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ROBOX is present at the 7th Joliot-Curie Conference of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

ROBOX was present at the Joliot-Curie Conference of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) of the United Kingdom. The conference is the annual event of the RSC dedicated to supporting the aspirations of early career researchers. It is unique in aiming to promote diversity and inclusion in academia, and offers a supportive and welcoming environment, particularly to those who are from groups that are under-represented in academic careers.

This year’s conference, held at the University of Bath the 5th and 6th of September of 2017, attracted 60 delegates from across the UK and Europe, including the University of Pavia. Delegates listened to inspiring and honest talks from successful academics, with the opportunity to ask questions about their career paths and any challenges they had encountered. Other activities included poster sessions (Insights from the crystal structure of two new Baeyer-Villiger monooxygenases: CHMO from Thermocrispum municipale and PockeMO from Thermothelomyces thermophila), an interactive peer-review funding proposal workshop, and one-to-one mentoring sessions with the speakers. The poster presented by Dr J Rubén Gómez Castellanos from Pavia described the crystal structures of the cyclohexanone monooxygenase from Thermocrispum municipale (TmCHMO) and the polycyclic-ketones monooxygenase from Thermothelomyces thermophila (PockeMO), obtained during the course of the project. Assistants to the conference learned that these BVMOs show great promise as oxidative biocatalysts, since they are more robust than previous examples in their respective classes.

The Press Office of the RSC cites Julie Franklin, careers specialist at the RSC and organiser of the event saying: “The atmosphere at the Joliot Curie Conference is unique: warm, friendly and welcoming with plenty of opportunities for networking. We are indebted to the many eminent and excellent speakers who gave up their time to be part of the conference this year for co-hosting the event.”

The research for this work has received funding from the European Union (EU) project ROBOX (grant agreement n° 635734) under EU’s Horizon 2020 Programme Research and Innovation actions H2020-LEIT BIO-2014-1

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