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BEE 2021 (formerly BEE 2020)

BEE 2020 2021 Workshop
'Academic and Industrial Opportunities in BEE'

NEW DATE 25-26 January 2021

Radcliffe Conference Centre, University of Warwick, Coventry, UK, CV4 7SHLink opens in a new window

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

Event Programme

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

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Useful Information

Posters: These can be A0 or A1 Portrait.

Parking: There is ample free parking at Radcliffe Conference CentreLink opens in a new window

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 FAQLink opens in a new window document.

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