Dear colleagues and friends,
We hope you and your families are all staying safe and healthy during this pandemic.
With great regret, the committee has again decided to postpone the 16th International Conference on the Genetics, Physiology, and Synthetic Biology of Solvent- and Acid-Forming Clostridia (Clostridium XVI) to 2022 (Jun~Sep), same city in Qingdao, China.
The prognosis for the pandemic does not allow us to organize the conference in a face to face way as scheduled in September 2021.
However, online meetings can never fully substitute regular meetings, all the committees agree that interpersonal contact is foundational to the Clostridium meetings which helped to build links and networks with many scientists and friends all over the world. In principle, with the development and vaccination of COVID-19 vaccine around the world, regular international exchanges and visits will be possible in another year. Therefore, the conference has been rescheduled between June and September 2022. We thank you for understanding the difficulty of this decision during this unprecedented time, and for your commitment to the success of this conference. Looking forward to welcoming you to Qingdao in 2022.
More details can be found on the regularly updated conference website http://clostridiumxvi.org/index.html. Should you require any assistance or clarify, please do not hesitate to contact the organizing secretariat at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kind regards, Fu-Li Li
Executive Chair in Clostridium XVI
On behalf of the organizing committee of Clostridium XVI, we are pleased to announce that the 16th International Conference on the Genetics, Physiology, and Synthetic Biology of Solvent- and Acid-Forming Clostridia will be held in Qingdao, China, on September 16th-18th 2020.
Members of the Organizing Committee are George N Bennett, Peter Dürre, Armin Ehrenreich, Anton Friedl, Weihong Jiang, Wolfgang Liebl, Fu-Li Li, Ana Lopez-Contreras, Lee Lynd, Nigel Minton, Terry Papoutsakis and Philippe Soucaille.
The clostridia are avant-garde of biotechnologically important microbes, which can produce a variety of alternative fuels and chemical commodities from renewables. Some of clostridia are pathogens related to human health. Clostridium conference is held biannually with success since 1990 and the upcoming Clostridium XVI will be next in the series. To date, the Clostridium conferences have become the leading international forum for presentation and discussion of new findings and developments in this field. It is anticipated that this conference will be the largest one, and topics will cover both academic and industrial interests. In this conference, leading experts from Clostridium research field are invited to present their exciting research under the theme of (1) Physiology and Genetics, (2) Synthetic Biology, Genetic Tools, and Omics, (3) Metabolic Engineering, and (4) Feedstock Utilization and Ecology.
Qingdao, also spelled Tsingtao, is a major city in the east of Shandong Province on China's Yellow Sea coast. It is also a major nodal city of the One Belt, One Road Initiative that connects Asia with Europe. As of 2018, Qingdao had a population of 9.39 million. Qingdao is the host city of sailing games of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. A number of world famous enterprises, such as Haier, Hisense, Tsingtao Beer, have their headquarters in Qingdao.
September is the most beautiful day in Qingdao. Our conference location is placed in the downtown of Qingdao. We will not only discuss our academic researches, but also enjoy the warm weather, delicious seafood and Tsingtao Beer in Qingdao City. Clostridium XVI will be a venue with fun and excellence. We cordially invite you to join us.