Knowledge Based Bio-Economy

MarineBiotech final conference to look forward to an eventual ERA-NET

Critical needs, gaps and challenges in the field of marine biotechnology will be the major talking points at the final conference of the MarineBiotech project on 11-12 March 2013 in Brussels – the project finishes at the end of March. The two-day conference brings together some 35 specialised speakers in an intense programme covering topics such as national research cooperation, academia-industry collaboration and the research challenges and opportunities for Europe in the marine biotechnology field. It will also present the project’s achievements and recommendations.

A major part of the MarineBiotech project has been to lay the groundwork for an ERA-NET in marine biotechnology – a pan-European network to develop research strategies and encourage collaboration amongst national and regional research programmes.

As well as presentations by project partners, speakers from the European Commission will talk on the role of marine biotechnology in Horizon 2020 (the EU’s next research framework programme) and the EU Blue Growth Strategy. A poster session will highlight significant marine biotechnology projects.

Marine ecosystems provide a unique environment with an enormous potential to contribute to environmental and human health and to the sustainable supply of food, energy and biomaterials. The MarineBiotech project is working to reduce fragmentation and duplication in research, and pave the way for common research programmes and cooperation in this important field.

The project is funded as a Coordination or Support Action (CSA) under the European Commission’s Seventh Research Framework Programme. It has 11 partners from 9 EU countries, including national research funding organisations dealing with marine biotechnology. Its work has involved mobilising funding agencies and key stakeholders in marine biotechnology; creating a better understanding of the marine biotechnology landscape in Europe and beyond; informing a targeted audience about marine biotechnology research, technology development and innovation; and developing a vision of strategic marine biotechnology RTDI that is shared by funding agencies and stakeholders. This work forms the basis for an eventual ERA-NET in marine biotechnology.

The MarineBiotech conference will be held at the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts, Brussels, Belgium, on 11-12 March 2013. Online registrations are now closed, but registration will be possible on site.

The MarineBiotech conference programme

The MarineBiotech website