International Biotechnology Symposium

On behalf of the organizing committee of IBS 2012, it is our great honor and pleasure to invite you to the 15th International Biotechnology Symposium (IBS) and Exhibition, which will be held from September 16 to 21, 2012 in Daegu, one of the most dynamic cities in Korea.

Organized under the auspices of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC), IBS, which is held every four years on a different continent, is recognized as the premier international conference in the rapidly growing field of biotechnology. The mission of the IBS is to promote R&D in all aspects of basic and applied biotechnology. The history of IBS dates back to 1960. For the first time the IBS will be held in Korea with the fastest growing economy in the world.

Our society is facing unprecedented challenges including resources shortage, environmental deterioration, biodiversity loss, and economic and social imbalances. The overall theme of IBS 2012 is “Innovative Biotechnology for a Green World and beyond”. Nine theme areas covering all aspects of biotechnology will be arranged, including: 1) Pharmaceutical Biotechnology, 2) Medical Biotechnology, 3) Agricultural and Food Biotechnology, 4) Bioenergy & Biorefinery, 5) Environmental Biotechnology, 6) Applied Microbiology, 7) Process Biotechnology, 8) Biosensors and Nanobiotechnology, and 9) Biosafety, Bioeconomy, Bioploicy, Bioeducation, Bioethics etc.

IBS 2012 will be designed to offer a unique opportunity not only to take a critical examination of the milestone achievements in biotechnology but more significantly, to discuss how biotechnology can contribute to global sustainability in the 21st century. The program will feature contributions from both established and young scientists and engineers, and will provide a platform for representatives from all over the world.

Participants can also take the advantage of a technical exhibition that will be held in conjunction with the symposium. IBS 2012 will not only be a time for thought-provoking discussions, but also a time to enjoy Korea. Social programs will feature unique attractions in Daegu, Gyeongju, Pohang, and Ulsan with a focus on Korean history, cultures, natural scenes, modernizations, and cuisine.

We are confident that this event will bring together scientists, engineers, business leaders and government officials to foster and enhance collaborative contacts, and to exchange information in the many interdisciplinary areas of modern biotechnology. We look forward to welcoming you to Daegu in September 2012!