15 May 2014
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Contents
Feature Article
Atlantic Bue Tech for SMEs
News
EU FP7 ERA-NET in Marine Biotechnology launched
Projects update
MaCuMBA News
SIALenz - Milking the marine bacteria
Events
International Stakeholder Workshop on Blue Biotechnology in Europe
Forum Do Mar
Seatech Week 2014
European Maritime Day 2014
Biomarine Business Convention, 2014
EurOCEAN 2014
Natural Product Biotechnology 2014
Rendezvous de Concarneau
Opportunities: Project calls, Fellowships, Job Vacancies & more
Bio-Based Industries – Joint Technology Initiative (BBI-JTI)
Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 2: Fisheries & Aquaculture and Blue Growth 2015.
Contact
Marine Biotechnology Research Coordination Unit
Ryan Institute
National University of Ireland, Galway
University Rd
Galway
Ireland

P: +353 91 494135
E: ilaria.nardello@nuigalway.ie


 
 

Feature Article
Atlantic Bue Tech for SMEs
Marine Biotech firms to benefit from EU project support
SMEs along the western seaboard are set to benefit from a €1.2m EU Initiative aimed at helping small firms in the Marine Biotech sector to grow and develop internationally.

The Ryan Institute – Marine Biotechnology Coordination Unit, at NUI Galway, in partnership with WESTBIC are partners in 'Atlantic BlueTech', a transnational EU Interreg Atlantic Area Programme project aimed at helping small firms along Atlantic regions of Europe develop innovative research and development collaborations to take advantage of opportunities from the Blue Economy.

In partnership with organisations from Brittany, in France, the Algarve and northern region of Portugal, Devon in the UK and Cadiz in Spain, the project aims at capitalising on previous initiatives, identify the main obstacles to the development of the sector and suggest measures for its development. The project also contributes to the operational implementation of the EU Maritime Strategy for the Atlantic region.

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News
EU FP7 ERA-NET in Marine Biotechnology launched
ERA-MarineBiotech is a consortium of 19 national funding bodies seeking complementarities between national activities and pooling resources to undertake joint funding of transnational projects and develop strategies in the area of Marine Biotechnology. Ireland is represented by the Marine Institute and will lead Work Package 2 on scope and strategy.
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Projects update
MaCuMBA News
MaCuMBA Project Newsletter now available
by Alberto Vallejo, AquaTT

MaCuMBA (Marine Microorganisms: Cultivation Methods for Improving their Biotechnological Applications) is a four-year EC FP7-funded project that aims to uncover the untold diversity of marine microbes using cultivation-dependent strategies to improve the isolation rate and growth efficiency of marine microorganisms from conventional and extreme habitats. To ensure widespread awareness of its results and achievements, MaCuMBA publishes project newsletters on a quarterly basis. The sixth issue and previous newsletters are available on the project’s website.

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SIALenz - Milking the marine bacteria
"Enzymatic generation of sialylated lactose from waste whey using marine-derived sialyltransferases"

Dr. Michael Cairns from NUI Galway and Dr. Rita Hickey from Teagasc Ashtown are working together on SIALenz, a project that exploits marine enzymes from bacteria and animal sources to convert lactose to sialyllactose. Lactose is a by-product obtained during cheese whey processing. The sialyllactoses are important oligosaccharides present in human milk that can act as binding sites for specific pathogens and toxins, are thought to play a role in brain development and can regulate the immune response. Their objective is to up-scale the process and produce high yields of the sialylated oligosaccharides which will be in turn assessed for activity using bioassays. Information: michael.cairns@nuigalway.ie

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Events
International Stakeholder Workshop on Blue Biotechnology in Europe
Brussels, Belgium: 11th February 2014
This 1-day-long workshop, organised by Ecorys consultancy company, presented the prelimary results of the DG MARE public consultation on marine biotechnology, which closed on the 10 February 2014. Invited participants included expert representatives from funding agencies, academia, industry, consultancies and the European Commission. From Ireland, Ilaria Nardello (NUI Galway) and Dermot Hurst (Marine Institute) were attending.The meeting discussed the findings of the study such as main drivers and bottlenecks to the marine biotechnology sector.
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Forum Do Mar
Porto (PT): 28th and 30st May 2014
Between 28th and 30st May 2013, AEP - Portuguese Entrepreneurial Association and Oceano XXI - Association for the Knowledge and Economy of the Sea, are organising  the 4th Fórum do Mar, an event open to professionals working in the different sectors that make up the sea economy, the scientific community, and the general public in order to contribute to the development of the sea economy and to raise the public's awareness of the benefits that can be obtained from the sustainable exploitation of  resources.
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Seatech Week 2014
Brest (FR), 13-17th October 2015

SeaTechWeek Brest - 9th Marine Science Conference 2014 - France    

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European Maritime Day 2014
Bremen (Germany): 19th – 20th May 2014
On 19 and 20 May 2014, European Maritime Day will be devoted to innovation and maritime technologies. Europe needs to be at the forefront of the Blue economy revolution. To deliver growth and jobs to its underemployed youth, and to ensure that this is not a temporary blip. We want future generations to enjoy the fruits of the sea as much as ourselves. In Bremen, politicians, experts, CEOs and civil society representatives will discuss this challenge and submit their ideas to European policy-makers.
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Biomarine Business Convention, 2014
Cascais (PT), 30-31 October 2014
..As the Portuguese Government is deploying its new Blue Growth Strategy, the entire national industry is teaming up to make the 5th edition of the Biomarine Business Convention a unique international meeting place, a global tribune to demonstrate the potential of the Blue Economy.
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EurOCEAN 2014
Italian-EU Presidency Event, Rome (Italy): 7th -9th October 2014

EurOCEAN 2014 will bring together marine scientists across the broad range of disciplines with policymakers, industry and NGOs, to develop a common vision on achieving an ecosystem approach to the management of Europe’s marine resources as a fundamental requirement for sustainable Blue Growth. Highlighting the importance of Blue Growth and of commercially-driven, problem-oriented research, EurOCEAN 2014 will equally emphasize that a growing and sustainable maritime economy will also require a much greater knowledge and understanding of marine ecosystem functioning and resilience.
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Natural Product Biotechnology 2014
Inverness, Scotland: 18 – 20 November 2014
Natural Product Biotechnology is a new conference for people with interests in high value natural products, their application in drug discovery, foods and nutraceuticals, personal care products and cosmeceuticals, and other biotech applications.

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Rendezvous de Concarneau
Concarneau, FR: 9-10th October 2014
by Torger Børresen
For a few years science and industry have met to discuss hot topics at a series of meetings called ‘Rendezvous de Concarneau - where Industry meets Science’. The next meeting will be held 9-10 October, 2014 as part of the European Biotechnology Week. For further information, please contact: Florence Levu, flevu@mnhn.fr
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Opportunities: Project calls, Fellowships, Job Vacancies & more
Bio-Based Industries – Joint Technology Initiative (BBI-JTI)
A call for proposals under the EU BBI-JTI (www.bridge2020.eu) focusing on advanced biorefineries, utilising residues from agriculture, forestry and bio-waste fractions, while respecting sustainability criteria, is expected in July 2014 with an October 2014 submission deadline (one stage). Information, when available, will be published on the BBI-JTI website (above) and the Horizon 2020 Participants Portal.
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Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 2: Fisheries & Aquaculture and Blue Growth 2015.
Indicative topics for calls for proposals in 2015 will be confirmed in July 2014 and it is anticipated that the 1st two-stage deadline will be moved forward from the end of February 2015 to the beginning of February 2015. Full details, when available will be published on the Horizon 2020 Participants Portal.
 
SFS10b-2015: Scientific basis and tools for preventing and mitigating farmed mollusc diseases.
SFS11b-2015: Consolidating the environmental sustainability for European aquaculture.
BG1-2015: Improving the preservation and sustainable exploitation of Atlantic marine ecosystems.
BG2-2015: Forecasting and anticipating effects of climate change on fisheries and aquaculture.
BG7-2015: Responses capacities to oil spills and marine pollution.
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