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Marine Biotechnology: Future Challenges

Location Acquafredda di Maratea, Italy
Date 20 - 25 June 2010
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During the last decade, the scientific and political landscape of marine biotechnology has been deeply modified. Despite significant achievements, marine biotechnology is not contributing to its full potential in answering the numerous challenges European countries are facing now with the present global crisis. How marine biotechnology can contribute to these challenges is therefore an even more relevant question nowadays than ten years ago.

Hotel Villa del Mare, Acquafredda di Maratea, Italy

COST and the ESF Marine Board organised a conference to promote scientific excellence in marine biotechnology by providing leading scientists and young researchers with a platform to present their work, to discuss current scientific understanding and recent developments in key areas of marine biotechnology, and to identify the priorities for further research and infrastructure.

The Conference was structured around seven half-day sessions, organised under high-level themes which serve as an umbrella to address a wide range of relevant aspects of Marine Biotechnological research and associated challenges. These were:

  • Historic perspectives and Grand Challenges
  • Marine Biotechnology and Environmental Health
  • Impact of Marine Biotechnology on Human Health and Well-being:
  • Bioprospecting for discovery of novel drugs (Marine Food; Marine Industry Processes and Products)
  • The Marine Biotechnology Research Toolkit
  • Perspectives from industry, policy and the science community – a Future Look

Conference format:

  • lectures by invited high level speakers
  • short talks by young & early stage researchers
  • poster sessions, round table and open discussion periods
  • forward look panel discussion about future developments

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Ms Zuzana Vercinska
Conference Officer
COST Office
Avenue Louise 149
B-1050 Brussels
Tel. +32 2 533 38 05
Fax +32 2 533 38 90


Hotel Villa del Mare

I-85041 Acquafredda di Maratea

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