Previous events

Past Events

Natural Product Biotechnology 2014 – 18-20th November 2014 – Inverness, Scotland

Focus on Frontiers in Industrial Biotechnology – 17-19th November 2014 – London

Industrial Biotechnology Showcase – 11-12th February 2015 – London – A major event to bring together industry, academia and government agencies working towards a bio-economy. Organised by the KTN and Industrial Biotechnology Leadership Forum. There are also awards available for early stage biotech SMEsregister

How to tackle antimicrobial resistance?

Thursday 29th January, 2015 – Manchester, UK

For the next NPRONET event we would like to discuss the challenges and opportunities in tackling antimicrobial resistance. In particular we would like to explore how the network can help bring together cross-disciplinary teams, including industry, to address current and future funding calls such as the MRC (cross council) AMR initiative which is still in development. Antimicrobial resistance is an increasingly serious threat to global public health and requires action. NPRONET members have the expertise to help overcome this problem through the discovery and development of new antibiotics as well as other approaches.

We would like to invite members of NPRONET to come forward to describe any relevant research and technology they are involved with or interested in developing. If you would like to participate in discussion and explore potential collaborations to combat antimicrobial resistance then please register by selecting the ticket type you require below.

When we have established a list of all interested participants we will develop a schedule for the event. Accommodation and dinner is available free of charge for the evening of 29 Jan to enable further informal discussion and networking. If you require accommodation please select the plus accommodation ticket via eventbrite.

Directing Biosynthesis IV – 25-27th March 2015, John Innes Centre, Norwich Register here
– Themes include:
Natural products frontiers
Discovery and diversity
Perspective: thiotemplate assembly line biosynthesis
Tools & technology
Synthetic biology and bioengineering

For any further information please contact

The Chemistry and Biology of Natural Products IX – 2-Day Graduate and Early Career Symposium

Thursday 25th and Friday 26th June 2015

You are invited to attend the ninth annual meeting exploring the chemistry and biology of natural products at the University of Warwick (UK), Zeeman Building, MS.01.

The format of the meeting will be based on those of the previous meetings where Ph.D. students and PDRAs presented their work. We hope to replicate the atmosphere in which new or incomplete projects can be presented for discussion to a diverse audience. This year we aim to include approximately 12 lectures from PhD students/PDRA as well as 4 lectures from young academics and to have a supporting poster session. We believe this meeting will once again be an excellent opportunity for early career scientists to present their work to an audience of experts.

This meeting is sponsored by NPRONET, Natural products discovery and bioengineering network, a BBSRC NIBB and registration is free for all participants. Two lunches, a wine reception/dinner and prizes for the best talks and posters are all included.
Further details (registration forms, maps, etc.) are available at:

If you would like to give a talk please register online by Friday 1 May 2015.
If you would like to present a poster please register online and submit your title by Friday 12 June 2015.
General Registration Deadline: 12 June 2015.

2nd Annual NPRONET Meeting – Cancelled due to flood at venue9th-10th September, 2015

INNSIDE Manchester

For our 2nd Annual meeting we would like to invite members of NPRONET with major research progress in the field to present their work in 15 minute talks. If you would like to present, please submit an abstract to (template available here). Abstracts should be no longer than one A4 page in portrait and should be submitted by 31st July, 2015.

Additionally, for new members of the network, or those who were unable to attend previously, there are flash presentation slots available to inform network members of your research interests and how you like to contribute to the network. This was a great success at our launch event where many research group leaders and companies gave short presentations to explain their work. Please request a flash presentation slot by emailing

This event will also launch the call for the 2nd round of NPRONET Proof of Concept projects and is therefore a perfect opportunity to develop ideas for new collaborations prior to the call. Remember £5k Business Interaction vouchers which are to be matched in cash or in kind by industry are available now!
Registration for the 2nd Annual NPRONET meeting on the 9th and 10th September, 2015 is free, including accommodation and dinner on the evening of the 9th September in Manchester and is now open, please click here to register and select the appropriate ticket type.

We look forward to seeing you in Manchester in September

Application of biosynthetic enzymes and cascades for Industrial Biotechnology

Monday, 30th November -Tuesday, 1st December 2015

Conference Aston, Birmingham – Register

Co-hosted by NPRONET and BIOCATNET BBSRC NIBB, this free two-day, cross-sector event will bring together academic and industrial partners to identify and address key challenges in the areas of applications of biosynthetic enzymes for new reaction chemistries and engineering synthetic cascades for production of natural products and fine chemicals.

The programme includes flash presentations* from key academics and industry representatives, workshops to identify key challenges and opportunities, and networking sessions. This event aims to stimulate the development of high-quality funding proposals and research and development efforts through collaboration building.


Monday 30th November

10:30 Arrival & Refreshments

11:00 Welcome & Introduction to Networks

11:15 Current and future BBSRC funding opportunities – Ben Sykes (BBSRC, Senior Business Interaction Manager)

11:30 Presentations: applications of biosynthetic enzymes for new reaction chemistries Exploiting the diverse and novel chemistries available using biosynthetic enzymes for industrial biotechnology applications

12:45 Lunch

13:45 Flash presentations*

15:00 Theme breakouts: identifying key challenges and opportunities (refreshments)

16:00 Reconvene; discussion

17:00 Close

18:00 Evening Networking Reception, followed by Dinner

Tuesday 1st December

9:00 Arrival & Introduction

9:05 Presentations: engineering enhanced synthetic cascades for production of natural products and fine chemicals Creation of novel synthetic cascades for production of fine chemicals and natural products, including strategies for coupling multi-enzyme reactions and technologies to support synthetic biology approaches

10:20 Flash Presentations*

11:35 Theme breakouts: identifying key challenges and opportunities (refreshments)

12:35 Reconvene; discussion

13:35 Lunch & Close

Registration for this event can be found here –

*If you would like to give a flash presentation, please contact

**Accommodation is available free-of-charge for delegates on the night of the 30th November. (Charges may be incurred in the event of non-attendance)

We look forward to seeing you in Birmingham in November

The Chemistry and Biology of Natural Products X – 2-Day Graduate and Early Career Symposium

Thursday 30th June and Friday 1st July 2016

Genomics-Driven Approaches to Bioactive Natural Product Discovery

Wednesday 10th August – Syngenta – Jealott’s Hill – Register here

This joint event hosted by NPRONET and a BBSRC/Syngenta-funded consortium of researchers from the Universities of Warwick, Cambridge, Manchester and Bristol will focus on the genomics-driven approaches for the discovery of novel natural products with potential applications in agriculture and other industries. It will take place at Syngenta’s Jealott’s Hill International Research Centre in Bracknell. Registration will begin at 10.30 with the first presentations at 11.00. Presentations will conclude at 18.00 and will be followed by a drinks reception and poster session. The event is free including an evening meal and accommodation on the 10th August to encourage networking.

Confirmed speakers include:

Marnix Medema – Wageningen University
Paul Jensen – University of California San Diego
Vid Hegde – Dow AgroSciences
Greg Challis – University of Warwick
Bill Metcalfe – University of Illinois Urbana Champagne

If you are interested in an oral or poster presentation at this event please send an abstract to by 17th June, 2016, using the template available here