International Union of Societies for Biomaterials Science and Engineering (IUS-BSE)

International Union of Societies

The International Union of Societies for Biomaterials Science and Engineering (IUS-BSE) represents the international biomaterials community and is a body that brings together national and multi-national groups dedicated to the advancement of biomaterials, surgical impants, prosthetics, artificial organs, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. It composed of two members from each of the constituent societies. The two current SBAOI members are Chandra P. Sharma and Lakshmi S. Nair.

The IUS-BSE currently includes members from Australia, Canada, China, Chinese Taipei, Europe, India, Japan, Korea, South America and The United States Of America. It meets every four years at the World Biomaterials Congress, and otherwise annually at the Society for Biomaterials (U.S.) conference. It also works informally between meetings. To maintain continuity between World Congresses, the committee is chaired by the members from one society on a 4-year rotation. Further, each society is asked to keep its IUS-BSE representation constant during that time.

You may visit the IUS-BSE's website here.

Here is the organizational membership of the current IUS-BSE:

World Biomaterials Congress

The principal duty of the IUS-BSE is the organization of a World Biomaterials Congress once every four years. The previous world congresses were:

  • Vienna, Austria (1980) 1stWBC
  • Washington, U.S.A. (1984) 2ndWBC
  • Kyoto, Japan (1988) 3rdWBC
  • Berlin, Germany (1992) 4thWBC
  • Toronto, Canada (1996) 5thWBC
  • Hawaii, U.S.A (2000) 6thWBC
  • Sydney, Australia (2004) 7thWBC
  • Amsterdam, the Netherlands (2008) 8thWBC
  • Chengdu, China (2012) 9thWBC
  • MontrĂ©al, Canada (2016) 10thWBC

and those currently planned are .................

  • Glasgow, Scotland (2020) 11thWBC
  • Daegu, South Korea (2024) 12thWBC

You can learn more about the 11th World Biomaterials Congress in Glasgow, Scotland, 2020 by clicking here.

To learn more about the World Biomaterials Congresses, see the WBC site at

Fellows in Biomaterials Science and Engineering

The IUS-BSE is also responsible for naming the recipients of the title of Fellow of Biomaterials Science and Engineering (FBSE). You can learn more about this honour and the current recipients on the International College of Fellows Page.