European Federation of Biotechnology



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.

  • 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.

  • 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

    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.

    Contact Info:

    European Federation of Biotechnology
    Passeig Lluis Companys, 23
    08010 Barcelona
    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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    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

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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

    Register here & submit your abstract!
    Extended Abstract Deadline for EFB members: 20th March 2015
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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

    For further information on the activities of this Task Group please contact:

    Dr. Alfredo Aguilar (Chairman)
    Task Force on Bioeconomy Chairman

    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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    Green Chemistry for Pharma

    23-24 September 2014
    Graz - Austria

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    3rd meeting on Applied Synthetic Biology in Europe

    Early 2016

    Following the success of the first (Barcelona) and second (Malaga) meetings in this series, the third meeting will be held in early 2016 in Southern Europe. The meeting will again focus on the application of synthetic biology tools, techniques and methods for development and optimisation of biological processes.

    More information soon

    Focus on Frontiers in Industrial Biotechnology

    17-19 November 2014
    London - England

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    BIOTEC 2014 - SEBIOT

    July 1 – 4 2014
    Madrid - Spain

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    12th Biotrans - 2015

    July 26 – 30 2015
    Vienna - Austria

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    4th International Conference on Novel Enzymes

    October 14-17 2014
    Ghent - Belgium

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    3rd Multistep Enzyme Catalyzed Processes Congress (MECP14)

    7-10 April 2014
    Madrid - Spain

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    3rd BioProScale Symposium “Inhomogeneities in large-scale bioprocesses”

    2-4 April 2014
    Berlin - Germany

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    Post-Translational Modifications in Bacteria

    9-10 September 2014
    Göttingen - Germany

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    10th International Meeting on Yeast Apoptosis (IMYA X)

    14-18 May 2014
    Gothenburg - Sweden

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    11th BIOTRANS Conference

    July 21-25 2013
    Manchester City - United Kingdom

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    The 16th International Biotechnology Symposium and Exhibition (16th IBS, IBS2014)

    14 – 19 September 2014 Fortaleza
    Ceara - Brazil

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    SCI Members’ Forum 2013

    November 19 2013
    London - United Kingdom

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    A New Age for Coal with Carbon Capture and Storage

    November 7 2013
    London - United Kingdom

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    Barriers and Enablers of Biotechnology in the Current Global Market

    November 7 2013
    London - United Kingdom

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    On-Line and At-Line Analytical Technologies in the Industrial Biotechnology Sector

    November 14 2013
    London - United Kingdom

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    ILMAC – Competence in Process and Laboratory Technology

    September 24-27 2013
    Basel - Switzerland

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    ACIB Science Days 2013

    September 10 -12 2013
    Graz, Styria (Austria)

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    October 8-11 2013
    Krakow -Poland

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    Microbial Resource Management for Polluted Marine Environments and Bioremediation - 2014

    January 16-18 2014
    Hammamet, Tunisia

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    BioTech 2014

    June 11-14 2014
    Prague - Czech Republic

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    ProtStab 2014 - 10th International Conference on Protein Stabilisation

    May 7-9, 2014
    Stresa, Lake Maggiore, Italy

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    Olomouc Biotech 2013 Plant Biotechnology: Green for Good II

    June 17 – 21 2013
    Olomouc - Czech Republic

    The early bird registration for G4G2 conference has been extended until March 31, 2013

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    International Conference on Nanotheranostics (ICoN 2013)

    September 26-28 2013
    Larnaca - Cyprus

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    2nd Applied Synthetic Biology in Europe

    25-27 November 2013 Málaga - Spain

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    10th Carbohydrate bioengineering Meeting - CBM10

    21 – 25 April, 2013

    Prague Czech Republic

    Main Topics

    • Mechanisms and structure-function relationships of carbohydrate modifying enzymes
    • Glycomics, systems glycobiology, and bioinformatics
    • Synthesis, structure and function of carbohydrates and glycoconjugates
    • Carbohydrate and enzyme engineering
    • Carbohydrates in health and medicine
    • New materials and nanomaterials from carbohydrates as renewable resources

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    Online Survey to define the Functions and Contents of the MIRRI

    Online Survey to define the Functions and Contents of the Microbial Resource Research Infrastructure (MIRRI). MIRRI will construct a pan-European distributed Research Infrastructure, connecting resource holders with stakeholders (researchers from private and public institutions, companies, policy makers, funding bodies) in a sustainable multipurpose platform facilitating efficient access to high quality microorganisms, their derivatives and associated data, as well as to related expertise and services, for progress of science and to meet the needs of innovation in biotechnology. MIRRI seeks your input to gather the necessary feedback from the User communities in order to construct MIRRI in line with your needs and expectations by completing the questionnaire at

    Survey closure date: May 15th, 2013.

    European Congress on Biotechnology - ECB16

    13-16 July 2014
    Edinburgh - Scotland

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    Recombinant Protein Production - RPP7

    6-8 March 2013 Laupheim - Germany

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    PYFF - 5th Conference on Physiology of Yeast and Filamentous Fungi

    4-7 June 2013
    Montpellier - France

    During the last years, the explosion of comparative and functional genomics, the development of system and synthetic biology and the expansion of metabolic and evolutionary engineering, have boosted up our understanding of these eukaryotic models and led to exiting developments in the biotechnological, food and pharmaceutical industries. The 5th PYFF is a unique opportunity to explore the latest advances in the basic and applied aspects of the physiology of these eukaryotic models and for exchanges between the yeast and fungal research communities

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    UK backs GM food: a new scenario for Europe?

    UK backs GM food: a new scenario for Europe?

    British Environment Secretary Owen Paterson backed on Monday the use of GM food, stressing their importance in British future food security. In an important remark Mr. Paterson stressed the environmental benefits deriving from GM technology, which might include the reduction in the use of pesticides and farmers’ fuel use. An important Minister of a European country releases a declaration on GM food based on available scientific evidence, rather than electoral trends.

    “The European Federation of Biotechnology welcomes the British position” – says Professor Marc Van Montagu, President of EFB – “this is certainly an opportunity for the future of Europe, and needs a European solution; we know the UK Government is not alone, and we are confident this will be the chance to stimulate a new way forward. The EFB will play its role in bridging the Scientific community with Institutions and Society, and support the Commission services who already advanced interesting proposals”.

    GM technology offers today environmental friendly and sustainable production solutions that Europe cannot ignore.

    EFB is actively engaged in building bridges between the scientific community, European institutions, Industry and Society: in the context of participatory approaches, Biotechnology offers a chance we cannot miss to develop a leading Europe 2020.

    For more information please click here: UK Government Press-Release Official.pdf

    European Symposium of Biopolymers- ESBP 2013

    7 - 9 October 2013 Lisbon - Portugal

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    7th International Conference on Environmental Engineering and Management - Integration ICEEM

    18 - 21 September 2013 Vienna - Austria

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    Knowledge for Growth

    30 May 2013 Ghent - Belgium

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    Fruit and Vegetables: Measuring Intake and Encouraging Increased Consumption

    21 December 2012
    London - UK

    This seminar will outline possible novel biomarkers of Fruit and Vegetable consumption and will examine the feasibility of different approaches to encourage increased fruit and vegetable consumption.

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    Venoms - The Sharp End of Drug Discovery

    December 14 2012
    London - UK

    Thr talk presented by the Director of the UK’s only commercial venom lab will cover the past, present and future potential of venoms as therapeutics, the new age of biologicals and a little on working with the world’s most dangerous animals!

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    New Challenges and Approaches to Drug Detection in Animal Sport

    December 7 2012
    London- Uk

    Drug testing in animal sports predates human dope detection by several decades largely driven by the central role of beting in greyhound and horseracing. Initially drug testing methods were intended to detect the misuse of drugs capable of either improving or degrading performance. In recent times sport regulators have made animal welfare the paramount concern and therapeutic drug detection has taken a central role in ensuring racing animals are not made to compete whilst unfit. As a result, a typical horseracing laboratory is expected to screen and detect a much larger number of drugs than are equivalent human testing laboraties which are mainly concerned with preventing cheating. The use of mass spectrometry is key to detecting the diverse range of target analytes required by the sport. In this presentation we will discuss how the technique is being applied to improving screening methods, the use of alternative sample matrices such as hair and detection of designer drugs.

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    7 - 10 November 2012
    Rimini - Italy

    It is a showcase of the most advanced technological solutions for the most effective management and transformation of waste of any kind, as well as to save water, achieve energy efficiency and reuse resources. It is the benchmark forum to debate with experts on the main technical problems facing the various industrial sectors managing waste, primary resource management (water, land, air) and protecting and regenerating the environment. It is an unrivalled source of ONE-to-ONE BUSINESS, information and training for professionals in the industry.

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    15th European Congress on Biotechnology

    The European Congress on Biotechnology (ECB) is one of the most relevant events of Biotechnology in Europe. Unique in bringing together international researchers, young scientists, executives, entrepreneurs and policy makers from all disciplines of biotechnology, the European Congress on Biotechnology offers a platform to present and discuss the recent developments of Biotechnology.

    The next ECB will be held in Istanbul - Turkey from the 23th to 26th September 2012, hosted by the Turkish Biotechnology Association. We invite you to visit the official website

    Biocatalysis in Lipid Modification

    19 – 21 September 2012,

    Greifswald, Germany

    Biocatalysis in Lipid Modification

    Sept. 19 – 21, 2012, Institute of Biochemistry, Greifswald University, Greifswald, Germany

    Organized by the division Biotechnology / Enzyme Technology of Euro Fed Lipid


    - To bring together researchers active in the area of enzymatic lipid modification

    - To provide a platform to exchange recent achievements in this area covering basic research as well as aspects related to process development / up-scaling using solated enzymes and whole cell systems

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    Bioprocess Engineering Course (BEC2012)


    From September 2 to 8, 2012, the traditional well-established

    Bioprocess Engineering Course (BEC2012)
    (commonly referred to as the Brac-Course)

    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:

    With best wishes

    Andreas Lübbert
    Working Group Chairman

    Andreas Lübbert
    Center for Bioprocess Engineering
    Institute of Biochemistry and Biotechnology
    Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg
    Kurt-Mothes-Str. 3 / 320.2
    D-06120 Halle/Saale
    T +49 345 5525 942
    F +49 345 5527 260

    Bioprocess Engineering Course
    Island of Brac, Croatia, September 2-8

    Protein Engineering for Biocatalysis Conference

    29 – 31 August 2012,

    Greifswald, Germany

    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

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    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 (

    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.

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    International Symposium Mediterranean Agro‐industrial Wastes and Effluents

    5 ‐ 8 June, 2012
    Santarem, Portugal

    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.

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    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!

    Final Reminder: Abstracts must be submitted by 30th of April 2012.

    To submit your abstract please click here: ECB-15 Abstracts

    For more information on confirmed speakers & Programme please click here: ECB-15 Speakers

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    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.


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    Online abstract submission can be found at: (


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    BioAsia 2012

    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
    Toulouse, France

    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

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    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.

    For more information please click here.

    Contact Info:

    Organising Committee

    Tim Overton, University of Birmingham
    Darren Nesbeth, University College, London
    Jeff Cole, University of Birmingham

    Secretariat, EFB Central Office, Barcelona: Tel:  +34 93 402 0599
    Camilo Pizarro
    Fernando Carreno
    Karsten Zimny

    IVth International Conference on Biotechniques for Air Pollution Control

    12 - 14 October 2011 La Coruña, Spain
    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 ( 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” ( will be held from February 26 to 29 in Graz, Styria (Austria).

    Biotrans 2011

    2 - 6 October, 2011
    Sicilia, Italy

    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:

    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

    Programme details you will find here with beginning March 2011.


    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
    Berlin, Germany

    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.

    Main Topics

    • 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.

    Conference Chair:

    Prof Fabio Fava, University of Bologna, EFB, SusChem Italy


    Biotransformations 2011

    22 - 25 August 2011
    Bad Herrenalb Germany

    Biotransformations 2011 are very rapidly evolving methods for the production of bulk and fine chemicals. It is the goal of this summer school to introduce highly motivated postgraduates and postdocs from industry and academia at an early stage of their career to the interdisciplinary challenges of biotransformations. At the summer school a wide selection of topics will be discussed, ranging from the newest biocatalysts and expression systems, aligned evolution, and large-scale screening through to approaches in biochemical engineering. For more information please Click Here

    Third Summer School of Medicines - SSM3

    11 - 22 July 2011
    Barcelona - Spain

    SSM3, the Third Summer School on Medicines ( 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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