The Pan American Congresses on Plants and Bioenergy were launched by the American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) in association with its annual Meeting in Merida, Mexico in July 2008. In 2010, in association with Brazil’s Bioethanol Science and Technology Lab, the Institute of Biosciences, and the Botanical Society of São Paulo, ASPB sponsored the 2nd Congress in the heart of the sugarcane industry in São Pedro, Brasil. Recognizing the common interests of the countries of the Americas in realizing bioenergy, these meetings, held in Gordon Research Conference style, have forged bridges and active collaborations between the countries of the Americas at all levels from genomics to economic to environmental life cycle analysis, and between commercial and academic interests. ASPB proudly endorses the 3rd Congress hosted by the Berkeley-Illinois Energy Biosciences Institute (EBI).
This year, the 3rd Congress will be held at the I-Hotel and Conference Center on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from the evening of July 15, 2012, finishing with an optional tour of one of the largest ethanol plants in the country on the afternoon of July 18. Interested participants may travel on to the annual meeting of ASPB in Austin, Texas, starting July 20. Our Keynote speakers will look at progress toward sustainable fuels from a Federal and Industry perspective in Brazil and N. America. Our Plenary speakers include leaders of many of the largest initiatives in biofuel development from algal and sugarcane to oil crop and forestry-based systems. The meeting encompasses feedstock genomics and breeding, feedstock culture, feedstock handling and logistic, biofuel production, biofuel systems analysis, and environmental sustainability.
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is not only near the center of corn ethanol and soy diesel production, but has also pioneered the production of the sustainable perennial bioenergy feedstocks, Miscanthus and cord-grass in the US. It also includes the Berkeley-Illinois EBI, with a major focus on the development of sustainable biofuels. The meeting will include an opportunity to visit the adjacent 150 ha Energy Farm and the Energy Center in Eastern Illinois University.