Welcome to the homepage of the International Glycoconjugate Organization (IGO). Here you will find information about the Organization as well as links about glycoscience.


The aims of the International Glycoconjugate Organization (IGO) are:

1. to further international collaboration for the study of glycoconjugates;
2. to ensure the proper arrangement of the biennial International Glycoconjugate Symposia;
3. to select recipients of the IGO Award and the IGO Young Glycoscientist Award as well as administer the Award Fund.


Up to 1989 the planning of the International Symposium on Glycoconjugates was organised by Steering Committees of 10-15 participants. In 1987 Hans Vliegenthart, who was the contact person with the International Union of Biochemistry (IUB, now IUB-MB) proposed that a formal organization was established. At the Steering Committee meeting in Jerusalem (1989), chaired by Nathan Sharon, it was agreed that the International Glycoconjugate Organization should be created and Alan Chester was elected as Secretary. Hans Vliegenthart, Bengt Lindberg and Alan Chester prepared the Constitution, which was accepted in 1991 at the Toronto meeting.