Start of Online Registration: 17.10.2018

Abstract Submission Deadline: 15.03.2019
Abstract Submission Deadline: 15.04.2019

Early Registration Fee Deadline: 31.12.2018


Conference Venue — Leonid Sobolev river cruise ship

Departure of the ship on June 24 at 20:00.
Check-in begins 3 hours before departure.
Berth «Utkina Zavod» -Oktyabr’skaya naberezhnaya, d. 31

Leonid Sobolev, part of Vodohod’s fleet of river cruise ships, is a four-deck vessel that has been purpose-built for sailing along the waterways of Europe. This river cruise ship, which bears the name of an Imperial Russian army general and politician, was built in 1984 and can hold up to 280 passengers. Leonid Sobolev was fully refurbished — receiving an upgrade to its facilities — in 2010. Onboard, there are two restaurants — one of which converts into a nightclub — as well as a piano bar, coffee bar, solarium and sauna.

All of the accommodations onboard Leonid Sobolev are outside cabins which feature air conditioning and en suite bathrooms. Most of the cabins — excluding those on the lower deck — offer large windows.

Leonid Sobolev’s two restaurants serve European cuisine, along with traditional Russian fare. Breakfast is a buffet spread, while lunch is usually a hearty meal that features at least one Russian soup — an essential staple on most lunch menus in Russia. Dinner can be something of an event onboard Leonid Sobolev. There are themed nights that highlight the food of various Russian local regions. And, at the Captain’s dinner, the ship’s chefs pull out all the stops, often showcasing Russian culinary specialties.

We are pleased to invite you to the 12th International Conference «BIOCATALYSIS-2019» that will be held on board a comfortable boat. The cruise will start in Saint Petersburg on June 24, 2019.

You will have the opportunity to take part in the conference and also to see amazing and interesting places.

The first stop will be at Valaam island which is best known as the site of the 14th century Valaam Monastery. The place is wholly managed by the Monastery. In 1917, Valaam became a part of newly independent Finland, but it was acquired by the USSR after the Winter War. Valaam is characterized by architectural sights and picturesque scenery . The president of the Russian Federation has a dacha on one of the islands of Valaam.

The second stop will be at Kizhi. It is an island in Lake Onega in the Republic of Karelia. It is one of the largest outdoor museums in Russia that includes 83 wooden structures, most of which date back to the 18th or 19th century. While many of the buildings on Kizhi Island have stood for centuries, it was not until the 1960’s that the Soviets decided to make Kizhi Island into an open-air museum. No nails were used in the construction of the wooden architecture of Kizhi Island, only pieces of wood that have been notched together to form even the most intricate structures.

The format of the Conference and the informal atmosphere of the river cruise will stimulate active discussions and links between scholars and will give a brilliant opportunity for the participants to get familiar with the Russian history and nature. A social program for the participants and accompanying persons will include sightseeing and tours on the cruise route.