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The International Biodeterioration & Biodegradation Society was formally established in 1969 as an international, multidisciplinary organisation concerned with the biodeterioration of commercially important materials.

The Society hosts and promotes a wide variety of meetings and conferences and, after a highly successful 2015 meeting in Winchester, UK, entitled “Water Microbiology – Current and Emerging Issues in Healthcare”, we held one day meetings and workshops in a number of locations, and on a variety of topics, examples of which are:

  • April 2016, Birmingham, UK: “Microbial Corrosion in Heating and Cooling Systems”
  • September 2016, Łódź, Poland: “Biodeterioration and Protection of Cultural Heritage”
  • October 2016, Rio de Janeiro: LABS 9 – the Ninth Latin American Biodeterioration & Biodegradation Symposium
  • September 2017, Manchester, UK: IBBS 17 – the Society’s 17th International Biodeterioration & Biodegradation Symposium on the theme of “Preservation and Protection of Materials“.

In 2018 we returned to the cultural heritage theme with our conference on New Trends in Cultural Heritage Biodeterioration at the University of Coimbra, Portugal.

Due to the COVID-19 viral pandemic IBBS 18, our 18th International Biodeterioration & Biodegradation Symposium, due to be held this autumn, has been postponed and will now take place from September 7-10, 2021 at Montana State University (MSU), Bozeman, Montana USA. 

IBBS has appointed 25 Country Representatives around the world to act as its Ambassadors in their geographic areas.

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