Our History

by Dennis Allsopp and Christine Gaylarde

Past Presidents IBBS

Thanks to all members who have contributed material so far, particularly Diane Band (for her detailed archive) John Gillatt, Malcolm Greenhalgh, Ken Seal and Diego Moreno.

Origins

The biodeterioration of materials has always affected humankind. During the Second World War (1939-45) large quantities of relatively high-technology material was exposed to tropical conditions, especially by the USA in the Pacific theatre. The realisation that biological decay could affect modern manufactures as well as traditional organic materials and stored foods led to the creation of the post-war Prevention of Deterioration Center in the USA, which produced publications for some years.

The first Biodeterioration Symposium (the first scientific meeting in UK on the topic) was held at the London School for Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in April 1965. It was organised by the Microbial Group of the Society of Chemical Industry. As a result, the first International Biodeterioration Symposium was held in 1968 in Southampton, UK. A Standing Committee for Biodeterioration Symposia was set up during the Southampton meeting to oversee the decision made there to hold a second symposium in 1971.

There already was a UK National Committee of the OECD Biological Deterioration of Materials Group. The Society also owes in part its origin to this group. In 1967 the OECD hived off the group (which became the International Biodegradation Research Group – IBRG) and so the idea was born of forming a society to continue the successful contacts established in the UK National Committee.

The IBRG London Marathon Team 1982: L to R, John Gillatt, Malcolm Greenhalgh, Dennis Allsopp and Glyn Morton

The IBRG London Marathon Team 1982: L to R, John Gillatt, Malcolm Greenhalgh, Dennis Allsopp and Glyn Morton

The first IBRG secretariat was based at TNO in The Netherlands. In the UK, the Biodeterioration Information Centre was set up at the now Aston University by Howard Eggins, with the aid of an initial grant from the Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) of the UK Government.

In 1968, preliminary discussions were held to consider the desirability and the most suitable way of forming a Society. One problem was to decide whether it would be preferable to form a separate autonomous organisation, or whether it should take advantage of the support and facilities of an existing group, such as the Society of Chemical Industry. The two major decisions to emerge from these discussions were, firstly, that the Society should be international in character and not just a British Society, and secondly that that the Society should accept the kind offer of Dr Eggins that he would endeavour to arrange that the International Biodeterioration Bulletin should serve as the official organ of the Society. The International Biodeterioration Bulletin (IBB) was the primary journal published by the Biodeterioration Information Centre, of which Dr Eggins was the Director.

L to R: Tom Oxley, Ken Seal, Howard Eggins and Sheila Barry at the Berlin Symposium, 1978

L to R: Tom Oxley, Ken Seal, Howard Eggins and Sheila Barry at the Berlin Symposium, 1978

Arthur Lloyd (R) with Barry Richardson

Arthur Lloyd (R) with Barry Richardson

In 1969 the relationship between the Society and the IBB journal was formulated and a draft Society constitution was subsequently agreed. An inaugural committee was established to supervise the formation of the Society comprising Bill Bunker as the First President of the Society, with John Elphick and Neil Butler as Hon. Secretary and Hon. Treasurer respectively, and with Howard Eggins, Arthur Lloyd, John Savory and Keith Selby as members.

The first AGM of the Society was held at the Royal Commonwealth Society, Northumberland Avenue, London WC2 on Friday 9th July, 1971.

The first scientific meeting of the Society was held at the Royal Society of Arts on 12th November 1971.

The Journal

The first journal (Official Organ) of the Society was the International Biodeterioration Bulletin, founded by Howard Eggins at the Biodeterioration Information Centre (BIC), Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Aston in Birmingham. When that Centre closed as a result of cuts in UK University funding, the journal was taken over by the then Commonwealth Agricultural Bureaux (CAB) at its Commonwealth Mycological Institute (CMI) at Kew. CAB also took on the BIC’s bibliographic journals as part of its range of CAB Abstracts and database. Primary journals came under increasing commercial pressure and the journal was then taken over by Applied Science/Elsevier. The Society agreed with Elsevier that the Journal should be named as the official organ of the Society. It continues as International Biodeterioration and Biodegradation.

A Calendar of Events Leading to the Formation of the Society and the First Two International Symposia

1962  Biological Deterioration of Materials Research Group founded at OECD, Paris, France.

IBB - Proof Copy of First Edition

IBB – Proof Copy of First Issue

1965  “International Biodeterioration Bulletin” (IBB) first published by the Biodeterioration Information Centre, Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Aston in Birmingham, Birmingham, UK.

The IBB was later adopted by the Biodeterioration Society as its official organ, but not owned or financed by it.

“Biodeterioration in the Tropics” symposium held in London under the auspices of the Society for Chemical Industry (SCI)

1968  First International Biodeterioration Symposium, Southampton, UK, 9-14 Sept. Symposium President H J (Bill) Bunker. Chairman of the Organizing Committee HOW Eggins. Programme available at http://www.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/841571.pdf . Proceedings published as Biodeterioration of Materials, A Harry Walters and John J Elphick (Eds) Elsevier, 1968. Significant help was given by the SCI.

It was agreed at this symposium that an International Symposia Standing Committee (latterly SCIBS, although the arrangement of the initials varied in the early years, ISSC, SCIS) should continue from that symposium.

The International Biodegradation Research Group (later re-named the International Biodeterioration Research Group) became the new title of the Biological Deterioration of Materials Group when sponsorship by OECD came to an end. (Early notepaper had “Groep” in place of “Group“, reflecting the Dutch make-up of the original Secretariat). OECD described its future relationship with the new IBRG as “parrinage”, this meaning even less than patronage or sponsorship! IBRG remains as a very active organisation and there is much crossover of membership with the BS.

1969  Formation of The Biodeterioration Society following discussions at the First International Biodeterioration Symposium. First President, HJ (Bill) Bunker.

1970  Inaugural meeting of the Biodeterioration Society.

Henk Hueck, far left, with delegates of the Lunteren symposium, at a restaurant in Delft

Henk Hueck, far left, with delegates of the Lunteren symposium, at a restaurant in Delft

1971  Second International Biodeterioration Symposium, Lunteren, The Netherlands, 13-18 Sept. Symposium President H J (Bill) Bunker. Chairman of the Organizing Committee HJ Hueck. Proceedings published as Biodeterioration of Materials Vol 2, A Harry Walters and EH Hueck- van der Plas Eds) Applied Science, 1972. ISBN 0 85334 538 4

This meeting was held under the auspices of the Standing Committee (ISSC etc). It was at this meeting that the Standing Committee agreed to disband and to re-form under the auspices of the Biodeterioration Society (BS).
First BS AGM held in London.

1972  The Standing Committee (ISSC) came under the auspices of the Society. This is noted in BS Council minutes of a meeting held on 12th January 1972.

1974  The President of the BS, who was also the Chairman of the Standing Committee (then known as SCIS and after as SCIBS) proposed that SCIS “should appear in the Constitution” as of a similar composition to the Programme Committee. It is this proposal which has given rise to the erroneous view that SCIBS was first established in 1975. Also, about this time, SCIBS formalised a more demanding list of criteria and requirements for prospective local Symposium organising committees and host institutions, thus raising its profile and control.

1975  Constitution of BS was officially amended to include SCIBS. The main concern of SCIBS was the publication of the proceedings, traditionally done as a hardback book at considerable cost and financial risk. The Council of the BS felt that as the Society could not underwrite the costs of any symposium, particularly the publication costs, guidelines needed to be drawn up for symposium planning and SCIBS undertook this role. In later years, with the advent of electronic publishing, vastly improved communications via the internet and changing attitudes to the value of one-volume all-inclusive symposium publications, the need for most of the functions of SCIBS naturally declined. The first chairman of SCIBS was David Houghton, followed by Tom Oxley, Howard Eggins, and finally Neil Smith. Sheila Barry was the secretary from 1975 to 1985, when she was replaced by Christine Gaylarde.

International Symposia Held Under the Auspices of the Society

Takafusa Haraguchi, Dennis Allsopp, Howard Eggins and Ken Seal at the Rhode Island Symposium

Takafusa Haraguchi, Dennis Allsopp, Howard Eggins and Ken Seal at the Rhode Island Symposium

1975  Third International Biodegradation Symposium, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, USA, 17-23 Aug. Chairman of Executive Committee, R W Traxler . Published as Proceedings of the Third International Biodegradation Symposium. Editors J Miles Sharpley and Arthur M Kaplan. Applied Science 1976 ISBN 0 85334 679 8

The word biodegradation instead of biodeterioration was used by the US organisers, as it was more recognised by sponsors in the USA. There was no change in scientific emphasis.

This was the first international symposium to be held under the auspices of the BS.

1978  Fourth International Biodeterioration Symposium, Berlin, Germany, Aug-Sept. Chairman of Organizing Committee, Prof.Dr. Dr.hc G. Becker. Proceedings published as Biodeterioration, T A Oxley, D Allsopp and G Becker (Eds) Pitman Publishing Ltd., 1980 ISBN 0 273 08459 3

1981  Fifth International Biodeterioration Symposium, Aberdeen, Scotland, Sept. Local Committee Chairman James M. Shewan. Scientific Committee HOW Eggins, D Allsopp and TA Oxley. Proceedings published as Biodeterioration5 . TA Oxley and Sheila Barry (Eds). Wiley 1983 ISBN 0 471 10296 2.

Sheila Barry with Hector Videla

Sheila Barry with Hector Videla

1984  Sixth International Biodeterioration Symposium, George Washington University, Washington DC, USA, August. Co-Chairmen of Planning Committee GC Llewellyn and CE O’Rear. Proceedings published as Biodeterioration 6, Sheila Barry, DR Houghton, GC Llewellyn and CE O’Rear (Eds) CAB INTERNATIONAL 1986 ISBN 085198 555 6

1987  Seventh International Biodeterioration Symposium, Cambridge University, UK, 6-11 Sept . Organizing Committee SCIBS. Proceedings published as Biodeterioration 7. DR Houghton, RN Smith and HOW Eggins (Eds) Elsevier Applied Science 1988 IBSN 1-85166-221-9.

1990  Eighth International Biodeterioration and Biodegradation Symposium, University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada. 26-31 Aug. Programme Chairman Fred Passman, Symposium President Harold Rossmoore. Proceedings published as Biodeterioration and Biodegradation 8. HW Rossmoore (Ed). Elsevier Science 1991 ISBN 1-85166-626-5.
(Editorial note: Biodegradation is now introduced into the title in its true technical sense, i.e. biodeterioration of materials and biodegradation of wastes)

Fred Passman

Fred
Passman

Anticlockwise from R: Brian Flannigan, Glyn Morton, Joan Kelley, Paul Raschle

Anticlockwise from R: Brian Flannigan, Glyn Morton, Joan Kelley, Paul Raschle 

Robert Edyvean (centre back) with Glyn Morton (L back), Hector Videla (R back), Joan Kelley (L front) and Chris Gaylarde (R front) at the Windsor Symposium, 1990

Robert Edyvean (centre back) with Glyn Morton (L back), Hector Videla (R back), Joan Kelley (L front) and Chris Gaylarde (R front) at the Windsor Symposium, 1990

1993  Ninth International Biodeterioration and Biodegradation Symposium, University of Leeds, UK, 5-10 Sept. Symposium President Robert Edyvean. Proceedings published as Biodeterioration and Biodegradation 9. Andrew Bousher, Malini Chandra and Robert Edyvean (Eds) Institution of Chemical Engineers, Rugby, UK.1995.

1996  Tenth International Biodeterioration and Biodegradation Symposium, Hamburg, Germany. Proceedings published by DECHEMA, Frankfurt am Main – Dechema Monographs No. 133.

1999  Eleventh International Biodeterioration and Biodegradation Symposium, Virginia, USA. Marriott Gateway Hotel, Crystal City, Virginia, Proceedings published as a special edition of the Journal (Vol 49).

2002  IBBS 12. Prague. Czech Republic. 14-18 July. Symposium President Kateřina Demnerová. Proceedings published as a special edition of the Journal (Vol 54).

2005  IBBS-13. September 4-9, Madrid, Spain. Symposium President Diego Moreno.

Iwona Beech, Diane Band and Jimmy Walker at the Prague Symposium 2002

Iwona Beech, Diane Band and Jimmy Walker
at the Prague Symposium 2002

Diego Moreno

Diego A. Moreno
Madrid 2005

At dinner, anticlockwise from R: Brian Flannigan, Margaret Flannigan, Chris Gaylarde, Hans-Curt Flemming, AN Other, John Gillatt, Marta Urizal-Comas, Madrid 2005

At dinner, anticlockwise from R: Brian Flannigan, Margaret Flannigan, Chris Gaylarde, Hans-Curt Flemming, AN Other, John Gillatt, Marta Urizal-Comas, Madrid 2005

Details of this symposium were published in two editorials by Diego Moreno: International Microbiology 8:153-154, (2005) and International Biodeterioration and Biodegradation 58: 107, (2006).

2008  IBBS-14. Oct 6-11. Taormina, Sicily, Italy. Symposium President Clara Urzi. Proceedings published as a special edition of the Journal (Vol 63).

2011  IBBS-15. 19-24 Sept. University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU) Wien, Austria. Symposium Presidents Katja Sterflinger and Guadalupe Pinar. Proceedings published as special issue of the Journal (Vol 84).

Clara Urzi and Otto Ortega-Morales, Vienna 2011

Clara Urzi and
Otto Ortega-Morales
Vienna 2011

Guadalupe Pinar and Katja Sterflinger, Vienna 2011

Guadalupe Pinar and
Katja Sterflinger
Vienna 2011

Katja Sterflinger and Guadalupe Pinar at the Conference Dinner, Vienna 2011

Katja Sterflinger and Guadalupe Pinar, Conference Dinner
Vienna 2011

2014  IBBS-16 Łódź, Poland. Symposium President Beata Gutarowska.

Honorary Regional Meetings Secretaries (HRMS) and the advent of LABS (Latin American Biodeterioration Symposia)

In the mid 1970s, in a move to widen the geographic spread of the Society and encourage local groups to become capable of hosting future symposia, HRMS were introduced. Little or no funding was available and the internet did not exist, so it was little wonder that Regional Meetings Groups never really took off. There was some activity for a while in the USA, and nominally a group was mooted in India. The main development in “globalisation” came later, not directly from the BS but on the initiative of William Latorre, who co-opted Christine Gaylarde who had moved to Brazil. The series of Latin American Biodeterioration Symposia (LABS) initiated by William Latorre and Christine Gaylarde continues.

LABS 1 1992 Campos do Jordao, SP, Brazil. Organisers William Latorre and Chris Gaylarde

LABS 2 1995 Gramado, RS, Brazil. Organisers Chris Gaylarde and Robert Thomas

LABS 3 1998 Florianopolis, SC, Brazil. Organisers Tereza Barbosa and Chris Gaylarde

LABS 4 2001 Buenos Aires, Argentina. Organiser Blanca Rosales

LABS 5 2004 Campeche, Mexico. Organiser Otto Ortega-Morales

LABS 6 2007 Bogota, Colombia. Organiser Maria Mercedes Martinez

LABS 7 2009 Quito, Ecuador. Organiser Katty Coral

LABS 8 2013 Porto Alegre, Brazil. Organiser Fatima Bento

Officers of The Biodeterioration Society, Latterly the International Biodeterioration and Biodegradation Society

1970 – 1971:  President: H J (Bill) Bunker, Hon. Secretary: John Elphick, Hon. Treasurer: Neil Butler

1971 – 1973:  President: Henk Hueck, Hon. Secretary: Dennis Allsopp, Hon. Treasurer: Neil Butler

Henk Hueck with his wife, Leo, in their roof-top bar

Henk Hueck with his wife, Leo, in their roof-top bar

1973 – 1975:  President: Howard Eggins, Hon. Secretary: Dennis Allsopp, Hon. Treasurer: Neil Butler

1975 – 1977:  President: Tom Oxley, Hon. Secretary: Dennis Allsopp, Hon. Treasurer: Ken Seal

1977 – 1979:  President: Dennis Allsopp, Hon. Secretary: Brian Hollingsworth, Hon. Treasurer: Ken Seal

Dennis Allsopp

Dennis Allsopp 

1979 – 1981:  President: Arthur Lloyd, Hon. Secretary: Brian Hollingsworth, Hon. Treasurer: Glyn Morton

1981 – 1983:  President: Neil Smith, Hon. Secretary: Joan Maw, Hon. Treasurer: Glyn Morton

Neil Smith with Jane Niesigh (R) and Wendy Worley (L)

Neil Smith with Jane Niesigh (R) and Wendy Worley (L)

1983 – 1985:  President: David Houghton, Hon. Secretary: Joan Maw, Hon. Treasurer: Graham Lloyd

L to R: Chris Gaylarde, Graham Lloyd, Ken Seal, Tony Bravery, AN Other, Glyn Morton, Ted Hill

L to R: Chris Gaylarde, Graham Lloyd, Ken Seal, Tony Bravery, AN Other, Glyn Morton, Ted Hill

 1985 – 1987:  President: Glyn Morton, Hon. Secretary: Joan Maw, Hon. Treasurer: Ken Seal

Glyn Morton with Sheila Barry (L) and Jenny Lunenburg (R)

Glyn Morton with Sheila Barry (L) and Jenny Lunenburg (R)

1987 – 1989:  President: Brian Flannigan, Hon. Secretary: Joan Smith (1988), Joan Kelley, Hon. Treasurer: Alistair Ingleby

From L, Brian Flannigan with his wife, Margaret, at the Windsor Symposium, with Joan Kelley and Arthur Kaplan

From L, Brian Flannigan with his wife, Margaret, at the Windsor Symposium, with Joan Kelley and Arthur Kaplan

1989 – 1991:  President: Harold Rossmoore, Hon. Secretary: Joan Kelley, Hon. Treasurer: Alastair Ingleby (1990), Brian McCarthy
Harold Rossmoore (L) with Fernando Laborda at the at the 11th symposium, 1999

Harold Rossmoore (L) with Fernando Laborda at the at the 11th symposium, 1999

1991 – 1994:  President: Joan Kelley, Hon. Secretary: Paul Cook, Hon. Treasurer: Brian McCarthy

Joan Kelley

Joan Kelley

Paul Cook

Paul Cook

1994 – 1996:  President: Fernando Laborda, Hon. Secretary: Paul Cook, Hon. Treasurer: Brian McCarthy

1996 – 1998:  President: Malcolm Greenhalgh, Hon. Secretary: Paul Cook, Sue Surman, Hon. Treasurer: Brian McCarthy

Malcolm Greenhalgh with Jane Niesigh (R). Damüls, Austria, 1981

Malcolm Greenhalgh with Jane Niesigh (R). Damüls, Austria, 1981

1998 – 2000:  President: Judith Kinderlerer, Hon. Secretary: Sue Surman, Hon. Treasurer: Brian McCarthy
Judy Kinderlerer at the 1999 Symposium in Virginia

Judy Kinderlerer at the 1999 Symposium in Virginia

2000 – 2003:  President: Jimmy Walker, Hon. Secretary: Steve Percival,  John Gillatt (from June 2001), Hon. Treasurer: Brian McCarthy
Jimmy Walker

Jimmy Walker

2003 – 2006:  President: Hans-Curt Flemming, Hon. Secretary: John Gillatt, Hon. Treasurer: Brian McCarthy
Hans-Curt Flemming with Katja Sterflinger

Hans-Curt Flemming with Katja Sterflinger

2006 – 2009:  President: Joanna Verran, Hon. Secretary: John Gillatt, Hon. Treasurer: Kath Whitehead

Jo Verran with John Gillatt (M) and Malcolm Greenhalgh (R)

Jo Verran with John Gillatt (M) and Malcolm Greenhalgh (R)

Jo Verran with Katja and Guadalupe at the Vienna Symposium, 2011

Jo Verran with Katja and Guadalupe at the Vienna Symposium, 2011

2009 – 2012:  President: Chris Gaylarde, Hon. Secretary: John Gillatt, Hon. Treasurer: Kath Whitehead, Malcolm Greenhalgh (temporary replacement), Jeremy Webb
Chris Gaylarde with Ken Seal (L) and Dennis Allsopp (R)

Chris Gaylarde with Ken Seal (L) and Dennis Allsopp (R)

Chris at the opening of the Riga meeting, 2007

Chris at the opening of the Riga meeting, 2007

2012 – 2014:  President: Geoff Robson, Hon. Secretary: John Gillatt, Hon. Treasurer: Jeremy Webb

Geoff Robson speaking at LABS 8, 2013

Geoff Robson speaking at LABS 8, 2013

2014 – 2017:  President: John Gillatt, Hon. Secretary: Chris Gaylarde, Hon. Treasurer: Jeremy Webb

John Gillatt advertising educational leaflets at the Vienna Symposium

John Gillatt advertising educational leaflets at the Vienna Symposium

[The present terms of office of Presidents were established by Harold Rossmore, in order that a serving president would be present at each triennial symposium. One year as President–Elect (Vice President), three years as President and two years as Immediate Past President. There are exceptions; Jimmy Walker served for an extended term and Malcolm Greenhalgh a shorter one. ]

Honorary Secretaries

Initially looked after all administration, meetings and membership (together with the Hon. Treasurer). In the early years, meetings in the UK were cheap and cheerful in that free meeting rooms could often be provided in Members’ Universities and Government Institutions, lunch catering was available without special arrangements and meeting fees were kept very low. A day meeting (2 or 3 each year) would run from about 10.30 to 16.30, have a lunch break and have 6-8 speakers plus a discussion session. Attendance was usually 20-40 members, including some locals from the host institution. Venues used for such Scientific (and also Council) meetings included Aston University, Hatfield Polytechnic, Preston Polytechnic (Harris College), Phillip Lyle Memorial Lab (Tate and Lyle) at Reading University, Long Aston Research Station, Polytechnic of the South Bank, Portsmouth Polytechnic, Forest Products Research Station, Commonwealth Mycological Institute.

In later years, separate Meetings Secretaries, Membership Secretaries and Publicity Officers (the latter only until 2001) were created to spread the increased workload and demands on individual Council Members.

Membership Secretaries/Publicity Officers

1985 – 1987:  Membership Secretary:  Diane Band, Publicity Officer:  John Mills

1987 – 1989:  Membership Secretary:  Diane Band, Publicity Officer:  John Mills (1988)

Di Band with Glyn Morton (R) and Jimmy Walker (middle)

Di Band with Glyn Morton (R)
and Jimmy Walker (middle)

Di at at Windsor Symposium

Di at at Windsor Symposium

1989 – 1992:  Membership Secretary:  Diane Band, Publicity Officer:  Brian Crook

1992 – 1995:  Membership Secretary:  Diane Band, Publicity Officer:  Brian Crook

1995 – 1997:  Membership Secretary:  Diane Band, Publicity Officer:  Pamela Simpson

1997 – 1998:  Membership Secretary:  Diane Band, Publicity Officer:  Natasha Karpovich-Tate

1998 – 2001:  Membership Secretary:  Diane Band, Publicity Officer:  Graham Hill

2001- 2006:  Membership Secretary:  Kath Whitehead

2006 –      Membership Secretary:  Lawrence Staniforth 

Programme Secretaries

1973 – 1978:  Richard Tilbury

1978 – 1981:  Alan Barr

Alan Barr (far L) with Brian Flannigan, Glyn Morton and Joan Kelley (facing away)

Alan Barr (far L) with Brian Flannigan, Glyn Morton and Joan Kelley (facing away)

1981 – 1983:  J Ford

1984 – 1990:  Christine Gaylarde

1990 – 1993:  Robert Edyvean

1993 – 1996:  Iwona Beech

L to R: Iwona Beech, Di Band, Chris Gaylarde and Robert Edyvean. Niagara Falls, after the Windsor Symposium

L to R: Iwona Beech, Di Band, Chris Gaylarde and Robert Edyvean. Niagara Falls, after the Windsor Symposium

1996 – 1999:  Jimmy Walker

2000 – 2006:  Jo Verran

2006 – 2010:  Jimmy Walker

2010 –      :  Diego Moreno

Up to 1973, the duties of the Programme Secretary were included in those of the Society Hon. Secretary.

Scientific Meetings Other Than International Symposia

(Note: Society AGMs are usually held during a Summer scientific meeting or at an international symposium.)

November,1971:    First Scientific Meeting of the Society. Royal Society of Arts, London.

February 1972:    Role of Higher Organisms in Biodeterioration, Aston University.

June 1972:    Summer Scientific Meeting, UMIST, Manchester

September 1972:    Biodeterioration Caused by Fungi (with the BMS), British Museum.

November 1972:    Post-Harvest Deterioration (with SCI), SCI, London

December 1972:    Techniques in Biodeterioration, Hatfield Polytechnic

February 1973:    Biodeterioration of Non-Food Products of Animal Origin, Imperial College, London

June 1973:    Biodeterioration, Portsmouth Polytechnic

Attendees at the Portsmouth Meeting (David Houghton, centre front in dark suit; Gareth Jones, far R front)

Attendees at the Portsmouth Meeting (David Houghton, centre front in dark suit; Gareth Jones, far R front)

November 1973:    Control of Biodeterioration by Physical Means, Royal Commonwealth Society, London

March 1974:    Biodegradation of Town Refuse and Farm Wastes, Aston University

July 1974:   Extracellular Enzymes in Biodeterioration, University of Bath

November 1974:    Biodeterioration at Extremes of Temperature- Thermophiles and Psychrophiles, Imperial College, London

February 1975:    Fungal Decay in Boats, Royal Commonwealth Society.  

April 1975:    Mechanisms of Biocidal and Biostatic Activity (with the Industrial Group of the Biochemical Society), Aberystwyth

July 1975:    Biodeterioration Problems in Agriculture, University of Reading

November 1975:    Cargo Biodeterioration Problems, University of Cambridge. (One aim of this meeting was to attempt to get the insurance industry involved in biodeterioration problems; this is still an ongoing task! Ed.)

March 1976:    Choice of Preservatives for Control of Biodeterioration, University College, Cardiff

April 1977:    Biodeterioration of Building Materials and its Prevention, SCI, London

July 1977:    Biodeterioration Problems in Scotland, Edinburgh

December 1977:    Recent Research in Household Pests, PICL, Slough

April 1978:    Techniques in Biodeterioration Studies, Aston University

November 1978:    Modern Taxonomy of Insect Pests, London (Cancelled)

January 1978:    Teaching Biodeterioration (with SGM), Cardiff

April 1979:    Museum Conservation (with International Institution for Conservation), Birmingham Museum

July 1979:    Techniques for Biodeterioration Studies, Cardiff

December 1979:    Biocides for Preservation of Materials, Hatfield Polytechnic

April 1980:    Use of Cotton Strips for Measuring Cellulose Decomposition (with British Ecological Society), Birmingham

July 1980:    The Biodeterioration of Polymeric Materials, Preston Polytechnic (Organiser Robert Edyvean)

December 1980:    Effects of Toxic chemicals on Microbial Ecology, PRL-BRE

April 1981:     Physical Methods of Microbial Control (with IP), Aston University

December 1981:    Spoilage Fungi and Algae, Polytechnic of the South Bank, London

April 1982:    Modern Methods for Detecting Microbial Spoilage, Long Ashton Research Station

July 1982:    Timber Deterioration and its Prevention. Portsmouth Polytechnic

December 1982:    Biodegradation of Waste Materials, Sheffield Polytechnic

March 1983:    Fungal Physiology, Nottingham University

July 1983:    Post-Harvest Decay, Cambridge University

December 1983:    Packaging, Brunel University

April 1984:    Developments in the study of Microbial Growth, Hatfield Polytechnic

July 1984:    Microbial Corrosion of Metals, University of Kent (Organiser Chris Gaylarde)

December 1984:    Challenge Testing in Fungi, CMI, Kew

April 1985:    Water, Fungi and Plants (with BMS), Lancaster University

September 1985:    Biodeterioration and Biodegradation of Plastics and Polymers, Cranfield Institute of Technology (Organiser Ken Seal)

March 1986:    Spoilage of Cereals and other Stored Products, University of Surrey (Organiser Brian Flannigan)

September 1986:    Biodeterioration of Constructional Materials, TNO, Delft, The Netherlands (Organiser Glyn Morton)

April 1987:    Rapid Methods, Polytechnic of the South Bank, London

March 1988:    Biofilms, Lancashire Polytechnic, Preston (Organiser Glyn Morton)

September 1988:    Microbial Corrosion, Musee National d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris (Organiser Chris Gaylarde)

March 1989:    Airborne Deteriogens and Pathogens and their Control, Heriot- Watt University, Edinburgh (Organiser Brian Flannigan)

July 1989:    Microorganisms Employed in Biodeterioration Testing, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

September 1989:    Biocides, BAM, Berlin (Organiser Michael Pantke)

April 1990:    Extracellular Microbial Products in Biodeterioration, Nottingham University

April 1991:    Biodegradation and Biodeterioration of Synthetic Polymers, Preston Crest Hotel

September 1991:    Biodeterioration in Spain; Biodeterioration of Cultural Property, Madrid, Spain

April 1992:    Biodeterioration and Biodegradation of Cellulosic materials, University Of Surrey, Guildford

September 1992:    Spoilage of Foods and Feedstuffs, Reading University (Organiser Paul Cook)

Paul Cook

Paul Cook

September 1992:    Biodeterioration and Conservation of Archaeological Materials, University of Portsmouth

April 1993:    Preservation in Aqueous/Liquid Systems, Stratford-upon-Avon

October 1994:    Biosorption and Bioremediation, Madrid, Spain

March 1995:    Disinfection, Sterilisation and Preservation Problems and Practices (with SAB), University of Surrey, Guildford

April 1995:    The White-Rot Fungi (with BMS), Reading University

July 1995:    Biofilms and Biodeterioration (with COPIM), Portsmouth University

October 1995:    Biosorption and Bioremediation 1, Merin, Prague, Czech Republic

November 1995:    The Biodeterioration Society – Past, Present and Future, Royal Hotel, Winchester

May 23-24 1996:    Forum for the Biodeterioration of Materials, Landerneau, France

June 25-26 1996:    ATP 96. International Symposium on Industrial Applications of Bioluminescence (with CARA Tech), Beaumont Conference Centre, Heathrow Airport

July 3-5 1996:    Third Spanish International Symposium on Biodeterioration and Biodegradation, Santiago de Compostella, Spain.

December 5 1996:    Environmental Consequences of Biofouling and Biofouling Control Measures, Tickled Trout Hotel, Preston

June 20 1997:    Presence and Control of Pathogens in Water Systems and Cooling Towers, De Vere Harbour Hotel, Southampton

October 16-17 1997:    Disinfection and Hygiene – Future Prospects, Agricultural University, Wageningen, The Netherlands (Organisers Eugene Bessems / Paul Terpstra)

June 25-26 1998:    Biodegradation of Biocides, University of Central Lancashire, Preston (Organisers Glyn Morton, Malcolm Greenhalgh)

September 7-9 1998:    Biocide Efficacy Testing, The Queen’s Hotel, Chester

July 12-17 1998:    Biosorption and Bioremediation 2, Prague, Czech Republic

January 11-12 1999:    Risk Assessment and management of microbial Hazards Associated with Food and Water, Halifax Hall, Sheffield University

September 14-19 1999:    Hygienic Surfaces and the Biodeterioration of Surfaces, University College, Chester (Organiser Steven Percival)

Steve Percival

Steve Percival

January 19 2000:    Biodeterioration of Water Quality: Problems and Solutions (Concurrent with SAM), Society of Chemical Industry, London

May 17 2000:    Biodeterioration of Constructional Materials and its Prevention (Joint with BACS), Park Royal International Hotel, Stretton, Warrington. (Cancelled due to lack of response)

October 27 2000:    Biodeterioration and Biodegradation 2000, University of Surrey. (Cancelled due to lack of response)

June 10-13 2001:    Biodeterioration and Materials. Biofouling and Materials 2001(Joint with GfKORR and COST 520), Dechema Building, Frankfurt, Germany (Main Organiser Wolfgang Sand)

Wolfgang Sand

Wolfgang Sand

October 18-19 2000:    Hygiene and Disinfection- Future Prospects 2, University of Wageningen, The Netherlands (Organiser Eugene Bessems)

Clockwise from L: Bob Springle, Eugene Bessems, Pete Askew, Malcolm Greenhalgh, Kathy Roberts, John Gillatt

Clockwise from L: Bob Springle, Eugene Bessems, Pete Askew, Malcolm Greenhalgh, Kathy Roberts, John Gillatt

September 15–18 2003:    Management and Control of Undesirable Microorganisms: Joint IBBS/IBRG meeting held at Manchester Metropolitan University. Organisers : Jo Verran, John Gillatt and Malcolm Greenhalgh.

September 13-14 2004:    Living with Biofilms: Integrated Strategies. Mulheim, Germany. 

November 6-8 2006:    Recent Advances in Marine Antifouling Technology (With NIOT), National Institute of Oceanography, Chennai, India.

April 23-24 2007:    Biofilms and Biofouling of Interest to Industry (With IBRG), Manchester Metropolitan University (Organisers Jo Verran, John Gillatt, Malcolm Greenhalgh)

August 26-29 2007:    Biodeterioration of Wood and Wood Products, Riga, Latvia. Contact Ilze Irbe.

April 6-7 2009:    Economic and Social Impact of Fungal Deteriogens (with BMS), Manchester University (Organisers Geoff Robson, John Gillatt, Malcolm Greenhalgh)

September 28-29 2010:    Disinfection and Decontamination, University of Central Lancashire, Preston (Organisers Glyn Morton, Malcolm Greenhalgh) 

Organisers Jimmy Walker (L), John Gillatt (M), Malcolm Greenhalgh (R) and Glyn Morton (front)

Organisers Jimmy Walker (L), John Gillatt (M), Malcolm Greenhalgh (R) and Glyn Morton (front)

 September 10-11 2012:    Antimicrobial Strategies for Biofilm Control, Winchester (Organiser Jeremy Webb)

April 23-24 2013:    Second Conference on Biodeterioration of Wood and Wood Products, Tartu, Estonia. Contact Kalle Pilt

Kalle Pilt - in action!

Kalle Pilt – in action!

September 2-3 2013:    Decontamination and Disinfection in Hospitals, Manchester University (Organisers Jimmy Walker and Malcolm Greenhalgh)

Society Publications

“Occasional Publication” Series

Occasional publication No 1Biodeterioration and Biodegradation of Plastics and Polymers
Published in December 1985, Edited by K.J. Seal
IBSN 0 9510990

Occasional Publication No. 2, in International Biodeterioration Vol. 22 (Supplement), Farnham Royal, Commonwealth Agricultural Bureaux International.
Spoilage and Mycotoxins of Cereals and Other Stored Products
Published in 1986, Edited by B. Flannigan

Occasional publication No 3Biodeterioration of Constructional Materials.
Published in April 1987, Edited by L.HG. Morton
ISBN 0 9510990 1 9

Occasional Publication No 4Biofilms
Published in September 1988, Edited by L.H.G. Morton and A.H.L. Chamberlain.
ISBN 0 906694 15 9

Occasional Publication No 5Biocorrosion
Published in June 1989, Edited by C.C. Gaylarde and L.H.G. Morton
ISBN 0 9510990 2 7

Occasional Publication No 6Airborne Deteriogens and Pathogens
Published in July 1989, Edited by B. Flannigan
ISBN 0 9510990 3 5

Heritage Biocare 4 (HBC4) CD publishing rights given to the Society by Dennis Allsopp and Christine Gaylarde, 2012

An Atlas of Biodeterioration, edited by Joanna Verran, Dennis Allsopp and Chris Gaylarde, 3rd August, 2013
ISBN 978-0-9926498-0-7

Your good health!

Dennis Allsopp and Christine Gaylarde