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The EFB would like to thank all participants, members of the organising committee, exhibitors, sponsors and partners of the meetings on "Bacterial Electron Transfer Processes and their Regulation", and the "8th Conference on Recombinant Protein Production - RPP8". The success of these meetings would not have been possible without your support.

The meeting on Bacterial Electron Transfer Processes and their Regulation, held on 15 - 18 March, in Vimeiro (Portugal), attracted 120 participants, more than 57 speakers and 44 scientific poster presenters. The Conference on Recombinant Protein Production - RPP8, held in Palma (Spain) from 22 - 24 April, attracted more than 250 participants from all around the world, resulting in 42 speakers and 126 posters presentations.

We will continue to provide a forum to facilitate the dialogue between scientists, promoting the safe, sustainable and beneficial use of biotechnology. We would therefore like to invite you to attend our future EFB Meetings:


Events organised by our EFB Institutional Members
12th World Congress of Chinese Medicine (WCCM 2015)
Organised by European Foundation of Traditional Chinese Medicine (MTC).


The European Foundation of Traditional Chinese Medicine (MTC) is organising the 12th World Congress of Chinese Medicine (WCCM 2015).

Please keep in mind these important dates:

    Deadline for discounted registration fee: 1 June 2015

    Deadline for abstract submission: 30 June 2015

    Registration: Open




Webinar - Scalable suspension culture of human pluripotent stem cells
Organised by Eppendorf AG.

To harness the potential of human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs), abundant provision of their differentiated progenies is required. During this webinar we present how hPSC expansion as matrix-independent aggregates in suspension culture (3D) was successfully combined with cardiomyogenic differentiation. A multi−well screening approach was scaled−up to stirred-tank bioreactors applying controlled feeding strategies (Batch and Cyclic Perfusion) followed by differentiation.

Date: 9 June 2015




SCI Public Evening Lecture:
Prof Ed Bullmore − Understanding and treatment of mental health disorders such as depression and psychosis
Organised by SCI − UK.

Organised by SCI's Membership Affairs Committee, the SCI Public Evening Lecture: Prof Ed Bullmore − Understanding and treatment of mental health disorders such as depression and psychosis will take place at SCI, 14−15 Belgrave Square, London on 28 May 2015.

Other SCI Events:

Agrisciences Young Researchers 2015: Crop Production, Protection and Utilisation
8 July 2015. Bracknell − UK

Imaging: Recent Advances and Biomedical Applications
30 September 2015. London − UK



New Biotechnology Feature Article:

Detection and location of OP-degrading activity: A model to integrate education and research

The Environmental Sampling Research Module (ESRM) is an investigative/discovery module that provides undergraduate research experiences for students as part of an interdisciplinary research-based biotechnology curriculum at the University of Houston campus. As part of the ESRM, students collect soil samples from various locations to test for the presence of organophosphorous (OP) degrading bacteria. At the end of this research project students submit a research paper on their field and laboratory activities and discuss their experimental data and observations. Students also record the date, location of collection, and the results of testing the sample for the degradation of two pesticides, methyl parathion or paraoxon, in an electronic laboratory notebook (ELN). Each collection site is recorded on a Google Maps module and the data from student research activities is made available to other undergraduate students. This data is then used to generate a microorganism database of pesticide degrading activity and promote reading, critical thinking, and analytical skills as part of the curriculum. Our sampling of agricultural sites and wastewater within and around the city of Houston has identified seven distinct genera of OP degrading organisms, including Pseudomonas, Stenotrophomonas, Exiguobacterium, Delftia, Agrobacterium, Aeromonas, and Rhizobium. Collected strains exhibit phosphotriesterase-like enzymatic activity with isolates of Pseudomonas putida and Stenotrophomonas maltophilia capable of degrading both the phosphotriester paraoxon and the phosphorothioate methyl parathion. Using this collection of OP−degrading microorganisms, undergraduate students have evaluated their potential for enhancing the removal of harmful organophosphates and their toxic metabolites from contaminated agricultural soil and adjacent bodies of water. This analytical data can potentially be utilized for environmental and industrial applications in bioremediation and ecology providing an innovative method for integrating education and research. In addition, the versatility of the ESRM itself provides for easy and rapid adaptation into varying environmental science courses with significant potential for the discovery and isolation of new and unique organisms to be used as part of ongoing research in the laboratory.



EFB Events  

Plant Biotechnology:
Green for Good III

organised by Czech Republic RBO
15−18 June 2015
Olomouc−Czech Republic

6th European Bioremediation Conference
organised by EFB Environmental Biotechnology Section
29 June − 2 July 2015
Chania, Crete−Greece

6th International Conference On Analisis Of Microbial Cells At The Single Cell Level
organised by EFB Microbial Physiology Section
19−22 July 2015
Retz−Austria

12th Biotrans - 2015
endorsed by EFB Applied Biocatalysis Section − ESAB
July 26−30 2015
Vienna − Austria

Bioflavour 2015
endorsed by EFB Bioengineering and Bioprocessing Section − EBBS
September 9−11 2015
Frankfurt − Germany

8th International Conference on Environmental Engineering and Management
organised by EFB Environmental Biotechnology Section
September 9−12 2015
Iasi − Romania

8th Edition of European Symposium on Biopolymers
organised by EFB Environmental Biotechnology Section
September 16−18 2015
Roma − Italy

11th International Meeting on Yeast Apoptosis - IMYA XI
co-organised by EFB Functional Genomics Section
29 September - 3 October 2015
Porto - Portugal

Ecomondo 19th International Trade Fair of Material & Energy Recovery and Sustainable Development
organised by EFB Environmental Biotechnology Section
November 3−6 2015
Rimini − Italy

Textile Biotechnology Symposia (TBS)
Supported by EFB Polymer Biotechnology Section
9 − 10 December 2015
Wuxi − China

Microbial Stress: From Molecules To Systems - 2015
organised by EFB Microbial Physiology Section
12 − 15 November 2015
Sitges − Spain

3rd meeting on Applied Synthetic Biology in Europe
organised by EFB Microbial Physiology Section
Early 2016
More information soon...




EFB Institutional Member’s Events

BAC 2015
Promoted by FEBiotec − Spain
8 − 10 July 2015
Salamanca − Spain

Scalable suspension culture of human pluripotent stem cells
organised by Eppendorf AG − UK
9 June 2015
Webinar

12th World Congress of Chinese Medicine
organised by European Foundation of Traditional Chinese Medicine
24 − 26 September 2015
Barcelona − Spain

Asian Congress on Biotechnology 2015 (ACB2015)
organised by AFOB
15 − 19 November 2015
Kuala Lumpur − Malaysia






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