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

IBBS19 - the 19th International Biodeterioration & Biodegradation Symposium
9th - 12th September 2024

IBBS has been holding its triennial symposia since 1968 in Southampton, UK with subsequent meetings at various venues in the UK but internationally in the USA, Canada, Czech Republic, Poland and Austria amongst others.  In 2024 we return to Berlin where we held the 4th Symposium in 1978.

IBBS19 will address a broad range of research on biodeterioration and biodegradation of various man-made and natural materials and products that are of economic and cultural importance.  For further information see  

Contact: Matthias Neumann, Phone: +49 (0)69 7564-254, Email:

International Conference on “Microbiology in Art and Cultural Heritage – Health Risks in View of Climate Change

Dresden, Germany, 29th – 30th September 2022, details at


International Conference – “The Last Word Belongs to Microbes”

Warsaw, Poland, 29th – 30th November 2022 at The Copernicus Science Centre.

This will be a unique and globally significant event to mark the 200th anniversary of birth of Louis Pasteur.  The program includes excellent talks, poster presentations, a reception in the French Embassy and the award ceremony for the L’Oreal UNESCO awards for women scientists.  Full details at


LABS 10 – The 10th Latin American Biodeterioration and Biodegradation Symposium

LABS 10 is being held in the coastal city of Natal, capital of Rio Grande do Norte, on Brazil’s north-eastern tip, from 14th – 17th May 2023.  Full details to follow.

Contact: Fatima Menezes Bento –