Natural Products and Synthetic Biology: Parts and Pathways (J1)

Scientific Organizers: Jon Clardy, Yi Tang and Sean F. Brady


January 21—24, 2018

Resort at Squaw Creek, Olympic Valley, California, USA


Sponsored by Merck & Co., Inc.


BEWARE of booking lodging through companies unaffiliated with Keystone Symposia. Click here for more details.

Keystone Symposia is committed to maintaining a positive and respectful environment at its meetings. To this end, please review and comply with our policies.

** Meeting has ended **

Discounted Abstract Deadline: September 25, 2017

*All deadlines end at 11:59 PM US Mountain Standard Time

Abstract Submission Fee: 100.00 USD*
Submission by this date receives 50.00 USD discount.
*50.00 USD will be applied to Registration Fee when you register

Abstract Details: It is best to submit your abstract early. Abstract and registration spaces are limited and may fill prior to the abstract or discounted registration deadlines. Submitting an abstract does not constitute or guarantee registration.

Submitting your abstract early allows us to:
  • submit your abstract to organizers to be considered for a short talk
  • accept your abstract online
  • include your abstract on our website and in our secure mobile app
  • reserve your space at the meeting for a poster presentation.**
**Submitting an abstract does not constitute or guarantee registration.
(The Abstract Deadline: is October 23, 2017)

Global Health Travel Award Deadline:

*All deadlines end at 11:59 PM US Mountain Standard Time


Global Health Travel Award Details: You MUST complete your Global Health Travel Award appplication by the Global Health Travel Award Deadline and complete the other required steps (verify your contact information and submit a recommendation letter) to be considered for a travel award.


Click here to learn more about Global Health Travel Awards.

Scholarship Deadline: September 25, 2017

*All deadlines end at 11:59 PM US Mountain Standard Time


Scholarship Details: You MUST submit your abstract by the Scholarship Deadline and complete the other required steps (submit a scholarship application and submit a mentor letter) to be considered for a scholarship.

Click here to learn more about Scholarships.

Abstract Deadline: October 23, 2017

*All deadlines end at 11:59 PM US Mountain Standard Time


Abstract Submission Fee: 100.00 USD*
*50.00 USD will be applied to Registration Fee when you register

Details: It is best to submit your abstract early. Abstract and registration spaces are limited and may fill prior to the abstract or discounted registration deadline. Submitting an abstract does not constitute or guarantee registration.

Submitting your abstract by the Abstract Deadline allows us to:

  • submit your abstract to organizers to be considered for a short talk
  • include your abstract on our website and in our secure mobile app
  • reserve your space at the meeting for a poster presentation.**
**Submitting an abstract does not constitute or guarantee registration.
Abstracts submitted after the Abstract Deadline will NOT be considered for a short talk.

(Discounted Abstract Deadline: is September 25, 2017)

Discounted Registration Deadline: November 21, 2017

*All deadlines end at 11:59 PM US Mountain Standard Time


Registration Fee: 770.00 USD* (includes 200.00 USD discount)
Student Registration Fee: 545.00 USD* (must complete student verification form)

*Includes 50.00 USD of your abstract submission fee

After the Discounted Registration Deadline:


Registration Fee: 970.00 USD*
Student Registration Fee: 745.00 USD* (must complete student verification form)

*Includes 50.00 USD of your abstract submission fee

Registration spaces are limited and may fill prior to discounted registration deadline.

Please be advised that some meeting participants have received calls and emails from a number of different housing services, including "Exhibitors Housing Services," “Expo Housing Services,” "Global Housing," etc. THESE COMPANIES ARE NOT AFFILIATED WITH KEYSTONE SYMPOSIA and are not authorized by Keystone Symposia to contact you. These companies may tell you that the meeting is filling, without any actual knowledge to that effect, and pressure you into giving them your credit card number to make a lodging reservation with them.

We highly recommend that you not make a reservation with these companies or any other housing service! These companies' representations to participants have been misleading. Please report any calls or correspondence you might have received to Keystone Symposia and book only through lodging links in your Keystone Symposia account, an established travel agency or directly with the hotel(s) listed on our website.

Things to Do

Walking distance  = Walking distance (within 1/2 mile of conference center)  FREE Shuttle/Bus available  = FREE Shuttle/Bus available
Shuttle/Bus required  = Shuttle/Bus required  Car/Taxi required  = Car/Taxi required  not available  = Not Available

Do you love to ski and are attending more than one Keystone Symposia conference this year? If so, you might want to consider purchasing a VAIL RESORT'S EPIC PASS! Now that ski resorts in Colorado, Park City, Whistler, Tahoe, and some in the Midwest and East are included in the pass, the value of the pass is covered in sometimes as little as 5-6 days of skiing. For more information on the pass as well as prices, restrictions and packages, click here.

Suggestion: To find other attendees who may want to join you in activities, use the message board located near the Registration Desk. Post your contact information and activity of interest, and be sure to check the message board during the meeting for posts by fellow attendees.
Not a skier? There are many spa, fitness, dining and shopping options to explore during your stay in Olympic Valley. For more information, click here.
Skiing Walking distance FREE Shuttle/Bus available Squaw Alpine Meadows
  More Ski Information: Discount Lift Tickets:  

Discounted lift tickets at Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows will be available for purchase ONLY through the Resort at Squaw Creek with the presentation of a valid Keystone Symposia ID Badge. Please go to the Squaw Creek Sports rental store which is downstairs from the Front Desk to purchase these discounted tickets.

2017-2018 Rates are:
$114 for an adult combined ticket (Squaw/Alpine)
$90 for a youth (13-18), senior, full time college student combined ticket
$63 for a child (5-12) combined ticket

NOTE: Discounts are not available by phone, online or at the main ticket windows.
For a full list of rates, click here

Ski storage/lockers: There are complimentary ski lockers available to attendees at the Resort at Squaw Creek.

Equipment rentals:  The Squaw Creek Sports Rental Shop is offering the following rates to Keystone Symposia attendees.

Adult Ski Package $48
Child Ski Package $30
Helmet any age $8

Ski Area Website: http://www.squawalpine.com/

Fitness Center Walking distance Resort at Squaw Creek is a true fitness hotel, thanks to being located in the heart of the Sierra Nevada outdoor playground. Resort at Squaw Creek also offers healthy indoor exercise options at the comprehensive Health and Fitness Center. During your trip, there's no reason to give up your workout routine. With an extensive array of cardio and weight-training equipment, the Health and Fitness Center makes it easy to stay in shape. Run on a treadmill, climb a stair stepper or ride a Lifecycle as you gaze out the picture windows at breathtaking valley and mountain views. Then unwind in the steam room, sauna or whirlpool.
Swimming Walking distance FREE Shuttle/Bus available Available year-round at Resort at Squaw Creek... simply dash from your room to the resort's outdoor water oasis to swim in the 25-meter heated pool or to soak in one of three hot tubs!

Galleries Car/Taxi required Shuttle/Bus required The Eadington Gallery, 530-583-9000
James Harold Galleries, 530-581-5111
North Tahoe Arts Center, 530-581-2787
Museums Walking distance Car/Taxi required FREE Shuttle/Bus available Shuttle/Bus required There are a number of fascinating places to visit around Lake Tahoe. Some can be viewed only from the water but others you may dock or beach your boat and go ashore to take a closer look.

One of these is the Olympic Museum that allows visitors to learn about the 1960 Winter Olympics that took place in Squaw Valley. It is open daily from 9 am until 4 pm and free with an Aerial Tram ride at Squaw Valley.

North Tahoe Museums offer visitors a chance to explore the area's rich pioneer history with numerous historical sites all in a beautiful setting.

Dining Walking distance FREE Shuttle/Bus available Shuttle/Bus required From a breakfast feast before hitting the slopes, a quick lunch grab, to fine dining with an unforgettable view, there's something for everyone at The Resort at Squaw Creek Restaurants. Savor a variety of dining experiences that offer something special for every appetite.

Sweet Potatoes Deli, located in the Resort at Squaw Creek's shopping promenade, is a great place to get that morning latte and freshly baked muffin. They also make great soup and deli sandwiches.
Market/Grocery Walking distance Car/Taxi required FREE Shuttle/Bus available Grocery stores or markets are a great place to purchase snacks for your room to help save money. Cheese, crackers, fruit and drinks keep well in the room. Some rooms may have mini refrigerators. Call the resort before your arrival to find out if one is available. Inquire with the concierge to see where the closest grocery store is.
Amounts are in US dollars
The above information is provided as a courtesy to our conferees and is subject to change without notice.