Europe never heard so much about biotechnology

It gives great pride to confirm that local groups and communities across Europe have learnt more about biotechnology than ever before. We would like to congratulate and wholeheartedly thank you all for ensuring that this 5th edition of Biotech Week became the most successful one! Not only was Biotech Week at the heart of the European Parliament in Brussels this year with a wonderful exposition space, but it also reached a record-breaking number of 19 European countries with 151 events and activities.

We are currently busy working on a video and a leaflet that capture the main highlights of the week. This should be ready by mid-November and also shared by our media partners. In the meantime, as a sneak peak, please find links below that should give you an insight into the enthusiasm triggered last week:

  • Infographic with the most striking statistics
  • Photos of the various events that took place in Belgium
  • Storify of the 700+ tweets posted with the hashtags #biotechweek
  • Media Coverage

We would also like to thank the official supporters that helped us spread the news:

  • European Biotechnology Magazine is a unique source of information about biotechnology and biopharma in Europe’s science and industry sectors. Collaborating with more than 20 national and multinational organisations, a team of highly experienced journalists compiles all the relevant developments into highly readable news reports. The highly promising news environment of this journal constitutes timely news from science and industry, background reports on new EU legislation, current debates and financing initiatives from Brussels, as well as market analyses and previews on upcoming technology trends.
  • The Parliament Magazine is an active and engaging forum for discussion on the latest developments in EU politics and policy, featuring regular contributions from prominent European policymakers and our experienced editorial team.
  • LaBiotech is the leading digital media covering the European Biotech industry. It is used by over 45,000 people monthly to keep a watch on the business and innovations of biotechnologies.
  • The European Federation of Biotechnology (EFB) is Europe’s non-profit federation of National Biotechnology Associations, Learned Societies, Universities, Scientific Institutes, Biotech Companies and individual biotechnologists working to promote biotechnology throughout Europe and beyond. As the independent “Voice of Biotechnology in Europe”, EFB promotes the safe, sustainable and beneficial use of fundamental research and innovation in life sciences, while providing a forum for interdisciplinary and international cooperation. The European Congress on Biotechnology (ECB) is EFB’s flagship biennial event for academic and industrial biotechnologists in Europe. The next ECB (ECB2018), will be held in Geneva (Switzerland) from 1−4 July 2018.
  • Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking is a €3.7 billion Public-Private Partnership between the EU and the Bio-based Industries Consortium. Operating under Horizon 2020, it is driven by the Vision and Strategic Innovation and Research Agenda (SIRA) developed by the industry.
  • Euro Science Jobs is the most consulted job board for research and postdoc scientists in Europe.

Finally, we can’t wrap up this year’s Biotech Week without echoing some kind words of thanks from John Brennan, EuropaBio Secretary General:

“For my first European Biotech Week, I have been tremendously impressed by the number of biotech supporters joining the move to explain, exchange and share views with their communities about the values and benefits of biotechnology. Working together and amplifying initiatives beyond our industry’s reach is a key contribution to the public’s appreciation and understanding of what biotechnology can do for our health, environment and society. I am convinced this will also guarantee that European Biotech Week turns into a warmly welcomed annual awareness event in people’s calendars. A huge thank you to you all and do not forget to mark the dates of the next European Biotech Week edition, which will take place at the same time as Global Biotech Week: 25 – 30 September 2018.”

#BiotechRocks !