Building a reputation as one of the most important UK based industrial biotechnology meetings in the calendar and attracting key players and influencers in the UK and global bioeconomy, IBioIC’s Annual Conference is bringing together a unique mix of academia, industry and supporting organisations under one roof, to hear about and explore the potential opportunities for IB in Scotland as well as the global landscape of the industry.

Delivering Impact – the Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre’s (IBioIC) third annual conference took place earlier this year featuring over 70 speakers from as far as Illinois taking part in plenaries and tracked sessions covering technical and business topics within the industrial biotechnology (IB) market.

Located in the city centre of Glasgow, and generating a value of over £400k to the local economy each year, IBioIC’s two day conference attracts over 400 delegates from across the UK, Europe and beyond. Glasgow is the location of choice given the availability and close proximity of the Technology & Innovation Centre, located within the University of Strathclyde campus. The 450 seater conference suite with separate meeting rooms and large foyer and exhibition area makes this an excellent choice for the event and provides state of the art facilities, excellent catering and a dedicated team to support the event organisers.

Throughout the two days, delegates participated in thought provoking plenaries and nine targeted sessions around the themes of: Impact – highlighting areas such as the achievements to date for IB in Scotland; Innovation – showcasing the services and expertise of open access facilities and how IB is forming part of the circular economy; and technical topics around the latest developments in IB including synthetic biology. The exhibition and poster area gained much traction over the two days with extensive networking taking place during the breaks and new for 2017, saw the introduction of a 1-2-1 partnering facility resulting in over 230 meetings take place generating a wealth of new connections being made. 

With an ambitious target to transform the competitiveness and sustainability of industries through the innovative use of industrial biotechnology, Scotland as a nation, is well on its way to becoming a key influencer in the industry on a global scale and IBioIC’s annual conference is certainly testament to the fact that there is fast growing appetite for this burgeoning industry.


“IBioIC’s annual conference has truly showcased the impact of the IB industry in Scotland and beyond. Scotland is a leading region for the bio-economy and IB, and opportunities to hear from and speak to key local actors, as well as international stakeholders have been plentiful.” Agnes Borg, Industrial Manager, EuropaBio

“Many congratulations on an excellent event. Every year it just keeps getting better.” Stephen Roe, Advanced Microwave Technologies


IBioIC's 4th Annual Conference - Building on Success will take place on Thursday 25 & Friday 26 January 2018. See our Annual Conference page for more information.