The EC-US Task Force on Biotechnology Research met for the 20th time at the University of Pompeu Fabra, in Barcelona, in June 3-4, 2010.
The meeting was hosted by the Spanish Presidency and co-chaired by Judith St. John, Deputy Administrator of the US Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service (USDA ARS) and Maive Rute, Director for Biotechnologies, Agriculture and Food Research, Research Directorate-General, European Commission.
The Task Force meeting was preceded on 2 June by a conference on "Biotechnology Research for a Complex World" celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Task Force, which was co-organised by the Spanish Presidency of the Council of the EU at the Barcelona Biomedical Research Park, Spain.
The Task Force members exchanged views on research priorities and actions to stimulate innovation and reviewed their activities on Healthful Food and Obesity research, Synthetic Biology, Bioinformatics, Marine Genomics, plant, environmental and animal biotechnology as well as Bio-based Products and Bio-Energy. Relevant activities under the Transatlantic Economic Council, the EU-US Energy Council and a workshop on Women's leadership in Biotechnology Research were also among the main topics of discussion in this meeting.
List of EC participants 167 KB
List of US participants 152 KB
June 3, 2010
9:00 am Welcome and introductory remarks
(M. Rute, EC Chairperson/ J. St. John, USDA, US Chairperson)
9:15 am Welcome and presentation of University Pompeu Fabra
F. Sanz Carreras, UPF 2.1 MB
9:45 am Scientific priorities at both sides of the Atlantic
J. St John, USDA/ M. Rute, EU 445 KB
10:15 am Feeding the World with Healthful Food and Combating Obesity 665 KB
Research priorities on both sides of the Atlantic
V. Hubbard, NIH/Mike Grusak (USDA-ARS / I. de Froidmont/ A. Schneegans EU 994 KB
10:45 am Update on Obesity Research Activities under Task Force
V. Hubbard, NIH/ I. de Froidmont, EU 453 KB
11:00 am Discussion and next steps taking into account the discussion at the Conference 2 June
11:15 am Morning Break
11:30 am Update on Synthetic Biology Activities ongoing and possible new initiatives
11:30 am Scientific presentations by Victor de Lorenzo EC/ Drew Endy, US addressing the following questions (taking into account the discussion at the Conference 2 June):
- What do you see as the greatest challenges in synthetic biology?
- Where do you see the greatest opportunities for collaboration between EU and US?
- What are the critical training needs and how could the Task Force contribute to addressing these?
- Is governance of synthetic biology research needed and how could the Task Force contribute to addressing it?
Environmental applications of synthetic biology 1.4 MB
Synthetic biology and biotechnology 16.2 MB
12:00 Synthetics biology governance
Maurizio Salvi, EU / Jessica Tucker, contractor supporting HHS 776 KB
12:30 pm Update on the Synthetic Biology activities under Task Force
I. Economidis, EU / S. Rastegar, NSF 392 KB
12:45 pm Discussions and next steps
(including proposal for the establishment of Working Group)
1:00 pm Lunch
2:00 pm Bioinformatics in 21st Century
2:30 pm Scientific presentation by Klaus Mayer and Frank Oliver Glöckner
- The major high level recommendations emerging from the workshop
- The most significant challenges that the Task Force could help to address
- The highest priorities of the community for the next steps based on these
Marine genomics bioinformatics 4.0 MB
3:00 pm Scientific presentation of the ELIXIR project
Andrew Lyall, EBI 3.2 MB
3:30 pm Discussion on the way forward
3:50 pm Report and follow-up from the Workshop on "Women Leadership in Biotechnology"
L. Matthiessen, EU /Judy St. John, US 133 KB
4:05 pm Break
4:25 pm Innovation
4:25 pm The Transatlantic Economic Council and its activities relevant for TF
(L. Bochereau, & L. Matthiessen EC)
4:35 pm Update on US Innovation priorities /strategy/activities
Steve Kappes, USDA 53 KB
4:50 pm Update on EU Innovation priorities /strategy/activities
(M. Rute / L. Matthiessen)
5:00 pm The EU-US Energy Council
L. Bochereau, EU 1.4 MB
5:15 pm Report from the Working Group on Bio-based Products and Bio-Energy
K. Simmons, USDA & D. Thomassen, DOE/A. Aguilar & P. Venturi, EU 748 KB
5:30 pm Report from the Working Group on Plant Biology
(A. Schneegans, EC/ J. Silverthorne, NSF)
5:45 pm Report from the Working Group on Marine Genomics
(J. Silverthorne, NSF / G. Guiu, ECS)
6:00 pm End of the first day
Friday, June 04, 2010
9:00 am Report from the Working Group on Environmental Biotechnology
I. Economidis, EC / A. Palmisano, DOE 908 KB
9:15 am Report from the Working Group on Animal Biotechnology
J-C. Cavitte EC / Steve Kappes, USDA 2.6 MB
9:30 am The EC - US Task Force 2010-2015:
- Presentation of New EU and US Workshop Proposal
- Review of agreed actions during the 20th Task Force meeting and other follow-up actions taking into account the outcome of the conference 2 June
- Renewal of the Task Force mandate
- Next meeting
10:45 am Adjourn