ICO Symposia

Guidelines for Organisation of an International Carbohydrate Symposium

To view the Guidelines for organisation of an International Carbohydrate Symposium, please click here.

The Guidelines and an application form to host an International Carbohydrate Symposium are also available for download in .pdf and .doc formats.

The application form to host an International Carbohydrate Symposium should be completed and submitted to the secretary of the International Carbohydrate Organization by March 1 in (at least) the sixth year preceding the proposed Symposium.

International Carbohydrate Symposia

ICS 2020 (Shanghai) is cancelled.

Due to health concerns relating to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, ICS2020 has been cancelled. The ICS meeting for Shanghai has been rescheduled for 2024.

A full refund of registration fees has been provided. See:



The next International Carbohydrate Symposium (XXX ICS) was planned to be held in Florianopolis, the capital of Santa Catarina State in the South of Brazil: July 10-14 2022. At this stage it is likely to be a purely virtual conference.

2024 China

2026 Slovakia

2028 Canada

2030 Italy

2032 Taiwan

2034 Ireland

2036 Australia

2038 Japan

Future European Carbohydrate Symposium

The 20th European Carbohydrate Symposium will be held in Leiden (Netherlands) on June 30-July 4th, 2019 (eurocarb2019.com)

Future International Symposium on Glycoconjugates

The 25th International Symposium on Glycoconjugates will be held in Milan, Italy 2019 (www.glyco25.org)

Future Carbohydrate Bioengineering Meeting

The 13th Carbohydrate Bioengineering Meeting will be held 2019 at Toulouse, France (cbm13.sciencesconf.org)

Previous ICO Symposia

For a list of past International Carbohydrate Symposia, please click here.