The society hosts and promotes a wide variety of meetings and conferences:

“New Trends in Cultural Heritage Biodeterioration” – Coimbra, Portugal, 5th – 7th September 2018

The IBBS 2018 meeting, “New Trends in Cultural Heritage Biodeterioration”, will take place at the University of Coimbra, one of the oldest universities in the world (established 1290) from 5th — 7th September 2018.


Coimbra was founded by the Romans as Aeminium and is located in the centre of Portugal. It still contains well preserved remains from ancient times, such as the visitable cryptoporticus, an underground gallery built around the 1st century AD, the 13th Century Gothic Monastery of Sta Clara-a-Velha, the 12th Century Romanesque Cathedral of Sé Velha, and the 11th Century Church of S. Tiago. Coimbra was formerly a walled city, and some remains of this wall are still visible.

The UNESCO World Heritage site of “University of Coimbra, Alta and Sofia” is one of the most visited monuments in Portugal. Home to the very characteristic Fado de Coimbra, and bathed by the Mondego river, Coimbra is a very welcoming and tourist-friendly city.

We look forward to welcoming you there in 2018. Contact Nuno Mesquita for more information —

LABS 10 – The 10th Latin American Biodeterioration Symposium – Campeche, Mexico, 23rd – 26th July 2018

Autonomous-University-of-CampecheFollowing on from the highly successful LABS 9 in Rio de Janeiro in October 2016,  the 10th Latin American Biodeteriuoration Symposium is taking place at the University of Campeche close to the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico from 23rd – 26th July 2018. Main organiser is Otto Ortega-Morales, along with a local organising committee and an international scientific committee. Further details soon, but keep these dates in mind and take advantage of the conference to visit some of the Mayan sites in the area, such as Uxmal and Chichen Itza. Contact Otto Ortega-Morales for more information –