Conference on 'Gene Patents and Public Health'
Location: Leuven, Belgium, Date: 27 May 2005
'Coexistence of GM crops with non-GM crops' will
take place at Swiss Federal Research Station for Agroecology and Agriculture
in Zurich on June 9-10, 2005. More at
EMBO/EMBL Conference on Science and Security
Location: Heidelberg, Germany, Date: 28 - 29 October 2005
Joint Organic Congress 2006, May, 30th-31st, 2006,Odense, Denmark
Communicating European Research 2005, Brussels, 14-15 November 2005
draft programme has been made available.
Europa - EU
Experts back Commission proposal to bolster research funding
Sixth Framework Programme (FP6) Scientific Support to
Policies - 15 new projects available. Open and future calls updated
Programme for Research (FP7)
Towards the new EU Research Framework Programme 2007-2013
The European Commission should adopt on 6 April 2005 its proposal for the
EU’s 7th Research Framework Programme 2007-2013. This will launch the co-decision
procedure for the adoption by the Council and the European Parliament
Policy, funding: Parliament backs Commission's
FP7 vision. A European Parliament committee has endorsed the European Commission's
vision for the forthcoming Seventh Framework Programme for Research (FP7),
particularly its call to double EU-backed research funding.
Tissue, Legislation: European Parliament seeks ban to curb ‘mail order’
The European Parliament has called for a ban on the trade in human egg cells
following media reports alleging that ‘mail order’ eggs were being brought
in from outside the Union.
Renewable Energy, Biofuels: Commission consults stakeholders on its Biomass
Stakeholders have until the end of March to participate in the Commission’s
public consultation to help shape a Biomass Action Plan for bringing the
EU closer to its renewable energy targets.
Authorisation, GMOs: GM maize held up despite EFSA all-clear
For the first time, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has given
a clean bill of health for the growing of a genetically modified (GM) maize
variety in the EU. However, experts from Member States have yet to authorise
European Basic Research Policy Website
Over the past two years, the idea of a European Research Council (ERC),
widely regarded within the scientific community as a necessary component
of the European Research Area, has become a serious political prospect.
It is a development that the European Commission has strongly supported
and worked hard to turn into reality.
As announced IOBC/wprs Working Group on 'GMOs in Integrated Plant Production
organizes 'Meeting on Ecological Impact of Genetically
Modified Organisms, June 1-3, 2005, Lleida, Spain. More than 50 participants
have already registered for the meeting. We have information from Prof.
F. Kocourek and Dr. Oxana Haboštová that they will attend the Meeting from
BIO 2005 Annual International Convention in Philadelphia
(19-22 June 2005)
Several departments of the European Commission, the executive arm of the
European Union (EU), and the European Patent Office (EPO) will present Europe's
policy strategy in biotechnology and the life sciences at the Convention.
The joint EU pavilion will highlight the EU’s role in supporting research
and innovation in the life sciences and promote Europe as a highly competitive
knowledge-based economy with opportunities for research, partnering and
UK gives 58% funding boost to science for development
Britain's official aid agency is to provide an extra US$90 million for science-related
activities over the next three years.
European Federation of Biotechnology
Important personal change
Boerge Diderichsen, Professor,
Ph.D., Elected President of EFB in 2001 (and before that Vice-President
since 1999), Vice President, Novo Nordisk will step down, a decision which
has been communicated to the Executive Board of EFB (ExBo) in January 2005.
Thus, as from March 15, 2005, Professor Jeff A Cole of Birmingham University,
member of ExBo and Chairman of EFB Section on Microbial Physiology, will
be chairman of ExBo until a new EFB President is elected in conjunction
with the General Assembly at ECB12 in Copenhagen in August 2005.
Professor Diderichsen have devoted a lot of his time and
energy to EFB. EFB has reached several important milestones, such as the
establishment of a new Central Office in Barcelona and appointing a new
UN to set up science advisory mechanism
The United Nations is set to take greater account of science in its development
efforts by creating a high-level advisory panel and appointing a science
advisor to Kofi Annan.
UN suggests countries ban all forms of human cloning
The United Nations member states have voted in favour of a non-binding declaration
proposed by Honduras calling for a total ban on all forms of human cloning
including therapeutic cloning. The decision, made on March 8 was reached
by 84 votes to 34, with 37 abstentions. The main reason for the split vote
was that many countries have decided to permit therapeutic cloning despite
banning reproductive cloning. China, India and Brazil are among those countries
keen to allow such research to continue.
See on this page also in Czech.
WHO 'underestimates malaria threat by half'
The World Health Organization has underestimated by half the number of cases
of the deadliest form of malaria, say researchers.
Saudi Arabia approves GM food imports
Authorities in Saudi Arabia have approved imports of genetically modified
food products for human and animal consumption.
The Golden Rice in its new breed carries enough
pro-vitamin A, about 20 times more than previous experimental plants. In
the past debates about the content developers always claimed that - if there
would be a problem, this can be solved by modern breeding technology.
See the full declaration of the Golden Rice Humanitarian Board
more selected background links to the Golden Rice story:
And a bibliography on the scientific literature around the Golden Rice:
Fertilisers directly threaten marine life, says study
A study showing a direct link between nitrogen fertilisers and damaging
'algal blooms' off the coast of Mexico suggests that the problem is set
to increase across the global South.
Brazil says 'yes' to GM crops and stem cell research
The Brazilian parliament has passed a controversial law approving both stem
cell research and the planting and sale of genetically modified crops.
India's reverse brain drain
Raghunath A. Mashelkar predicts that India is set to be the world's biggest
research and development hub, thanks to its 'silent scientific repatriation'.
(Source: Science). Talented Indian and Chinese-born scientists, who once
flocked to the United States to advance their careers, are finding buoyant
conditions closer to home – helping to develop their nascent economies.
However, this raises some competitive challenges for mature economies like
the USA, according to a recent report.
National science foundation planned for India
India has announced plans to spend US$340 million on creating a national
science foundation and two science universities.
India increases science budget by 24 per cent
Scientific activities in India have received a major boost with the announcement
of a 24 per cent funding increase in the budget for 2005-2006.
US$2 million fund to boost research in Muslim world
The Islamic Development Bank has approved a major increase in funding for
its scholarship scheme for scientists in the Muslim world.
ALLERGIES AND GM FOODS
SciDev.Net Weekly Update: 7 March 2005
What are the allergenic risks posed by foods produced from GM crops? Could
GM technology actually offer a way to prevent food allergies? Our new policy
brief explores the issues. Go to
Rising carbon dioxide could make crops less nutritious
A Chinese study reveals that rising levels of carbon dioxide boost growth
in rice and wheat crops at the expense of nutritive value.
Shape of rare protein reveals HIV vaccine clues
The shape of a rare protein that is highly effective at blocking HIV has
been revealed and could lead to a vaccine against the virus.