ESBP 2023

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Glimpse back at ESBP2023

Dear participants,

on behalf of the organizing committee, I would like to express our sincerest gratitude for your invaluable presence at the ESBP2023 Conference in Brno. We really enjoyed the scientific part of the event – all the lectures, posters, and scientific discussions. Moreover, the informal interactions during coffee breaks, luncheons, and dinners allowed us to forge meaningful connections and lasting memories. We do hope that your time spent in Brno was equally enjoyable, both in terms of the city's charm and the conference itself.

While ESBP2023 may have drawn to a close, there are still noteworthy developments to look forward to. As announced during the conference, the esteemed open-access journal New Biotechnology (Elsevier, Impact Factor 5.1) is preparing a special issue dedicated to ESBP2023. We will contact you soon and provide you with more details.

Once again, I would like to express my honest thanks to all of you for coming to our conference and being such great attendees. We are optimistic that our paths will cross again, and we eagerly anticipate the possibility of reconnecting in 2025, when ESBP makes its way to the beautiful city of Lisbon.

With warm regards,


On behalf of the ESBP2023 Organizing Committee

About conference

European Symposium on Biopolymer (ESBP) is a traditional and successful series of symposia dedicated to all the aspects of biopolymers – an outstanding category of materials that includes polyesters, polysaccharides, polyamides, polyphosphates but also other polymeric materials of natural origin. The ambition of the series is to gather experts from very versatile fields such as molecular biology or biotechnology but also from material science and processing to share their knowledge, experience, and also opinions on all the aspects related to biopolymers and drive the field of biopolymer science further. In addition, the ambition of the conference is also to provide a platform to bring closer academy and industry.

The symposium series was launched in 2000 in Münster. So far, the last event within the series- the 10th ESBP was held in Straubing in 2019. After that, the regular interval between the symposia was ruined by the COVID pandemic. However, now it is pleasure for us to inform you that 11th ESBP will be organized from 13th-15th September 2023 in Brno, the Czech Republic by the Faculty of Chemistry, Brno University of Technology.

The main topics of the conference will include:

  • Production, isolation, and purification of biopolymers
  • Processing and characterization of biopolymers
  • Biopolymers for medicine and tissue engineering
  • Biopolymers in high-value and technical applications
  • Synthetic biology for biopolymer engineering and production
  • Biodegradation, ecology, biology and environmental impact of biopolymers

So, if you are, for any reason, interested in biopolymers and if you would like to meet experts in this exciting field of science and technology, we are looking forward to hosting you in Brno in September 2023.

On behalf of the organization committee

Stanislav Obruča


Scientific committee

  • Luc AVEROUS, Université de Strasbourg, France
  • Ivan CHODAK, Slovak Academy of Science, Slovakia
  • Vasif HASIRCI, METU, Turkey
  • Dieter JENDROSSEK, University of Stuttgart, Germany
  • Martin KOLLER, University of Graz, Austria
  • Valérie LANGLOIS, Université Paris Est, CNRS, France
  • Jose LARAGON, Iata-SCIC, Spain
  • Berit LØKENSGARD STRAND, NTNU Trondheim, Norway
  • Kevin O’CONNOR, UCD, Ireland
  • Etienne PAUL, Université de Toulouse, France
  • Auxiliadora PRIETO, CIB-CSIC, Spain
  • Maria Manuela REGALO DA FONSECA, Universidade Técnica de Lisboa, Portugal
  • Maria REIS, FCT-UNL, Portugal
  • Ipsita ROY, The University of Sheffield
  • Jochen SCHMID, University of Münster, Germany
  • Volker SIEBER, Technical University of Munich Campus Straubing, Germany
  • Alexander STEINBÜCHEL, University of Lodz, Poland
  • Ebru TOKSOY ÖNER, Marmara University, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Alan WERKER, Promiko, Lomma, Sweden
  • Manfred ZINN, HES-SO, Switzerland
  • Stanislav OBRUČA, Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic

Organization committee

  • Stanislav OBRUČA, Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic,
  • Petr SEDLÁČEK, Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic,
  • Eva SLANINOVÁ, Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic,
  • Hana ALEXOVÁ, Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic
  • Tomáš OPRAVIL, Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic
  • Vendula HRABALOVÁ, Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic,
  • Lucie FOJTOVÁ, Brno Observatory and Planetarium
  • Marika HEMMEROVÁ, SunDrive Communications

Plenary speakers

Kumar Sudesh

Professor of Applied Microbiology and Head of Ecobiomaterial Research Laboratory, Universiti Sains Malaysia, biotechnological production of PHA

Professor Kumar Sudesh is the Head of Ecobiomaterial Research Laboratory. He is the author and co-author of over 250 scientific publications, which have been cited over 11,000 times. He is also the Fellow of Academy of Science Malaysia.

Talk: Production of PHA from vegetable and animal oils

Bernd Rehm

Professor and the Director, Centre for Cell Factories and Biopolymers, Griffith Institute for Drug Discovery, Griffith University (Australia), develops uses of PHAs in high-value applications.

Professor Bernd Rehm is the Director of the Centre for Cell Factories and Biopolymers. He is author and co-author of over 250 scientific publications, which have been cited over 18,500 times (h-index of 69). Professor Rehm is also an inventor or co-inventor on 59 patent applications, 26 of which are granted patents. He led research resulting in formation of two start-up companies and six commercial licenses. He is cofounder of one start-up company.

Talk: Bioengineering of advanced protein-polymer materials

Bjørn E. Christensen

Professor at the Department of Biotechnology and Food Science at NTNU, Norway.

Professor Bjørn E. Christensen is a polysaccharide chemist focusing mainly on the macromolecular properties (solutions, gels, self-assembly) on a wide range of polysaccharides and polysaccharide derivatives in relation to their chemical structure and chain lengths (including oligosaccharides). He has published work on mucins, xanthan, carrageenans, cellulose, chitins, chitosans, alginates, hyaluronan and others. Main analytical and semi-preparative methods in his laboratory include light scattering (with or without SEC/GPC), NMR, HPAEC-PAD, DLS, gel filtration etc. He is Norwegian representative in the European (ECO) and International Carbohydrate Organisation (CO). He is currently Editor of Carbohydrate Polymers. He is author and co-author of over 100 scientific publications, which have been cited over 6,000 times (h-index of 44).

Talk: Block Polysaccharides

Scientific & social program

Final program of the conference

Download the final program of the conference in pdf. Please note that the program is still subject to change at discretion of the Organization committee.

Download program

Book of Abstracts

Download the Book of abstracts of the conference in pdf.

Download abstracts

Poster dimensions: 85 x 120 cm
Oral lecture (regular): 10 + 5 minutes (presentation + discussion)
Oral lecture (invited): 15 + 5 minutes
Accepted file formats for lecture presentations: Microsoft PowerPoint (.pptx), PDF document (.pdf)

Have your own specimen imaged on an electron microscope! Delong Instruments' unique low-voltage electron microscope present at the conference venue will be available for testing your own specimen for TEM or STEM imaging placed on microscopic grids. See the requirements for the samples here.

Special issue in New Biotechnology!

We are happy to announce that the open access journal New Biotechnology (Elsevier, IF 5.4) will release a special issue dedicated to our conference. More information will be provided during the conference.

Social program

The time schedule can be changed based on the timing of the conference program.
The social program is included in the registration fee.

Venue & Brno

Brno – City of Science and Technology

Brno is a city in the South Moravian Region of the Czech Republic. Located at the confluence of the Svitava and Svratka rivers, Brno has about 380,000 inhabitants, making it the second-largest city in the Czech Republic after the capital, Prague.

One of the unique features of Brno is its good accessibility since it is positioned 2 h of driving from 4 capital cities – Prague, Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest.

The second reason which makes Brno a very suitable city to host 11th ESBP is the fact that Brno has evolved into an important university city with numerous scientific institutions and research centers and a very strong scientific background and infrastructure. Furthermore, numerous industrial and technological companies active in the field of research and development are located in Brno as well. Actually, Brno resonates with science and technology!

Further, Brno has a rich history, a beautiful historical center, hundreds of historical sights and other places which are worth seeing and visiting. Brno is also famous due to its young spirit and numerous excellent restaurants, bars, and pubs.

To sum up, we do believe that Brno is an excellent place to organize a scientific congress!

For more information about Brno, you can visit the following links:


Brno Observatory and Planetarium is not only an exciting place that you should definitely visit if you are interested in the universe, but it is also an ideal and unique venue for the organization of medium size conferences and symposia such as 11th ESBP. This fascinating place can provide us with all we need and even more. We will use the digital planetarium as the main conference hall, but also other meeting rooms for parallel sessions or workshops are available. Further, the looby will serve as a place for poster sessions, coffee breaks, and also relaxing or even working area. Brno Observatory and Planetarium is located on the hill and it also grants the visitors fascinating views of Brno City and its surroundings.

For more information about the Brno Observatory and Planetarium, you can use the following link:

How to get to Venue:

Adress: Kraví hora 2, 616 00 Brno
GPS: 49.2041603N, 16.5838769E

Directions from the City Center (Tram Stop Česká) to the Conference Venue at Náměstí Míru: Take tram number 4 from the city center, starting at tram stop Česká. Ride the tram until you reach the final stop, Náměstí Míru. As you exit the tram, you'll find the conference venue situated on the hill to your right. Follow the directional markers to easily reach the venue.

See the Venue map

Information for participants

  • About Brno
  • Accommodation

About Brno

Tips for trips:

  • Špilberk Castle
    - It is a castle on the hilltop in Brno, Southern Moravia built in the first half of the 13th century.
  • Cathedral of St. Peter and Paul
    - It is a national cultural monument and one of the most important pieces of Baroque architecture in South Moravia. Possible to climb onto a tower which offers nice view.
  • Tugendhat Villa (in the UNESCO list)
    - The Villa of Greta and Fritz Tugendhat, designed by the architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and built in 1929–1930.
    Ticket online:

Public transport:

You can use contactless cards, or smartphones and smartwatches in the trams/buses. Just get on and tap your card against the yellow reader inside. You’ll be charged for a basic transferable 60-minute ticket (25 CZK). You can take multiple journeys within the allocated time. If you travel longer than 60-minutes, or several times in one day, you’ll be charged for another ticket, but never more than 90 CZK per day. Or go through the mobile app Sejf, where you can buy tickets in English.

Emergency Services:

  • For police, dial 158
  • For fire, dial 150
  • For ambulance, dial 155
  • Using mobile phones: do not forget include the local code before the number, for example: +420 – 158 to call the police in Brno
  • The European Emergency Number 112 can also be used.


Booking of hotels

Please note that we do not intervene in the room reservation process.
However, we have already arranged special prices for rooms with the following hotels:
Please click on the following link, and book a room directly.

If you have any questions about accommodation or need help, contact the tourism information center of Brno:

Important dates &


Welcome to the ESBP 2023 registration. Please click on sign up and make your own account. This could be performed without submitting abstract. In your account, you will find helpful information about submitting abstract(s) and payment.

Important dates:

28. 2. 2023 Registration and abstract submission opened

30. 6. 2023 Registration and abstract submission closed Registration and abstract submission EXTENDED TO JULY 16, 2023

31. 7. 2023 Confirmation of abstract acceptance and information about form of presentation

13. – 15. 9. 2023 Conference

Registration fees:

Student - 380 euro

Regular participitant - 530 euro

The registration fee includes:

  • Handbook and conference materials
  • Lunch, coffee breaks during the conference days
  • WiFi in conference venue
  • Social events


  • Before 31. 7. 2023 without a cancelation fee
  • From 31. 7. 2023 till 1. 9. 2023 with a cancelation fee of 30 % of the registration fee
  • After 1. 9. 2023 no refund will be paid back




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  • Brno University of Technology
  • Faculty of Chemistry
  • Purkyňova 464/118
  • 612 00 Brno, Czech Republic
  • Stanislav Obruča