​International Biodeterioration and Biodegradation Symposium

Bozeman, MT, USA

7-10 September 2020

APRIL 1, 2020


The Council of the International Biodeterioration & Biodegradation Society (IBBS) is delighted to announce the Society’s 18th Triennial Symposium, IBBS18, to be held on the campus of Montana State University, Bozeman, MT, USA from 7th to 10th September 2020.  The theme of the IBBS18 will be, “Microbes, Man and the Environment: Societal Challenges and the Role of Microorganisms in the Anthropocene.” IBBS is a 50-year old non-profit organization that promotes interaction between industry, academic and government researchers concerned with the positive and negative effects of living organisms on materials and processes.

Sept 7  – The meeting will kick off with a workshop for Early Career Scholars, entitled, “Preparing for Your First Job in a Science Department—from Application to Interview to Negotiation”. The workshop will be in the afternoon (3:00 – 5:00 pm Mountain Daylight Time) at the conference hotel, the Hilton Garden Inn, Bozeman (HGI)

An Opening Mixer will follow the workshop at the HGI (5:00 – 7:30 pm MDT).  The mixer is open to  all delegates and registered accompanying persons. Beer, wine, and hors d’oeuvres will be available. Please preregister for the meeting.  Late registration will be available at the HGI Opening Mixer.

Sept 8 – IBBS18 activities will shift to the Montana State University Campus.  A plenary session will be held the morning of September 8 in Inspiration Hall located directly across the street from the Strand University Building (SUB).  The recently refurbished SUB is the conference headquarters for all things IBBS18.  On-site registration, lunches and the afternoon technical sessions and expositions (i.e., vendors and posters) will be in the SUB. 

A second social event will take place after the technical sessions.  Delegates will be transported to the Museum of the Rockies.  Registrants and registered accompanying persons can socialize over hors d’oeuvres and libations and visit select museum galleries. The movie, “Dawson City: Frozen Time” will be aired in the museum auditorium.

Sept 9 – A full day of technical sessions, posters and exhibits will continue throughout the day in the SUB. 

A culminating dinner/dance (optional) will be held at the Broken Hart Ranch for attendees with prepaid tickets.  Tickets can be purchased at the time of registration.  Tickets will not be available  for purchase on the day of the event.  Transportation will be provided.

Sept 10 – Technical sessions, posters and exhibitors will continue in the SUB. An IBBS General Counsel Meeting will be held during the lunch period at a location to be announced. Dr. Ken Lee  will deliver a culminating lecture.

Sept 11 – An optional guided group tour of Yellowstone National Park will be conducted after IBBS18. Dr. David Mogk, former Chair of the Earth Science Department at MSU, will spearhead the tour. A separate charge to cover the price of buses and lunches for this tour will be charged to help defray expenses.

Yellowstone National Park Excursion