IBBS is the only scientific society completely dedicated to Biodeterioration, Biodegradation and Bioremediation and is a registered charity. We very much hope that you will decide to join us in our work.

Join us - the benefits of membership

  • Open to anyone with an interest in the subjects of biodeterioration, biodegradation, bioremediation and related sciences
  • Participation of members in all aspects of our work is encouraged and valued
  • Membership can be with or without (your choice) our journal International Biodeterioration and Biodegradation; subscriptions available online or as hard copy sent by post ten times per year
  • Special membership rates for students and retired researchers (just £12.50)
  • Reduced registration charges at Society meetings and the joint meetings that we hold with other organisations and societies
  • Eligibility for awards eg the small meetings and student bursaries and, as an affiliated society of FEMS (the Federation of European Microbiological Societies), members can receive FEMS research grants and funding to attend conferences
  • An extensive and informative website which includes details of forthcoming meetings and offers members the opportunity to publicise meetings and conferences they are organising or with which they are involved
  • Special rates for Society publications and resources
  • Regular member contact via our newsletter “IBBS World”, frequent updates through our website and our email network
  • Regular Society meetings and conferences, which include: our triennial symposia such as IBBS 17 in Manchester, UK and IBBS 18 in Bozeman, Montana, USA (2021) are the three to four day showcase events of the Society but, in addition, we have at least one meeting each year, usually on a specific topic and lasting a maximum of two days.

Membership rates 2023

The IBBS membership year runs from 1st January to 31st December.



Student & retired


Lifetime standard


Lifetime retired



£50 online
£60 printed

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