Smart Specialisation: activities in Central and Eastern Europe by the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission


Advocating inclusiveness, dynamic entrepreneurial discovery, knowledge-driven innovation, resources, synergies and economic transformation, the "Smart Specialization Strategy in the Field of Biotechnologies in Europe: a Challenge for CEE Region" meeting was held in Bratislava, Slovakia from 4-6 September 2017.

Funded by the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, the ICGEB and the Central European Initiative (CEI), the forum brought together academic leaders in biotechnology, specialists from the European Commission, leaders of SMEs and industry and scientists and experts from over ten countries across Central and Eastern Europe to find new ways of working together to address the challenges facing the EU and globally.

Over 100 participants presented and discussed a multitude of topics from food security to clean energy, from agriculture to technology transfer, from future medicinal biotechnologies to key research programmes and international cooperation in biotechnology each of the CEE countries.

The ICGEB delegation was headed by Prof. Mauro Giacca, who spoke at the opening together with other members of the International Advisory Board, including Dr. Guy Van Den Eede of the EU-JRC, Brussels. Prof. Giacca gave a key lecture on future medicianl biotechnologies, as well as a talk on the Biotechnology Programme at ICGEB.

Other speakers from ICGEB were Marco Baralle, Group Leader, Biotech Development, on opportunities for biosimilar drugs, Natasa Skoko, of the same group who presented "a concrete offer by ICGEB for transferring know-how to industry". Vittorio Venturi, Group Leader, Bacteriology, Trieste, gave a talk on the plant microbiome and next generation agriculture and Serena Zacchigna, Group Leader, Cardiovascular Biology, presented gene therapy for heart diseases.

The closing talk, presented by Vittorio Venturi focused on ICGEB's activities in Central and Eastern Europe; where ICGEB has 12 full and long-term Member States and a rich network of collaboration and history of funding activities (meetings and courses, fellowships, grants and technology transfer).

Topics included ICGEB's digital learning resources, used to communicate the diversity and strength of its international research ICGEB. Scientific collections, currently including 480 movies, are developed in-house and are freely available on three platforms: YouTube, iTunes and directly on the Web site. 


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Prof. Mauro Giacca, ICGEB Director-General and Dr. Guy Van Den Eede, EC-JRC, Brussels

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Prof. Stanislav Miertus, and distinguished members of hte International Advisory Board open the Meeting 


The meeting was organised by the Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of SS. Cyril and Methodius, Trnava, the Slovak Academy of Sciences and ICARST, Bratislava, under the auspices of the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of Slovak Republic.

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