From researchers and professionals to curious students, across all age groups – events throughout the week were diverse, innovative and, first and foremost, educational. They’ve included conferences, workshops, hands on laboratories, exhibitions and open-door days with companies, research institutes and museums – EuropaBio thanks all organisers for their impressive efforts in creating a European-wide buzz for biotech!
In Brussels, EuropaBio hosted multiple events around the benefits of biotech for people and planet. The kick-off day saw many students, researchers and representatives of industry and the European institutions coming together for discussions and presentations, beginning on Monday with a ‘biotech inspired’ lunch and ending the same day with a lively biotechnology pub quiz! Other events included a fruitful discussion around the financing ecosystem for healthcare biotech in Europe, and the need to remain competitive with the rest of the world. This year’s main event – a lunch, co-hosted by MEP Henna Virkkunen and MEP Anthea McIntyre, took place in the European Parliament and showcased perspectives from industry, end-users, patients and researchers on the new frontier in biotech innovation: Genome Editing.
EuropaBio Secretary General, Joanna Dupont-Inglis highlights: ‘Thanks to the discovery of new gene editing technologies, we now have the ability to edit genes with greater precision, accuracy and speed than ever before. As a result, Biotech now has the potential to contribute so much more, transforming patients’ lives by treating unmet medical needs, mitigating the impacts of climate change and saving scarce resources for a growing global population. But the technology has developed much faster than the debate both publicly and politically. The many events around this topic during the European Biotech Week helped to include a wider spectrum of stakeholders, policy makers and civil society in these important discussions.’
This year, for the first time, European Biotech Week included a #BiotechFan film competition. The winners, Anna, Giulio and Francesco from the University of Padua and Enzo from the Technical University Munich, took part in three days of back-to-back biotech events in Brussels presenting their ideas, inspiration and aspirations to decision-makers, researchers and industry representatives.
EuropaBio Chairman and former CEO of Corbion, Tjerk de Ruiter, concluded: ‘European Biotech Week provides the perfect opportunity to reflect on how far we’ve come and how far we need to go. Future generations will be at the forefront of developing new innovative biotech solutions to benefit both people and planet which is why we were so thrilled to have such great engagement from young people at this year’s European Biotech Week”.
Thank you all and stay tuned for #biotechweek 2020!
This year EuropaBio has also launched a new #BiotechFan film creation competition, to enable students to share their passion for biotech. In Brussels, a kick-off lunch will be hosted on Monday in addition to several events throughout the week on topics ranging from investment in healthcare biotech to genome editing, the new frontier of biotech innovation, to name but a few.
Commenting on the European Biotech Week EuropaBio Secretary General, Joanna Dupont-Inglis highlighted:
“We have so much progress to celebrate when it comes to biotech. Once a year, the European Biotech Week provides the perfect opportunity to reflect on how far we’ve come and to discuss how biotech can help us ensure longer, healthier and more sustainable lives for future generations.’’
We want to thank all participants who took the time to show us their passion for biotech with a short video – stay tuned for next year’s edition of #BiotechFan!
Between 23 – 29 September, you can engage with us on Social Media using #biotechweek!
This annual celebration of biotech stems from the passion of those involved in the field to discuss and share knowledge about the incredible potential offered by the application of biotechnology. The initiative is also part of the Global Biotech Week, a success story celebrated across continents and around the world.
European Biotech Week 2018 was a resounding success and this year’s celebrations are looking even more exciting with two more countries, Malta and Latvia, participating for the first time!
In order to raise awareness on the benefits of biotechnology and to foster a dialogue on such issues, EuropaBio has planned different events for a broad public, ranging from students and biotech enthusiasts to members of the European Institutions.
“Biotech is about learning from nature and living systems, and finding ways to develop new products and processes that provide more benefits for both people and planet ” commented Joanna Dupont-Inglis, Secretary General of EuropaBio.
We invite you to see what is going on near you on www.biotechweek.org and we thank all of our great event organisers who have contributed to this year’s amazing programme.
You still haven’t registered your event? It’s not too late to get involved! You can submit your event using the online form.
Are you a #BiotechFan? Submit your short video explaining why and win a trip to Brussels during the European Biotech Week (23 – 29th September 2019)
Who can participate?
Any student, scientist, researcher or biotech enthusiast living in the EU and who is passionate about communicating the benefits of biotech.
Send us your video!
Your video can be as creative, serious or funny as you want it to be! The aim is to explain in a maximum of 2 minutes, in the language of your choice, why biotechnology is so important for you and/or everyone else, using any specific example(s) you find appropriate, from any field of application (such as healthcare, industrial or agricultural biotech). For example, show us what kind of incredible things we can achieve with genome editing and explain why you are passionate about biotech. What would be your biotech wish for 2020?
What can you win?
As a winner, you will be invited to attend key events and other fun activities centred around biotechnology and the EU during the European Biotech Week (taking place between 23-29 September). During your stay in Brussels, you’ll also be guided through the famous “European Quarter” together with other biotech enthusiasts to meet EU decision makers and influencers and help us illustrate the benefits of biotech. Accommodation and travel for your trip will be provided by EuropaBio.
- Visit Brussels as a guest of EuropaBio and be part of the most exciting biotech events in Europe
- Meet industry professionals, scientists and decision makers active at EU level
- Learn more about biotechnology and policy across multiple sectors (agricultural, industrial, and healthcare)
- Promote your own ideas or research and exchange with other biotech fans.
Biotech is one of the EU’s Key Enabling Technologies, providing high value jobs, growth and solutions for living longer, healthier, more sustainable lives. The first European Biotech Week took place in 2013 to mark the 60th anniversary of the discovery of the structure of DNA, which is reflected in the European Biotech Week’s new logo.
“Biotech has been benefiting people and planet for centuries but, in many ways, we are only beginning to realise its vast potential for the future. It’s a field where the EU still leads in cutting-edge research and innovation and this means we have plenty to showcase and to celebrate.’’, commented Joanna Dupont-Inglis, Secretary General of EuropaBio.
Over the last six editions, European Biotech Week was celebrated by more than 40.000 European citizens and took place under the Patronages of the Italian and Portuguese Presidencies at national level. Last year, EuropaBio marked the European #BiotechWeek with a unique exhibition in front of the European Parliament, Brussels, to showcase the contributions of biotechnology towards achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.
Activities and events organised during the week are as unique and diverse as the European biotech community itself. Initiatives include exhibitions, film screenings, round table discussions and flash mobs. Others, such as lab tours and open door visits to biotech companies, celebrate the passion, dedication and expertise of scientists and provide the opportunity for the next generation of EU biotechnologists to get an insight into the latest breakthroughs.
Matthew Moran, Chair of EuropaBio’s National Association Council, which is a main driver of the European #Biotechweek, concluded: “The creativity that Biotech Week inspires across the Member States is fantastic. There’s already a great range of events taking place but there is potential for so much more. We hope that everyone involved or interested in biotech will take part.’’
In Brussels, EuropaBio hosted a week-long exhibition, highlighting the role of biotech in delivering on the UN Sustainable Development Goals, which took on Place Luxembourg, in the heart of Europe’s capital. The opening of the exhibition was hosted by MEP Christofer Fjellner and was attended by policymakers, scientists, industry peers and a large number of students.
“Biotechnology is delivering solutions to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and European Biotech Week enables us to show and share this great potential with society and the local communities. Its great for us to see how this initiative is raising awareness and stimulating curiosity, especially amongst young people, about the benefits of biotech, innovation and science in general. We have a fantastic capacity for scientific excellence and innovation in the EU and we all have a role to play in maintaining and developing this“, said Joanna Dupont-Inglis, EuropaBio’s Secretary General.
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:
23 – 29 September 2019 – get involved
European Biotech Week 2018 begins on Monday the 24th September, with more than 120 events taking place across 18 European countries. The events, hosted at national and local level by a variety of organisations, companies and other biotech enthusiasts, aim to raise awareness, to fuel curiosity and to engage communities in exploring the benefits of biotechnology and discussing its potential for the future.
Commenting on this, EuropaBio Secretary General, Joanna Dupont-Inglis noted: “Biotech already enables us to use precious resources more efficiently, improves nutrition, helps develop new crops to feed a growing population and develops treatments that respond to unmet medical needs. This week enables us to highlight the best and brightest examples of this, live and direct across Europe”
Initiatives throughout the week are as diverse as the organisers themselves. They include conferences, workshops, hands on laboratories, exhibitions and open-door days with companies, laboratories, research institutes and museums. In Brussels, events will include a week-long exhibition, highlighting the role of biotech in delivering on the UN Sustainable Development Goals, which takes on Place Luxembourg, in the heart of Europe’s capital. This will be followed by a film screening of the documentary Well Fed at the world famous BOZAR Centre For Fine Arts.
EuropaBio Chair, Tjerk de Ruiter concluded: “Biotechnology already improves lives in so many ways – but people are often unaware of it. It’s one of the most exciting and innovative technologies that we have and we’re part of a community that’s passionate about it. When you’re passionate about something, you want to share it and that’s what biotech week is really all about.”