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). The next AC will take place in the picturesque and touristic city of Maroua, located in the Far-North region, the most beautiful region of the Cameroon. Our host will be the University of Maroua, a very young university with big brains and excellent minds. We will be very privileged to use the pleasant campus of the university in Kongola-Djoulgouff-Kodek, with its ultra-modern and imposing infrastructure. The conference will run from 26 - 30 November 2019. Bioscience 2019 with the theme “Innovative Bioscience, Climate Change and Food Security”, is christened “the next generation conference”. You would understand this only after attending the event. The five-day-conference will include two days of workshops on tropical issues, followed by three days of exciting and motivating Plenary Lectures, Invited Talks, Oral Presentations and Poster Presentations. Since 2017, CBS leadership and some members have been putting in efforts to build on the solid foundational work of previous leadership teams. We have been hoping to add a few floors to the building. 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 reasons beyond my understanding, we have accomplished very little. Therefore, in 2019, the struggle continues and hopefully we would achieve something significant. 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 at the University of 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. At the University of Ngaoundere in 2018, 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. Finally, money was not a serious issue. For Bioscience 2019, 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 before the end of August. Please join us at Bioscience 2019, THE NEXT GENERATION CONFERENCE.
I look forward to seeing you in Maroua.

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