore (Maurice Wohl Clinical Neuroscience Institute) and Po-Wah So (Kings College) from the UK. There were also four early career researcher presentations, which were uniformly of excellent quality, along with some very interesting posters.
The early career talk prize was awarded to Dr Marcus Edwards (University of East Anglia) for his work on the structural and biochemical characterisation of terminal reductases in Shewanella and the poster prize to Megan Straw (University of Essex) describing copper storage in Streptomyces lividans. Congratulations to both.
Topics presented ranged from iron-specific vibrational spectroscopies, a novel iron sulfur storage protein, unprecedented iron-oxygen chemistry, and imaging of iron in the brain. We enjoyed an excellent meeting dinner at the historic Assembly House in the city centre. IBDG meetings are always a lot of fun, with opportunities to meet new colleagues and catch up with old friends, and this one was no exception. We were delighted to see no fewer than four of our lifetime honorary members in attendance.
Confirmed Speakers: Jonas Peters (Cal Tech), Antoni Llobet (The Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia, ICIQ), Claire Carmalt (UCL), Martin Warren (Kent), Martha Greenblatt (Rutgers), Eric Rivard (University of Alberta), Mike Lappert Memorial Lecturer, Pedro Pérez (Universidad de Huelva), Peter Ford (University of California, Santa Barbara), Todd Marder (Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg), Chris Barnard (Johnson-Matthey)