Welcome to Clostridium XIV / About the Conference

The Clostridium XIV Organizing Committee warmly invites you to attend the 14th International Conference on the Genetics, Physiology, and Synthetic Biology of Solvent- and Acid-Forming Clostridia, to be held at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.

The genus Clostridium is a large, heterologous assemblage of microorganisms, unified by their ability to form spores and characterized by great biocatalytic diversity.  Whilst Clostridium species have achieved notoriety as human and animal pathogens, most members of this genus are entirely benign and many have distinctive features of interest for production of fuels and chemicals.  Initiated in 1990 (Salisbury, UK), the Clostridium meetings have been held every two years, generally alternating between the USA and Europe although the 2014 meeting was held in Shanghai.  These meetings have become the leading forum in the field, and owe their success to both to the quality of the science presented and the informal and welcoming atmosphere. As with past meetings, it is anticipated that Clostridium XIV will be of value to both academia and industry, and to senior and young researchers alike.

Thanks to all who participated in Clostridium XIV!

Organizing committee

George Bennett (Rice, USA)
Peter Duerre (Ulm, Germany)
Weihong Jiang (Shanghai, China)
Ana Lopez-Conteras (Wageningen, NL)
Lee Lynd (Dartmouth, USA)
Nigel Minton (Nottingham, UK)
Wilf Mitchell (Edinburgh, UK)
Terry Papoutsakis (Delaware, USA)
Philippe Soucaille (INSA, France)

This Year's Keynotes / Speakers

Ed Bayer

Professor, Department of Biological Chemistry, The Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Isreal. Leading expert on the biochemistry of the cellulosome.

Lars Ljungdahl

Pioneer of C1 metabolism and carbohydrate fermentation in Clostridium and related species.

Program Sessions and Chairs / Schedule

Full schedule details and individual abstracts, download here.

Sunday August 28th
(evening session)

Keynote Presentation and Reception
Ed Bayer
7:30 PM

Monday August 29th

Session I. Physiology and Genetics
Nigel Minton
Weihong Jiang
8:30 AM
Ying Zhang
9:10 AM
Tristan Cerisy
9:40 AM
Nicolaus Herman
10:30 AM
Daniela Heeg
11:00 AM
Thao Nguyen
11:20 AM
Satya Dash
11:40 AM
Session II. Synthetic Biology, Genetic Tools, and Omics
Weihong Jiang
Daniel Amador-Noguez
1:00 PM
Chen Yang
1:40 PM
Michael Pyne
2:10 PM
Yi Wang
3:00 PM
Celine Foulquier
3:30 PM
Steve Brown
4:00 PM
Keynote Presentation
Lars Ljungdahl
4:45 PM

Tuesday August 30th

Session III. Metabolic Engineering
Philippe Soucaille
Peter Duerre
8:30 AM
Yang Gu
9:10 AM
Janet Westpheling
9:40 AM
Daniel Olson
10:40 AM
Isabelle Meynial-Salles
11:10 AM
Margaret Liu
11:40 AM

Wednesday August 31st

Session IV. Feedstock Utilization and Ecology
Lee Lynd
Evert Holwerda
8:30 AM
Armin Ehrenreich
9:10 AM
George Bennett
9:40 AM
Ellinor Carlson
10:10 AM
Qi Xu
11:00 AM
Richard Sparling
11:30 AM
Alex Dumitrache
12:00 PM
Session V. Bioprocessing and Industrial Applications
Sean Simpson
Torbjørn Jensen &
Stephanie Redl
1:30 PM
Sean Simpson
2:10 PM
Shawn Jones
2:40 PM
Petra Patakova
3:10 PM
Nasib Qureshi
4:10 PM
Wouter Van Hecke
4:40 PM
Stefan Pfluegl
5:10 PM

Accommodation and Logistics / Travel


Lodging at the Hanover Inn and 6 South Street will be arranged by the meeting logistics committee with costs included in the registration fee.  Meeting attendees who make their own lodging arrangements will be responsible for the costs.


Attendees should fly to Boston Logan Airport. For travel from Logan airport to Hanover, we highly recommend the Dartmouth Coach – which stops within easy walking distance of the meeting hotels. On-line reservations should be made two weeks in advance.