Welcome Message:

Conference dinner:
The conference dinner will be at 20:00 (cocktail + dinner) in the Hotel Sana Malhoa (10 min walking distance from Conference Venue), Av. José Malhoa nº 8.

Welcome to the 24th European Nitrogen Cycle Meeting, which will be held in Lisbon (Portugal) for the first time, from 11 to 13 September 2019. This is a European meeting that brings together researchers with complementary expertise in microbiology, physiology ecology, genetics, biochemistry, structural biology, biotechnology and engineers, with a shared interest in the nitrogen cycle. This is a short meeting, of two and half intense days, that cover the different aspects of the pathways that comprise the nitrogen cycle, with focus on new metabolic pathways, implications in health, biotechnology and climate change, without forgetting the basic science that lies behind.

On behalf of the organizing committee, we want to personally invite you to participate in this special meeting that gives the opportunity to young researcher to present their work and discuss their results with renowned researchers either as selected oral presentations or as posters. Besides an interesting scientific program, the social activities, lunch breaks and coffee-breaks will stimulate the establishment of new collaborations as well as the discussions between colleagues and friends.

We are looking forward to meeting you and hope this will be a fruitful and pleasant scientific meeting.

Sofia Pauleta



Sofia Pauleta, UCIBIO, REQUIMTE. FCT, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal,

Isabel Moura, LAQV, REQUIMTE. FCT, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal,

David Richardson, University East Anglia, UK,

Ascensão Reis, UCIBIO, REQUIMTE. FCT, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal,

Cristina Cordas, LAQV, REQUIMTE. FCT, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal,

Catarina Magalhães, CIIMAR, Universidade do Porto, Portugal,


Sofia Pauleta, UCIBIO, REQUIMTE. FCT, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal,

Isabel Moura, LAQV, REQUIMTE. FCT, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal,

José Moura, LAQV, REQUIMTE. FCT, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal,

David Richardson, University of East Anglia, United Kingdom,

Ascensão Reis, UCIBIO, REQUIMTE. FCT, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal,

Maria J Delgado, Estación Experimental del Zaidín, CSIC, Spain,

Rosa María Martínez Espinosa, University of Alicante, Spain,


Cristina Campos
Leonardo Mendes

Scientific Program

Book of Abstracts


Scientific Areas:

Microbiology, Physiology, Biochemistry, Structural Biology, Ecology, Genetics, Biotechnology and Bioremediation (of Nitrogen cycle pathways)

Information for speakers

  • Poster Session: The poster session will be during all coffee-breaks and lunchbreaks on the main hall. All poster should be placed on September 11 and removed in the afternoon of September 13. Please use only the adherent material (“Patafix”) provided by the organization.
  • Poster presentations have a maximum size of A0 vertical (84cm wide x 118 cm long).
  • Opening and Closing Lecture are 45 min + 15 discussion.
  • Invited Lectures are 25 min + 5 discussion.
  • Selected Oral communications are 15 min + 5 discussion
  • Presentations should be delivered before your scheduled presentation time. Please check for further information in the reception desk at your arrival.
  • Slides for the oral communication can be either 16:9 or 4:3, but 4:3 will be better displayed.

  • Speakers

    Markus Ribbe www
    Sponsored by American Corners Portugal
    Dep. of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, School of Biological Sciences, University of California, Irvine, USA
    "Nitrogenase assembly mechanism"

    Axel Magalon www
    Directeur De Recherche - CNRS, France
    "What if clustering is a mean to maximize diffusion and handling of toxic intermediates?"

    Simone Morais www
    REQUIMTE–LAQV, Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto, Portugal
    "Nitric Oxide Reductase-based Biosensors "

    José Moura www
    "DMSO reductase family - Structures and Mechanisms"

    Sara Hallin www
    Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden
    "Rewiring the microbial controls of N2O emissions by soil management"

    Social Program

    welcome reception

    The Welcome Reception will be a wine tasting of "Valados de Melgaço" "verde" wine, "100% Alvarinho grapes" and white wine. The wines will be served with several goat cheeses from "Prados de Melgaço" and with strawberries.

    Conference dinner

    The conference dinner will be at 20:00 (cocktail + dinner) in the Hotel Sana Malhoa (10 min walking distance from Conference Venue), Av. José Malhoa nº 8.


    Registration Fees

    Category Early registration
    Until July 15, 2019 (€)
    Later registration
    From July 15, 2019 (€)
    Regular Fee 375 425
    Student Fee * 250 300
    Accompanying person ** 100 100

    Registration fee includes: Access to all conference and poster sessions, abstract book, coffee-breaks, lunches, welcome reception and conference dinner.

    * Students (Master or PhD) must submit a letter from their supervisor to confirm their status.
    ** Fees include: Welcome reception and conference dinner

    Payment Information

    Bank Transfer

      Account Owner: Sociedade Portuguesa de Química
      Bank: Millennium BCP (Lisboa, Pt)
      IBAN: PT50 0033 0000 4534 5670 6780 5
      Bank address: Millennium BCP (Avenida 5 de Outubro 60-68, 1050-059 Lisboa, Portugal)

    Credit Card
      Payment with credit card is possible at your personal/registration area. Follow the guidelines.

    Cancellation and Refund

    • For any cancellation received until 1 September, less an administrative fee equal to 10 percent of your registration fee (in EUR)
    • For any cancellation received after 1 September, no refund will be made
    • All bank charges involved in the transactions are paid by the participant
    • Any request for refund must be addressed to 24encm@chemistry.pt
    • Refunds will be handled after the Conference

    Registration Form Steps for registration

    Plenary and Invited Lectures only by invitation.

    Abstract submission

    Before submitting the abstract, registration of the presenting author is mandatory.
    After registering, you will receive an email with a link to activate your account, after that you can login at Participant Area. In the Participant's Area you will be able to submit your abstract (or edit) by the submission deadline (25 August). Each registered participant is entitled to submit 1 abstract for a poster or a selected oral presentation. The Meeting official language is English. The Abstract text should be written in English using the template provided as example.

    When submitting the abstract, you should indicate the authors and type of presentation (Oral or Poster). If you do not receive an email confirming the submission of the abstract or registration, please verify the spam box or contact the administration of the meeting.

    Online abstract submission will be available until 5 August for Oral communication selection and 1 September 2019 for late poster presentation.

    Please refer to the Scientific Program to check which themes/topics are relevant in the context of your work.

    IMPORTANT: Oral communications will be selected from Abstracts submitted by 5 August 2019.

    IMPORTANT: Accepted abstracts will be published in the Book of Abstracts - only abstracts of registered participants will be included. Make sure your abstract does not contain any spelling or grammar errors, as they will be reproduced as submitted.


    The abstract, in english, will only be considered if the standards are met. The presenting author must be registered. The abstract must be submitted electronically.
    Abstracts submitted by fax or email will not be considered. The abstract should be in MSWord format or in another compatible format NOT as pdf.
    Abstracts of authors who are not registered will NOT be accepted.

    Steps for abstract(s) submission Abstract template Personal Area/abstract submission


    Key Dates

    • Abstract Submission for oral communication selection * **:5 August 2019
    • Abstract Submission deadline: 24 July 2019
    • Registration with discount: 24 July 2019
    • Late Registration: 1 September 2019
    * Applicants will be informed about the acceptance of their abstract for a poster or an oral presentation until middle of August 2019
    ** Abstract submission will involve registration.


    How to get from/to Sana Malhoa from the Conference Center

    The conference will take place in Reitoria UNL.
    Coordinates: 38.73387  -9.16262


    Campus de Campolide,
    1099-085 Lisboa,


    TAP Portugal, as the Official Carrier of the 24ENCM, offers a discount to the participants who book their flight and buy their ticket exclusively through TAP Portugal’s website.

    Additional information concerning the conditions and the required code to proceed further with your booking can be downloaded here.


    1. Taxi Lisbon Airport is very close to the centre of the city, so you can be at your hotel within minutes of arriving in Lisbon.
    Taxis in Lisbon are relatively cheap and convenient. You can catch a taxi from outside the terminal.
    It will cost between 8€ and 15€ to reach the city centre; with an extra cost if you travel late at night and with luggage. Make sure you ask for a receipt.

    2. Bus and Underground Lisbon airport is also served with several Bus Lines and Underground (red line), which connect to the City Centre. Carris (bus) Underground (Metro)


    To reach the Conference venue, you can use public transport (Bus line 701, 716, 726, 742, 758) or Underground (S. Sebastião (Blue and Red Line)).


    There are several hotels at walking distance from the Conference venue. Please see the information bellow for the ones with a special offer for the conference participants and be aware that the number of rooms available with special price is limited.


      Av. José Malhoa, nº 8 I 1099-089 LISBOA
    Single room: 130 Euros/night | Double room: 145 Euros/night
    (The number of rooms available at this price is limited and only available for reservations until 10th August. This is the main hotel for the invited speakers)
    Includes breakfast; Tax included, VAT incl.; CITY TAX NOT INCLUDED - 1 EUR PER NIGHT/GUEST AGED 13 OR OLDER MAX 7 EUR.

    Please follow the link to proceed with the reservation. In case you have any questions or problems you can contact Sofia Pauleta (srp@fct.unl.pt) or the hotel.

    SANA Malhoa Hotel is located in the centre of Lisbon, a few minute’s walk from the Conference Venue, Praça de Espanha and El Corte Ingles. With 185 spacious and comfortable rooms, SANA Malhoa Hotel also offers added facilities for leisure and business trips: Health Club, Bar, Restaurant, 7 meeting rooms, wifi and car parking.
    Check the Hotel website for information


      Av. Columbano Bordalo Pinheiro, n.º 3, 1070-060 Lisboa, Portugal
    Single room: 99 Euros/night | Double room: 112 Euros/night
    (There are only 10 rooms available at this price and only available to reservations until July 31)
    Includes breakfast; Tax included, VAT incl.; CITY TAX NOT INCLUDED - 1 EUR PER NIGHT/GUEST AGED 13 OR OLDER MAX 7 EUR.

    Please use the code (ENCM2019) for the reservation through the linkto proceed with the reservation (on the left on the webpage – choose hotel: Hotel Açores Lisboa). In case you have any questions please contact the hotel or Sofia Pauleta (srp@fct.unl.pt).

    Hotel Açores Lisboa is located in the centre of Lisbon, in Praça de Espanha, a few minutes’ walk from the Conference Venue. The elegant 4-star Hotel Açores Lisboa with 128 rooms boasts lush balconies full of green, mirroring the magic of the Azores Islands. Hotel also offers complimentary private parking and free WIFI.
    Check the Hotel website for information

    Contacts Us

    SPQ - Sociedade Portuguesa de Química

      Av. da República, 45 - 3º Esq.
      1050 - 187 Lisboa

      NIF (VAT NUMBER): PT 501 139 265

      (+351) 217 934 637 9h30-17h eventos@spq.pt

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