Enzyme Engineering XXIII

An ECI Conference Series

New Developments and Applications of Enzyme Engineering

September 6-10, 2015
Vinoy Hotel
St. Petersburg, Florida, USA

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About This Conference

The Enzyme Engineering Conferences were initiated in 1971 and have become the leading international forum for the discussion of new developments in enzyme technology and biocatalysis, putting an emphasis on emerging technologies and focusing on both the fundamental and practical aspects. The proposed scope and thrust of the conference will continue this tradition and will additionally focus on new developments in the field. This conference series typically draws international participation both from industry and academia.

Technical Program for 2015

The specific topics will include:

  • Biocatalysis
  • Commodity and industrial chemicals
  • Emerging technologies in protein engineering
  • Pathway engineering
  • De novo design
  • Intersection of protein engineering and next-generation sequencing
  • Structural biology and enzyme engineering  

Conference Organization


Jon Dale Stewart, University of Florida (jds2@chem.ufl.edu)
Robert DiCosimo, DuPont Central Research and Development (Robert.DiCosimo@usa.dupont.com)

Abstract Submission

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Sponsor Opportunities

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Conference Venue

Renaissance Vinoy Hotel  The showplace of the waterfront, the Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg, Florida Resort & Golf Club features newly renovated guest rooms and is the only luxury hotel on the West Coast of Florida with the combination of a private marina, 18-hole golf course and 12-court tennis complex. It boasts of an ideal location on Tampa Bay.

The hotel is a fine example of 1920’s Mediterranean Revival architecture and has earned a National Register of Historic Places designation. The Vinoy showcases elegant surroundings, flawless service, innovative restaurants and excellent meeting space.  It features spacious rooms that combine the elegance of the past with the amenities of the present, creating a truly unique feel at this legendary hotel.

The hotel was built by Aymer Vinoy Laughner in 1925.  When it opened, the Vinoy was a seasonal hotel, operating only from December to March.  Some of the most famous personalities of the time called the hotel their temporary home.  Among these were Herbert Hoover, Babe Ruth, James Stewart and Calvin Coolidge.  During World War II the US Army took over the hotel and used it as a training school.  In 2003 a huge renovation was undertaken and the hotel reopened in 2005, earning Four-Diamond Star status.

The Chihuly Collection glass sculpture museum and Museum of Fine Arts are only a 5-minute walk away, as is the Dali Museum.  Guests can take a stroll at Sunken Gardens that has more than 50,000 tropical flowers and plants.   15AE sunken-gardens of St PeteThe botanical attraction also features a wedding lawn, a walk-through aviary, and a butterfly garden. The Vinoy Hotel is two miles from Tropicana Field and also provides guests with access to an 18-hole golf course within 3 miles of the hotel..

All air-conditioned rooms include a work desk with an ergonomic chair. At the Health Club which features a hot tub and sauna, there are daily fitness classes. Guests can also borrow a book from the on-site library.

Among the hotel amenities are alarm clocks, baggage storage facilities, fitness and health center, a games room, Internet – Ethernet, ironing facilities, laundry facilities, mini-bar, room safe, sauna, tea and coffee making in-room, television, tennis courts and a jogging trail.

Hotel Address:  Vinoy Hotel, 501 5th Ave. NE, St. Petersburg, FL  33701  USA

1-800-230-4134 or 1-727-894-1000      Click HERE for a Site Map.

Travel Information

By Air: Tampa International Airport (www.tampaairport.com) – This airport was recently ranked by Conde Nast as the 7th best airport worldwide.  It provides numerous airlines and flights to choose from and convenient shuttles from the gates to the landside terminal.

Among the airlines that serve Tampa International Airport are Air Canada, Air Tran, Alaska, American, British Airways, Continental, Delta, Frontier, Jet Blue, Southwest, Spirit, United, US Airways and Westjet.

All major rental car companies operate from Tampa International Airport.

(www.tampaairport.com/ground_transportation/rental_car_services.asp)  There is also a Hertz car rental desk at the hotel.

Shuttle Transportation to the Renaissance Vinoy Hotel: (www.tampaairport.com/ground_transportation/shared_services.asp)

SuperShuttle (1-800-282-6817 or 1-727-572-1111) (www.supershuttle.com/Locations/TPAAirportShuttleTampaBay.aspx) serves the Vinoy Hotel.  Service is provided from the Commercial Ground Transportation Quadrants located at all four corners of the Baggage Claim Level.  There are discounts for additional members of a group going to the same address and children.  Rates include up to 3 pieces of luggage.  The approximate cost from the airport to the Vinoy is $25.

Other transportation options are taxi and private sedan service.  Estimated taxi fare is $60 one way; private sedan service is $75.

Auto: Florida is served by two major Interstate highways that originate outside the state – I-75 and I-95 – and one that traverses the state, I-4I-275 runs the length of Florida’s west coast, and I-275 connects I-75 with the St. Pete/Clearwater area.  Interactive Map 

If one is driving within Florida, Miami is just over 4 hours away by car (269 miles); Orlando, 90 minutes (107 miles); Fort Lauderdale, just under 4 hours (249 miles).

Parking at the hotel costs $14 daily.  Valet parking is $20 daily.  There are complimentary electric car charging stations in each garage.

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Fees and Registration

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Preliminary Program

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General Information

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