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Call for Abstracts!

We are now accepting abstracts for the IBBS18 meeting that was postponed due to the global pandemic. Our goal is for an in-person meeting, but recognizing that travel may remain difficult for many, options to accommodate delegates for virtual attendance are being explored. 


The theme for the meeting is Microbes, Man and the Environment: Societal Challenges and the Role of Microorganisms in the Anthropocene.

Sessions will entertain papers that deal with the following general topics:

IBBS at 50 years. What have we accomplished and where do we go from here?

Reflections 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.


  • 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 

Preparing your abstract

Abstracts should be 250 words of text. 


They should include a title, all authors and their affiliations (not included in the 250 word limit).


The abstract should include key results and overall conclusions and impacts of the research. 


Please submit by May 31, 2021.


If you have a topic related to biodeterioration or biodegradation that is not represented by the general topic areas, please submit. Sessions will undergo change before the September meeting and we expect to generate “Special Topics” sessions based on abstract submissions.