European Biotech Week: Celebrating Innovation

 

 

The European Biotech Week celebrates biotechnology, an innovative and vibrant sector launched by the discovery of the DNA molecule back in 1953. The first European Biotech Week that took place in 2013 marked the 60th anniversary of this pivotal moment in history.

This momentous occasion opened the door to a better understanding of the world we live in both for scientists and for society.

To provide you with an example, DNA triggered crucial discoveries and deeper knowledge on genes, proteins, viruses, bacteria and stem cells.

Biotech entrepreneurs were able to translate this knowledge into applications for many sectors such as healthcare, agriculture, food, energy, water sanitation and biochemical processing, all of which have changed the world for the better.

Biotech associations are key in helping to maximize the potential of biotechnology. In Europe, the National Associations Council, hosted by EuropaBio, represents 17 national biotech associations that together represent over 1,800 small- and medium-sized biotech companies and organisations.

In 2017, the week takes place between 25 September and 1 October.

What's the European Biotech Week?

The European Biotech Week comprises a weeklong series of events celebrating biotechnology, an innovative and vibrant sector launched by the discovery of the DNA molecule back in 1953. The first European Biotech Week took place in 2013, between September 30 and October 4, marking the 60th anniversary of this pivotal moment in history. Thanks to that discovery, the deeper knowledge of genes, proteins, viruses, bacteria and genetic structures in general has allowed scientists and biotech entrepreneurs to translate knowledge into applications in sectors such as healthcare, agriculture, food, energy, water sanitation and biochemical processing, all of which have changed the world for the better.

When does it take place?

The European Biotech Week takes place annually around the month of October. This year you can join us, either by partaking in, or organising an event any time from September 25 to October 1 2017. Take a look in the events section of this website to find out more about events taking place in your region.

Who can participate?

If you are looking to plan any events, large or small, for the European Biotech Week, we’d be happy to hear from you! You can submit an event on our website or contact the European Biotech Week coordinators directly. You can take a look at previous events for inspiration!

What kind of events are taking place?

The possibilities are unlimited! Over 450 events took place across Europe during the Week’s past four editions: science cafes, seminars, workshops, company site visits, artistic performances, conferences, live demonstrations etc. No matter if your knowledge of biotech is vast or near to nothing, you will surely find something creative and interesting that sparks your curiosity!

We always try to encourage new ideas and initiatives. Take a look at the Events section to find out what events happened where in Europe during previous editions of the European Biotech Week.

Where do events take place?

Events take place all across Europe every year. Please see the Events section to see all the participating countries in Europe.

How can I participate?

If you want to get involved and organise your own event for the European Biotech Week, please express your interest through the ‘get involved’ section of our website, or by sending an e-mail to EuropaBio’s Communication Manager Cosmin Popa on c.popa@europabio.org.

Check the updates on our website and on Twitter for more information.

If you don’t have time to organise an event this year, you can also help us by promoting some of the events on your website, blog, Facebook, Twitter or any other means. You can find everything you need here. If you have any questions about this, feel free to contact us.

Can I seek a partnership for my own event?

If you have an event planned, please share it with us in the get involved section and we will be happy to put you in contact with other organisers in your region.