Celebrating European biotechnology – a date for your diary
European Biotechnology Week will take place from 30 September to 4 October 2013 under the headline ‘Telling the story of European biotechnology’.
The EU Biotech week involves a series of events across Europe, including activities, shows, science experiments and conferences to showcase how biotech is making people's daily lives better. The events also celebrate the 60th anniversary of the discovery of DNA's structure. This discovery has led to a wealth of knowledge about genes, proteins, viruses, bacteria and plants that continues to change our daily lives – from the medicines we use, to the food we eat and the clothes we buy.
EU biotech associations are helping maximise the potential of biotechnology in Europe. The National Associations Council, hosted by EuropaBio, includes 19 national biotech associations that together represent over 1 800 small- and medium-sized biotech companies and organisations.
In the first European Biotech Week, those national associations will celebrate the discovery of DNA and highlight biotech's achievements and opportunities through events across Europe.
Planning for the week is progressing and the growing list of confirmed events is available on the EU Biotech Week website. These include a ‘Patients meet Scientists’ seminar in Belgium, a bio-refinery visit for students and teachers in France, and a ‘Happy birthday Mr DNA’ event for children and families in Italy.