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By Biocat

The European Federation of Biotechnology (EFB) and the Biotechnology Association of Turkey are organizing the fifteenth European Congress on Biotechnology in Istanbul from 23 to 26 September 2012. The latest EFB congress was held in Barcelona in 2009 with collaboration from Biocat.

The event is presented under the slogan Bio-crossroads and will feature four lines of debate:

  • Health and medicine
  • Industrial biotechnology
  • Plant and environmental biotechnology
  • Systems biology and technology

American George Whitesides, one of the fathers of molecular self-assembly, will give the opening plenary session. Whitesides has worked at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and, later, at Harvard University, where he now heads up the Department of Chemistry. In 2008, he received the Prince of Asturias Award for scientific and technical research.

A noteworthy inclusion on the organizing committee is Dr. Francesc Gòdia of the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). Additionally, the program of conferences features Dr. Ivo Gut, director of the National Genome Analysis Center (CNAG) with the conference Next Gen Sequencing, human genome and epigenetics, and Dr. Luis Serrano, director of the Center for Genomic Regulation (CRG) speaking on Systems biology.

The European Federation of Biotechnology currently has 108 companies and 12,000 members. The congress is open not only to members but to all academics, businesspeople and executives from biotechnology companies, students, researchers and other professionals from the sector around Europe.

Registration (deadline for discounted price 9 July 2012)

Date: 23 to 26 September 2012
Venue: The Grand Cevahir Hotel & Convention Center • Istanbul (Turkey)

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