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EFB Announces its New Divisions

EFB Announces its New Divisions

The General Assembly of the Federation unanimously approved a proposal to replace our current five sections with seven Divisions covering the following broader fields:



Biopharmaceutical and Medical Biotechnology

Bioprocessing and Bioengineering

Environmental Biotechnology

Microbial Biotechnology

Plant, Agriculture and Food

New activities, new websites and new Committees will be added to the EFB website in the coming months.
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EFB Division on Microbial Biotechnology

The EFB Division on Microbial Biotechnology was established by the General Assembly on 26 June 2020. Diethard Mattanovich (University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria) and Paola Branduardi (University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy) were appointed as Founding Chair and Vice Chair. In the next few weeks, the European microbial biotechnology community will be invited to propose topics and activities that the Division should address and promote. Expressions of interest to engage in the new Division are highly welcome and should be sent to [email protected] and [email protected].

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EFB Newly Elected Board Members

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EFB would like to welcome and congratulate Heleen De Wever, Michaela Holecová, Joachim Klein, Jean-Luc Simon, Cecelia Roque, Ulrich Schwaneberg, Manfred Zinn, Paola Branduardi, Fabio Fava and Sebastian Wendeborn on their election to the EFB Executive Board. .

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Microbial Stress Congress 2020
We are delighted to remind readers that Early-bird Registration for the 5th EFB Microbial Stress Meeting is still open until July 25th. The abstract submission deadline has been extended to 1st August 2020.

The meeting will take place in Rome from 16-18th of November 2020. This year the programme includes internationally-known experts in the field giving talks on topics such as second messenger signalling in bacteria, stress sensing, stress and antibiotic resistance, biofilms, organic acid stress in yeasts, metal ion stress, yeast transcriptional response to stress amongst others. The meeting includes keynote lectures from Prof James Bardwell (University of Michigan, USA) on chaperone folding under stress conditions and from Prof Regine Hengge (Hermann von Helmholtz University, Berlin, Germany) on second messenger signalling.

This interdisciplinary meeting is an ideal forum to exchange ideas with leading scientists and form new collaborations. In the historic setting of Rome this promises to be a very enjoyable and stimulating meeting, so do not miss it!
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COVID-19 Contingency Plan

We are monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely and will adhere to all relevant authorities’ recommendations. On September 4th we will issue a final confirmation that the meeting will be held in Rome. If the circumstances do not allow for a live meeting, we will hold a virtual conference instead, with presentations being delivered online. If this situation occurs, a 75% refund will be applied to all registration fees paid.

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Don't miss the chance to share your research in ASBEV!

We are monitoring COVID-19 and will follow relevant authorities’ recommendations. Due to restrictions brought about by social distancing, the number of participants will be limited and participation will be allocated on a first comes-first serves basis. Register soon to secure your spot in Delft and learn about the latest developments in Synthetic Biology by experts from both academy and industry.

Confirmation that the meeting will be held in Delft after summer, or, if the circumstances do not allow for this, we will hold a virtual conference. If this is the case, a 75% discount will be applied to all registration fees.

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This meeting has been selected by the Federation of European Microbiological Societies (FEMS) to offer grants for Early Career Researchers.
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Why should you present your abstract at the ECB2021 - IBS 2021 Congress?

Why should you present your abstract at ECB2021 - IBS 2021 Congress?

Do not delay, submit your abstract before the deadline of 1 February 2021. Discounted early bird registration fees are now available!

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New Biotechnology - Diverse human VH antibody fragments with bio-therapeutic properties from the Crescendo Mouse

Gene editing as a tool for sustainable food

The recently published Green Deal of the European Commission stated within the context of the ‘Farm to Fork’ strategy that the EU needs to develop innovative ways to reduce dependency on pesticides and fertilizers, reverse biodiversity loss while at the same time provide society with sufficient, nutritious, sustainable and affordable food.

Tools required to achieve these targets will include innovative plant breeding technologies, especially precision breeding. This technology, also known as genome editing, allows scientists and breeders to develop desired crop varieties in a faster, relatively simple and much more directed way compared to previous breeding techniques.
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EFB Journal New Biotechnology

Impact factor increased from 3.7 to 4.7

Application of anammox within an integrated approach to sustainable food waste management and valorization

In this study, the anammox process was applied for the first time to the treatment of ammonium-rich liquid residues produced by the two-stage anaerobic digestion of food waste (2sAD-FW); such residues may represent a significant environmental issue if not properly managed. The results suggest that anammox may be successfully integrated into a 2sAD-FW system, thus enhancing its environmental sustainability.
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Fédération Française des Biotechnologies

Enhancing microbial strains and cell lines for industrial applications

Significant improvements have been done to understand and improve the selection/adaptation, rewire existing or construct new metabolic pathways to improve the properties of bacteria, yeast and mammalian cell lines used in industry. This two-day event gathering experts from industry and academia gives a unique “transdomain” opportunity to share experiences with the common goal of better selecting and improving robustness, yield, productivity and safety of various “cell factories” used for industrial bioproduction. An exhibition space will be provided as well as many opportunities for B to B meetings.
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The Microbiology Society are pleased to announce our Publish and Read agreement with the Spanish National Research Council

The largest institution dedicated to research in Spain, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) signs three-year transformative agreement with The Microbiology Society.

The Publish and Read Agreement enables researchers working in biology and biomedicine to gain visibility for their articles through Open Access publishing without bearing the costs of APC charges.
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FGC / YCP Webinar Series

SCI is pleased to announce a series of free webinars that showcase the quality of chemistry presented at their meetings to a wider audience and to provide interesting subject-based content during a time when face to face conferences and learning is restricted. Each Webinar will feature a single 45 minute or two paired 25-minute presentations, allowing plenty of time for discussion and questions from the audience.
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The Technical Skills Certificate is the latest initiative by the Royal Society of Biology, which follows on from the successful launch of the Industry Skills Certificate in 2019. This certificate is designed to support the career development of technical staff working in higher education, industry or in a private laboratory. The certificate supports competency development for our Registered Science Technician (RSciTech) professional recognition award.

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Palacký University is to integrate its scientific capacities into a new higher education institute

The Academic Senate of Palacký University has approved the statute of the Czech Institute of Research and Advanced Technologies of Palacký University (CATRIN). The newly-established institute will integrate three university centres—Centre of the Region Haná for Biotechnological and Agricultural Research (CRH), Regional Centre of Advanced Technologies and Materials (RCPTM) and Institute of Molecular and Translational Medicine (IMTM). Interest in cooperation was already expressed by representatives of the University Hospital Olomouc and the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry of the CAS. After two years of intense negotiations, Palacký University will open the new scientific institute this October.

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Science for Life Laboratory

Researchers reveal new mechanism behind skin cancer metastasis

Researchers from SciLifeLab, KTH and Stanford University, have identified a new type of cancer cells, responsible for the metastasis of skin cancer. The discovery might help researchers understand the metastasis of other types of cancers as well, and might lead to the investigation of new drug targets.

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Biomaterials Division

17th International Symposium on Biopolymers

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EFB Events

5th Applied Synthetic Biology in Europe
co-organised by EFB Bioprocessing and Bioengineering Division & Microbial Biotechnology Division
2 - 4 November 2020
Delft - Netherlands

Microbial Stress 2020
organised by EFB Microbial Biotechnology Division
16 - 18 November 2020
Rome - Italy

European Congress on Biotechnology

organised by EFB
9 - 12 May 2021
Maastricht - The Netherlands

BioTech 2020
organised by University of Chemistry and Technology
16 -19 June 2021
Prague − Czech Republic

Enbioeconomy 22
Environmental biotechnology for a green economy

organised by EFB Environmental Biotechnology Division
spring 2022
Gdynia - Poland

EFB Member Events

Digital design of molecules and formulations
organised by SCI
29 July 2020

2020 Bio Incheon Global Conference
(Big C 2020)

organised by AFOB
25 August 2020
Incheon – Korea

Automated Intelligent Chemistry
organised by SCI
26 - 27 October 2020

Exploring the Human Proteome with Antibodies, Transcriptomics and Mass Spectrometry
organised by KTH
30 May - 4 June 2021
Stockholm - Sweden

European Federation of Biotechnology
Gran Vía Carlos III, 98
Torre Norte, Planta 10
08028 Barcelona, Spain