Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) together with Curtin University Malaysia organised the 8th International Bioprocessing Association (IBA) International Forum on Industrial Bioprocessing (IFIBiop).
This networking forum was initially organised during a round table meeting in the first International Congress on Bioprocesses in Food Industries 2004 (ICBF 2004) which was held in Clermount-Ferrand, France. This IFIBiop Conference is one of the most prestigious networking worldwide forums that attracted participants worldwide in the past since its inception in 2004 in France. IFIBiop is organised biennially by International Bioprocessing Association (IBA) since 2004 which had attracted an average of 200 presentations per conference.
IBA-IFIBiop 2019 which started yesterday, was held for the first time in Malaysia. The five-day conference featured more than 170 presentations from over 25 countries worldwide.
With the theme “Bridging Sustainability and Industrial Revolution Through Green Bioprocessing”, IBA-IFIBiop 2019 is divided into five tracks namely Bioenergy & Biofuels, Environmental Biotechnology, Food Technology & Engineering, Industrial Biotechnology and Upstream & Downstream Bioprocesses.
Each of the track will focus on different issues pertaining to their respective themes. These five tracks are in tandem with UTP’s objectives and goals, and allow the university to open up new frontiers, pioneer research, create new technology, and introduce innovative solutions and methods for industry. It enables sustainable development that will bring mutual benefits to the environment, economy and society.
The eight edition of IBA-IFIBiop featured seven keynote speakers who will share their insights related to bioprocessing.
The conference included forum sessions, 48 invited speakers to discuss on the advent of bioprocessing which will bridge the sustainability and industrial evolution through green bioprocessing.
The conference was officiated today by Miri Mayor, Adam Yii Siew Sang. Also present at the event were UTP Vice Chancellor cum Patron of IBA-IFIBiop 2019 Professor Dr Mohamed Ibrahim Abdul Mutalib, Curtin University Malaysia Dean Research & Development Professor Dr Clement Kuek, International Bioprocessing Association Chairman Professor Dr Duu Jong Lee, International Bioprocessing Association International Coordinator Professor Dr Ashok Pandey and IBA-IFIBiop 2019 Chair Professor Ir Dr Suzana Yusup,
Among the sponsors of this year’s IBA-IFIBiop are Sarawak Convention Bureau (Platinum Sponsor), KLK Oleomas Sdn Bhd & Institute of Self-Sustainable Building (Gold Sponsor), TRANSWATER & Sarawak Oil Palms (Bronze Sponsor).
The conference is also supported by the Ministry of Education Malaysia, Ministry of Tourism Malaysia, SIRIM, Majlis Bandaraya Miri, Malaysian Technology Development Corporation (MTDC), The Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE), Avantis Laboratory Supply, Medical Resources Sdn Bhd, Teraju IP and Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB).