Navigation path

22nd Meeting of the EU-US Task Force on Biotechnology Research
Hotel Überfluss, Bremen, Germany
21-22 June, 2012

The United States (US) - European Union (EU) Task Force on Biotechnology Research met for the 22nd time at the Überfluss Hotel in Bremen, Germany, June 21-22, 2012. The meeting was co-chaired by Maive Rute, Director for Biotechnologies, Agriculture and Food, Research and Innovation Directorate-General, European Commission and Jane Silverthorne, Division Director, Division of Integrative Organismal Systems, US National Science Foundation (NSF). The meeting was attended by US representatives from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), National Institute of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). US representatives from the Department of Energy (DOE) and Office of Naval Research (ONR) joined the meeting by videoconference. Attendees from EC were from the Research and Innovation Directorate-General, Directorate for Biotechnologies, Agriculture and Food and from the Joint Research Centre (JRC).
This TF meeting had a special focus on the role that of Biotechnology research can play to support the Bioeconomy. As introduction to the meeting, both TF co-chairs, outlined the recently launched "European Strategy and Action plan in bioeconomy" and the "US bioeconomy blueprint".  Throughout the meeting, distinguished speakers, namely – Willy Verstraete, Karin Weustink, Roland Wohlgemuth and Ioannis Economidis- stimulate discussion around different Bioeconomy related topic areas including: foresight on long term research needs; Role of research accompanying Bioeconomy related policies; Industry needs and trends and finally the Bioeconomy international cooperation perspectives.

Based on the recently agreed "5-year Strategic Plan" the Task Force members exchanged views on research priorities and actions to stimulate innovation and reviewed their activities on Environmental Biotechnology, Bio-based Products and Bio-Energy, Marine Genomics, Plant and Animal Biotechnology, Healthful Food and Obesity research and Synthetic Biology.
The meeting end with a discussion and agreement on synergistic activities going forward.

List of US participants  PDF icon 152 KB

List of EU participants  PDF icon 361 KB

Conclusions  PDF icon 228 KB

Thursday, June 21, 2012

12:50

Getting together

 

Hotel  Überfluss  lobby

13:00

Departure from the hotel

 

Board Bus for the Max Planck Institute

13:20

LUNCH

14:20

Introduction to Marine Microbiology and MPI-Bremen

 

Frank Oliver Glöckner

14:40

Visit the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology

 

SeaTechHall, Bioinformatics, NanoSims

15:30

Departure from the Max Planck Institute

 

Board Bus for Jacobs University

16:00

Jacobs campus tour and facilities (Matthias Ullrich)

16:30

Joint session with "EU US short course on Marine Metagenomics students" – Jacobs University, Campus Center

 

Introductory key notes: Jennifer F. Biddle (US) / Frank Oliver Glöckner (EU),

 

Maive Rute-EC,  Ioannis Economidis, July Trtanj-NOOA

 

Short lectures (10 minutes each):

 

What is so special about Marine Microbiology (Lucas Stal, University of Amsterdam); Contextual metadata: Ocean Sampling day (Dawn Field, NERC, UK; Integrating Oceanographic data (Adam Martiny, University of California)

17:30

Reception at Campus Center

18:30

Board Bus for Hotel Überfluss

19:30

DINNER

 

After dinner talk: Foresight of long-term research needs: Bioeconomy scenario building, Willy Verstraete, Ghent University  PDF icon 4.0 MB

Friday, June 22, 2012

09:00

Welcoming Remarks

 

Maive Rute, EC, EC Chairperson

 

Jane Silverthorne, NSF, US Chairperson

09:30

How the Netherlands is working to move to a biobased economy: Role of research accompanying the different Bioeconomy related policies  PDF icon 375 KB

 

Karin Weustink, Biobased economy programme, Government of the Netherlands

10:00

Biotechnology industry: future needs and trends  PDF icon 747 KB

 

Roland Wohlgemuth, European Federation of Biotechnology (Sigma-Aldrich)

10:30

BILAT-USA and Link2US - Setting up a sustainable bi-regional dialogue platform between S&T key players well as stakeholders from EU and USA  PDF icon 943 KB

 

Ralf König, FFG

11:00

MORNING BREAK

11:15

The Bio-economy in the EU-US Cooperation Landscape
Errol Levy, EC International cooperation

11:30

Report on the outcomes of the BIO2012 session

 

Jane Silverthorne, NSF

11:40

Obesity Activities  PDF icon 570 KB

 

Van Hubbard, NIH

 

Isabelle De Froidmont, EC

 

Working Group on Animal Biotechnology  PDF icon 602 KB

 

Steven Kappes, USDA

 

Anne-Sophie Lequarré, EC

12:30

LUNCH

 

After lunch talk: Does "synthetic biology" imply "synthetic life"?  PDF icon 1.4 MB

 

Ioannis Economidis

14:00

WELCOME TO US VIDEO LINK PARTICIPANTS

14:10

Working Group on Plant Biology

 

Doreen Ware, US working group scientific co-chair  PDF icon 805 KB

 

Jane Silverthorne, NSF

 

Annette Schneegans, EC  PDF icon 52 KB

 

Working Group on Marine Genomics  PDF icon 1.5 MB

 

Juli Trtanj, NOAA and Bill Zammer NSF

 

Garbine Guiu, EC

 

Working Group on Environmental Biotechnology  PDF icon 1.3 MB

 

Todd Anderson, DOE

 

Jens Hoegel, EC

 

Working Group on Biobased Products and Bioenergy  PDF icon 362 KB

 

Kay Simmons, USDA & David Thomassen, DOE

 

Alfredo Aguilar EC

 

Working Group on Synthetic Biology  PDF icon 3.2 MB

 

Sohi Rastegar, NSF &Theresa Good, NSF

 

Christina Naneva, EC, Ioannis Economidis

 

Formal approval of "Workshop Reports" and new "EU US Workshop proposals".

16:00

AFTERNOON BREAK

16:20

Synergistic Activities

 

"Bioinformatics and database needs"

 

Paul Kersey to launch the discussion

17:20

Planning for the 23rd Task Force Meeting

17:30

Closing Remarks

 

Jane Silverthorne, NSF, US Chairperson

 

Maive Rute, EC, EC Chairperson

18:30

Tour to Bremen organised together with the participants to the EU US short course on Marine Bioinformatics