Welcome to the 13th European Nitrogen Fixation Conference (ENFC)

It is our pleasure to announce the 13th European Nitrogen Fixation Conference (ENFC), which will be held 18-21 August 2018 in Stockholm, Sweden at the München Bryggeriet.

This European based biennial congress brings together scientists focused on biological N2 fixation (BNF) from diverse research topics of biochemistry, microbiology, computational genomics, plant physiology, and more recently genetic engineering and aquatic microbiology.

The first ENFC was held in Szeged, Hungary, in 1994, with an emphasis on participation by young researchers.  The most recent ENFC in 2016 was a clear demonstration of ‘research without borders’ as 294 participants, 30 % of which came from outside of the European Union (EU), including 8 % from developing countries, attended the 12th ENFC in Budapest, Hungary. A large percent (29%) of the participants were PhD students. The value of the ENFC series has been proven over the years. Although a smaller congress by today’s standards, it has drawn the participation and presentation by leading experts of BNF. The program combines classical topics within the BNF field (e.g. biochemistry, evolution, signal transduction, N2 fixing symbioses) with highly relevant and timely topics for modern society (e.g. climate change, present and future use of BNF in agriculture).

Satellite meetings and an aquatic N2 fixation symposia will provide extra benefits for ENFC participants. The end result of the ENFC is the attraction of a diverse group of participants. Furthermore, support enabling the participation of young researchers will be provided as per tradition.

The ENFC will provide unique opportunities and specialized sessions to share and discuss latest scientific achievements in BNF and the molecular interaction between plants and symbiotic microorganisms. Join us to meet the researchers who will present their hot research topics and key institutions. The venue of the congress is München Bryggeriet, located in Stockholm, Sweden. So in addition to the scientific program and the collaborative discussions, the participants will experience a stimulating social program in the capital of Sweden.

We look forward to welcoming you in Stockholm!

Kind regards from the

Organizing committee

Katharina Pawlowski (Chair of the Organizing Committee)
Rachel Foster
Stefan Nordlund
Agneta Norén
Ulla Rasmussen

Sponsors & Supporters
















Early Stage Researchers Grants

ENFC 2018 is pleased to offer early stage researchers grants for the conference in Stockholm. The financial support has a value of € 200 (1900 SEK) and consists of a reduction of the registration fee (early bird fee).

How to apply:

Please fill in the application form here.

Deadline for application is 1 May 2018.

Adam Kondorosi Prize

Submit your nominations until March 31, 2018.

Read more here.

Important dates

15 January 2018

Open abstract submission

1 May 2018

Abstract submission deadline

15 May 2018

Confirmation of abstract

1 June 2018

Early registration deadline

Satellite meetings

Methods in microbiome studies

Organized by Simona Radutoiu (Aarhus University)

August 17, 10:00 – 15:00


Prokaryotic genomes

Organized by Peter Young (University of York)

August 18, 9:00 – 15:00


Molecular aspects of regulation  and metabolism in nitrogen fixation

Organized by Agneta Norén and Stefan Nordlund (Stockholm University)

August 18, 10:00 – 15:00


Signal transduction pathways in nitrogen-fixing symbioses

August 22, 9:00 – 12:00

Conference venue

München Bryggeriet
Torkel Knutssonsgatan 2
118 25 Stockholm
Venue website


München Bryggeriet


Lotus japonicus nodule.
Photo: Kirill N. Demchenko


Photo: RA Foster


Medicago truncatula nodule.
Photo: Kirill N. Demchenko