What is the IMBC?

IMBA organizes the International Marine Biotechnology Conferences (IMBCs). The IMBCs are widely recognized as the premier conference in marine biotechnology in the world, bringing together world leaders in the field since 1989. With extensive and wide-sweeping support from both the private and public sectors, all IMBCs can boast having excellent attendance by local and international scientists.

12th IMBC

The 12th IMBC will be held from 9 September - 13 September, 2018 in Shizuoka, Japan. It will be hosted jointly with the Asia Pacific Marine Biotechnology Conference. Visit the website for additional information. 


IMBC History

The 2nd International Marine Biotechnology Conference (IMBC1991) was held in Baltimore, USA.  The conference was organized by the Society for Industrial Microbiology and cosponsored by the American Chemical Society, the American Society for Microbiology, Maryland Biotechnology Institute and a wide range of state and national organizations.

The 1st International Marine Biotechnology Conference (IMBC1989) was held in Tokyo, Japan.  This conference was organized by the Japanese Society for Marine Biotechnology, the Foundation for Advancement of International Science, the International Scientific Committee for Biotechnology and the International Council of Scientific Unions.

The 4th International Marine Biotechnology Conference (IMBC1997) was held in Sorrento, Italy. Delegates from more than 35 countries attended this meeting.

The 3rd International Marine Biotechnology Conference (IMBC1994) was in Tromso, Norway.  Twenty-nine organizations supported this meeting including the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration and the US National Institutes of Health.

The 6th IMBC (IMBC 2003) was held in Chiba, Japan, combining with the 5th Asia-Pacific Marine Biotechnology Conference. Two satellite meetings, “Marine Microbes and Extremophiles” and “Aqua Genome” were held in conjunction with the conference.  Approximately 700 participants from 32 different countries attended this meeting.

The 5th IMBC meeting (IMBC2000) was held in Townsville, Australia. With participants from more than 30 countries, this conference witnessed important industrial applications stemming from basic research.


The 8th IMBC was held in Eilat, Israel in 2007.  The conference was attended by more than 300 people from 27 countries.  There were five invited Plenary Lectures, 12 invited Keynote Lectures, 99 oral presentations, three Roundtables and 139 poster presentations.

The 7th International Marine Biotechnology Conference (IMBC2005) was held in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. About 450 scientists representing 38 countries participated in the conference. There were 170 oral and poster presentations.

The 9th International Marine Biotechnology Conference (IMBC 2010) in Qingdao, China was a local and international success, with over 600 attendees from more than 40 countries.

The 10th IMBC 2013 was held in Brisbane, Australia.  There were 287 attendees (including 95 students) from 29 countries.  The conference also included the “Australia, New Zealand and China Collaboration Forum on Marine Biotechnology”.






The 11th International Marine Biotechnology Conference (IMBC) was held in Baltimore, Maryland, USA from August 29 - September 2, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency in Baltimore's Historic Inner Harbor. The conference theme was "Health, Wealth and Innovation" and was jointly hosted with the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology (IMET). Please check out the IMBC 2016 section of the website for more information.