The conference was held 5-8 June as part of the VIII Centennial of the University of Salamanca.

The BIO.IBEROAMERICA 2016 conference highlights notable advances in biotechnology.

The Ibero-American Biotechnology Conference BIO.IBEROAMERICA 2016 Biotechnology Integrating Continents was held in Salamanca, 5-8 June, hosting more than 600 researchers from 22 countries and representing a variety of diverse sectors such as agriculture, the environment, medicine and energy. As part of the framework for the VIII Centennial of the University of Salamanca, it was the first celebration of this biennial event.

Over a period of four days, the Castile and Leon Conference and Exhibition Centre housed some of the leading experts in cutting edge biotechnology, such as Nicaraguan-born Pedro Alvarez from the USA who works with nanomaterials that help decontaminate water, among other things. Other leading topics included the study of genes from an ethics and legal perspective, the development of bioethanol, and various applications in agriculture and medicine.

‘BIO.IBEROAMERICA 2016. Biotechnology Integrating Continents’ an event organised by the University of Salamanca, the Spanish Society of Biotechnology (SEBiot) and the Portuguese Society of Biotechnology (SPTB), with the support of the Mexican Society of Biotechnology and Bioengineering, the Colombian Society of Biotechnology and the Brazilian Society of Biotechnology. The conference closed by presenting the new Ibero-American Biotechnology Federation (FIAMBiot), which groups all of these societies and will be in charge of organizing future biennial conferences after the launch of this first event in Salamanca. The next conference will be held in Mexico in 2018.

Posted by Juan M. Corchado

Catedrático en el Área de Ciencias de la Computación e Inteligencia Artificial de la Universidad de Salamanca. Director del Grupo de Investigación BISITE // Full Professor in Area of Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence at University of Salamanca. Director of the BISITE Research Group

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