MegaSyn symposium on megasynthases

29 September to 1st October 2020

Bad Nauheim near Frankfurt, Germany

MegaSyn, a Hesse-wide research initiative, funded by the Hessen State Ministry of Higher Education, Research and the Arts, which focuses on the understanding of megasynthases in structure and function, and controlling megasynthases for directed product synthesis. The MegaSyn research program includes 12 groups from 5 different institutions.

The major aim of the symposium is to highlight the latest, cutting-edge discoveries in the field of megasynthases (PKSs and NRPSs). Topics include structures and mechanisms of megasynthases, identification of novel megasynthases and megasynthase-encoding biosynthetic gene clusters, theoretical and computational studies of megasynthases in biocatalysis, as well as control and design of megasynthases. The symposium is planned for about 100 participants and meant as a focused platform for intensive and insightful discussions. The talks will be 20 to 30 minutes with an additional discussion of 10 minutes. We will provide you with more details soon. The program will also feature a poster session.

The conference is held in the town of Bad Nauheim which is approximately 35 kilometres (22 miles) north of Frankfurt, on the east edge of the Taunus mountain range. It is a world-famous resort, noted for its salt springs, which are used to treat heart and nerve diseases. A Nauheim or "effervescent" bath, named after Bad Nauheim, is a type of spa bath through which carbon dioxide is bubbled.

Owing to the prevailing situation, we comply with stringent hygiene rules and ensure best possible safety. Any doubts? Send an email and get more info!

Invited speakers (confirmed)

  • Russel Cox Leibnitz University
  • Elke Dittmann University of Potsdam
  • Tobias Gulder Technical University Dresden
  • Frank Hahn University of Bayreuth
  • Adrian Keatinge-Clay The University of Texas at Austin
  • Hajo Kries Hans Knöll Institute, Jena
  • Marnix Medema Wageningen University
  • Mislav Oreb Goethe University Frankfurt
  • Eric Schmidt University of Utah, Salt Lake City
  • Elizabeth Skellam Leibniz University Hannover
  • Pierre Stallforth Hans Knöll Institute, Jena
  • Kira Weissman University of Lorraine
  • Huimin Zhao University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Nadine Ziemert University of Tübingen

Live on YouTube

Click here for a YouTube Live Stream of MegaSyn Symposium.

Conference language

All talks, discussions and poster session will be conducted in English.



  • The conference is offered free of charge.



  • Registration for only attendence: 15 August 2020
  • Registration for poster: 15 August 2020
  • Submission of talk/poster abstract: 15 August 2020
  • Confirmation: You should receive an email from us accepting your registration/poster by 15 August 2020. If not please contact us again to verify everything.

Invited speakers

  • As an invited speaker we offer complimentary hotel accommodation (see below) for 2 nights (29th of September to 1st of October 2020)
  • Please note that we can only reimburse economy class flights/train. For invited speakers travelling by car we can take over car parking charges.


  • Please contact the hotels listed below or arrange your own accommodation.
  • Please let us know in your email if you have special dietary requirements.

Special/dietary needs

TALK and Poster abstracts

Poster display

  • Recommended size/orientation of the poster is A0 (DIN) in portrait
  • We will provide suitable adhesive/pins for affixing on to poster boards


Conference venue: Hotel and resort

  • Dolce By Wyndham, Bad Nauheim
  • Elvis-Presley-Platz 1, 61231 Bad Nauheim
  • Link to the hotel
  • All invited speakers are accommodated in here.
  • Talks, poster sessions and dinners will be held here.


  • Please contact the hotels listed below or arrange your own accommodation at Bad Nauheim
  • Hotel Dolce By Wyndham: The hotel has offered a reduced price of EUR 114 (until 4 August 2020) when reserved through us. Please contact us to facilitate booking but you need to pay the hotel directly.
  • Hotel Duckys Bad Nauheim: Rooms are available from EUR 49. Please use the booking code: MegaSyn_Duckys_Bad Nauheim to get the discounted rate until 30 June 2020.
  • Please contact them directly: Link to the hotel


  • Frankfurt international airport (FRA) is the nearest airport
  • From the airport you can take a taxi to the conference center in about 1 hour
  • Local trains connect airport to the Frankfurt main train station in about 10 minutes


  • Hourly high-speed trains are available from Frankfurt main train station to the town of Bad Nauheim. Journey time about 35 minutes.
  • From the train station at Bad Nauheim, the hotel and conference center is about a kilometer distance
  • Visit Deutsche bahn for train connections.


PDF: Programme.