In addition to providing a platform for key scientists to present proposals, EuroBioForum, organised by the European Science Foundation (ESF), together with the European Commission, will also act as a networking event and facilitate brokerage between researchers and funders.
Top speakers from within life sciences such as Frank Gannon, executive director of the European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO), will be present at a roundtable discussion on the future of the European Research Area (ERA). Mark Walport, director of the Wellcome Trust will also present a talk on strengthening the role of life sciences in Europe.
Particularly topical proposals which require a coordinated approach on the European level include ‘Solar-H’. This ambitious proposal aims to integrate two previously divergent fields - artificial photosynthesis in man-made systems, and photobiological H2 production in living organisms, in what is considered a truly bold scientific step. In addition to providing a clean source of fuel, the research may allow scientists to develop bio-mimetic compounds and improve the H2 production capabilities of organisms.
DryLife, another research activity which will be presented, is set to unravel the mysteries of desiccation – the process by which certain plants are able to enter a state of suspended animation where life processes become undetectable. When dry, desiccation tolerant organisms are resistant to extremes of temperature, radiation and pressure, and ageing is reduced or eliminated. There is, therefore, considerable scope for the industrial application of the desiccation process.
And in an effort to better understand the effects of the thousands of chemicals we are exposed to everyday in today’s world, VITROSCREEN will provide an advanced testing framework for industrial chemicals produced today and in the future, using computer and cell-based arrays that may reduce the need for animal testing.
‘Infrafrontier: The European Infrastructure for the Phenotyping and Archiving of Mammalian Models’, proposes to coordinate, at a European level, the mammoth task of phenotyping and archiving mouse models, which will play a pivotal role in the future diagnosis and treatment of human diseases.
The nascent field of nanotechnology, with its near-limitless potential in a wide range of areas, has come to be known in the scientific community as the next ’blue-sky’ field. The main aim of EuroNanoPAR is to develop and launch a self-sustaining business, offering advisory and testing services on all aspects of occupational, consumer and environmental health, for the European Nanotechnology industry. Nanotechnology will play an important part in the growth of the European economy and so it is in the interest of Europe to develop policies to promote nanotechnology competitiveness while protecting the health and safety of society and the environment.
METABOTECH aims to coordinate European national research efforts in the area of metabolomics - the quantitative and qualitative analysis of small molecules in cells, tissues and body fluids. Metabolic profiles are indicative of changes in metabolic pathways. Consequently, metabolomics is ideally positioned to identifying treatment targets in diseases such as cardiovascular disease, stroke, obesity, diabetes, and depression.
Other proposals include: ‘INCREASE: An Integrated Research Network on Climate Change Research Activities’; ‘DeVelome: Deciphering of the Vertebrate Regulatory Genome: Diagnostics for human genetic disease’; ‘MitLiDiDe: Mitochondria in Life, Death and Disease’ and ‘EURedOX: Expression and Function of Eukaryotic Disulfide Oxidoreductases’.
Professor Bertil Andersson, CEO of the ESF, said: “EuroBioForum will provide a challenging opportunity to participate in new developments in research, development and innovation.”
Highlighting the importance of pan-European co-operation, Wouter Spek, EuroBioFund Director, said: “Moving toward a more coordinated approach to funding life sciences is a challenging but necessary step if Europe is to remain an important global player in life sciences and biotechnology research.”
Thomas Lau | alfa
Researchers uncover protein-based “cancer signature”
05.12.2016 | Universität Basel
The Nagoya Protocol Creates Disadvantages for Many Countries when Applied to Microorganisms
05.12.2016 | Leibniz-Institut DSMZ-Deutsche Sammlung von Mikroorganismen und Zellkulturen GmbH
Have you ever wondered how you see the world? Vision is about photons of light, which are packets of energy, interacting with the atoms or molecules in what...
A multi-institutional research collaboration has created a novel approach for fabricating three-dimensional micro-optics through the shape-defined formation of porous silicon (PSi), with broad impacts in integrated optoelectronics, imaging, and photovoltaics.
Working with colleagues at Stanford and The Dow Chemical Company, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign fabricated 3-D birefringent...
In experiments with magnetic atoms conducted at extremely low temperatures, scientists have demonstrated a unique phase of matter: The atoms form a new type of quantum liquid or quantum droplet state. These so called quantum droplets may preserve their form in absence of external confinement because of quantum effects. The joint team of experimental physicists from Innsbruck and theoretical physicists from Hannover report on their findings in the journal Physical Review X.
“Our Quantum droplets are in the gas phase but they still drop like a rock,” explains experimental physicist Francesca Ferlaino when talking about the...
The Max Planck Institute for Physics (MPP) is opening up a new research field. A workshop from November 21 - 22, 2016 will mark the start of activities for an innovative axion experiment. Axions are still only purely hypothetical particles. Their detection could solve two fundamental problems in particle physics: What dark matter consists of and why it has not yet been possible to directly observe a CP violation for the strong interaction.
The “MADMAX” project is the MPP’s commitment to axion research. Axions are so far only a theoretical prediction and are difficult to detect: on the one hand,...
Broadband rotational spectroscopy unravels structural reshaping of isolated molecules in the gas phase to accommodate water
In two recent publications in the Journal of Chemical Physics and in the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, researchers around Melanie Schnell from the Max...
16.11.2016 | Event News
01.11.2016 | Event News
14.10.2016 | Event News
05.12.2016 | Power and Electrical Engineering
05.12.2016 | Information Technology
05.12.2016 | Earth Sciences