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Diary Note

Future Challenges for Life Sciences Research

Final workshop of the European Group
on Life Sciences (EGLS)

Brussels, 28 September 2004


Further updates (January 2005)

Members of the European Group on Life Sciences (EGLS): Anne McLaren, Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard, Derek Burke, Patrick Cunningham, Philippe Kourilsky, Ladislav Kovac, Victor de Lorenzo, Marc Van Montagu, Leonardo Santi and Philippe Busquin (MEP)

Final EGLS Workshop on “Future Challenges for Life Sciences Research”

28 September 2004 (conference starts at 10:00 sharp)

European Commission, Charlemagne Building, 170 Rue de la Loi, 1040 Brussels, Belgium

Summarising the activities of the EGLS over the term of Research Commissioner Philippe Busquin’s mandate, and following up on one of the major task assigned to this group - to advise the European Commission on emerging issues relevant for Life Sciences research and policies – the final EGLS plenary meeting will be dedicated to communicating its legacy on Future Challenges for Life Sciences Research to science policy makers, the media and the public at large.

These reflections of members of the EGLS on life sciences research will be particularly timely at a moment where future European Union research policies are being outlined, and will be submitted to policy makers’ and stakeholders’ debates in view of shaping the EU Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development.

The workshop will highlight the major issues that are thought to be most relevant for the future of life sciences research, according to the prominent scientists belonging to this group. Each EGLS Member will be provided the opportunity to communicate his or her thoughts on the major challenges that are felt to lie ahead for the whole area.

The workshop on 28 September will be limited to a selected audience (of approximately 50 persons), drawn mainly from the science policy making field, advisers (including Members of the European Parliament and Commission), representatives from public and private research sectors, other stakeholders and the media. On 29 September the EGLS members will meet for an internal plenary discussion among themselves and with some members of the EURAB (European Research Advisory Board).

More info about the EGLS:

The European Group on Life Sciences (EGLS) was established in April 2000 by Research Commissioner Philippe Busquin to meet his need for high-level advice on the life sciences and technologies. One of the group's tasks was to inform the European Commission on the current situation in this field and on imminent or foreseeable developments.
For further information about the EGLS and a list of members please see: and

For further information on the consultative committee for research EURAB please see

Additional information on the EGLS workshop:

  • As mentioned in the programme, a press point/media lunch, which will take place over the lunch period (12:30 until 14h00) will enable journalists to meet members of the EGLS.
  • In addition, a limited number of seats will be made available to journalists during the entire workshop on 28 September (Charlemagne building, room S1).
  • Each lecture will last up to 20 minutes and will be followed by 10 minutes of discussions.
  • Simultaneous translation between English and French will be available.


Elisabetta Balzi
EGLS Secrariat, DG Research, European Commission
Tel: +32.2.295 34 94, Fax: +32.2.299 18 60
E-mail: Elisabetta.Balzi @

Michael H. Wappelhorst, Press and information officer
Information and communication Unit, Research DG, European Commission
Tel: +32.2.298 75 75, Fax: +32.2.295 82 20
E-Mail: Michael.Wappelhorst @

Future Challenges for Life Sciences Research

Workshop, Brussels, 28 September 2004

Participant Registrations and Coffee

Christian Patermann, EC Director, and Victor de Lorenzo, EGLS Chair

Science at the service of Society and Agriculture in the new Europe
Patrick Cunningham (Professor of Animal Genetics at Trinity College, Dublin)

Present frontiers in cancer research
Leonardo Santi (Chairman of the Italian National Committee for Biosafety and Biotechnology of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers)

Science: an essential dimension of culture
Ladislav Kovac (Professor of Biochemistry at Comenius University, Bratislava)

The future of research Developmental Biology
Christiane Nuesslein-Volhard (Director of the Genetics Department at the Max Planck Institute, Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1995)

Philippe Busquin (Member of the European Parliament)

Lunch with Participants and the Media (salon rouge)

Regulations in LS research: lessons from the past and ideas for the future
Derek Burke (Professor and Member of the Governing Body of the Institute for Food Research, Norwich)

Are there rational arguments against GMO plants? What are the consequences for Europe?
Marc Van Montagu (Professor and Head of the Laboratory of Genetics at the University of Gent)

Assisted reproduction and stem cell therapy: looking backwards, looking forward
Anne McLaren (Professor of reproductive, developmental biology, and genetics, Cambridge)

Databases for Knowledge Discovery
Johan van der Lei (for Jan van Bemmel EGLS)

Coffee Break

The issue of Animal Models in LS Research
Matthias Hentze (for Nadia Rosenthal EGLS)

The future of research in Infectious diseases
Philippe Kourilsky (Director-General of the Pasteur Institute, Paris)

The conquest of the global genome
Victor de Lorenzo (National Centre of Biotechnology, Madrid)

European Research Advisory Board (EURAB)
Helena Illnerova (President of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic; Member of EURAB)

Discussion and conclusions

End of the Workshop


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