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EFB Position Paper

In response to the ruling of 25 of July 2018 by the Court of Justice of the European Union regarding the regulatory framework for genetic engineering, the European Federation of Biotechnology has published its position papers. The EFB explains why some gene editing should not be considered as equivalent to genetic engineering and why the regulatory framework for genetic engineering should not be extended to those methods of gene editing. In the position papers, the EFB presents the reasons why the CJEU ruling should be revised.
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Open Statement

European scientists urgently reach out to the newly elected European Parliament and European Commission to enable the potential of genome editing for sustainable agriculture and food production

One year after the ruling of CJEU in case C-528/16 on GMO, European scientists from various research institutions and industry have united and, in the Open Statement, they reach out the EU institutions to point out the necessity of legislation revision. The current interpretation of the EU law prevents the use of genome editing methods for sustainable agriculture and food production in the EU.
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EFB GM Statement

European Federation of Biotechnology's View on Benefits of Gene Editing

The document gives additional information on the ruling of the Court of Justice of European Union in case C-528/16 on gene editing technologies and the impact it will have on innovation in the area of biotechnology in Europe. Our hope is that the information can be used in rallying support from researchers around Europe and to explain to politicians why the legislation on which the ruling is based should be revised.
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Akihiko Kondo confirmed as ECB2020 keynote speaker

ECB2020 – 28 June - 1 July 2020, Maastricht, The Netherlands

We are pleased to announce that Director of Biorefinery Center and Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Kobe University will deliver a keynote lecture at ECB2020 in Maastricht.

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On 10-13 June, Plant Biotechnology: Green for Good V conference was held in Olomouc, Czech Republic. The meeting organised by EFB and C. R. Haná was attended by over 140 biotechnologists from 20 countries. New trends in plant biotechnology, genetics and plant biochemistry were presented by speakers from 15 countries and on 85 posters.

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The seventh “Conference on Physiology of Yeasts and Filamentous Fungi (PYFF7)” held in Milano, at the University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy, from June 24th to June 27th attracted 237 international scientists who shared their viewpoints and recent outcomes concerning the mechanisms involved in the physiology of yeasts and filamentous fungi and the cutting-edge technologies developed for achieving novel knowledge. The 62 oral and 119 poster presentations covered different aspects, from fundamental research to applications in many and diverse fields, enabling an active interaction among participants, cross fertilization of ideas and shares of visions. The diverse backgrounds of the participants as well as the high scientific level of the presentations promoted stimulating discussions that livened up comments after any talk.

Organisers are very pleased of the success and of the echo of the meeting, and they take the opportunity to thank all the speakers, participants, sponsors and scientific committee members that made all this possible

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Stem Cell Community Day 2019

Bringing the global stem cell research community together
Following up on two successful events on recent advances in the stem cell field, Eppendorf is hosting the Stem Cell Community Day 2019 on November 21 in Lisbon, Portugal.
We invite all researchers to discuss challenges, opportunities, and achievements in stem cell bioprocessing with a special focus on controlled cultivation in stirred-tank bioreactors.
Submit your abstract for a poster presentation until 1st October 2019 and have the chance to win 1000 Euros!
Check out our website as we update the program on a regular basis.

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ADMET 2019

The aim of the day is to provide participants with a practical understanding of ADMET parameters, how to diagnose common ADMET problems and how to improve compound design to overcome these problems. The event is aimed at organic chemists working in a pharmaceutical research environment and students thinking about a career in this sector.
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Providing a great opportunity for people in the arbovirus research community to meet and exchange ideas. Key topics at The Third International Meeting on Arboviruses and their Vectors include Pathogenesis, immunology and vaccines, Virus–host interactions, Virus replication and Vector biology.
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Open Call for ACTIP Fellowships Applications 2019-2020

ACTIP is an informal science-based forum of European companies employing animal cell technology in the development and production of biopharmaceuticals, vaccines and other preventative or therapeutic approaches.
Twice a year the ACTIP member company representatives, invited speakers and observer companies meet to discuss scientific research, development, technology and regulatory topics of mutual interest.
ACTIP opens up these informal industrial meetings to young scientists working on a project in biomanufacturing or related activity of industrial interest, i.e. development of new expression systems, new mammalian cell lines, cell culture processes, test development.
The ACTIP Fellowship consists of all costs paid to attend a two-day ACTIP meeting.

Deadline: 9 August 2019
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Industry Skills Certificate

The Industry Skills Certificate is a new initiative by the Royal Society of Biology, designed to support the employability of scientists into industry. The certificate will recognise a set of skills and knowledge gained through participation in online and in-person training courses. The certificate is beneficial for PhD students, early career researchers, postdoctoral researchers, and those currently working in industry to gain core business skills.
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Science Communication Competition 2019

“We were pleased to see such a variety of interesting and creative entries to this year’s competition. Science is often a complex and challenging topic to communicate so it’s essential that we continue to encourage and support effective science communicators to help promote better understanding of these important topics amongst wider society.”
Dr Helen Watson, Chair of the Biochemical Society’s Education

The winning articles are included within the Society’s bi-monthly magazine, The Biochemist, and are published online along with the winning video entries.
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EFB Events

Designer Biology 2019
organised by EFB Polymer Biotechnology & EFB Bioengineering and Bioprocessing Section
31 July - 2 August 2019
Newcastle - UK

10 European Symposium on Biopolymers
Sponsored by EFB Polymer Biotechnology
25 - 27 September 2019
Straubing - Germany

European Congress on Biotechnology

organised by EFB
28 June 1 - July 2020
Maastricht - The Netherlands

EFB Member Events

IMAV 2019: International Meeting on Arboviruses and their Vectors
organised by Microbiology Society
5 − 6 September 2019
Glasgow − Scotland

20th SCI/RSC Medicinal Chemistry Symposium
organised by SCI
8 − 11 September 2019
Cambridge − UK

7th EUROBIOTECH Congress
co-organised by Polish Academy of Sciences
23 − 25 September 2019
Krakow − Poland

New Synthetic Methods II
organised by SCI
10 October 2019
London − UK

What can Big Data do for Chemistry II
organised by SCI
16 October 2019
London − UK

Microbes in Medicine: A Century of Microbiology at Trinity College Dublin
organised by Microbiology Society
24 – 25 October 2019
Dublin− Ireland

Antimicrobial Drug Discovery from Traditional and Historical Medicine
organised by Microbiology Society
29 October 2019
Oxford − UK

The 7th international Workshop on Nanotechnology and Application IWNA 2019
co-organised by AFOB
6 - 9 November 2019
Phan Thiet – Vietnam

What A Chemist Needs To Know About Biology 1: In Vitro Biology
co-organised by SCI
11 November 2019
London – UK

Young Asian Biochemical Engineers’ Community (YABEC-East 2019)
organised by AFOB
22 -25 November 2019
Seul – Korea

Synthetic Biology 2019
organised by Biochemical Society
9 − 10 December 2019
Warwick − UK
European Federation of Biotechnology
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Baldiri Reixac 4-8
08028 Barcelona, Spain