Stephen Long, professor and director of the Energy Biosciences Institute at
Illinois, said: "This will be a great opportunity to discuss the explosion of
research and development on plant and algal bioenergy production that has
occurred over the past five years and its implications from business opportunity
to environment. Further, it will be an opportunity to understand how this is
being implemented by the world’s two largest biofuel producers, Brazil and the
United States, and indeed to see the cutting edge of that production on a site
Keynote speakers will be Dr. Sharlene Weatherwax, associate director
of science for biological and environmental research within the Department of
Energy’s Office of Science, and Dr. John Pierce, chief bioscientist for BP. The
speakers will address how research has broken the barriers and taken on
challenges to rapid expansion of cellulosic ethanol production, from a federal
and industry perspective, respectively.
Over 250 participants representing academia, industry and government from
North, Central and South America are expected to attend the congress, which is
in association with the American Society of Plant Biologists. Attendees will
also have the opportunity to visit the adjacent 150-hectare EBI Energy Farm and
the nearby ADM bioethanol plant, one of the largest in the United States.
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The meeting will offer plenary sessions, with presentations and
short talks chosen from submitted abstracts, and poster sessions.
Some of the invited speakers are Dr. Marcos Buckeridge and Dr.
Antonio Bonomi from the Brazilian Bioethanol Science and Technology
Laboratory, Professor David Zilberman from the University of
California at Berkeley, Professor Jeremy Woods from imperial College
in London, and Dr. Richard Sayre from Los Alamos National Lab.
The $275 standard registration covers the costs of attendance and
meals for the conference. Participants can tour the ADM ethanol
production facility for an additional $25. There is a discount for
early registration. To view the list of speakers, register for the
meeting or submit an abstract, visit
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