International Conference on DNA Barcoding and Biodiversity

The International Conference on DNA Barcoding and Biodiversity 2022 successfully held

The International Conference on DNA Barcoding and Biodiversity was successfully held in Sofia Bulgaria, May 25-27, 2022! The conference was organized by the Institute of Plant Physiology and Genetics, BAS in the framework of the project BULCode within the National Program “European Scientific Networks” of the Ministry of Education and Science of Bulgaria. This conference is the first and unique of its kind as a topic addressing DNA barcoding biodiversity studies not only for Bulgaria but for Eastern Europe. The conference brought together about 170 people including on-site and online presenters and listeners from 40 countries. We acknowledge all participants including guest lecturers Paul Hebert, Hugo de Boer, Kristy Deiner, Fedor Ciampor Jr., Laura Parducci, Marko Mutanen and Torbjorn Ekrem for sharing their research. A wide range of biodiversity and food-safety studies covering all living taxa were presented through inspiring talks and posters. We are glad that we had the chance to meet face-to-face eminent researchers involved in DNA barcoding studies and we all have enjoyed fruitful discussions, planning of further collaborations activities and a lot of fun during the conference. The event is a great achievement for BULCode project in its goals to promote biodiversity studies in Bulgaria through DNA barcoding and establishing collaboration networks in the field.

Acknowledgments to the members of the Organizing Committee of ICDBB 2022 and the project BULCode for their enormous work to have the event successfully held. We appreciate the support of the organizing partner Congress Management & Events LTD. Special thanks to Pensoft Publishers for their acceptance to be part of the conference and to contribute to the public dissemination of the conference and the presented scientific data!

More information about the conference as well as a photo gallery can be found on the web pages of the conference ( and the project BULCode ( as well as on social platforms Facebook (BULCode project) and Twitter (#ICDBB2022).

Best regards and looking forward to future events!

Dear colleagues, the Organizing Committee of the International Conference on DNA Barcoding and Biodiversity (ICDBB) cordially invites you to attend the conference which will take place in Sofia, Bulgaria, from 25th to 27th of May 2022. The conference is organized by the Institute of Plant Physiology and Genetics, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, as part of the BULCode project ( supported by the National Program “European Scientific Networks”, Ministry of Education and Science of Bulgaria. The conference will be open to all contributing authors with no registration fee.

For additional information, please visit the web-page of the conference ( where you can find all details regarding abstract submission, registration, important dates and keynote speakers.

NP “European Scientific Networks”


The Institute of Plant Physiology and Genetics, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences is among the 12 Bulgarian scientific organizations and state universities beneficiaries of the new National program “European Scientific Networks” governed by the Ministry of Education and Science of Bulgaria with a total budget of 2 497 000 leva for the year 2020. The program encompasses the period 2020-2022 and follows the goals and impacts of the Twinning action under HORIZON 2020:

  • development and maintenance of scientific networks and partnerships between Bulgarian and leading European institutions
  • improvement the research capacity of Bulgarian institutions in a specific research filed for efficient enrollment in doctoral and postdoctoral programs, project management and
  • increased reputation and visibility of Bulgarian institutions at the world scientific map
  • successful participation in project initiatives at national and international level (e. g. Horizon Europe 2021-2027)

The participation of the Institute of Plant Physiology and Genetics reflects the capacity of the institution as a one of the leading institutions at national and international level in the field of investigations on molecular-genetics and physiological investigations in plants.

The BULCode project entitled „Fostering plant biodiversity research capacity in Bulgaria through scientific excellence in DNA barcoding and metabarcoding“, with Assist. Prof. Dr Georgi Bonchev as  leader, will be realized in partnership with:

Institute of biodiversity and Ecosystem Research, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria

University of Helsinki, Department of Agricultural Sciences, Finland.

The ultimate goal of the BULCode project is to enhance the research capacity and proficiency of the IPPG and its Bulgarian partner IBER in DNA barcoding technologies and their use for assessment and cataloguing of Bulgarian plant biodiversity, studying ecology dynamics and taxonomic identification of plant species. The Bulgarian team will profit from a transfer of knowledge from a European institution with demonstrated expertise in DNA barcoding and metabarcoding of plants – the University of Helsinki (Finland). The partner is research hub and coordinator of the Finnish Barcode of Life (FinBOL), and it will integrate components of their national DNA barcoding networks into to the area of research in Bulgaria. The transfer of scientific knowledge will be implemented through training schools, workshops, short-term visits and networking. As a major output, the realization of the project tasks will strengthen the research, innovation and networking capacity but also the visibility of the applying institute IPPG and its partner IBER as centers of competence for implementing and promoting advanced biodiversity research using DNA barcoding technologies in Bulgaria.

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