History of the bioencapsulation events
Bioencapsulation.net has been created in 1990 by 7 professors in Canada. They decide to organize a workshop to share the experiences of their different laboratories. To this event, they invite 10 professors coming from European countries.
The workshop was a success and participants decide to renew it in Cachan (Paris), Bruxelles ... The name was set to International Conferences on bioencapsulation. The number of participants and contributions increase (respectivelly up to 250 and 200). The aim of the conference was to mix researchers and engineers coming from different domains, fields and countries. This is why the association always tends to offer as much grants as possible and keep low registration fees.
In 1998, the association start to organize industrial workshops and symposiums. This events were either devoted to a specific topics/region or associated with a technology trade fair. Technology trade fairs consist in providing in advance list of attendees, allowing participants to select some of them and, using a powerfull optimisation software, to organize individual meetings during the event.
In 1999 and 2006, the members of the association applied for COST actions (respectively COST840 and COST865). COST action (see http://www.cost.esf.org/) provide financial support for organizing workshops, Short Term Scientific Missions... The association organized two workshops per year, one in spring and the second one in parallel to the International Conferences on bioencapsulation.
From 2003 to 2005, 15 members of the association run an European project (ncapsolutions) to provide help to industries for developing partnership in microencapsulation process development. The consortium organized several workshops which have been introduced in the list of industrial symposium list.
Last but not the list, in 2009, the association started to organized training School.
The association is also supporting other conferences and symposiums from other groups in fields related to bioencapsulation,