The International Conference on DNA Barcoding and Biodiversity was successfully held in Sofia Bulgaria, May 25-27, 2022! The conference was organized by the Institute of Plant Physiology and Genetics, BAS in the framework of the project BULCode within of the National Program “European Scientific Networks” of the Ministry of Education and Science of Bulgaria. This conference is the first and unique of its kind as a topic addressing DNA barcoding biodiversity studies not only for Bulgaria but for Eastern Europe. The conference brought together about 170 people including on-site and online presenters and listeners from 40 countries. We acknowledge all participants including guest lecturers Paul Hebert, Hugo de Boer, Kristy Deiner, Fedor Ciampor Jr., Laura Parducci, Marko Mutanen and Torbjorn Ekrem for sharing their research. A wide range of biodiversity and food-safety studies covering all living taxa were presented through inspiring talks and posters. We are glad that we had the chance to meet face-to-face eminent researchers involved in DNA barcoding studies and we all have enjoyed fruitful discussions, planning of further collaborations activities and a lot of fun during the conference. The event is a great achievement for BULCode project in its goals to promote biodiversity studies in Bulgaria through DNA barcoding and establishing collaboration networks in the field.
Acknowledgments to the members of the Organizing Committee of ICDBB 2022 and the project BULCode for their enormous work to have the event successfully held. We appreciate the support of the organizing partner Congress Management & Events LTD. Special thanks to Pensoft Publishers for their acceptance to be part of the conference and to contribute to the public dissemination of the conference and the presented scientific data!
More information about the conference as well as a photo gallery can be found on the web pages of the conference (https://update2022.cmebg.com/en/sabitia/icdbb2022/) and the project BULCode (www.plantbulcode.com) as well as on social platforms Facebook (BULCode project) and Twitter (#ICDBB2022).
Best regards and looking forward to future events!
Assist. Prof. Georgi Bonchev
Chairman of the Organizing Committee
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