The Organising Committee cordially invites you to participate in the 29th International Carbohydrate Symposium in 2018 (ICS 2018), to be held from the 15th to the 19th of July at Faculdade de Ciências, Universidade de Lisboa (FCUL).

In the morning of the 15th of July, the Young Researcher Workshop will be organized, at FCUL, sponsored by CarboMet, aiming to bring together the young participants of the ICS 2018. On the 14th of July, recent findings in glycochemistry and glycobiology will also be presented at the ICS Iberian Day.

The scientific sessions of this Symposium cover carbohydrate chemistry and analysis, carbohydrate structure and function, carbohydrates in medicinal chemistry, chemical biology, natural products, computational sciences and emerging areas of glycosciences, lectured by the world's most prestigious experts.

Contributions are expected in a diversity of topics where carbohydrates play a key role. We welcome presentations in glycosciences and personalized medicine, glycans, inflammation and disease, glycosylation and disease, vaccines, prebiotics, in particular for infants, gut microbiota, carbohydrates and nutrition, carbohydrates and cosmetics, polysaccharide biotechnology, glycoinformatics and carbohydrates in the bio-based economy with emphasis e.g. in glycomaterials and in lignocellulosic biomass valorization.

We wish all participants a fruitful meeting in this beautiful city of Lisbon, embraced by “her” golden sun and the magic Tejo river, running into our billowy sea!

Amélia Pilar Rauter

International Carbohydrate Organisation www

Zbigniew Witczak (USA) President
N. Jayaraman (India) Past-President
Amélia P. Rauter (Portugal) President-Elect
Spencer Williams (Australia) Secretary

International Carbohydrate Organisation National Representatives

Oscar Varela (Argentina)
Spencer J. Williams (Australia)
Paul Kosma (Austria)
Ivone de Carvalho (Brazil)
Todd Lowary (Canada)
Biao Yu (P.R. China)
Vicente Verez Bencomo (Cuba)
Vladimir Kren (Czech Republic)
Mads Clausen (Denmark)
Risto Renkonen (Finland)
Anne Imberty (France)

Valentin Wittmann (Germany)
Lajos Szente (Hungary)
N. Jayaraman (India)
Paul Murphy (Ireland)
Timor Baasov (Israel)
Francesco Nicotra (Italy)
Yukishige Ito (Japan)
Injae Shin (Korea)
Johannis P. Kamerling (The Netherlands)
Richard Furneaux (New Zealand)
Berit Smestad Paulsen (Norway)

Slawomir Jarosz (Poland)
Amelia P. Rauter (Portugal)
Yuriy A. Knirel (Russia)
Miloš Hricovíni (Slovakia)
David W. Gammon (South Africa)
Jesús Jiménez-Barbero (Spain)
Olof Ramström (Sweden)
Beat Ernst (Switzerland)
Chun-Hung Lin (Taiwan)
Carmen Galan (United Kingdom)
Zbigniew J. Witczak (United States of America)

International Carbohydrate Symposium 2018

Organizing Committee

Amélia P. Rauter, Chair (FCUL)
Maria Eduarda Araújo (FCUL)
Margarida Sacadura Botte (FCUL)
Ricardo Cruz (FCUL)
Ana Paula Esteves (Univ. do Minho)
Dulcineia Ferreira (Instituto Politécnico de Viseu)
Albertino Figueiredo (Univ. da Beira Interior, UBI)
Carlos Fontes (Fac. de Medicina Veterinária, Univ. de Lisboa)
Helena Gaspar (FCUL)
Isabel Ismael (UBI)
Jorge Justino (Instituto Politécnico de Santarém, IPS)
Alice Martins (FCUL)
Filomena Martins (FCUL)
Ana Marta de Matos (FCUL)
Christopher Maycock (FCUL)
Cristina Moiteiro (FCUL)
Tânia Morais (FCUL)
Fernando Nunes (Univ. de Trás-Os-Montes e Alto Douro)
Rafael Nunes (FCUL)
Ana Paula Paiva (FCUL)
Teresa Pamplona (FCUL)
Rita Pereira (FCUL)
Luísa Roseiro (Laboratório Nacional de Energia e Geologia)
Maria Teresa Blásquez Sánchez (FCUL)
Ana Isabel Tomáz (FCUL)
Maria Soledade Santos (FCUL)
Susana Santos (FCUL)
Nuno Xavier (FCUL)

International Advisory Board

Timor Baasov (Israel)
Vicente Verez Bencomo (Cuba)
Mikael Bols (Denmark)
Beat Ernst (Switzerland)
Richard Furneaux (New Zealand)
Carmen Galan (United Kingdom)
David W. Gammon (South Africa)
Miloš Hricovíni (Slovakia)
Yukishige Ito (Japan)
Yuriy A. Knirel (Russia)
Vladimir Kren (Czech Republic)
Chun-Hung Lin (Taiwan)
Francesco Nicotra (Italy)
Hermen Overkleeft (The Netherlands)
Berit Smestad Paulsen (Norway)
Risto Renkonen (Finland)
Injae Shin (Korea)
Olof Ramström (Sweden)
Lajos Szente (Hungary)
Oscar Varela (Argentina)
Zbigniew J. Witczak (United States of America)
Valentin Wittmann (Germany)

Scientific committee

Margarida Amaral (Portugal)
Javier Cañada (Spain)
Marek Chmielewski (Polónia)
Ramon Estevez (Spain)
Hans Kamerling (The Netherlands)
Antoni Molinaro (Italy)
Nikolay Nifantiev (Russia)
Juan Carlos Palacios (Spain)
Serge Perez (France)
Patrick Rollin (France)
Isabel Sousa (Portugal)
Joachim Thiem (Germany)
Hans Peter Wessel (Germany)

Scientific Program

Confirmed Plenary Lectures and Speakers

David Crich
Roy L. Whistler International Award in Carbohydrate Chemistry

Department of Chemistry, Wayne State University, Michigan, USA
Saccharides, Pseudosaccharides and their Mimetics

Jesús Jiménez-Barbero
CIC bioGUNE, Spain

Breaking the limits in investigating Glycan-Protein Interactions by using NMRy

Margaret Brimble
The University of Auckland, School of Chemical Sciences, New Zealand

Synthesis of Glycopeptides using Click Chemistry, Native Chemical Ligation and Enzymatic Glycosylation

Tamao Endo
Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Gerontology, Japan

Processing of O-mannosyl glycan and its pathological role in muscular dystrophy

Beat Ernst
Emeritus Institut für Molekulare Pharmazie, Univ. of Basel, Switzerland

Carbohydrate-Lectin Interactions - What makes them unique?

Zhongwu Guo
Univ. of Florida, Department of Chemistry, USA

Synthetic and Biological Studies of GPI Anchors and GPI-Anchored Proteins

Anne Imberty
Centre de Recherches sur les MAcromolécules Végétales (CERMAV), France

Exploring fungal and bacterial lectome: 1000 ways to bind your sugars

Paul Kosma
Universität für Bodenkultur Wien, Division of Organic Chemistry, Austria

Bacterial higher-carbon sugars – key compounds in immune recognition

Thisbe K. Lindhorst
Christiana Albertina Univ. of Kiel,Otto Diels Institute of Organic Chemistry, Germany

Optoglycomics: Photoswitchable Glycoconjugates to Explore Carbohydrate Recognition

Todd Lowary
Canadian Glycomic Network (GlycoNet), Univ. of Alberta, Canada

Synthesis as an enabling technology for understanding bacterial glycan biosynthesis and function

John Magnani
GlycoMimetics, Inc., USA

Three Different Glycomimetic Drugs in Clinical Trials for Inflammatory Disorders and Cancer

Cristina Nativi
Univ. Degli Studi Firenze, Dipartimento di Chimica 'Ugo Schiff's, Italy

Constrained Glycomimetics of Mucin AntigensitiConstrained Glycomimetics of Mucin Antigens

Pauline Rudd
National Institute for Bioprocessing, Research and Training and University College, Dublin

Deciphering the Glycoproteome: a step towards understanding the complexity of biological systems

David Vocadlo
Department of Chemistry, Simon Fraser University, Canada

Chemical Biology Tools to Perceive and Perturb Glycans and Carbohydrate Processing Enzymes in Living Systems

Bruce Turnbull
School of Chemistry - Univ. of Leeds, United Kingdom

Re-engineering bacterial toxin lectins for synthetic glycobiology

Biao Yu
Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry, China

Total Synthesis of Pregnane Glycosides to Decipher Their Biological Activities

Confirmed Invited Lectures and Speakers

Peter Andreana
The University of Toledo, USA

Entirely Carbohydrate Immunogens for Anti-Tumor mAb Development

Ivone Carvalho
Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil

Synthesis and evaluation of fluorescent Trypanosoma cruzi GPI anchors in support of drug discovery for Chagas’ disease

Sergio Castellón
Univ. Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona, Spain

Playing around with glycosylation: from strategy to green processes

Xing Chen

Chemical Labeling and Quantitative Analysis of Protein O-GlcNAcylation

Bjørn Christensen
NOBIPOL, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway

Polysaccharide Engineering: Lateral and Terminal Modification

Francisco Corzana
Department of Chemistry, Univ. de la Rioja, Spain

The use of fluoroproline in MUC1 antigen enables efficient detection of antibodies in patients with cancer

Richard Daniellou
Institut de Chimie Organique et Analytique, Univ. d'Orléans, France

Glycoside hydrolases as efficient biocatalysts: from fundamental research to cosmetic applications

Alexei V. Demschenko
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Univ. of Missouri – St. Louis, USA

From stereocontrolled glycosylation to automated oligosaccharide synthesis

Ana Gomez
Departamento de Química Bio-Orgánica, Instituto de Química Orgánica General, CSIC, Spain

Carbohydrates and fluorescent probes. New avenues in chemistry and glycochemistry

Ramon Hurtado Guerrero
Instituto Universitario de Investigación, Biocomputación y Física de Sistemas Complejos, Univ. Zaragoza, Spain

The interdomain flexible linker of the polypeptide GalNAc transferases (GalNAc-Ts) dictates their long-range glycosylation preferences

Srinivas Hotha
Indian Institute of Science Education & Research, Pune, India

Gold-catalysed Synthesis of Giant Oligosaccharides of Mycobacterial Cell Wall

Shang-Cheng Hung
Genomics Research Center, Academia Sinica, Taiwan

Probing Specific Cell-Surface Heparan Sulfate-Protein Interactions

N. Jayaraman
Indian Institute of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry, India

Unsaturated Sugar Synthons for Newer Chemical Glycosylations and Bioconjugation

Slawomir Jarosz
Institute of Organic Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland

Stereoselective Synthesis of Sugar Mimetics from Simple Monosaccharides

Pavol Kovac
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases | National Institute of Health, NIH, USA

Conjugate Vaccines from Synthetic and Bacterial Carbohydrates Using Squaric Acid Chemistry

Frédérique Lisacek
Swiss Institute for Bioinformatics, Switzerland

Glycomics@ExPASy, a web portal to explore the multiple facets of carbohydrates

Xue-Wei Liu
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Dual Glycosylation: A Minimalist Approach for Oligosaccharide Synthesis

Alberto Marra
Institut des Biomolécules Max Mousseron, France

Metal-free click ligations for the synthesis of multivalent sugars and iminosugars

João Mano
Aveiro Institute of Materials, Univ. de Aveiro, Portugal

Marine-derived polysaccharides in hybrid building blocks for tissue engineering

Eoghan McGarrigle
Univ. College Dublin, Ireland

Applications of Organocatalysts in Carbohydrate Chemistry

Mário Monteiro
Univ. of Guelph, Ontario, Canada

The design of a platform for a multi-valent diarrheal vaccine

Ulf Nilsson
Lund University, Sweden

Design, synthesis, and development of lectin ligand mimetics into the clinic

Stefan Oscarson
Conway Institute of Biomolecular & Biomedical Research, School of Chemistry, Univ. College Dublin, Ireland

Identification of immunologically protecting epitopes in heterogeneous microbial polysaccharides for the development of glycoconjugate vaccines

Antoni Planas
Laboratory of Biochemistry, Institut Químic de Sarrià, Univ. Ramon Llull, Spain

Understanding specificity of chitin and peptidoglycan deacetylases: structure, function, and engineering

Yves Queneau
Institut de Chimie et Biochimie Moléculaires et Suparmoleculaires Université de Lyon

Amphiphiles in glycosciences: from biobased to biological chemistry

Niels Reichardt
Glycotechnology, CIC biomaGUNE, Spain

Development of Glycomimetics for Dendritic Cell Targeting

Sonsoles Martin Santamaria
Centro de Investigaciones Biológicas, CSIC, Spain

Computational approaches to Toll-like receptor 4 modulation

Alba Silipo
University of Naples Federico II, Italy

Understanding the role of glycoconjugates as key molecules for cell survival and communication

Steven J. Sucheck
American Chemical Society CARB Division Program Chair, Univ. of Toledo - Dep. of Chemistry and Biochemistry, USA

Enhancing antigenicity of synthetic saccharide-based antigens by targeting Fcg receptors

Spencer Williams
The University of Melbourne, Australia

Sulfoglycolysis: Mechanistic and structural insights into a novel metabolic pathway

Yongmin Zhang
Univ. Pierre et Marie Curie Paris 6, France

Chemically synthesized glycosphingolipids toward cancer therapy

Young Researcher Lecture

Pavla Bojarova
Institute of Microbiology of the Czech Academy of Science, Czech Republic

Multivalent glycoconjugates: lectin ligands with a therapeutic potential

Henok Kinfe
Department of Chemistry, Univ. of Johannesburg, South Africa

Revitalization of Glycals as Indispensable Building Blocks for the Synthesis of Complex Bioactive Organic Molecules

João Rodrigues
Instituto de Medicina Molecular, Portugal

New insights into the role of protein glycosylation in protozoan parasites

Alexander Titz

Bacterial lectins as targets for diagnostics and therapy


before May 4th, 2018 (€) after May 4th, 2018 (€)
IUPAC, SPQ, RSEQ members non-members IUPAC, SPQ, RSEQ members non-members
Regular 585 635 650 685
Student & post-Docs with PhD in 2016 – 2018 285 345 300 360
Conference Dinner 40 40 40 40
Accompanying Person 150 150 190 190

Registration includes:

  • Access to all sessions of the scientific program
  • Admission to the Welcome Reception
  • Coffee breaks and lunches
  • Non SPQ members will be offered one year membership upon registration
Payment Info:
Payment will be via VISA or Bank Transfer.
Students must demonstrate their status (eg, by attaching the student’s identification card or equivalent) when submitting the proof of registration payment.
Fellowship holders must demonstrate their status (eg, by attaching a document issued by their research unit) when submitting the proof of registration payment.

Registration Steps for registration

Abstract submission

The meeting’s official language will be English

Abstract submissionis only possible via the SPQ registration site. Please log in using the password provided in the registration process and then proceed with "abstract submission".

  • Abstract submission for OCs and poster presentations: March 2, 2018, Notification of acceptance: April 30, 2018

  • Abstract submission of poster presentations: will be accepted until May 18, 2018 , whose notification of acceptance will be given until June 1, 2018
  • Contributions on the following topics are welcome:

    • Glycosciences and personalized medicine
    • Glycans
    • Inflammation and disease
    • Glycosylation and disease
    • Vaccines
    • Prebiotics, in particular for infants
    • Gut microbiota
    • Carbohydrates and nutrition
    • Carbohydrates and cosmetics
    • Polysaccharide biotechnology
    • Glycomaterials
    • Carbohydrates in lignocellulosic biomass valorization
    • Glycoinformatics
    The following areas of research will be covered:
    • Synthesis, Analysis and structure will be covered within the areas of carbohydrate chemistry, biochemistry, chemical biology, medicinal chemistry and glycobiology


    • Plenary Lectures
    • Keynote Lectures
    • Young Researcher Lectures
    • Invited Lectures
    • Oral Communications
    • Flash Presentations
    • Poster Presentations


    Roy L. Whistler International Award in Carbohydrate Chemistry

    The Roy L. Whistler International Award in Carbohydrate Chemistry was established in 1984 to recognize scientists ‘who have made contributions of excellence in carbohydrate chemistry and biochemistry, and with promise of continuing significant contributions. We are honored to announce that Prof. Dr. David Crich will receive this award at the Opening Ceremony of the 29th International Carbohydrate Symposium on the 15th of July 2018.

    ICO Young Researcher Award

    The Organising Committee is pleased to announce that applications to the ICO Young Researcher Award are now open!

    This award was established in 2012 to encourage carbohydrate research by young investigators and shall be given to a researcher working on a project focused on any aspect of glycochemistry and/or glycobiology.

    The recipient of this award will be invited to present his/her work orally at the 29th International Carbohydrate Symposium in Lisbon, Portugal, July 15-19, 2018. The award covers registration, accommodation expenses and 1000 euro, sponsored by GlycoUniverse.

    Conditions for award eligibility: The award can be given to a fulltime graduate student or researcher who is 35 years old or younger as of July 15, 2018, and working within the first 7 years after Ph.D. completion.

    Application details: To apply for the award, nominators should provide a one page cover letter, an abstract of one page describing the candidate's work, and a complete CV of no more than 3 pages (all 12 point font), including date of birth and date of granting of PhD.

    Please send nominations as a single PDF file to:

      Prof Spencer Williams ( sjwill@unimelb.edu.au)
      Secretary, International Carbohydrate Organization
    Deadline: Thursday, the 1st of March 2018

    Key Dates

    • Abstract submission for Oral Communications and poster presentations: 2 March 2018
      decision on acceptance oral/poster: April 14, 2018

    • Abstract submission of poster presentations: will be accepted until May 18, 2018
      notification of acceptance will be until June 1, 2018

    • Early bird payments deadline: May 4, 2018

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