Dear All,

Welcome to the CBS website. The Cameroon Bioscience Society is an organisation serving the professional and scientific needs of Bioscientists and individuals in related disciplines. The sharing of ideas and research findings, establishing and strengthening a network for researchers, are signposts of the Society.

The premier event of the Society is its Annual Conference (AC), and the next AC would take place in Douala, the economic capital of Cameroon. Our primary host will be the University of Douala, with possible liaison to other institutions of Higher Education in the same city. The conference will run from Monday 30 November to Friday 04 December 2020. Bioscience 2020 with the theme “Efficient Management of Bioresources for Human Wellbeing”, is christened “the conference of new beginning”. The event will include two to two and half days of workshops and two and half to three days of exciting and motivating Plenary Lectures, Invited Talks, Oral Presentations and Poster Presentations.

The COVID-19 pandemic initially imposed uncertainty concerning the holding of Bioscience 2020. However, following the appropriate barrier measures imposed by the government of Cameroon, the pandemic has been well contained. Thus, there are no doubts about holding the conference on the stipulated dates, while respecting the barrier measures.

The sustainability of a scholarly society like CBS depends on its membership, hence there is an urgent need for a membership drive both at home and in the diaspora so that Cameroonians wherever they are can collaborate and contribute to the scientific culture and development of our fatherland. In this line, the 2017 conference in Buea, the conference of new directions, was very successful with roughly 480 registered participants, which was by far the greatest number in the history of the CBS conferences. However, there was a price to pay, as there were acute shortages of conference bags and books of abstracts as well as reduced food ration on day 1 of the conference. In 2018, in Ngaoundere, during the conference of distinction, roughly 400 participants were registered, with no major incidence to be reported, probably because over 50% of the participants paid membership dues and registration fees by the first deadline in the first announcement. More so, 70% of abstracts were submitted before the deadline. Abstracts submitted very late did not figure in the book of abstracts. Bioscience 2019 in Maroua, the next generation conference, recorded over 300 participants, despite the extreme location of the city. 90% of abstracts were submitted before the deadline leading to serious review and in turn good quality abstracts and Book of Abstracts. I appeal to all and sundry to submit abstracts and pay registration fees in respect of the deadlines in the first announcement, which is already in circulation and the second announcement/poster, which should be out by 05 October.

May I also seize this opportunity to request all those who will be attending Bioscience 2020 to participate at the AGM slated for Friday 4 December, because this is an election year and a new bureau is expected to be voted in.

Please join us at Bioscience 2020, “THE CONFERENCE OF NEW BEGINNING”

I look forward to seeing you in Douala.

Prof. Dr. Elias Nchiwan Nukenine
President of Cameroon Biosciences Society.