2020 2021 Workshop
'Academic and Industrial Opportunities in BEE'
NEW DATE 25-26 January 2021
Fragmented individual studies on a diverse range of biological systems, conducted over the last decade show that electrical forces and electrochemical gradients are fundamental in biology. At this workshop we will bring this diversity together and discuss the latest academic findings in the emerging field of bioelectricity at one hand and explore possible industrial applications of, or inspired by, bioelectricity.
Organising Committee: Munehiro Asally, Teuta Pilizota, Pat Unwin, and Orkun S Soyer
The programme is evolving and will be updated regularly
Monday 25 January 2021
09:30 – 10:20 Registration
10:20 – 10:30 Introduction and workshop motivation (O. Soyer)
10:30 – 12:00 Session 1: Electrical processes in bacterial systems
Lars Peter Nielsen (Aarhus University): 'Cable bacteria: The giant living wires'
Wilson Poon (U of Edinburgh): 'TBA'
Richard Cogdell (U of Glasgow): 'Electron transfer events in the Primary Reactions of Purple Bacterial Photosynthesis'
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch
13:00 – 14:30 Session 2: Mammalian cell bioelectricity
Stuart Ferguson (U of Oxford): 'TBA'
Ann Rajnicek (U of Aberdeen): ‘Electrical control of tissue repair and regeneration'
Will Brackenbury (U of York): ‘Sodium-dependent bioelectrical control of cancer progression’
14:30 – 15:00 Coffee/Tea break
15:00 – 16:30 Session 3: Bioelectricity in industry
Mustafa Djamgoz (Celex): 'Celex Oncology Innovations Ltd : Converting a bioelectric idea into a commercial venture'
Zuzana Mladenovska (Chr Hansen): 'Potential and limitations of flow cytometric membrane potential measurement in processes for industrial production of probiotics'
James Stratford (Cytecom): 'TBA'
16:30 – 17:00 Coffee/Tea
17:00 - 18:00 Session 4: Select topics in bioelectricity
Zoe Schofield (U of Warwick): 'TBA'
Selected Talk: 'TBD'
Selected Talk: 'TBD'
18:00 – 19:30 Poster Session and Drinks
19:30 – Late Event Dinner
Tuesday 26 January 2021
9:00 – 10:30 Session 5: Electrochemistry and biophysics
Christine Kranz (ULM University): 'Electrochemistry combined with Force Spectroscopy in bio-related research'
Julie McPherson (U of Warwick): ‘TBA’
Leonid Savtchenko (Imperial College London): ‘Electrodiffusion phenomena in communications of neuronal cells'
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee/Tea break
11:00 – 12:30 Session 6: Bioelectricity across scales
Sam England (U of Bristol): ‘Electric ecology: detection of ecologically relevant electric fields in terrestrial arthropods’
Murray Grant (U of Warwick): ‘Glutamate receptor mediated electrical signaling is part of a multifaceted plant response to stress’
Alexander G Fletcher (U of Sheffield): ‘Bioelectricity: a role for cell-based and multiscale simulations'
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 15:00 Session 7: Bioelectricity in industry
Leonard Tender (US Naval Research Lab): 'Putting Microbial Electrochemistry to Work'
Daniel Carlotta-Jones (Severn Trent): ‘Hydrogen from poo? Commercially viable Microbial electrolysis cells for wastewater treatment using inexpensive recycled carbon fibre anodes’
15:00 – 15:30 Coffee/Tea break
15:30 – 16:30 Session 8: Select topics in bioelectricity
Elizabeth Heidrich (U of Newcastle):‘TBA’
Gabriel Meloni (U of Warwick): 'Local respiration rates with scanning electrochemical microscopy point measurements and finite element method simulations: Towards single organism respirometers'
Selected Talk: 'TBD'
16:30 - 17:30 Coffee/Cake and Open discussion
NEW DATE - January 25-26 2021
Registration not yet open
For any enquiries, please contact mary dot coates at warwick dot ac dot uk
Posters: These can be A0 or A1 Portrait.
Parking: There is ample free parking at Radcliffe Conference Centre
Directions: Use postcode CV4 7SH
This postcode directs you to Scarman Road. You’ll need to follow directional signage to Lakeside Village. You’ll then find signposts for Radcliffe.
Public Transport: The closest train station is Coventry. A taxi to the Conference Venue will cost £10-15.
Airports: The closest airport is Birmingham International.
For further information about travel and facilities available during the conference, please view this FAQ document.