European Action on Latin American Functional Foods (EULAFF)
The EULAFF project focuses on supporting the functional food sectors in Europe and Latin America. It aims at creating an agri-food chain innovation system for identification and development of novel functional foods, in order to build a sustainable bi-regional functional food sector. The specific goals of the EULAFF project will contribute to:
For achieving these goals the project has planned a series of lectures, debates, roundtables and symposia with the participation of authoritative scientists, experts from the industry and several stakeholders from Europe and Latin America. The proposal also includes the development of a virtual community networking system and on-line information resources to support the collaborative effort and to stimulate the dissemination of information pertaining to the use of biological diversity of agricultural crops grown in Latin America with functional food potential.
Coordinator of the EULAFF Project
Pg. Lluís Companys, 23, 08010 Barcelona, Spain
Phone: + 34 93 268 87 96
Mobile: +34 617 907 347
Fax: +34 93 268 45 00
Executive Director of the EULAFF Project
Dr. Javier Verástegui
Secretary General of BIOEUROLATINA
Calle de Valderribas, 81, 2do. D, 28007 Madrid, Spain
Mobile: +34 630 925 374
European Action on Global Life Sciences (EAGLES)
As a major player in life sciences and holding influential positions in international deliberations, Europe has a responsibility to help the developing world deal with the risks, challenges and opportunities of these technologies, and to facilitate the safe and efficient development and use of life sciences and biotechnology in developing countries.
European Action in Global Life Sciences (EAGLES) intends to address these questions by designing and implementing projects to be carried out mostly by life scientists from developing countries that will stimulate and facilitate activities for the European life sciences to respond to the needs of developing countries.
The members of EAGLES are determined to ensure that the skills and resources of European life sciences are properly used for the benefits of mankind. The members of EAGLES believe:
- That the greatest humanitarian challenges for the life sciences lie in the problems of illness, starvation and environmental degradation which are faced by hundreds of millions of people in our world today, and will be faced by millions more in the coming decades.
- That life scientists everywhere have a responsibility to address these global challenges.
- That European life scientists could and should make a much greater contribution to meet these challenges.
- That European policies should facilitate the life sciences in meeting these challenges.
In addressing these challenges that the people of Europe and their leaders should pay careful attention to the knowledge and advice of distinguished life scientists and humanists from the developing and emerging countries.
European Federation of Biotechnology
Passeig Lluis Companys, 23
Tel. +93 268 7703
Fax. +93 268 4500
Microbial Stress: From Molecules to Systems - 2015
12 - 15 November 2015
Sitges - Spain
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From September 2 to 8, 2012, the traditional well-established
Bioprocess Engineering Course (BEC2012)
will take place, once again on the Island of Brac in Croatia. The course is an event of ESBES and will be organized by the working group "Bioreactor Performance". Lecturers are leading European Bioprocess Engineers. Details can be downloaded from:
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Bioprocess Engineering Course
Protein Engineering for Biocatalysis Conference
29 – 31 August 2012,
Protein Engineering for Biocatalysis
Aug. 29 – 31, 2012, Institute of Biochemistry, Greifswald University, Greifswald, Germany
Supported by the EU within the “European Research Training Network on Directed Evolution of Functionals Proteins” (ENEFP) and the EFB Section on Applied Biocatalysis (ESAB). Organized with support by Euro Fed Lipid.
- To bring together researchers active in the area of protein engineering for biocatalysis and related fields
- To provide a platform to exchange recent achievements from basic research to applied biocatalysis
Uwe Bornscheuer, University of Greifswald, Greifswald, Germany
Florian Hollfelder, Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK
For more information please visit: http://biotech.uni-greifswald.de/pdb2012.html
5th International Symposium on Biosorption and Bioremediation.
25 ‐ 28 June, 2012
Prague, Czech Republic
5th International Symposium on Biosorption and Bioremediation will be held in Prague, June 24 - 28, 2012 in cooperation with National Technical Library (NTL), ESEB, ISEB and EFB. We thank EFB to be one of the key supporters of this conference (http://www.efb-central.org/).
The traditional topics included since 1995, such as heavy metal sorption, biodegradation of recalcitrant organic compounds, phyto- and rhizoremediation and use of GMOs, will be augmented by new sessions dealing with various aspects of microbial ecology in contaminated environments. Special sessions will be devoted to projects like METAGENOMICS in Bioremediation and 7FW project MINOTAURUS.
For more information please visit: http://biobio.vscht.cz/
International Symposium Mediterranean Agro‐industrial Wastes and Effluents
5 ‐ 8 June, 2012
The IAMAW is proud to announce this event that addresses R&D developments for the environment protection of the typical Mediterranean landscapes with an emphasis on resources protection and valorization of wastes and effluents for “biorefineries” and for water recycling.
We hope that this event will bring together not only IAMAW, SPBT and SIADEB membership but also all the scientists and other stakeholders that can share with us their work and vision contributing for the environmental and economical sustainability of our economies and the progress of the Mediterranean Region.
For more information please click in the following link: http://www.iamawaste.org/santarem/IAWK2012.htm
Microbial Stress: from Molecules to Systems II
The meeting is focused on microbial stresses, covering experimental approaches from detailed molecular dissection of individual components to understanding stress responses at the whole cell and the whole population levels. It will bring together researchers, both academic and industrial, from all over the world, with a shared interest in all aspects of microbial stresses. This year, the themes will cover both intracellular and environmental stresses, the links between stress responses and energy metabolism, and the impacts of stress on microbial productivity. A must for all microbial physiologists, geneticists, cell biologists, biochemists, and systems biologists!
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Final Reminder: ECB15 Abstract Submission Deadline!
Innovation for Sustainable Production i-sup2012
On 19th April, 2010 at the start of i-SUP2010 in Bruges, the volcano Eyjafjallajokull in Iceland prevented all air traffic over Europe. It was a small example of how a natural disaster could have such an impact even in the western world. In the mean time oil spills, forest fires and floods all over the world made clear that we are facing large changes and disasters if we are not prepared to adapt and to mitigate to climate change. Many of you did not make it to come to Bruges for i-SUP2010. Therefore, we intend to return to Bruges and give you another chance to visit this wonderful city where medieval and modern society meet in a sustainable way.
Indeed, the fast growing world population and our way of living drives our Earth to put pressure on climate, resources, environmental assets and biodiversity. These strains destabilize our key societal states linked to energy production and distribution, transport and mobility, industrial processes, urban and rural planning. By avoiding the impacts, we should no longer respond via cleaning technology (e.g. waste water treatment) but change into clean technology.
i-SUP2012 invites you to Bruges from 6th to 9th May, 2012, to discuss and present your ideas and results on Cleantech leading to climate change adaptation and mitigation and a sustainable world. Together with stakeholders from policy, society, industry and research we will plan and design new energy systems, new transport and mobility concepts, sustainable industrial processes for materials and chemicals, and we will work on new urban and rural plans based on sustainable principles.
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What can DNA do for you?: DNA technology and applications
What are the applications, impact and benefits of advances in DNA technologies?
This conference will review a range of areas that are currently benefiting from some of the latest technological advances; from new molecular diagnostics to biochemical engineering and environment control.
Talks will include:
- DNA technology: a quick guide to its history and evolution
- Molecular diagnostics in the 21st century: next generation sequencing in a clinical setting
- Genetically engineered animals and their use in understanding disease
- Pathogen Genomics
- Microbial diversity, deep sequence analysis and metagenomes; a deeper look into the environmental gene pool
- Impact of novel sequencing technology on transcriptome analysis
- Drug discovery, diagnostics and theranostic applications of next generation sequencing
- Next-generation sequencing for industrial biotechnology
- DNAand something else
About the speakers:
Speakers will include Dr Tom Burr, from Source Bioscience; Prof. Graham Taylor, from the Leeds Institute of Molecular Medicine; Prof. Tom Weaver, from MRC Harwell Mary Lyon Centre; Dr Helena Seth-Smith, from the Sanger Institute; Prof Elizabeth Wellington, from the University of Warwick; Dr Wei Chen, from the Berlin Institute for Medical Systems Biology; Dr Stergios Moschos, from the University of Westminster, Dr Preben Krabben, from Green Biologics Ltd, and Dr Reza Abdollahi, from University Hospital Southampton.
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15th European Congress on Biotechnology – Abstarct Submission Deadline is extended
Abstracts must be submitted by 30th of April.
The central theme of the 15th European Congress on Biotechnology is Biocrossroads; analyzing the impact of the life sciences industry in addressing humanity’s great challenges, looking at society to see the remaining and emerging needs, and presenting the science that will address these new challenges.
Read more (http://www.ecb15.org/index.php?p=speakers-chairs)
Online abstract submission can be found at: (http://www.ecb15online.com/Account/Login.aspx)
For more information please click the following link: (www.ecb15.org)
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9 - 11 February, 2012 Hyderabad, India Under the over arching theme of "Optimizing Opportunities", BioAsia 2012 will unfold as the widest and the most dynamic global forum on Life Sciences and Biotechnology. On one hand, it will bring together the captains of biotech & pharmaceutical companies, venture capitals, policy makers, industry analysts, academicians, universities, R&D hubs and other major stakeholders to translate the immense promise of the industry into potential outcomes. Read More
8th Conference on Renewable Resources and Biorefineries - RRB8
4 -6 June, 2012
2nd Conference on Multistep Enzyme-catalyzed Processes MECP12
During the last six years, a lot of efforts have been devoted to multistep enzyme catalysed processes, which will be presented at the conference
For more information please visit http://mecp12.uni-graz.at.
5th International Conf. on Analysis of Microbial Cells at the Single Cell Level
05 - 08 November 2011
Carry-Le-Ruet - France
This Conference is organised on behalf of the European Federation of Biotechnology - “Microbial Physiology” Section.
Microorganisms play important roles in many fields, from environment to biotechnology and human health. They are the most important source of unknown biodiversity on Earth. In microbiology, cells are often considered to be uniform populations which can be adequately described by average values. Consequently, measurement of the physiology and biochemistry of these cells often relies upon analysing either the culture supernatant or a lysate of all the cells in the population. The availability of tools such as flow cytometry and image analysis which allow measurements to be made on individual cells has changed our perception of microbes within the laboratory and natural environments. It has become increasingly clear that even pure populations derived from a single cell are far from homogeneous.
In recent years new methods have improved analysis of what occurs at the single cell level allowing us to begin to understand why cells and cultures behave in the way that they do. Monitoring expression of genes at the single-cell level via the use of reporters such as GFP and observing the presence and dynamics of sub-populations have added to our understanding of microbial physiology. The commercialisation of smaller, easy-to-use and cheaper instruments has widened access to these techniques. Such as the fourth meeting in Bad Schandau (Germany), the fifth meeting will include a variety of oral and poster sessions covering the following themes :
- New instrumental developments and new techniques
- Biotechnological applications
- Human health
- Screening and sorting
- Single cell approaches to cytomics, transcriptomics and proteomics
- Cell biology
- Multicellular organization
- Environmental applications
- Data anlysis and mathematical modelling of microbial life
This conference is dedicated to professors, researchers, post-doctoral research associates, Ph.D students, and technicians who aim to learn and exchange skills and expertise in the field of analysis of microorganisms at the single cell level.
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Applied_Synthetic Biology in Europe - Barcelona 2012
Synthetic Biology combines science and engineering to design and construct artificial biological functions and systems not found in nature to solve specific scientific problems. It is increasingly relevant to the European Biotechnology industries: current challenges range from the design of new pharmaceuticals to environmental biotechnology, biofuels, novel biocatalysts and sustainable sources of food.
The BioBricks Foundation in the USA has pioneered the worldwide dissemination of information about developments in synthetic biology, especially those in the USA. Despite the immense interest in this topic within our biotechnology community, Europe has been less organised in building comprehensive links between the biotechnology industrial sector and fundamental research. The European Federation of Biotechnology is keen to form a new group within the Microbial Physiology Section to promote advances in synthetic biology.
The meeting will focus on European research targeted to industrial needs. The emphasis will be on microbial and plant synthetic biology. The first meeting will emphasise experimental approaches to use synthetic biology to solve industrial problems: a future meeting might focus more on theoretical, modelling approaches to solve problems.
In order to optimise opportunities for European research centres to present their latest work, minimize the cost of participation, most of the talks will be 15 minutes long with 5 minutes for questions and discussion. There will be only a few invited talks, including keynote plenary lectures from European Laboratories. You are invited to propose contributions to fill the few remaining gaps in the scientific programme, or to present a poster of your work at the meeting.
Every effort has been made to minimise the cost of attending this meeting in the beautiful, if slightly expensive, city of Barcelona. Preferentially low registration rates are available for academic participants and for employees of companies that are Institutional Members of the EFB. There will be grants of €200 to decrease the cost of participation for students, providing one senior member of the same group registers for the meeting at the normal fee.
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IVth International Conference on Biotechniques for Air Pollution Control
The IVth International Conference on Biotechniques for Air Pollution Control (Biotechniques-2011), will be held in A Coruña, Spain on October 12 - 14, 2011. Biotechniques-2011 covers a wide range of topics pertaining to the application of environmental biotechnology for air pollution control and related areas, through treatment processes in bioreactors and clean (bio) fuels production.
Recently, the application range of environmental bioprocesses has been extended and focusses both on the treatment (biodegradation) and prevention of pollution (bioconversion, biofuels). The conference opens new doors to industrial partners in order to facilitate research cooperation between academics and industries, potentially allowing commercialization of new biotechniques.
Prospective authors are invited to submit original research and application oriented papers in areas related to the different topics and sub-topics of the conference.
Prof C. Kennes
Address: Department of Chemical Engineering
Campus da Zapateira, University of La Coruña
Rua da Fraga 10, 15008, A Coruña, Spain
Telephone: 981 167 000; Ext: 2036
Pichia 2012 Conference & Hands-On Pichia Lab Course - ACIB
Following the Pichia 2009 Conference in Tucson, Arizona (USA), the next Pichia 2012 Conference (http://www.pichia2012.com/) will take place from February 29 – March 3, 2012 in Alpbach/Tyrol (Austria). The latest exciting research into and applications for Pichia will be presented in an inspiring and relaxed alpine atmosphere in the home village of Nobel Laureate, Erwin Schrödinger.
Immediately preceding the conference, a Hands-on Pichia laboratory course “From Idea to Protein Products” (http://www.hands-on.pichia2012.com/) will be held from February 26 to 29 in Graz, Styria (Austria).
2 - 6 October, 2011
Biotrans takes place every two years in Europe with attendance of 500-600 participants from academia and industry, focusing on applied and fundamental aspects of biocatalysis.
Biotrans 2011 will take place from 2 to 6 October 2011 in Giardini Naxos, Messina, located in a beautiful setting in the Sicily Island at the foot of Mt. Etna Volcano.
- Discovery and design of new biocatalysts
- Enzymes structure & mechanism, bioinformatics & modelling
- Biotransformations in organic synthesis
- Oxidative biocatalysis
- Biocatalysis for polymer and material chemistry
- Cascade chemo-enzymatic processes
- Biocatalysis and biorefineries
- Industrial process research & development
Science to Market
September 27 -28, 2011
Berlin - Germany
Registration via: www.eapb.org/s2m2011
For EFB members we offer one free poster presentation for each second delegate of an institute or company! (deadline for this offer is registration by August 15).
EAPB Conference aims to promote partnership between academic settings and industry. The goal is to enhance the economical output of scientific research and direct the results into marketable technologies and biopharmaceutical products. Recent biotechnological developments that may be of economic interest shall be identified and transfer of the academic know-how into product development shall be facilitated.
Therefore, European academic research scientists from universities and research institutions as well as representatives of the biotech and pharmaceutical industry are invited to exchange ideas that will lead to successful co-operations.
This conference will discuss issues concerning alterations in the drug development process with special emphasis laying on the requirement of early-on-collaborations between drug companies and diagnostic manufacturers during development. To achieve the conference goals, the congress offers plenary lectures on state-of-the-art technologies and findings in biopharmaceutical developments as well as poster presentations on current projects and networking opportunities.
Different patient stratification strategies will be discussed. Biomarkers for risk assessment or therapy surveillance will be presented. Further important topics are the new regulatory challenges and the corresponding new conception of clinical studies, the economical efforts and perspectives as well as ethical aspects of personalized medicine. As technology transfer is the fundamental idea behind this series of conferences the role of tech transfer offices for effective collaborations and partnerships between academia and industry and the mutual expectations will be described. ç Topics for poster presentations with short oral presentations
Day 1 presentations
Session 1: Novel therapeutics, vaccines and diagnostics
- 1a) Novel therapeutics
- 1b) Novel vaccines
- 1c) Novel diagnostics
Day 2: Presentations
Session 2: Novel technologies
- 2a) Novel up- and downstream developments
- 2b) Novel biopharmaceuticals drug formats and pharmaceutical developments
- 2c) Novel analytical tools
Chemical Tools and Challenges in Systems Biology 2011
27 September 2011
London - UK
The RSC Biotechnology Group and the Chemistry Biology Interface Division (CBID) would like to invite you to participate in this exciting one-day symposium, a follow-up to the successful conference with the same title held at GSK, Stevenage in October 2009. The emphasis of the symposium will be on exploring and promoting the synergies that chemical and biological sciences can deliver in the procurement of a deeper understanding of the complexity of biological systems.
8th ECCE + 1st ECAB
25 - 29 September, 2011
Welcome to Berlin, a city which stands for the great achievements of recent European history like no other. For four and a half decades Berlin had personified a divided Europe, for two decades Berlin has exemplified the unification of Europe. Now the European Congress of Chemical Engineering has come to Berlin together with the first European Congress of Applied Biotechnology showcasing how two technical and scientific areas, which have much in common and still have run next to each other, can come together, talk to each other, learn from another and have fun together. What better place can there be to do this than Berlin. Notwithstanding an exemplary scientific programme, Berlin with the Reichstag and Brandenburger Tor, the remains of the Berlin wall and the memorials of the difficult times of the not - so - long - ago history shall prove an inspiring and exciting experience for all participants.
Having the European Congress of Chemical Engineering and the European Congress of Applied Biotechnology together with several smaller events at the same place is an ambitious undertaking which holds the promise of finding new ideas in unexpected places. Looking at the topics nearly all areas of our life are somehow related to Chemical Engineering and Applied Biotechnology, most particularly those which are in the centre of public discussion today: energy, water, CO2 and not least safety. The research programme will also show that Engineering and Technology is not based on such popular topics only, but that sound science and engineering still involves new insights in the classical foundation: unit operations and transfer processes. Both have changed with the computational skills and the new methods that have become available over the last decade and will change even more with the focus on nano scale, on biological or on interface dominated systems.
Besides all excitement about innovation and research progress, one must not forget education. With the expected, upcoming shortage of skilled personnel education will become even more important. In Germany we have just experienced the first realignment of the national Bologna process. This is a good sign as it shows the willingness to continually improve the education system. It is now time for Chemical Engineers and Biotechnologists to evaluate the newly formed programmes and define what we believe makes out a sound education in Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology. It will need more than science and engineering, even more than social skills. It will need to form a person that is capable and willing to take responsibility for himself and for others. Globalisation and the changes in our economies will bring with them a much greater need to look beyond the task at hand.
This congress offers the chance to discuss all aspects of the dynamic changes which influences our lives, our jobs and our profession. You are most cordially invited to be part of our discussions, to meet colleagues and friends and enjoy an interesting stay in one of the most vibrant cities in Europe: Berlin.
The ProcessNet-Annual Meeting, DECHEMA’s Biotechnology Annual Meeting and a strong contribution of the EFB Section on Biochemical Engineering Science will widen the scope of these joint congresses.
In addition to the key topics, all aspects of Chemical Engineering and Applied Biotechnology will receive attention.
We would love to see you in Berlin!
Environmental Microbiology & Biotechnology Conference 2012
10 - 12 April 2012
Facoltà di Ingegneria - via Terracini 28, Bologna - Italy
EMB2012 aims to explore the major advances, frontiers and applications of Environmental Microbiology and Biotechnology in the modern area of the knowledge-based bio and green economy.
In particular, the conference will focus on the sustainable decontamination of polluted habitats, water resource purification and reuse, biofixation of climate change-inducing gases and the production of biobased chemicals, materials and fuels from biowaste or/and via the exploitation and management of novel microbes from non conventional or impacted habitats.
These are aspects of modern Environmental Microbiology and Biotechnology which should enable this forum to address several of the major “Agenda Europe 2020” priorities and to contribute to build up a more sustainable and competitive knowledge-based economy in Europe and in the Partner Countries.
- Advances on biodegradation of organics and inorganics, phytoremediation, mycoremediation
- Biomonitoring and bioremediation of emerging pollutants
- Research & Innovation on in-situ and ex-situ biotreatments and on aquifer, sediment, seawater and wastewater bioremediation and reuse
- Biotransformation and impacts of nanomaterials and biopolymers in the environment
- Organic waste multipurpose biorefineries
- Biofixation of CO2 in soils and via bioprocessing
- Exploitation of microbes from non-conventional, stressed or contaminated environments
For more information please click here.
Prof Fabio Fava, University of Bologna, EFB, SusChem Italy
22 - 25 August 2011
Bad Herrenalb Germany
Third Summer School of Medicines - SSM3
11 - 22 July 2011
Barcelona - Spain
SSM3, the Third Summer School on Medicines (www.ssm3.org) offers a unique 90-hour training program under a multicultural sponsorship in the wonderful setting of Barcelona. Make plans now for two full weeks of lively presentations and direct interactions with the Faculty, including two Case Studies and two Industry Challenges sessions, covering the whole value chain of medicines, from “ idea to market”. The SSM3 Faculty members (Speakers and Chairpersons) are leaders of the drug discovery and development industry and the sector as a whole, and contribute to create one of the most innovative and focused programs in drug discovery and development currently offered. The SSM3 program will include a poster session, where the students will have the opportunity to share with their colleagues the results of their research projects.
The students participating in SSM3 will also benefit from personalized visits to Pharmaceutical companies and Science Parks located in the Barcelona and Toulouse areas, two of the most dynamic regions in the fostering of innovation in biomedicine in Southern Europe.
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