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. Issues of national and international concern like environmental degradation, food security, threats to human health and well-being, and biosecurity, inter alia, can be addressed only with deep knowledge of the Biosciences and sound biological research findings as well as the broad dissemination of that knowledge to the scientific community, policy-makers, educators and students and the general public. These are thus great challenges to all Bioscientists. The premier event of the Society is its Annual Conference (AC). At this juncture, may I mention that the next AC will hold at the University of Ngaoundere, Ngaoundere, “le chateau d’eau du Cameroun”, located on the enchantingly beautiful Adamawa Plateau, from 27 November to 1 December 2018. Bioscience 2018 with the theme “Bioscience, Knowledge Valorisation and Entrepreneurship”, will feature an exciting scientific programme focused on the latest developments in the fields of Food and Agriculture, Health and and Environment, with emphasis on the societal impact of research results and creation of wealth from such results. The five-day-conference will commence with a training workshop on “Job Search Skills, Project Management and Business Creation”, for two days, followed by three days of exciting and motivating Plenary Lectures, Invited Talks, Oral Presentations and Poster Presentations Throughout 2017, CBS leadership and some members continue to build on the solid foundational work of previous leadership teams. We were hoping to add a few floors to the building by the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of that year. Following suggestions from Executive Bureau members, new storeys, which were to be added to our building included but not limited to: the publishing of a CBS Newsletter 3-6 times a year, the modification of members’ dues and Conference Registration Fees, CBS Focal Points in all our national universities and related research centres as well as in the diaspora, awards of fellowships, prizes and honorary memberships; organisation of year-round Training Workshops, listing of members on the CBS website, creation of committees, affiliation to other renown learned societies and professional organisations. Unfortunately, for one reason or the other, we accomplished just a minute 15%. Therefore, in 2018, the struggle continues and hopefully we would achieve a much greater percentage. 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 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 during day 1 of the conference. To avoid an encore of such a scenario during the 2018 conference, 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 31 July 2018. May I also seize this opportunity to request all those who will be attending Bioscience 2018 to participate at the AGM slated for Saturday 1 December 2018, because this is an election year and a new bureau is expected to be voted in. The members of the Executive Bureau and I count on everyone, for your commitment to the CBS. Everybody should be a vector of the CBS and the 2018 Conference, infesting and infecting as many colleagues, students and well wishers as possible. Please plan and be part of a memorable Bioscience 2018, where pleasure would be mixed with profit. I look forward to seeing you in Ngaoundere. Djabbama!

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