The original name of the International Society of Biocatalysis and Agricultural Biotechnology (ISBAB) was International Society of Biocatalysis and Biotechnology (ISBB). ISBB was established on December 6, 2006 after two successful international symposia; October 2005 on “Biocatalysis and Biotechnology: Functional Foods and Industrial Products” and December 6, 2006 on “Biocatalysis and Bioenergy” at the National Chung Hsing University (NCHU), Taichung, Taiwan. In 2010 ISBB expended its scope and its Board decided to change its society name to ISBAB.
Since 2006, ISBB held annual meeting with international symposium every year: the 3rd ISBB on “Biocatalysis and Agricultural Biotechnology” in November 2007 at NCHU; the 4th ISBB again on “Biocatalysis and Agricultural Biotechnology” in November, 2008 at the Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan; the 5th ISBB in November 2009 at NCHU; the 6th ISBB in November 2010 at the National Seoul University, Seoul Korea; the 7th ISBB will be held in October 2011 at Kyoto University, Kyoto Japan; 8th International Symposium on Biocatalysts and Agricultural Biotechnology. Oct. 28-31, 2012, Sonam, USA; and 9th International Symposium on Biocatalysts and Agricultural Biotechnology. Oct. 13-16, 2013, Piešťany, Slovak.
After each symposium, we publish a book: 2005 “Handbook of Industrial Biocatalysis” by CRC Press; 2006 “Biocatalysis and Biotechnology for Functional Foods and Industrial Products” jointed published by AOCS Press and CRC Press; 2007 on “Biocatalysis and Bioenergy” by John Wiley & Sons; 2008 on Biocatalysis and Agricultural Biotechnology” by CRC Press, and 2009 on “Biocatalysis and Biomolecular Engineering” by John Wiley & Sons.
In 2009 ISBB Board decided to launch its official journal ‘Biocatalysis and Agricultural Biotechnology (BAB)’ initially as “ISBB Special Issues” in New Biotechnology in a period before it has its own official journal. The first issue of “ISBB Special Issues” was published in October 2009. Since then we successfully published eight ISBB Special Issues in New Biotechnology. The new journal BAB had its first issue in January 2012.
The new journal BAB will be devoted to all areas of biocatalysis and agricultural biotechnology in which biological systems are developed and/or used for the provision of commercial goods or services. Biocatalysis defined here include enzyme catalysis, biotransformation, bioconversion, fermentation, genetic engineering and product recovery. The journal will publish peer-reviewed basic and applied research papers in the form of either full paper or short communication, authoritative reviews, and feature articles. The scope of the journal will encompass the research, industrial and commercial aspects of biotechnology, including the areas of: biocatalysis; bioprocesses; foods; agricultural biotechnology; genetic engineering; molecular biology; analytical biotechnology; chemical biotechnology; plant biotechnology; microbial biotechnology; environmental biotechnology; systems biology; protein technologies and commercial enzymes; tissue and cell engineering; healthcare and pharmaceuticals; biomedical; biofuels; genomics; nanotechnology; environment and biodiversity; and bioremediation.
In 2010, ISBAB Board approved to elect ISBAB Fellows to honor their scientific achievements and also established “World Academy of Biocatalysis and Agricultural Biotechnology” (WABAB) to accommodate ISBAB Fellows. The first ISBAB Fellows (WABAB members) were elected in May 2011.