EU-LIFE

Building and promoting Excellence in Life Sciences in Europe
Building and promoting Excellence in Life Sciences in Europe

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The EU-LIFE Scientific Workshop organized by the translational research working group of the EU-LIFE institutes took place from May 12-13, 2016 at CeMM in Vienna. Following successful meetings on “Biology of Cancer” (2014, CRG) and “Epigenetics and Disease” (2015, BRIC), this year’s topic was on "Inflammation and Immunity in Health and Disease". Three sessions explored autoimmunity, T-cells in cancer immunology, and innate pathways in cancer immunology.

The EU-LIFE Board of Directors and the strategy working group had their yearly EU-LIFE Strategy Meeting on 11th and 12th May at CeMM in Vienna, Austria, one of the 13 EU-LIFE member institutes.

 The meeting aimed at reflecting on current strategies on the EU-LIFE’s priority areas including the strengthening scientific collaborations within and outside the alliance, influencing research policy in life sciences, and sharing knowledge and best practices.

EU-LIFE congratulate Commissioner Moedas and DG Research for initiating the public debate regarding the creation of an EIC and would like to highlight the potential of an EIC as an extraordinary opportunity for a paradigm shift at two levels:

  • To change the way innovation is tackled in Europe
  • To change the vision of the role of research in boosting innovation

 

The 4DNucleome Initiative in Europe is a community-driven scientific proposal to address the grand challenge of deciphering the spatio-temporal organization of the cellular nucleus.

It was created following a EU call to its scientific community to propose grand challenges to be addressed with newly funded FET FLAGSHIPS by 2018. 

The Babraham Institute (BI), partner of the EU-LIFE alliance organized last week an EU-LIFE Workshop on Communicating Animal Research. Aimed at sharing knowledge about institutional strategies to (better) communicate animal research, the workshop gathered 35 experts from over 20 organizations such as EU-LIFE and Cambridge-based research institutes, private biotech companies, universities, private foundations, NOG’s and other relevant associations.

The final meeting of EpiGeneSys, the ambitious EU-funded initiative on epigenetics advancing towards systems biology, was held this week in Paris.

As part of EU-LIFE partners' strong commitment to the promotion of research careers and talent circulation across Europe, a new online searchable tool is now live in EU-LIFE's website. The main goal of the tool is to help POSTDOCS and YOUNG PIs when considering their next career move in any of the 13 EU-LIFE institutes, or European countries represented within the EU-LIFE alliance.

LIBRA – the EU-LIFE alliance project to develop and implement gender equality in research – has just been launched.

“EU-LIFErs” gathered together at the FMI in Basel, Switzerland this week for their annual meeting.

How can research institutes and organisations reach the goal of transforming lab findings into clinical applications without undermining frontier science or infringing on the scientific freedom of their scientists?
Within the Translational Research Working Group of the EU-LIFE Alliance, thirteen research centres shared their experiences and suggested recommendations to promote translational research. Their conclusions appear in the September issue of the journal Trends in Molecular Medicine.