International Biodeterioration and Biodegradation Symposium

Bozeman, MT, USA

New dates: 7-10 September 2021

IBBS18 Meeting Postponed until 2021

I hope that all of you are well and that you are staying safe in light of the unprecedented global pandemic. This is the message that I hoped I would not have to write, but the world has changed. Borders are closed, travel is restricted, economies are devastated, and many people are ill.  These factors preclude the efficient implementation of an international gathering in the Fall of 2020.  More importantly, given the remarkable stresses that our members are experiencing, it seems only prudent to postpone IBBS18 for a calendar year.

The new dates for IBBS18 are: 7-10 September 2021

Please make note of the new dates. The meeting will still be held at Montana State University, in Bozeman, Montana, USA. The website (https://www.ibbs18.org) will remain open for periodic updates and for meeting logistics. New meeting announcements will be circulated closer to the conference dates.  For those who have already paid for registration, please let me know by email (jsuflita@ou.edu) if you would like to be reimbursed or simply have us hold your registration until next year. The Hilton Garden Inn in Bozeman will also be retained as the conference hotel. Requests for return of deposits for hotel reservations should be made with the hotel management.

Thanks go out to the Scientific Advisory Committee, the Local Organizing Committee, the Meeting Sponsors and to Session Chairs for their continuing efforts on behalf of IBBS.  Many of you have worked diligently behind the scenes in many different ways to help make the meeting a success.  I greatly appreciate your efforts and hope that you will stick with us till next Fall 2021.  I also want to acknowledge our committed speakers.  I will be reaching out to you in the days ahead to check on your availability for next year. Lastly, I want to thank the IBBS leadership including President Brenda Little, Honorable Secretary Christine Gaylarde and the IBBS Council for their continued support and guidance.

I look forward to working with all of you when the current health crisis abates. Until then, I wish you and yours the very best.


Joseph M. Suflita
Chair of the IBBS18 Meeting Organizing Committee