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3rd International Electronic Conference on Metabolomics

15–30 Nov 2018
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Welcome from the Chairs

15–30 November 2018

Venue: Online

Cost: No registration fee; no need to travel

The 3rd International Electronic Conference on Metabolomics will be held from 15-30 November 2018 in an online environment. The objective of this event is to bring researchers working in the field onto a common platform where they can present and discuss their recent research without the need to travel.

This year, Metabolites would like to award the Best Presentation as selected by an evaluation committee. The winner will be offered publication of the extended full manuscript FREE of charge in the Special Issue of Metabolites together with a certificate. After the conference, the authors are also welcome to submit an extended version of the proceeding papers to the Special Issue of Journal Metabolites and receive a 20% discount off the Article Processing Charge.

Key Dates:

  • Conference Open: 15 - 30 Nov. 2018

Main Topics:

  • Section A: Advanced Metabolomics and Data Analysis Approaches
  • Section B: Identification of Unknowns
  • Section C: Precision Nutrition and Food Specific Profiles
  • Section D: Microbiota and Metabolomics
  • Section E: Pathway Mapping and Fluxomics
The Scientific Committee looks forward to receiving contributions in response to this call, and will be glad to provide any further information to interested parties. Questions may be addressed to the chairman, Prof. Peter Meikle, Dr. Thusitha W. Rupasinghe, Prof. Susan Sumner, Dr. Katja Dettmer-Wilde, or the conference secretary at or Follow us on Twitter @MetabolitesMDPI.

Sincerely yours,

Prof. Peter Meikle
Dr. Thusitha W. Rupasinghe
Prof. Susan Sumner
Dr. Katja Dettmer-Wilde

Conference Chairs

Keynote Speakers


Biography: Dr. Darren Creek is a Senior Lecturer and NHMRC Career Development Fellow at the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, and is Director of the Metabolomics Node of the Monash Proteomics and Metabolomics Facility. He completed his PhD at Monash University in 2007, and performed post-doctoral research in Uganda, Scotland and Australia working on antimalarial drug discovery and clinical trials, before focusing on metabolomics studies of tropical parasites. He developed several novel analytical methods and software tools for the metabolomics field, and discovered novel pathways and drug mechanisms in protozoan parasites. Dr Creek’s laboratory currently uses metabolomics and proteomics to understand mechanisms of drug action and resistance for infectious diseases, with a major focus on African trypanosomiasis and malaria. In 10 years since completion of his PhD, Darren has over 75 publications, 10 grants and fellowships from NHMRC, ARC and NIH, and was recently a Director of the International Metabolomics Society.

Dr. Christian Frezza

Topic: Mitochondrial Dysfunction and Cancer: Metabolites and Beyond (Video)

Dr. Christian Frezza

University of Cambridge, UK

Biography: Dr. Christian Frezza is an MRC Programme Leader at the MRC Cancer Unit, University of Cambridge. He studied Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Padova, Italy, and gained his MSc in 2002, after a period of research on mitochondrial toxicity induced by photoactivable anticancer drugs. Christian then joined the laboratory of Luca Scorrano in Padova to start a PhD on mitochondrial dynamics and apoptosis. In 2008, he moved to the Beatson Institute of Cancer Research in Glasgow as recipient of an EMBO Long Term Fellowship, where he investigated the role of mitochondrial defects in tumorigenesis. He moved to the MRC Cancer Unit in 2012, to take up his current position. Christian’s research is focused on understanding the role of altered metabolism in cancer, particularly investigating how small molecule metabolites affect the process of tumorigenesis. The major goal of his team is to exploit this knowledge to pioneer novel tools for cancer diagnosis and therapy.

Topic: Pathway Mapping Operations in BioCyc

Dr. Peter D. Karp

SRI International, USA

Biography: Dr. Peter D. Karp is the director of the Bioinformatics Research Group within the Artificial Intelligence Center at SRI International. Dr. Karp has authored more than 160 publications in bioinformatics and computer science in areas including metabolic pathway bioinformatics, computational genomics, scientific visualization, and scientific databases. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the International Society for Computational Biology. He received the Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from Stanford University in 1989, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the NIH National Center for Biotechnology Information.


Biography: Dr. David Wishart (PhD Yale, 1991) is a Professor in the Departments of Biological Sciences and Computing Science at the University of Alberta. He is also a senior research officer and the director of the Nano Life Science program at the NRC’s National Institute for Nanotechnology (NINT). He has been with the University of Alberta since 1995. Dr. Wishart has active research programs in structural biology, nanobiology, synthetic biology, prion biology, bioinformatics and metabolomics. Some of his lab's most significant contributions have been in the area of protein chemical shift analysis and the prediction of protein structure.

Biography: Oliver Jones is an associate professor of analytical chemistry based at RMIT University in Melbourne. He obtained his MSc and PhD from Imperial College London in 2005 and then held a postdoctoral fellowship in biochemistry at the University of Cambridge until 2009. Oliver then worked at the University of Durham before moving to RMIT in 2012. Oliver’s group conducts research in chromatography and NMR, for a range of applications, predominantly metabolomics and the trace analysis of environmental pollutants. At RMIT he is Deputy Director of both the Water: Effective Technologies & Tools Research Centre and the Environmental Sustainability & Remediation Centre. He also recently developed a mobile app “Chirality-2” to help teach Chemistry. He is currently (2015-date) a member of the Australian Academy of Science National Committee for Chemistry. He is president of the Australian and New Zealand Metabolomics Network; secretary and board member of the Australian and New Zealand Society for Magnetic Resonance and a board member of the Metabolomics Society. Oliver has won several awards including the 2015 ANZMAG Sir Paul Callaghan Medal and the RMIT College of Science Engineering and Health Media Star Award. He has been an invited speaker at several conferences and have helped organise many others (he was a member of the organising committee of the 2017 Metabolomics Conference). He has over 86 peer-reviewed publications, with 3987 total citations and an h-index of 27.

Topic: Identifying Sex Differences in Colon Cancer Metabolism (Video)

Dr. Caroline H. Johnson

Yale University, USA

Biography: Caroline H. Johnson, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Epidemiology in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at Yale School of Public Health. She graduated from Imperial College London in 2009 with a PhD in Analytical Chemistry. Since then she has held postdoctoral and staff appointments at the National Cancer Institute and The Scripps Research Institute. Dr. Johnson's research uses mass spectrometry-based metabolomics to understand the role of metabolites in human health. Her primary research interest is to investigate the relationship between genetic and environmental influences (diet, hormones and microbiome) in colon cancer. She is also examining exposures during pregnancy.

List of accepted submissions (20)

Id Title Authors Presentation Video Poster PDF
sciforum-021429 [KEYNOTE] Mitochondrial dysfunction and cancer: metabolites and beyond (Video)

Submitted: 09 Aug 2018

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sciforum-021705 Annotation of phospholipids in mass spectrometry-based metabolomics

Submitted: 05 Sep 2018

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sciforum-021706 Application of targeted and non-targeted approaches to investigate the effect of genotype and growing conditions on the strawberry metabolome , , N/A Poster PDF Show Abstract
sciforum-021707 Comparison of complementary statistical analysis approaches in metabolomic food traceability , , N/A Poster PDF Show Abstract
sciforum-021741 Detection of metabolite corona on amino functionalised polystyrene nanoparticles and its implications in freshwater organisms , , , N/A Poster PDF Show Abstract

Event Awards

Best Presentation Award

The Awards
Best Presentation Award

Number of Awards Available: 1

The winner will be offered publication of the extended full manuscript free of change in the Special Issue of Metabolites together with a Certificate.
Terms and Conditions:

This year, as a sponsor, Metabolites would like to award the best presentation as selected by an evaluation committee. The winner will be offered publication of the extended full manuscript free of charge in a Special Issue of Metabolitestogether with a certificate.

We look forward to receiving your contributions.

  1. Full PPT presentation must be submitted to IECM-3
  2. Originality / Novelty of the paper
  3. Significance of Content
  4. Scientific Soundness
  5. Interest to the readers
  6. English language and style


  1. Each Evaluation Committee member will give an assessment for each applicant in terms of the criteria outlined above.
  2. Total score for each presentation will be ranked, from highest to lowest.
  3. If two or more students get the same score, further evaluation will be carried out.
  4. All decisions made by the Evaluation Committee are final.

Instructions for Authors

Submissions should be done by the authors online by registering with, and using the "Start New Submission" function once logged into system.
  1. Researchers interested in attending the conference must submit the abstract, on this website and no later than 30 October 2018.
  2. The Conference Committee will pre-evaluate, based on the submitted abstract, whether a contribution from the author fits in the scope of The 3rd International Electronic Conference on Metabolomics. All authors will be notified about the acceptance of their abstract.
  3. After the abstract is accepted by the Scientific Committee, the authors will be invited to prepare a full description of their work preferably under the form of a PowerPoint and/or video presentation, and to upload it before 5 November 2018 to ensure final check.
  4. The presentations will be accessible on during the conference time.
  5. After the conference, the authors are also welcome to submit an extended version of the proceeding papers to the Special Issue of Journal Metabolites with a 20% discount off the Article Processing Charge.
Presentation Slides

Authors are encouraged to prepare a power point presentation using the template provided by the Conference (see download below). Slides will be displayed directly in the website using's proprietary slides viewer. They can be prepared in the same way as for any traditional conference where research results can be presented. Slides should be converted to the PDF format before submission so that our process can easily and automatically convert them for online displaying.

Download International Electronic Conference on Metabolomics PPT template file

DownloadInternational Electronic Conference on Metabolomics Poster template file

Video Presentations
Authors are also welcome to submit video presentations. If you are interested in submitting, please contact the conference organizer ( or to get to know more about the procedure.

Tips for authors: If you would like to prepare a video (15-20 minutes) based on your PPT presentation, you may use the "record slide" function in the PowerPoint. After recording, you can save the file as type: MPEG-4 Viedo (*.mp4).
Potential Conflicts of Interest

It is the authors' responsibility to identify and declare any personal circumstances or interests that may be perceived as inappropriately influencing the representation or interpretation of clinical research. If there is no conflict, please state here "The authors declare no conflict of interest." This should be conveyed in a separate "Conflict of Interest" statement preceding the "Acknowledgments" and "References" sections at the end of the manuscript. Financial support for the study must be fully disclosed under "Acknowledgments" section. It is the authors' responsibility to identify and declare any personal circumstances or interests that may be perceived as inappropriately influencing the representation or interpretation of clinical research.


MDPI, the publisher of the platform, is an open access publisher. We believe that authors should retain the copyright to their research works. Hence, by submitting a contribution to this conference, the authors retain the copyright of their contribution, but they grant MDPI AG the non-exclusive right to publish this contribution online on the platform. This means the authors can easily submit their contribution to any scientific journal at a later stage and transfer the copyright to its publisher (if required by that publisher).

Call for Papers

The 3rd International Electronic Conference on Metabolomics is free of charge for contributors and visitors. It is a good way for scholars to share ideas online without time and space barriers. Authors are invited to provide a short abstract online at from now until 30 October 2018. Author(s) will be asked to present their work (in English) in the form of a slide show (or a video) using the PPT template provided by the conference (see Instructions for Authors). For accepted abstracts, the full paper needs to be submitted by 5 November. All accepted presentations will be displayed on the internet from 15–30 November 2018.
After conference, authors are welcome to submit the extended version of their work for consideration and publication in a Special Issue of Metabolites. 20% discount is offered for all the authors participating in this conference. The scientific committee will consider all presentations and invite authors of the most outstanding work presented at the conference to publish FREE of charge in the Metabolites Special Issue.

We thank you in advance for your presence at this conference and your contribution to its success.

Conference Chairs

Metabolomics Laboratory NHMRC, Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute, Melbourne, Victoria 3004, Australia

Metabolomics Australia, School of BioSciences, The University of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria, Australia

Nutrition Research Institute, Department of Nutrition at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA

Conference Committee

Bioinformatics Group, Department of Plant Sciences, Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands

International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), France

University of Utah, 20 South 2030 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84112, USA

Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute, University of Cambridge, Robinson way, Cambridge CB2 ORE, UK

Cellular Biochemistry & Metabolomics, Institute of Biochemistry, University of Greifswald, Felix-Hausdorff-Strasse 4, 17489 Greifswald, Germany

McGill University, Montreal, QC H3A 0G4, Canada

Centre for Advanced Imaging, University of Queensland, Brisbane QLD 4072, Australia

Genetics and Molecular Pathology, SA Pathology (at Women's and Children's Hospital), Adelaide, Australia

University of Georgia, USA

Department of Food Science and Nutrition, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN 55108, USA

Department of Agrofood, Environmental and Animal Sciences, University of Udine, Udine, Italy

Organizing Committee

Dr. Shu-Kun Lin, MDPI, Basel, Switzerland
Dr. Franck Vazquez, MDPI , Basel, Switzerland
Ms. Cherise He, MDPI Branch Office, Wuhan, China
Ms. Verna Zheng, MDPI Branch Office, Wuhan, China

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