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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:

  • Establish and promote effective open collaborative networking between academic research, industrial, commercial and private investment institutions to achieve the development of a bi-regional agro-industry sector with the aim of making a sustainable use of biological diversity of Latin American agricultural crops.
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  • Contribute to the sustainable development of marginal rural areas by strengthening formal and informal production chains dedicated to the commercialisation of often under-utilised crops with high nutritional and heath promoting potential.
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  • Promote transfer of knowledge, innovative technologies and develop appropriate intellectual property protection to meet niche market demands in the global international trade.

  • 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.

     

    Contact Info:

    Coordinator of the EULAFF Project
    Christian Suojanen
    Pg. Lluís Companys, 23, 08010 Barcelona, Spain
    Phone: + 34 93 268 87 96
    Mobile:  +34 617 907 347
    Fax: +34 93 268 45 00
    E-mail: christian@efb-central.org

    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
    E-mail:  javier.verastegui@bioeurolatina.com

    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.

    Contact Info:

    European Federation of Biotechnology
    Passeig Lluis Companys, 23
    08010 Barcelona
    Tel. +93 268 7703
    Fax. +93 268 4500
    efb@efb-central.org

    Plant Biotechnology: Green for Good IV - G4G

    19 - 22 June 2017
    Olomuc, Czech Republic

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    BioTech 2017

    13 - 17 June 2017
    Prague, Czech Republic

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    Designer Biology Symposium

    7 - 9 June 2017
    Vienna, Austria

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    9th Conference on Recombinant Protein Production – RPP9

    23 - 25 April 2017
    Dubrovnik, Croatia

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    9th UK GAP Junction Meeting

    12 December 2016
    Coventry, UK

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    New Board Members at EFB Microbial Physiology Section

    The EFB Microbial Physiology Section (µΦ) is delighted to welcome its new Board Members:

    Daniela De Biase
    Sapienza University of Rome

    John Morrissey
    University College Cork

    Conor O’Byrne
    NUI Galway NUI Galway

    The Federation would like to thank Joost Teixeira de Mattos and Enrico Beradi for their work. The µΦ Section wish them all the best in their future endeavours.

    Laboratory Health and Safety Training Course

    28 February 2017
    Newcastle − UK

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    A Practical Guide to Successfully Navigating the Patent System

    13 February 2017
    London − UK

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    Persuasive Scientific Report Writing Course

    26 January 2017
    London − UK

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    Food and water microbiology: Rapid confirmation using MALDI−TOF

    14 December 2016
    London − UK

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    EUROBIOTECH 2017

    11 - 14 September 2017
    Kraków − Poland

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    Philipp Corvini - Voice of Biotechnology

    Keime und Antibiotikaresistenzen – ein Eventthema, das uns alle betrifft
              By Sebastien Meunier
    Senior Project Manager Production Technologies
    Tel. +41 61 295 50 15
    sebastien.meunier[at]baselarea.swiss
    Original Source:
    https://goo.gl/Mgl2ul
    Innovation Report
    BaselArea.swiss
    05.10.2016

    Bereits zum siebten Mal findet am 25. Oktober 2016 der eintägige Event aus der Reihe der Wassertechnologie statt, den BaselArea.swiss gemeinsam mit der Hochschule für Life Sciences der Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz (HLS FHNW) organisiert. Am diesjährigen Event dreht sich im „Gare du Nord“ in Basel alles um „Keime, Antibiotikaresistenz und Desinfektion in Wassersystemen“.

    Die Teilnehmer erleben Vorträge und Diskussionen, Institutionen können sich in der Fachausstellung mit Postern zeigen und so zu vertieften Diskussionen anregen. Ein Schlüssel für den langjährigen Erfolg der Veranstaltungsreihe ist die Kooperation der beiden Partner. Thomas Wintgens vom Institut für Ecopreneurship der HLS FHNW betont: „Uns ist die Zusammenarbeit mit BaselArea.swiss sehr wichtig, weil die Organisation ein regional stark vernetzter Akteur im Bereich von Innovationsthemen ist.“

    Man habe eine gute Symbiose zwischen spezifischen, fachlichen Kompetenzen und dem Wissen über Themen und Akteure gefunden. „Auch in diesem Jahr ist es uns wieder gelungen, ein komplett neues Thema aufzunehmen“, sagt er. Die Forschungsaktivitäten der Gruppe um Philippe Corvini von der Hochschule für Life Sciences FHNW gaben den ersten Impuls zur diesjährigen Themenwahl.

    Philippe Corvini, warum ist das Thema „Keime, Antibiotikaresistenz und Desinfektion in Wassersystemen“ spannend für eine grosse Veranstaltung?
    Philippe Corvini: Das Thema ist in den letzten Jahren stärker in den Bereich der Umweltforschung vorgedrungen, immer mehr Arbeitsgruppen beschäftigen sich mit dem Verhalten und Vorkommen von Antibiotikaresistenzen in der Umwelt. Zudem haben auch auf nationaler Ebene die Aktivitäten zugenommen, es gibt ein nationales Forschungsprogramm und eine nationale Strategie zum Umgang mit Antibiotikaresistenzen. In den nächsten Jahren wollen wir intensiver untersuchen, wie sich diese Resistenzen zum Beispiel in biologischen Kläranlagen verhalten und welche Faktoren die Weitergabe von genetischen Informationen, die zu Antibiotikaresistenzen führen, beeinflussen.

    Welche neuen Erkenntnisse erwarten die Besucher?
    Philippe Corvini:
    Wir werden am Event die neuesten Ergebnisse unserer Forschung vorstellen. Bisher wurde eine Resistenz relativ simpel erklärt: In der Umwelt existiert ein Antibiotikum, wodurch sich Resistenz-Gene bilden. Diese werden übertragen, die Resistenz verbreitet sich. Wir haben nun entdeckt, dass resistente Bakterien ein Genom besitzen, das sich weiterentwickelt, so dass sie sich am Ende sogar von Antibiotika ernähren können. Diese resistenten Bakterien bauen also die Antibiotika-Konzentration ab, so dass Bakterien, die sonst empfindlich auf den Wirkstoff reagiert haben, nun im Medium überleben und sogar ihrerseits eine Resistenz entwickeln können. Wir hoffen, künftig die Ausbreitung der Resistenzen bremsen zu können.

    Wie könnte man dies schaffen?
    Thomas Wintgens:
    Wir werden demnächst im Pilotmasstab verschiedene Betriebsweisen von biologischen Kläranlagen untersuchen, um herauszufinden, wie diese Verbreitungswege durch Betriebseinstellungen in den Anlagen beeinflusst werden können. Ausserdem forschen wir an Filtern, welche die antibiotikaresistenten Keime zurückhalten und so die Keimzahl stark reduzieren können.

    Warum ist die diesjährige Veranstaltung auch für Laien interessant?
    Philippe Corvini:
    Ich glaube, fast jeder hat eine Meinung zum Thema Antibiotikaresistenz und viele Leute haben eine Ahnung, wie dringend das Thema ist. Schliesslich betrifft das Thema Gesundheit uns alle.

    Ein Fachevent – auch für Laien
    Laut Thomas Wintgens dürfen die Teilnehmer viele kompetente Redner erwarten: „Wir freuen uns zudem sehr, dass Helmut Brügmann von der Eawag die nationale Strategie und deren Bedeutung für den Umweltbereich vorstellen wird.“

    Generell berührt das Thema Wasser uns alle, weil es unser wichtigstes Lebensmittel ist. Wir konsumieren es als Trinkwasser, über Nahrungsmittel oder nutzen es für unsere persönliche Pflege. Gerade deswegen die Wassertechnologie laut Wintgens ein spannendes Thema für eine öffentliche Veranstaltung: „Wasserqualität ist jedem von uns wichtig und es besteht in der Öffentlichkeit ein grosses Interesse an diesem Thema.“ Gleichzeitig würden die Wassertechnologien aber auch Firmen die Möglichkeit bieten, innovative Produkte zu entwickeln und Stellen zu schaffen.

    Seit 2009 Plattform für das regionale Netzwerk
    Die HLS FHNW veranstaltet seit 2009 gemeinsam mit i-net/BaselArea.swiss die Veranstaltungsreihe im Bereich Wassertechnologie, welche jährlich rund 120 Teilnehmer anzieht. Die Idee, eine Eventreihe zu starten, entstand aus der Überzeugung heraus, dass Wasser in der Region ein wichtiges Thema ist und hier die Wertschöpfungskette vorhanden ist», so Thomas Wintgens. Jedes Jahr setzten die Verantwortlichen neue Themenschwerpunkte, zum Beispiel Mikroverunreinigungen im Wasserkreislauf, Membranverfahren oder Phosphor-Rückgewinnung. Wintgens erklärt: „Jedes Jahr machen Akteure aus der Forschung, der Technologie oder dem Bereich der Anwendungen mit und präsentieren sich vor Ort“.

    Der Plattform-Gedanke war den Initianten von Anfang an wichtig, der Event sollte das regionale Netzwerk stärken und Innovationsvorhaben ermöglichen. Diese Strategie hat sich laut Thomas Wintgens bewährt: „Der Anlass ist ein wichtiger Baustein in unserer Öffentlichkeitsarbeit und wurde zu einem festen Treffpunkt der Interessenten und Kooperationspartnern aus der Region“. Viele Teilnehmer würden den Event schon seit Jahren verfolgen und seien jeweils neugierig auf das Thema im nächsten Jahr.

    BaselArea.swiss und die Hochschule für Life Sciences FHNW  (HLS) führen am 25. Oktober im "Gare du Nord" in Basel ein Symposium unter dem Titel „Keime, Antibiotikaresistenz und Desinfektion in Wassersystemen“ mit Referenten aus den Bereichen Forschung, Verwaltung, Wasserversorgung und Technologieanbieter durch. Eine Anmeldung bis 19.10.2016 ist erforderlich.

         
           

    2nd International Conference on Post-Translational Modifications in Bacteria

    19 - 20 October 2016
    Lyon - France

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    5th International Conference on Novel Enzymes

    11 - 14 October 2016
    Groningen - The Netherlands

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    New Frontiers in Crop Research

    20 October 2016
    London - UK

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    Cheminformatics for Drug Design: Data, Models and Tools

    12 October 2016
    Duxford - UK

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    Sir Simon Campbell - Science, Art and Drug Discovery

    27 September 2016
    London - UK

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    GlaxoSmithKline Award Lecture

    17 November 2016
    London - UK

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    Taming Plant Viruses - Fundamental Biology to Bionanotechnology

    8 - 10 November 2016
    Pitlochry - UK

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    AstraZeneca 2016 Award Lecture: Mass spectrometry - from individual proteins to membrane assemblies

    17 October 2016
    London, UK

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    Biology Week

    10 October 2016
    London - UK

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    European Summit of Industrial Biotechnology - ESIB 2016

    14 - 16 November 2016
    Graz - Austria

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    Synthetic Biology UK 2016

    14 - 16 November 2016
    Edinburgh - UK

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    Pseudoenzymes 2016: from Signalling Mechanisms to Disease

    11 - 14 September 2016
    Liverpool - UK

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    Protein Modelling and Structure-Based Function Prediction

    20 - 21 June 2016
    Liverpool - UK

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    De-Mystifying X-ray Data Processing in Macromolecular Crystallography

    14—15 November 2016
    London - UK

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    SCI Young Researchers in Crop Sciences 2016

    14 July 2016
    Berkshire − UK

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    IEX 2016

    6 - 8 July 2016
    Cambridge - UK

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    Prof Graham MacGregor - Unhealthy Food: By Far the Biggest Cause of Death in the UK

    21 June 2016
    London - UK

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    European Biotech Week

    26 September - 2 October 2016
    Across Europe

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    3rd European Meeting of the International Society for Microbial Electrochemistry and Technology

    26 - 28 September 2016
    Rome - Italy

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    12th International Conference on Renewable Resources and Biorefineries

    30 May - 1 June 2016
    Ghent - Belgium

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    41th FEBS Congress

    3 - 8 September 2016
    Ephesus - Turkey

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    Cilia, Cytoskeleton and Cancer

    25 - 26 April 2016
    Edinburgh - UK

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    79th Harden Conference: Oxygen Evolution and Reduction − Common Principles

    16 - 20 April 2016
    Innsbruck - Austria

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    Bioiberoamérica 2016

    5 - 8 June 2016
    Salamanca - Spain

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    European Cytoskeletal Forum - Cell Adhesion and Migration

    20 − 23 June 2016
    Cambridge − UK

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    6th SCI/RSC Symposium on GPCRs in Medicinal Chemistry

    13 − 15 June 2016
    London − UK

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    Lister Memorial Lecture 2016: Antimicrobial Resistance - The Global Problem

    8 June 2016
    Edinburgh-Scotland

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    Kinase 2016: Next Generation Inhibitors

    17 May 2016
    Nottingham - UK

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    Quantitative Proteomics and Data Analysis − Training Day

    4 - 5 April 2016
    Chester - UK

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    Sir Paul Nurse - The Francis Crick Institute: tackling the world’s biggest health problems faster

    30 March 2016
    London - UK

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    BMP Signalling in Cancer

    15 - 17 March 2016
    Cambridge - UK

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    5th SCI/RSC Symposium on Ion Channels as Therapeutic Targets

    14 - 15 March 2016
    Cambridge - UK

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    mRNA Therapies: Now and Next

    11 March 2016
    London - UK

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    Trypanosomes, Tryapanosome-Host Interactions and Transmission: Evoloutionary Approaches to Tackling

    4 March 2016
    London - UK

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    Early Immune Responses to Murine Norovirus Infection

    26 February 2016
    London - UK

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    Bayesian Models of Human Multi-Sensory Perception

    19 February 2016
    London - UK

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    Life on the Edge: The New Science of Quantum Biology

    2 February 2016
    London - UK

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    New Approaches in Medicinal Chemistry

    27 January 2016
    Stevenage - UK

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    Do Scientists Dream about Synthetic Sheep?

    12 January 2016
    London - UK

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    Do you know an outstanding bioscientist who deserves recognition?

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    Would you like support for your event? Next deadline for proposals 15 January 2016

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    9th International Conference on Fiber and Polymer Biotechnology

    7 - 9 September 2016
    Osaka - Japan

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    11th International Conference on Protein Stabilisation - ProtStab2016

    9 - 11 May 2016
    Istanbul - Turkey

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    Microbial Stress: From Molecules to Systems - 2015

    12 - 15 November 2015
    Sitges - Spain

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    PYFF6 - 6th Conference on Physiology of Yeasts and Filamentous Fungi

    11 - 14 July 2016
    Lisbon - Portugal

    Programme is available: PYFF6 Programme

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    Peter Mitchell and the Chemiosmotic Theory - A story of the difficulty of introduction of a ...

    9 March 2016
    London - UK

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    Rapid Rise of New Microbiological Techniques:- Is this the future?

    1 December 2015
    London - UK

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    Human Pheromones: Where did we go wrong? What should we do next?

    18 November 2015
    London - UK

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    Prof Kevin Harrington - Using Viruses to Treat Cancer: Turning Poachers into Gamekeepers

    11 November 2015
    London - UK

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    Symposium on Fibrosis Disease: medicinal chemistry progress from biological target to the clinic

    10 November 2015
    Slough - UK

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    MIBio 2015: Stability of biopharmaceuticals – From molecular interactions to successful products

    21 October 2015
    Cambridge - UK

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    Prof Simon Lovestone - Alzheimer’s disease: big problem, Big Data, big solution?

    13 October 2015
    London - UK

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    Developing Biochemical Society training events

    25 September 2015

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    6th International Conference on Analysis of Microbial Cells at the Single Cell Level

    19-22 July 2015
    Retz - Austria

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    Scalable suspension culture of human pluripotent stem cells

    9 June 2015
    Webinar

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    Textile Biotechnology Symposia (TBS)

    9 - 10 December 2015
    Wuxi - China

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    Imaging: Recent Advances and Biomedical Applications

    30 September 2015
    London - UK

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    A paradigm shift for understanding and treatment of mental health disorders? - Prof Ed Bullmore

    28 May 2015
    London - UK

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    Understanding and Harnessing Bio-Catalysis for Biofuel

    29 June - 1 July 2015
    York - UK

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    8th Conference on Recombinant Protein Production – RPP8

    22-24 April 2015
    Mallorca - Spain

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    Asian Congress on Biotechnology 2015 (ACB2015)

    15 - 19 November 2015
    Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia

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    Agrisciences Young Researchers 2015: Crop Production, Protection and Utilisation

    8 July 2015
    Bracknell, UK

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    Molecular Oncology - Past, Present and Future of Anti-Cancer Drug Design

    29 April 2015
    London, UK

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    Agri Innovation 2015: Emerging Science and Technologies in Crop Research

    22 April 2015
    London, UK

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    12th World Congress of Chinese Medicine

    24 - 26 September 2015
    Barcelona - Spain

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    Nanomedicine advancing from bench−to−bedside: the role of materials

    11−15 May 2015
    Lille − France

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    BAC 2015

    8 - 10 July 2015
    Salamanca − Spain

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    Advanced Biomanufacturing Conference

    18 - 19 May 2015
    Sheffield - UK

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    11th International Meeting on Yeast Apoptosis - IMYA XI

    29 September -  3 October 2015
    Porto - Portugal

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    Annual EBSA Meeting 2015

    21 - 22 April 2015: Pre-conference Courses
    Vienna - Austria

    23 - 24 April 2015: Annual Conference
    Vienna - Austria

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    Ecomondo 19th International Trade Fair of Material & Energy Recovery and Sustainable Development

    3 − 6 November 2015
    Rimini − Italy

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    8th Edition of European Symposium on Biopolymers

    16 − 18 September 2015
    Roma − Italy

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    8th International Conference on Environmental Engineering and Management

    9 − 12 September 2015
    Iasi − Romania

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    6th European Bioremediation Conference

    29 June − 2 July 2015
    Chania, Crete − Greece

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    Dead or Alive? Airborne Particles

    09 February 2015
    London, UK

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    Photonic chip enabled non-invasive glucose biosensor

    23 January 2015
    London, UK

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    Prions as novel epigenetic determinants in fungi

    16 January 2015
    London, UK

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    Biofuels - hype or reality?

    28 April 2015
    London, UK

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    Enhancing Molecular Bioscience Education

    30-31 March 2015
    Cambridge, UK

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    Bacterial Electron Transfer Processes and their Regulation

    15-18 March 2015
    Vimeiro, Portugal

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    Bioflavour 2015

    9 - 11 September 2015
    Frankfurt - Germany

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    Task Force on Bioeconomy

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    Dr. Alfredo Aguilar (Chairman)
    Task Force on Bioeconomy Chairman
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    Brian Clark, pioneer of structural biology and tRNA discovery

    Brian Clark, pioneer of structural biology and tRNA discovery.

    The Federation is sorry to report the death of our Vice-President Professor Brian Frederic Carl Clark, who died in Aarhus on Monday 6th October 2014, at the age of 78.

    Biotechnology has lost one of its founders and most brilliant scientists. Brian, together with Kjeld Marcker, demonstrated in 1966 that protein synthesis in Escherichia coli is initiated with a N−formylmethionine: the initiator codon had been discovered. Just few years later, Brian was the first author of the paper describing the crystallisation and the first structural determination of tRNA, thus opening an era in structural and molecular biology.

    Brian has been an inspiring mentor for many scientists, a good friend for many of us, and an extremely active contributor in our field until his last days: just this year he was responsible for major anniversary symposia in Cambridge and New York.

    As Vice−President of our Federation, he was a strong advocate of biotechnology and international cooperation, and especially provided young researchers with strong support, encouragement and example.


    In honour of his memory,

    The Executive Board

    Plant Biotechnology: Green for Good III

    15 – 18 June 2015
    Olomouc - Czech Republic

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    Translational Biocatalysis

    16 December 2014
    London - England

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