The Metabolic Engineering Conferences have been running since 1998; the first was held in Danvers and was chaired by Prof. Gregory Stephanopoulos. As you have witnessed in Biarritz, this conference has grown into a leading event that every second year attracts, all the leaders, industry, new members and students in the field of metabolic engineering. Over the years, there have been discussions on establishing a metabolic engineering society, that can be involved in hosting this conference and ensure that the community that has been created over the years has a common voice. These discussions have recently led a small group of people, all former chairs of this conference series, into formally establishing a society.
The society is named International Metabolic Engineering Society (IMES) and the founding Board of Directors includes Greg Stephanopoulos, Jim Liao, Sang Yup Lee, Vassily Hatzimanikatis and Jens Nielsen (acting currently as the president of the society). IMES will be linked to the Society for Biological Engineering (SBE). IMES and SBE will jointly work on strengthening both societies.
To promote and advance metabolic engineering as the enabling science and technology for bio-based production of materials, pharmaceuticals, food ingredients, chemicals, and fuels.
- To raise interest, understanding, and recognition of engineers’ and scientists’ roles in metabolic engineering.
- Promote metabolic engineering as an enabling science for development of sustainable and environmentally friendly bio-based production of chemicals, liquid fuels, energy and materials.
- Organize international conferences in the field of metabolic engineering and industrial biotechnology, hereunder the bi-annual Metabolic Engineering conference.
- Coordinate activities in the field of industrial biotechnology with other organizations (such as the World Council on Industrial Biotechnology, BIO and EUROPA-BIO).
- Infuse awareness to the public and civil society at large on metabolic engineering with both opportunities and risks.
- To drive for scientific excellence in the field of metabolic engineering through establishment and maintenance of prestigious awards for both young and senior researchers.
- To foster and promote peer-review of research on metabolic engineering through publications, journals and and/or conferences.