IBioIC’s Annual Conference brings together a unique mix of academia, industry and supporting organisations under one roof. Read about our third annual conference below and follow the links for more on our 6th Annual Conference in February 2020.

#IBioIC20, IBioIC's 6th Annual Conference, takes place on 5th and 6th February 2020. Join us at the Technology and Innovation Centre, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow for two days of talks on policy, public engagement, industrial engagement, innovation and biorefining. Early Bird Registration is open until 6th December.


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