Minutes of the founders' meeting

International Society of Biomass and Bioenergy (ISBB)

Date and time : 31 July 2018 at 19.30 (local time)
Venue               : Oasis Restaurant, Salak Tower Hotel, Bogor, Indonesia
Attendees        : Haruhiro Fujita, Ganjar Saefurahman, Yoshimitsu Uemura, Hiroshi Nonaka,
                           Shiro Saka, Akihiko Kosugi, Loh Soh Kheang, Sihyun Lee, Udin Hasanudin,
                           Ahmad Zuhairi Abdullah, Justinus Satrio, Oki Muraza, Haznan Abimanyu,
                           Takahiro Yoshida, Erliza Hambali, Yukihiko Matsumura, Obie Farobie

Secretary of ICB 2018 drafted and presented a proposal on rationale of establishing an international society on biomass and bioenergy in the meeting. This proposal was delivered to founders' meeting participants and discussed at the meeting.

The objectives and activities in the proposal society are as followed,

1 to promote academic & industrial development in biomass (and related) fields, by providing opportunity of an international forum of operating international biomass conferences, publishing high level papers, as well as providing professional training programs.

2 to host capacity development of young generation scientists and staff, providing opportunities to work in an international association, of implementing various projects as above.

-To have an official publication
-To have strong network with biomass and bioenergy industries with the participation of their high- ranked official in the society
-To organize training and short courses
-To plan for mobility programs to allow participants or students to have more real-life experience in related industries.
-To promote research attachment at established labs of its members for research capacity upgrading and expertise sharing
-To give certain recognitions to high-achievers in biomass science and technology

Many comments were made on defining the initial main focus of biomass sources to be started by the new society (ISBB), for instance oil palm biomass and energy, as well as the specific niche of works, which will be the scientific publication and conference. The self funding and continuity of the society are very important. Therefore, all participants agreed that the preparation committee and secretariat, which are hosted at SBRC IPB, Indonesia should check the feasibility, redundancy, and financial independency to establish ISBB, and made these issues very clear before the legal establishment of ISBB undertook.

At the end of the meeting, all participants signed the proposal. The proposal and signatures is kept in SBRC IPB as the initial secretariat and will be used for the document required to establish the ISBB.

ISBB office c/o Surfactant and Bioenergy Research Center (SBRC), Bogor Agricultural University, Baranangsiang Campus, Jl. Raya Pajajaran No.1, Bogor 16144, Indonesia

About SBRC

Surfactant and Bioenergy Research Center (SBRC) is one of research center under research and community empowerment agency (LPPM), Bogor Agricultural University (IPB). It was established in june 2004 which focusing on biobased surfactants. Furthermore, SBRC take part in bioenergy-related research and development in 2006. To reach their vission to be internationally recognized of excellence on surfactant and bioenergy based on agricultural resources, SBRC IPB held the conference based on biomass utilization. This conference called International Conference on Biomass (ICB).

The 1st ICB was held on 10-11 October 2016 under theme "Technology, Application and Sustainable Development. ". This conference was attended by participants from 19 universities in 5 countries (Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Cambodia, and USA), 17 research centers, 6 companies, 4 associations (IABEST/IKABI, ABgL, Indonesian Oil Palm Society-MAKSI, Palm Oil Consortium), and 4 government institution. Through this conference, there are 101 title of research was reviewed. Those are divided to 38 abstracts in technology, 26 abstracts in application, and 15 abstracts in ICT and environmental sustainability.

The 2nd ICB was held on 24-25 July 2017 under theme "Sustainable Development of Biomass Utilization for Industrial Applications.". The 2nd ICB was attended by 202 participants from 5 countries (Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, China and USA), 12 research centers, 5 companies, 4 associations (IABEST/IKABI, ABgL, Indonesian Oil Palm Society-MAKSI, Palm Oil Consortium) and 4 government institutions (Indonesia Estate Crop Fund-Oil Palm, Renewable Energy and Conservation-Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Research Technology and Higher Education).

The success of the 1st ICB 2016 and 2nd ICB 2017 and the enthusiasm of the participants encourage SBRC IPB to hold the 3rd ICB 2018 with a theme of "Accelerating the Technical Development and Commercialization for Sustainable Bio-based Products and Energy.". The conference will be held on Wednesday and Thursday, 1-2 August 2018 at Salak Tower Hotel, Bogor.Its goal are being a placed to Gather information of biomass utilization development, Iniate biomass utilization stakeholder cooperation, and Socialize biomass utilization's regulatory.