It is my great pleasure, to welcome all of you to the International Conference on Beneficial Microbes 2018 (ICOBM-2018) proudly held this year in city of Kuching, Sarawak. The ICOBM conference this year with the theme “Microbes for the Benefit of Mankind” aims to bring your attention to the smallest of organisms found on Earth but the one with an enormous genetic diversity; Microbes. Microbes with its huge diversity has many forms and applications that we believe will bring tremendous benefit to mankind.
Microbes are gaining attention for their significance in biodiversity for ecological processes and as industrial, medical, and agricultural applications. During these 3 days, the Conference will be discussing and sharing the various aspects of microbial research. The aim of the Conference is to provide a platform to the researchers and practitioners from both academia as well as industry to meet the share cutting-edge development in the field. Together moving ahead with research and against a backdrop of the biodiversity of Kuching, Sarawak, let’s make ICOBM a successful event!
DR. YEO TIONG CHIA
CEO Sarawak Biodiversity Centre
Let me begin by saying a huge welcome to all of our upcoming distinguished speakers, industrial members, and participants from various countries, in coming together to be a part of our event.
With over 220 participants from over 25 countries attending ICOBM-2014 and ICOBM-2016, I am honored to chair this event again in the beautiful city of Kuching, Malaysia. More importantly, it is an honor to be able to work together with a very strong partner, the Sarawak Biodiversity Center. In addition, I am also grateful for all the support and assistance provided by the Sarawak Convention Bureau (SCB). I am sure this event will not be feasible without these two major partners. I hope that ICOBM-2018 will achieve greater heights and success.
We have four major tracks that cover the most important aspects in the areas of beneficial microorganisms, namely Food Microbiology, Science & Technology, Nutrition and Nutraceuticals, Medical & Health, and Agri- & Aquaculture. Many distinguished speakers, all well repute in their respective research areas, will be delivering very interesting current perspectives in these tracks, and I believe their talks will benefit us all. It is my dream, that we foster much knowledge and idea exchanges during this event.
I would also like to highlight that this event gives huge emphases on the development of budding and talented young scientists, in hope that we can create new opportunities for better solutions to both national and international challenges. It is also important to appreciate young scientists for their contributions in science and creativity towards the generation of new ideas. To achieve these, we have created several Young Scientist Awards.
I would like to proudly welcome our industrial sponsoring partners, and to thank them for their continuous supports in our event. Some of our partners are also presenting their most current insights, from the views of the industries. I would like to highlight that our event also gives emphasis to the roles of the industries, with strong principles that research and industry are interlinked.
A successful conference is the sum of many important elements. Therefore, in addition to all mentioned above, I believe this conference cannot be a success without the active participation from our participants. I hope all will participate and contribute fruitful discussions and networking during the event. Let’s make this a success together.
A huge WELCOME to all. Thank you.
PROFFESOR DR. MIN-TZE LIONG