International Biodeterioration & Biodegradation Symposium (IBBS18), 6-9 September, Montana USA

IBBS18 – Microbes, Man and the Environment: Societal Challenges and the Role of Microorganisms in the Anthropocene


6-9 September 2021 – Bozeman, Montana, USA

The conference organisers are currently accepting abstracts for the meeting, which should be submitted before 31 May 2021. 

Sessions at the conference will reflect on the importance of biodeterioration and biodegradation sciences and communication over the past 5 decades, and projection of the role of IBBS into the future. Abstracts should be submitted which deal with any of the following topics, or any other related topic:



• Impact of global warming on biodeterioration

• Biodeterioration and preservation in art, archaeology and architecture

• Biodeterioration and multi-kingdom biofilms

• Biodeterioration of fuels and fuel system components

• Microbially influenced corrosion

• Biodeterioration by eukaryotes

• Biodeterioration in extra-terrestrial environments

• Biodeterioration and biodegradation by extremophiles

• Metabolomic profiling of biodeterioration and biodegradation processes

• Biodeterioration of natural elemental cycles

Control/Prevention Biodeterioration Strategies

• Next generation of smart materials

• Novel analytical procedures for biocontrol assessments

• Surface Protective Coatings/Nanomaterials

• Nanotechnology and biodeterioration


• Environmental fate of perfluorinated compounds

• Plastic biotransformations

• Biodegradation of anthropogenic compounds

• Biodegradation of naturally-occurring organic matter

• Microbial ecotoxicology: assessing environmental stressors on biodegradation

• Microbiomes of mining and mineral extraction efforts

• Fate of spilled oil and refined products


Find out more about submitting an abstract on the IBBS18 website.