The Intercollegiate Biotechnology Symposium (IBS) “Symbioza” created by three Warsaw universities to gather biotechnologists from Poland and beyond. Join us to share your knowledge, experience and, hopefully, great fun.

On April 22-24, 2016 the 5th edition of IBS “Symbioza” took place. This year we were meeting at the newly-built Center for Innovation Management and Technology Transfer of the Warsaw University of Technology.

“Symbioza”, or “Symbiosis”, is a type of inter-species interactions that lead to mutual benefit. When considering the differences in curricula of biotechnology at the Warsaw’s universities, it is impossible to say which program is the best. In this sense, the three universities complement one another. Upon agreement that celebrating the differences without indicating a leader is worthy, we decided to organize the nationwide conference together.

Ever year, the invited speakers are experienced scientists who present us different aspects of biotechnology. We warmly invite biotechnology students to present their achievements in seminar, and poster sessions. The best, outstanding presentations, or posters in a given category are rewarded with interesting prizes.

The idea of a joint conference emerged during one of the countless social events. It was born in the minds of Agata Rakszewska, a former member of Student Interest Group “KNBiotech” at the Warsaw University of Life Sciences, and Marcin Szymon Filipiak – a member and former president of SIG “Herbion” at the Warsaw University of Technology. The initial (and current) aim of the conference was to exchange the experiences and knowledge, to integrate biotechnology students in Poland, as well as to establish a cooperation between student interest groups from Warsaw’s universities – the Warsaw University of Technology, the Warsaw University of Life Sciences and the University of Warsaw.

As organizers, we did not want to settle for these activities only. We decided to form Warsaw Society of Biotechnology “Symbioza,” which made it possible to organize various other projects. Please take a look at our websites: www.symbioza.edu.pl and www.facebook.com/msbsymbioza to find out more about the Society.

IBS “Symbioza” is honoured to carry the name of Prof. Krzysztof W. Szewczyk, a prominent scientist, who greatly contributed to developing biotechnology in Poland.

We invite you to follow the “News” tab, and also our Facebook profile, where the detailed, new information about the conference will be published on a regular basis.

If you have any question, please see the “FAQ” tab, or write us an e-mail. See you at “Symbioza!”

Warsaw Society of Biotechnology “Symbioza”