Microbial Engineering III

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March 30 – April 3, 2025
Porto, Portugal

About This Conference

Conference Chairs

Eli Keshavarz-Moore, University College London
Thomas Sauer, Sanofi

Organizing Committee

Barry Buckland (BiologicB, LLC, USA), Organizing Committee Chair

Arindam Bose (AbiologicB, USA)
Charlie Cooney (MIT, USA)
Stefanie Frank (UCL, UK)
Dominique Garnier (Sanofi, France)
Brigitte Gasser (BOKU, Austria)
Peter Gray (The University of Queensland, Australia)
Beth Junker (Bioprocess Advantage, USA)
Diethard Mattanovich (BOKU, Austria)
Karen Polizzi (Imperial College London, UK)
Kristala Prather (MIT, USA)
Hari Pujar (Flagship Pioneering, USA)
Tiffany Rau (University College Cork, Ireland; Bio Pharma Technical Consulting and Rau Consulting)
Rahul Singvi (National Resilience, USA )
Jim Swartz (Stanford University, USA)
Behnam Taidi (LGPM, CentraleSupélec, University Paris Saclay)

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Venue Information

Porto, Portugal

Porto, the second largest city in Portugal, is a World Heritage city and the commercial and industrial center for northern Portugal.  It is world-famous for its port wine but also for a heritage that combines ancient churches, monuments, and stately bridges with modern architecture. 

It was in Porto and the northern regions that Portugal was founded in the 12th century and the Portuguese became a people and a nation.

Bursting with charm and beautiful scenery, Porto lies along Portugal’s northwestern coastline, making it a picture-perfect destination.  In the medieval Ribeira (riverside) district, narrow cobbled streets wind past merchants’ houses and cafes. São Francisco Church is known for its lavish baroque interior with ornate gilded carvings. The palatial 19th-century Palácio de Bolsa, formerly a stock market, was built to impress potential European investors. 

World of Wine, Porto

The city features a number of museums and architectural highlights, as well as unique shops and restaurants, nightlife, and family-friendly adventures.  Located within a few minutes’ walk of the Hilton Porto-Gaia hotel is a new attraction in the area, WoW, or World of Wine.  Opened in 2020, WoW pays homage to the region and shines a light on the most important Portuguese industries and traditions.  It is an entire cultural district that includes seven museums, twelve restaurants, and a wine school. The Wine Experience is interactive and ends with a wine tasting.  Also, quite popular is the chocolate museum.

The region is crossed by the River Douro which enters Portugal between the ravines and mountains of the interior to flow through the entire World Heritage landscape where the Port and Douro wines are produced.  It is from here that the wine is sent to the wine caves at Vila Nova de Gaia, on the south bank of the Douro, where the Hilton Porto-Gaia hotel is located. One of the most beautiful views of the old city of Porto with its many seafood restaurants lining the banks of the Douro is from the cafes lining the river in Gaia…

Hilton Porto-Gaia Hotel

AddressR. de Serpa Pinto 124, 4400-307 Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal
Phone+351 22 244 9200

The Hilton Porto-Gaia hotel has a stunning and breathtaking location facing Porto UNESCO Heritage and the Douro River. ​ It is a unique and contemporary hotel with 194 generous and spacious rooms with excellent Wi-Fi. The hotel has a pool, a spa and a fitness center. The chef oversees a menu that is both familiar as well as healthy and trendy.  The hotel features an open concept restaurant and bar, and an exclusive panoramic bar on the top level with views across the Douro.  


Visitors to Porto can arrive via Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport. It is about 8 miles outside the city center and the airport offers service to destinations throughout Europe, as well as direct access to a number of public transportation options into Porto. The reliable, extensive network includes buses, trams, and light-rail options to shuttle passengers to the city’s major points of interest.  Taxis are also readily available to bring conference participants to the Hilton Gaia Hotel/

Those who fly into Lisbon can continue their journey to Porto by high speed train. 

Recent Article

36 Hours in Porto (NY Times)

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