The must attend biopolymer conference of 2012 will be the 13th International Symposium on Biopolymers, ISBP2012, to be held in Cairns, Queensland from October 7 to 10. Cairns is situated in the heart of some of the worlds greatest biodiversity with the Great Barrier Reef stretching for 2000 km on one side and on the other 3,000 km of World Heritage Tropical Rain forest.

The first ISBP was held in Toronto in 1988 and has been held every other year since (1990 Barcelona, 1992 Göttingen, 1994 Montreal, 1996 Davos, 1998 Tokyo, 2000 Cambridge, 2002 Münster, 2004 Beijing, 2006 Minneapolis, 2008 Auckland, 2010 Stuttgart). The main focus of ISBP has been on biopolyesters such as poly (3-hydroxybutyrate), (PHB) or polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA). ISBP2010 broadened the focus from biopolyesters to biopolymers in general such as non-template proteins (cyanophycin), and rubbers (polyisoprenes).  At the 2010 ISBP we heard that there was a significant shift in the drivers of bioplastics from the R&D sector to the manufacturers as they increasingly demand more biobased plastics for their production lines.  These shifts make it an exciting time to be working in the biopolymers field.

At ISBP 2012 we will continue this broadened focus on biopolymers now in main stream plastics production as well as what is in the pipeline for the bioplastics industries of tomorrow. International leading scientists in biology, chemistry, processing, fermentation technology and industrial production of PHA have contributed in the past to ISBP meetings. We will continue this in ISPB 2012 with experts from around the world presenting talks and posters to all areas of the rapidly growing bioplastics fields.

The next ISBP meeting is scheduled for October 7-10, 2012  in the tropics of  far north Queensland at the Pullman Reef Hotel Casino and will be organised by Stevens M. Brumbley (University of North Texas, Denton, Bioproducts Research Cluster and the University of Queensland’s Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology).

We are looking forward to welcoming you in Cairns.


Australian Advisory Panel

A/Prof. L.J.R. Foster University of New South Wales
Rowan Truss The University of Queensland
Dr Timothy Nicholson The University of Queensland
Bronwyn Laycock The University of Queensland
Dr Steven Pratt Hawken Engineering, Advanced Water Management Centre
Prof Paul Lant The University of Queensland
Dr Mike O’Shea CSIRO Materials Science and Engineering
Dr Richard McQualter The University of Queensland
Dr Lars Petrasovits The University of Queensland
Mr Rob Russell Australian Nuclear Science Technology Organisation
A/Prof. Peter Halley The University of Queensland


 International Advisory Committee

Stevens Brumbley The University of North Texas, USA
George Chen Tsinghua University, China
Yoshiharu Doi RIKEN, Japan
Richard Gross Polytechnic Institute of NYU, USA
Dieter Jendrossek University of Stuttgart, Germany
Sang Yup Lee Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, South Korea
Yves Poirier University of Lausanne, Switzerland
Bernd Rehm Massey University, New Zealand
Anthony Sinskey Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Friedrich Srienc University of Minnesota, St. Paul/USA
Alexander Steinbüchel University of Munster/Germany

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