European Congress on Biotechnology 2020

COVID-19 Update:

Congress postponed until 9-12 May 2021
Due to the continued spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Organising Committee of the Joint ECB2020 and IBS 2020 Congress have taken the decision to postpone this year’s Congress, due to take place from 28 June to 1 July 2020.

The ECB-IBS 2020 Congress will be moved to the 9-12 May 2021 and will still be held at the MECC in Maastricht, The Netherlands.

Biotechnology for the Grand Challenges of our Society

On behalf of the Dutch Biotechnology Association (NBV), we warmly welcome you to participate in this major world Biotechnology Congress in the beautiful city of Maastricht, the Netherlands. This will be a joint Congress, IBS2020 and ECB2020. The annual Netherlands Biotechnology Conference, NBC-20, as well as other highlight and satellite events from partners will complete the program. Since 1960, IBS2020 has been the major event organised by the biotechnology sub-division of IUPAC, the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry.  ECB2020 is the 19th Congress organised by the European Federation of Biotechnology.

Though small in surface area, the Netherlands is a major player in biotechnology. Its success is based on a strong academic backbone, an entrepreneurial spirit, a remarkable talent to get things organized and a natural ability to cooperate. Maastricht lies at the heart of a region of 4 million people from four countries. It is the oldest city of the Netherlands and has maintained its epic charm. It is relatively small and compact with about 125.000 inhabitants. The city has an important international focus, with many international institutes, an academic hospital, a university, and the renowned conference centre MECC. Another advantage of this central location is the direct access to neighbouring biotechnology activities in Belgium, Germany and France.

IBS2020, ECB2020 and NBC-20 will showcase frontline science that will form the basis for future commercial innovation. The scientific programme reveals an excellent line-up of plenary lectures and invited speakers. In line with the IBS and ECB tradition, we will promote the participation of young scientists by encouraging them to submit their original work to be considered for presentation as short talks or posters.

Looking forward to meeting you in Maastricht!

Aldrik Velders (Wageningen University & Research) & Richard van Kranenburg (Corbion and Wageningen University & Research)


Invited Talks available for selection from submitted abstracts.

Abstracts can be submitted for either poster or oral presentation until the 6 April deadline.  Submissions from IBS and AFOB colleagues outside Europe are especially welcome: Japan, Korea, China, Taiwan, Indonesia, India, Pakistan, USA, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand.


6 April 2020 – Abstract submission ends

8 April 2020 – End of early bird registration

May 2020 – Abstract acceptance notification & confirmation

28 June 2020 – Congress opens 

1 July 2020 – Congress closes

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