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
Single-stranded DNA and RNA origami go live
15.12.2017 | Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard
New antbird species discovered in Peru by LSU ornithologists
15.12.2017 | Louisiana State University
DNA molecules that follow specific instructions could offer more precise molecular control of synthetic chemical systems, a discovery that opens the door for engineers to create molecular machines with new and complex behaviors.
Researchers have created chemical amplifiers and a chemical oscillator using a systematic method that has the potential to embed sophisticated circuit...
MPQ scientists achieve long storage times for photonic quantum bits which break the lower bound for direct teleportation in a global quantum network.
Concerning the development of quantum memories for the realization of global quantum networks, scientists of the Quantum Dynamics Division led by Professor...
Researchers have developed a water cloaking concept based on electromagnetic forces that could eliminate an object's wake, greatly reducing its drag while...
Tiny pores at a cell's entryway act as miniature bouncers, letting in some electrically charged atoms--ions--but blocking others. Operating as exquisitely sensitive filters, these "ion channels" play a critical role in biological functions such as muscle contraction and the firing of brain cells.
To rapidly transport the right ions through the cell membrane, the tiny channels rely on a complex interplay between the ions and surrounding molecules,...
The miniaturization of the current technology of storage media is hindered by fundamental limits of quantum mechanics. A new approach consists in using so-called spin-crossover molecules as the smallest possible storage unit. Similar to normal hard drives, these special molecules can save information via their magnetic state. A research team from Kiel University has now managed to successfully place a new class of spin-crossover molecules onto a surface and to improve the molecule’s storage capacity. The storage density of conventional hard drives could therefore theoretically be increased by more than one hundred fold. The study has been published in the scientific journal Nano Letters.
Over the past few years, the building blocks of storage media have gotten ever smaller. But further miniaturization of the current technology is hindered by...
11.12.2017 | Event News
08.12.2017 | Event News
07.12.2017 | Event News
15.12.2017 | Power and Electrical Engineering
15.12.2017 | Materials Sciences
15.12.2017 | Life Sciences