Registration Prices for 2019


Industry Standard Rate = £150

Academic Standard Rate = £125

Student Standard Rate = £100

Conference dinner  = £60

All pricing excludes VAT.


IBioIC19 Programme

Plenary sessions:

This year’s Plenary sessions will take a high level view of where the IB sector is at now, what contributions IB can make to future sustainability goals, and the funding landscape from an IB perspective.

Session 1: IB for a Sustainable Future

Steve Bagshaw (CEO of Fujifilm DioSynth) is the Industrial lead for the UKs bio-economy strategy which was published by the UK Government in December 2018. Kevin O’Connor (Professor of Bio-Catalysis, University College Dublin) is a leading expert on the conversion of waste materials to bio-degradable plastics such as PLA and PHA. Kathryn Sheridan  runs the Brussel’s based Sustainability Consult, which focuses on positive messaging of the bio-economy. She has a particular passion for plastic, our use of it, its disposal and sustainable solutions going forward.

Session 4: Funding Landscape

Split into two sections, this plenary welcomes Ivan McKee MSP who will open Day 2 with an insight into the latest government priorities in IB. Following a Q&A the Minister will be briefly followed by  David Newman from BBIA as they announce the launch of their latest report “Completing the circle - Creating effective UK markets for recovered resources”.
The second section of this session will focus on funding and the newly formed Phase II BBSRC NIBBs (Networks in Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy).  UKRI presents on the UK funding landscape for IB companies and where the opportunities may lie, followed by an introduction to the BBSRC’s Phase II NIBBS. Having received an £11million investment, the NIBBS are split into 6 key areas within the IB and bio-energy sectors and delegates will find out more about who they are; what services and support they will provide; and how they may support companies with Proof of Concept projects.

Session 7: IB for a Sustainable Future

In this session, speaker Chris Goodall will look at the continually falling costs of renewable electricity around the world, making it possible to generate hydrogen through electrolysis at prices that are competitive with fossil fuels. Using wind or solar power to make hydrogen also makes it possible to cope productively with surpluses of renewables, an increasingly frequent event. The presentation will try to show how electrolysis of water will become the key route that enables the decarbonisation of the whole economy. In addition, Chris will look at the possibilities for low cost capture of CO2 directly from the air. With inexpensive hydrogen and carbon dioxide, industrial processes have the key ingredients for the cost-competitive manufacture of a wide variety of fuels and other chemicals.


Track sessions:

Our track sessions this year include streams on both established and emerging supply chains and tracks showcasing our PhD projects and the innovations, successes and challenges of our members.

Session 2, Session 5: Established Supply Chains

30th January 14.00 - 15.30 and 31st January 11.00 - 12.30

Track 1: Distilling/ Brewers

Many sectors are important for Scotland’s continued economic success, none more so than the Brewing & Distilling industry.  Innovation is required to meet the current and future needs of the sector and this session will focus on technology innovations designed to meet these needs as well as address sustainability goals for the sector.

Track 2: Circular Economy

This session focuses on the opportunities industrial biotechnology offers for a more circular use of resources in established or novel business models covering the entire value chain.

Track 3: Blue Biotech

The session will hear about the latest scientific research and technology development of new innovative products and processes from marine bioresources, as well as production of both micro and macro algae at sea and in photo-bio-reactors. The project leader of the Maximar Science and Innovation Audit will also provide a wider view of the growth opportunities in the marine sector.
In addition, Marine Scotland will provide an overview of the relevant regulations and how they are applied in relation to establishing new concepts that are aimed at sustainable utilisation of marine resources.

Session 3: Emerging Supply Chains

30th January 16.00 - 17.30

Track 1: Value Chains in Bioprocessing

This session looks at the ideas of converting academic expertise and knowledge in biocatalysis and bioprocessing, into commercial opportunities.

Track 2: Carbon Capture, renewable chemicals and energy

As we would hope, the Scottish government has strict carbon emissions targets aiming to be one of the first countries to achieve a 100% reduction in emissions – known as “net-zero” as soon as possible. This session will highlight research and innovation focused on technologies and projects which will enable us to reach that target. Scotland’s commitment to renewable energy plays a significant role in our ability to reach this target and this session will explore the connections between biotech and chemistry, renewable energy, the hydrogen economy and carbon capture and use.

Track 3: Wood Biorefining

The Session will give an overview of the current and possible forest based feedstock supply chains and the importance of wood biorefining as part of the strategy to increase value of forest based products. A range of companies at different stages on their journey towards demonstration of their concepts will provide insight into their wood biorefining technologies and business cases. To achieve commercial viability, it is of high importance to generate sufficient value from all components of the wood and there will be a specific emphasis on high value from lignin, which has proven particularly difficult to upgrade. In addition to the strategies employed but the different technology developers, the recent progress in enzymatic lignin degradation and fractionation will therefore be of high interest. Furthermore, the session will provide an overview of interesting findings in a number of different projects, using fibres from agricultural sources for packaging material solutions.

Session 6: Showcase

Track 1: Spotlight on the PhD

The aim of this session is to raise awareness of the IBioIC PhD programme and generate interest in the call for proposals 2020.  There will be a brief introduction to the programme including funding, eligibility criteria, a description of the industrial readiness training provided and additional opportunities supported by IBioIC to deliver the cohort effect.  You will hear from PhD students at various stages, conducting research across the spectrum of IB, with companies of various sizes.

Track 2: Members' Showcase

The Member Showcase provides a platform for IBioIC members to highlight the latest technology developments, services or funding opportunities to the audience.  Presentations in this session are delivered by IBioIC members ranging from micro-SME’s to large multinationals organisations.

Conference Dinner

This year, we are delighted to invite delegates to join us in the spectacular surroundings of the Kelvingrove Art Galleries and Museum in Glasgow's west end for an informal networking dinner in the magnificant Centre Hall.

Joining us will be a very special guest visiting from the Natural History Museum: the famous Dippy the Diplodocus skeleton will be arriving in Glasgow in early January and will take pride of place in the Centre Hall just in time for this year's conference dinner. Don't miss this unique experience; book your place for dinner when you register, or via your confirmation link!

Conference Fringe

As the IBioIC Annual Conference grows, so too do the additional activities taking place alongside the main conference. Fringe activities confirmed and in development are detailed below:

Tuesday 29 January 2019

The Good, the Bad, and the Biotech. IBioIC Annual Symposium 2019: This student-led Symposium will focus on the role industrial biotechnology plays in today's society.

BioBased Industries Consortium: IBioIC welcomes that Biobased Industries Consortium (BIC) Programming Core Team for this one day, closed meeting.

Wednesday 30 January 2019

Next Generation Workforce - Pick Your Crew: IBioIC's event where your organisation will get the first opportunity to meet our cohort of HND students who are preparing to enter the workforce.

Investing in Biotech: IBioIC's inaugural Investor event will provide an opportunity for companies to meet with a range of local and international investors over both days of the conference.

Wood Biorefinery Networking Breakfast: IBioIC will host a meeting to progress efforts in value chain development with interested delegates ahead of formal registration on Day 1.

Measurement for Industrial Biotechnology – an event by National Physical Laboratory: The National Physical Laboratory (NPL) is the UK’s National Measurement Institute providing the underpinning measurement capability for UK prosperity and quality of life. This session will introduce NPL to delegates, provide detail around their services and the opportunities for the IB sector, and highlight details of new funding competitions.

Thursday 31 January 2019

BBSRC Phase II NIBBs meeting: The first meeting of all six of the BBSRC Phase II NIBBs will take place during IBioIC19.

Charles Tennant Memorial Lecture 2019: The Memorial Lecture will this year be given by Dr Ian Fotheringham and will take place in the Level 1 auditorium in the Technology and Innovation Centre immediately following the IBioIC 2019 Annual Conference closing plenary on 31st January.