Palma (Mallorca) from 21 to 25 September 2008
The Third International Meeting on Environmental Biotechnology and Engineering (3IMEBE)

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Terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems are affected by the interaction of factors from natural or anthropogenic origin. Both of them have direct or indirect impact on the environment causing deterioration of soil and water which are fundamental matrices for the vital cycles of the ecosystems and therefore, the earth’s general equilibrium. To counteract this damage, a series of strategies must be defined to protect and remediate the terrestrial and aquatic systems. These strategies should focus on microbial ecology by promoting vital reactions of the ecosystems’ matrices (soil, sediments, water).

The congress intends to translate fundamental knowledge on the microbial ecology of impaired ecosystems into technological solutions for the restoration of terrestrial and aquatic environments. The unification of fundamental and applied research is of utmost importance because they are interdependent and connected to the action-reaction of the environment.


Then the main objective of the congress will be to integrate the different technology oriented research (engineering, biotechnology) in such a way that their future action will be based on fundamental research (ecology).
The action on the environment must be interactive with the participation of different disciplines having common objectives:

  • One of the common objectives must be to preserve energy resources and create renewable ones.
  • Other common objective must be the re-use of waste which should be valorized and not seen any more as waste but better as “new resources”.
  • Finally, the last but not the least common objective must be to minimize pollution and discharge to the environment in order to protect its ecology.

All this will be achieved only with the development of cleaner and cheaper technologies both on an environmental and an energy point of view as well as with an adequate environmental education and a sustainable development.


The main activities of the 3IMEBE will consist of:

Guest Conferences
Oral Sessions
Poster Sessions
Short Courses

Competition of Best Presentations as poster will be organized during the conference


English will be the official conference language. Spanish-English translation will be available only if funds can be obtained for that.



Organized by:
Institut de Recerca i Formació Agrària i Pesquera de les Illes Balears
Institut de Biologia Animal de Balears
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Universitat de les Illes Balears


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