Date, Venue & registration

The BERC Skill School is a 5-day training, held in BIOTEC, from 26th November 2018 (Monday) till 30th November 2018 (Friday).

Topics covered

Topics covered in the BERC Skill School include –


  • Enzyme discovery and application in integrated biorefinery process (from pre-treatment to fermentation)
  • Biorefinery of palm oil biomass to bio-based products and the role of lignocellulolytic enzymes
  • Development of Excelzyme for pulp bioprocessing: structure and function relationship
  • From idea to product: development of novel products for bioindustry (experience sharing)
  • The future of enzymatic biorefining in SEA
  • Enzyme market, applications & challenges (Global perspective)
  • Exploring novel enzymes for workiing under extreme conditions
  • Enzyme engineering 1: Mutagenesis
  • Enzyme modelling and simulation
  • Enzyme engineering 2: Screening & selection
  • Enzyme engineering for improving performance of industrial biocatalysts
  • Enzyme production
  • Designing cell factory: selection and construction of enzyme-catalysed pathways for production of renewable chemicals


  • Biomass pre-treatment
  • Tips & tricks of directed enzyme evolution

Computational sessions:

  • Enzyme modelling
  • Computational tools useful for enzyme engineering


All lectures, practicals and computational sessions will be delivered by experts in the field. Confirmed speakers include –

  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tuck Seng Wong (University of Sheffield)
  • Dr. Verawat Champreda (BIOTEC)
  • Dr. Kang Lan Tee (University of Sheffield)
  • Dr. Margarita Salazar Pena (Novozymes)
  • Dr. Somchai Laohverapanich (CP Thailand)
  • Bas Melssen (Novozymes)
  • Dr. Artur Góra (Silesian University of Technology)
  • Dr. Kajornsak Faungnavakij (NANOTEC)
  • Dr. Weerawat Runguphan (BIOTEC)
  • Assist. Prof. Dr. Chakrit Tachaapaikoon (King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi)
  • Assoc. Prof. Jirundon Yuvaniyama (Mahidol University)
  • Prof. Suraini Abd-Aziz (University Putra Malaysia)
  • Prof. Ni Nyoman Tri Puspaningsih (Airlangga University)

Methods of delivery

In contrast to most summer schools or skills schools that rely mainly on lectures, the BERC Skill School incorporates hands-on experience through lab practicals and computational session.