BEPS 2017, Albany, California

September 20-22, 2017

Western Regional Research Center

Agricultural Research Service-United States Department of Agriculture

Bioproducts Research Unit

General Information

The 24rd annual meeting of the Bio-Environmental Polymer Society will be held at the Western Regional Research Center located at 800 Buchanan Street, Albany, California on September 20-22, 2017. Further reading:

•           Albany (Link:

•           Western Regional Research Center (WRRC)


            Research Units at the WRRC

                        Bioproducts Research Unit


Crop Improvement and Genetics Research Unit (

                        Exotic and Invasive Weeds Unit


Foodborne Toxin Detection & Prevention Research Unit (

                        Healthy Processed Foods Research Unit


Produce Safety and Microbiology Research Unit (

Transportation: There are two airports that service the region. The San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is located on the San Francisco peninsula and is 24 miles from the WRRC, about a 45 minutes drive by car depending on the traffic. The Oakland International Airport is located 18 miles from the WRRC, about 30 minutes drive by car depending on the traffic. Both airports have convenient links to the Bay Area Rapid Transit system (BART) ( For those renting cars or driving their personal cars to the meeting, there is adequate parking space available at the WRRC which is a gated campus. An intercom is located conveniently outside the gate where visitors can contact the receptionist to gain access into the facility.

 Abstract / Registration submission

Abstract submission and registration are now open. Please follow this LINK to register and submit your abstract.


ABSTRACTS: Present your research at the premier international conference dedicated to the growth and innovation of biopolymers. Abstracts are solicited for Oral Sessions as well as the Poster Session. Please indicate whether you prefer an oral or poster presentation.


Abstract Format: The text should be single-spaced with 1” margins all around, and should be saved as MS Word or rich text format. Indicate in the top right whether the abstract is for an oral or poster presentation. The title should appear in bold capital letters, centered at the top of the page. The names and affiliations of all authors should be listed below the title, with the name of the presenting author underlined. The abstract should be sufficiently self-contained to be a useful future reference. Abstracts may contain a figure, graph or table but keep length to

one page. Please send your abstract as an attachment to Greg Glenn (

Meeting Registration fee………………………$100

Wednesday Evening Banquet (optional)………$65


Conference fees will cover a book of abstracts and meeting agenda, all break refreshments and lunches. An award luncheon will take place on Thursday, September 21. Awards for outstanding research among students and scientists will be presented. Dinner on Wednesday with attendees is optional ($65). Dinner on Thursday is on your own. However, attendees are encouraged to form small groups and make their own dining choices Thursday evening at any of the more than 60 restaurants located within 2 miles of the WRRC. The Bay Area restaurants include cuisine from more than 15 countries as well as well known food chains and diners for the less adventurous.


Meeting Topics

Confirmed invited speakers (alphabetic order)



The Bay Area offers a wide choice of hotels close to the conference venue. Some possibilities are listed below:



WRRC distance



Hyatt House

(510) 601-5880


5800 Shellmound St, Emeryville, CA

Four Points Sheraton

(510) 547-7888


1603 Powell St, Emeryville, CA

Hilton Garden Inn

(510) 658-9300


1800 Powell St, Emeryville, CA

Courtyard by Marriott

510) 652-8777


5555 Shellmound St, Emeryville, CA


Double Tree by Hilton - Berkeley Marina

(510) 548-7920


200 Marina Blvd., Berleley, CA 94710

La Quinta Inn

(510) 849-1121


920 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94710

Berkeley City Club

(510) 848-7800


2315 Durant Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704

Holiday Inn Express Berkeley

(510) 548-1700


1175 University Ave, Berkeley, CA



Meeting Registration


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Registration fee:……………..……$100

Wednesday evening banquet: …….$65 (Optional)


Payment type………………PayPal