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About the EMC

The Enzyme Mechanisms Conferences have brought together academic and industrial scientists to discuss new ideas at the forefront of mechanistic enzymology. The goal is to foster collegial interactions among chemists and biochemists who seek to understand the chemical basis for enzymatic catalysis and regulation of enzyme action and those who apply that knowledge for practical applications.




The conference has been held biennially since it was founded in 1969 by Tom Bruice, Bill Jencks, and Myron Bender. Over the past 50+ years, the conference has provided an outstanding forum for the presentation and discussion of the most exciting advances in our understanding of the mechanisms of enzyme action and their application to pharmaceutical design and action and to plant health.

The 28th Enzyme Mechanisms Conference will be held in Naples, Florida January 3-7, 2024. The conference will begin with a reception Wednesday evening and conclude with a banquet Saturday evening. The General Sessions will be held during the mornings and evenings of Thursday and Friday and morning and afternoon on Saturday. Posters will be displayed the entire time with dedicated Poster Sessions in the afternoons and evening on Thursday and Friday. Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows are strongly encouraged to attend and present their work in poster format.

For the 2024 conference the organizers have introduced some schedule modifications that build in added time to present and view posters and additional time to enjoy the resort and surrounds each afternoon. On Thursday and Friday the daytime general sessions will be bridged by a pre-lunch poster session.  Lunch will be provided each day of the conference so that these events run seamlessly through to the afternoon free time.

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The EMC Offers Attendees an Inclusive Environment

The community of the Enzyme Mechanisms Conference includes people who are citizens of and reside in nations from around the world, are members of cultures and religions that represent all possibilities on Earth, are born to families both traditional and non-traditional, and have the full range of physical abilities, gender expression, sexual orientation and age.  We use this diversity to provide a wide range of perspectives for the work of our common passion:  determining how enzymes catalyze reactions and using that information for the betterment of life and the sustainability of our planet.  We promote collegial academic debate in a welcoming environment and do not tolerate discrimination.

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