20th Anniversary of the EC-US Task Force on Biotechnology Research,
Barcelona, Spain,
2 June 2010

On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the EC-US Task Force on Biotechnology Research, European and US scientists got together in the "Biotechnology Research for a Complex World" conference to discuss a vision for the future of biotechnology research, the bio-economy and its applications for the benefit of society.
The conference was also part of the programme of the Spanish Presidency of the EU Council and it was organised in collaboration with the European Commission, Research DG, and the EC-US Task Force on Biotechnology Research.

Conference Speakers  PDF icon 333 KB

Book of Abstracts  PDF icon 971 KB

Biotechnology Research for a Complex World

Barcelona Biomedical Research Park (PRBB), Spain
2nd June, 2010

9.00 am

9.30 am Welcome and Introduction

Teresa García-Milà  PDF icon 56 KB Vice-rector for Science Policy, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona

Montserrat Torné  PDF icon 228 KB Director General for International Cooperation and Institutional Relations.
Ministry of Science and Innovation, Spain

Greggory D. Crouch  PDF icon 78 KB Consul General of the United States of America in Barcelona

M. Geoghegan-Quinn, EU Commissioner for Research and Innovation
Video of the commissioner's speech  [MPG] 33.9 MB
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Rudolf W. Strohmeier  PDF icon Deputy Director General Scientific Advances (Research DG), European Commission

10.00 am Twenty Years of Thinking Forward Together
The Impacts of the EC-US Task Force on Biotechnology Research

Maive Rute  PDF icon 95 KB EC Co-Chair of the EC US Task Force, Director, European Commission
Judith St. John  PDF icon 446 KB US Co-Chair of the US EC Task Force, USDA Associate Administrator

10:45 am Coffee Break

11:00 am Session 1: Science Talks (Chair: Judith St. John)

A Systems Approach Identifies Regulatory Networks Affecting
Plant Growth and Development
Kenneth D. Birnbaum  PDF icon 1.1 MB New York University, USA

Twenty Years of DNA-driven Environmental Biotechnology:
Then and Now
Victor de Lorenzo  PDF icon 5.2 MB Campus de Cantoblanco, Madrid, Spain

Marine Biotechnology in the 21st Century
Shirley Pomponi  PDF icon 891 KB Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute,
Florida Atlantic University, USA

From Plant Biotechnology to Bio-Based Products
Dianna Bowles  PDF icon 1.7 MB University of York, United Kingdom

1.00 pm Lunch

2.30 pm Session 2: What's In Our Future?
(Chair: Rudolf W. Strohmeier)

Feeding the World with Healthful Food and Combating Obesity
Mike Grusak  PDF icon 1.5 MB Baylor College of Medicine and USDA-ARS

Nudging Consumers Into More Sustainable Lifestyles: Some
Lessons From Behavioural Economics
Lucia A. Reisch  PDF icon 1.9 MB Copenhagen Business School

Infections Emerging From the Animal Reservoir – a Never-ending
Threat for Human Health
Ilaria Capua  PDF icon 4.6 MB OIE and National Reference Laboratory for
Newcastle Disease and Avian Influenza, Italy

Finding Alternatives to Fossil Fuels; Thinking Outside of the
Lunch Box for Solutions from Plants
Stephen Long  PDF icon 10.0 MB University of Illinois, USA

4.30 pm Coffee Break

5.00 pm Round Table Discussion
Vladimir de Semir, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona
With the participation of speakers from session 1 and 2

6.00 pm Closing Remarks

By representatives from the European Commission and US Office of Science and Technology Policy

6.30 pm Adjourn