100 Years of PHA Research


Our Invitation

Dear Colleagues,

Greetings! I trust this message finds you well.

The International Symposium on Biopolymers (ISBP) has established itself as a successful conference series dedicated to the exploration of biopolymers. Since its inaugural meeting in Toronto in 1988, the symposium has been held biennially, traversing cities such as Barcelona in 1990, Göttingen in 1992, Montreal in 1994, Davos in 1996, Tokyo in 1998, Cambridge in 2000, Münster in 2002, Beijing in 2004, Minneapolis in 2006, Auckland in 2008, Stuttgart in 2010, Cairns in 2012, Santos in 2014, Madrid in 2016, Beijing in 2018 and recently Sion, Switzerland in 2022. With great delight, we announce the 19th edition, ISBP-2024, scheduled to take place from October 20 to 23 on the beautiful Penang Island of Malaysia.

The ISBP-2024 aims to showcase the latest advancements in various aspects of biopolymers with the theme of ‘Towards Safe and Sustainable Biopolymers for our Future.’ The topics to be explored include engineering advances in biopolymer synthesis, biosynthesis and characterization of novel biopolymers, exploring building blocks for bio-based polymers, biodegradation pathways, environmental impacts of biopolymers, sustainable feedstocks for biopolymer production, challenges in industrial production of biopolymers, PHA waste management, exploration of other biopolymers and bio-based polymers, applications of novel biopolymers in various industries, and rubber biosynthesis and biodegradation.

The ISBP-2024 logo draws inspiration from the unique appearance of polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) granules, a type of storage polymer that accumulates within bacterial cells. The logo ingeniously incorporates the essence of these granules by subtly integrating their visual representation into the letter ‘B’, resulting in a captivating design.

We anticipate that ISBP-2024 will foster further developments in the field of environmentally friendly polymers and their diverse applications. Your participation is invaluable, and we extend our sincere gratitude for your contribution.

We are eagerly looking forward to welcoming you to the enchanting Penang Island, which CNN Travel has listed among the top 22 Best Destinations to Visit (2022).

Warm regards, 
Dr. Kumar Sudesh
Chair, ISBP-2024
Universiti Sains Malaysia 


Additional information

On October 23, Industry Day will be dedicated to showcasing the latest advancements in the production, processing, and application of biopolymers in Malaysia and worldwide.

As part of ISBP-2024, three prestigious awards will be presented:

Get In Touch

Academics, industry players, policymakers, and stakeholders are highly encouraged to participate in ISBP-2024. Attention, start-up companies operating in the field of polymers: Are you seeking enhanced visibility among a diverse audience from industry and academia? ISBP-2024 offers a unique presentation and exhibition platform exclusively for five start-up companies per day during the three-day symposium.

If you are interested, please send an email to [email protected] for further information.