ECB2024, IBS2024 and NBC-24 Congress: 30 June - 3 July 2024

Relocated to Rotterdam, the Gateway to Europe

The Dutch Biotechnology Association (NBV) is pleased to host the World’s two longest running biotechnology Congresses, ECB2024 and IBS2024, at their annual meeting, NBC-24, in the Netherlands.  

Since 1960, IBS2024 has been the major event organised by the biotechnology sub-division of IUPAC, the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry.  

ECB2024 is the 19th Congress organised by the European Federation of Biotechnology. 

The Organising Committee extends a special welcome to colleagues from the Asian Federation of Biotechnology. Combining three major biotechnology events in this way has attracted leading experts from across the World to present Plenary Lectures and Keynote presentations in 30 symposia. 

We will honour at no additional cost registration fees paid for the postponed 2020, 2021 and 2022 congresses. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at



The over-arching theme for the 2024 Congress will be “Grand Challenges for Biotechnology: Health; Food Security; and Global Warming”.  To meet these challenges will require close cooperation between Industry, Academia, Research Institutes and national governments.  The scientific programme will therefore focus on how to translate front line research into commercially viable applications.   

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. 

In addition to daily plenary lectures and five streams of morning and afternoon symposia, the scientific programme will include a trade exhibition and presentations by our sponsors.  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, flash posters or posters. 

We warmly welcome your participation and look forward to meeting you in Rotterdam!


Prof. Jeff Cole
President, European Federation of Biotechnology

Fengwu Bai, PhD
University Distinguished Professor
Chair: Subcommittee on Biotechnology International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry

Jan Wery, PhD
President of the Dutch Biotechnology Association (NBV),
CTO at Photanol

Carlien Verberne-van de Laak, MSc.
Program Manager HAN BioCentre (HAN University of Applied Science)Board member NBV (Netherlands Biotechnology Association)

CG Lee
Honorary General Secretary Asian Federation Of Biotechnology

Follow us on X (Twitter)


16 June 2024
24 May 2024 
30 June 2024 
Congress Opens
3 July 2024  
Congress Closes


Visit us on Social Media

Please note: All information requested on the website and registration process is strictly for the use of the Congress in compliance with international privacy legislation. By completing this registration form you will agree that the Congress will use this data to keep you fully informed of the Congress in 2024. The data will then be retained by the Congress secretariat for the purposes of informing you about activities and future meetings. On the registration form, You will also have the opportunity to agree separately to allow key data (Name, Company, Email Address) to be shared with sponsors and exhibitors who are participating in the Congress in 2024. We will not pass any details to any companies not participating in the Congress in 2024.