The 2022 World BioProtection Summit and Awards

The second annual meeting of the World BioProtection Forum will take place from 23–25 May 2022 at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham

Monday 11th October 2021 – The Annual World BioProtection Summit & Awards (AWBSA), formerly the BioPesticide Summit, returns next May, when it will be held at the NEC in Birmingham, UK. Following the success of the inaugural event in 2019, the AWBSA will bring together leading figures in the biocontrol industry, academia and the public sector to share expert knowledge and address major challenges in sustainable pest and disease management in agriculture.

Attracting delegates from Europe, Asia and the Americas, the AWBSA offers global networking opportunities as well as dedicated workshops which provide support for accessing investment to commercialise new bioprotection products. There will also be a celebration of the best and brightest new ideas and achievements in the sector at the annual Gala Dinner and Awards on the opening night.

All attendees will access:

  • Keynote presentations – world class speakers addressing the issues that matter most to the industry today
  • InvestmentReady workshops – connecting developers and scientists with potential agritech investors to enable the successful commercialisation of the latest innovations
  • Networking opportunities – providing the platform for establishing mutually beneficial relationships far beyond existing contacts
  • Global BioProtection Awards – Gala dinner bringing together collaborators to celebrate the brightest achievements in the sector

Leading experts who have already confirmed their participation in the plenary sessions include:

  • Dr Minshad Ansari, Founder and CEO of Bionema, UK
  • Professor Toby JA Bruce PhD FRES, School of Life Sciences, Keele University, UK
  • Professor Dylan Jones-Evans OBE, Assistant Pro Vice Chancellor (Enterprise) at the University of South Wales, UK
  • Anna Gregson, Partner, UK & European Patent Attorney, Mathys & Squire, UK 
  • Dr Fatma Kaplan, CEO/CSO, Pheronym, USA
  • Jennifer Lewis, Executive Director, IBMA, UK
  • Marcus Meadows-Smith, CEO of Bioconsortia, USA
  • Carol Pullen, General Manager, Oro Agri Europe
  • Caroline Reid, Senior Technical Support Lead – Northern Europe, Bioline Agriscience, UK
  • Daniel Zommick, Global Technical Development Specialist, Valent Biosciences, USA
  • Professor Zhibing Zhang BEng, MSc, PhD, CEng, FIChemE, FREng, Professor of Chemical Engineering and Co-Director of the China Institute, University of Birmingham, UK.

The summit programme can be viewed online at  Further speakers will be announced in the coming weeks.

Exciting exhibition and sponsorship opportunities also exist for agritech companies to showcase their products and technologies, and to demonstrate their imagination, innovation and excellence in the industry.

More information about the AWBSA, including opportunities for sponsorship and securing exhibition space, is available at

About The World Bioprotection Forum

The Annual World BioProtection Summit is the annual meeting of the World BioProtection Forum and its members. The AWBSA plays a key role in achieving the mission of the WBF, which is to bridge the gap between academia and industry and to ensure the successful development and commercialisation of bioprotection (formerly known as biopesticide) products.

Biological solutions for the control of pests and diseases present a fast-growing segment of AgriTech, and offer a sustainable alternative to chemical pesticides. This is particularly important as more chemicals are being withdrawn from the market due to their toxicity, leaving growers helpless in the fight against a growing number of crop pests and diseases. The WBF is founded on the belief that, by creating the connections that allow individuals and companies to take biological technologies forward, the sector can successfully provide the solutions needed to fill the gaps left in the market by withdrawn toxic chemicals.

The WBF is a non-profit organisation for encouraging collaboration across the biocontrol industry and academia. It was founded in 2019 to facilitate the successful development and commercialisation of novel biological control products for agricultural pests and diseases.  To join the WBF, or for more information about its activities and events, please visit

Media contact:
Dr Sarah Harding, Communication Consultant

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