EU-LIFE

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

News

Systems Biologists have a new spot online.
The website http://community.isbe.eu is connecting the Systems Biology (SB) community in Europe and gradually expanding worldwide.

Professionals from EU-LIFE partners and associated organizations will meet early in September in London discuss the “Starting-up a company: alternative compensation for in-kind contribution” and share good practice on the topic.

EU-LIFE partners welcome the announcement that funds from ERC, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions and spreading excellence /widening participation actions were safeguarded from deviation to EFSI. This outcome is particularly welcomed for revealing a common acknowledgement that open science is crucial for the future of Europe.

Congratulations to all new EMBO Members across the world!
Graça Raposo-Benedetti, group leader at the Institut Curie, France, Monica Bettencourt-Dias, group leader at the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, Portugal and Nicolas Thomä, group leader at the Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research, Switzerland, are this year's new European Molecular Biology Organization-EMBO Members from EU-LIFE Partner institutions.

The third EU-LIFE strategy meeting was held on May 11-12, 2015 in Copenhagen, Denmark, hosted by EU-LIFE Partner BRIC.

If you belong to a EU-LIFE Partner Institution, watch live the Epigenetics and Disease Workshop this Tuesday and Wednesday, 12th and 13th May.

EU-LIFE strongly welcomes the position of the European Parliament committees made public on 20th April about the Strategic Investment Fund - EFSI or “Juncker Plan” - where Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) defended the protection of the EU budget earmarked for research.  However, if this position fails to reach the final EFSI legislation, the future of innovation in Europe and the goal of enforcing the EU as a leading knowledge economy will be at imminent risk.

EU-LIFE is a signatory of the Wellcome Trust Statement that was released today supporting European Directive 2010/63/EU (“Directive”) on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes.
The Statement calls on the European Parliament and Commission to reaffirm their commitment to the Directive, which is considered vital to ensure that necessary research involving animals can continue whilst requiring enhanced animal welfare standards.

EU-LIFE European research centres obtained 14 new ERC Starting and Consolidator grants in the latest competitions, which takes the total of ERC-funded grants currently running in centres belonging to the alliance to over 100. But this news comes with a bitter aftertaste, as the announced cuts in the Horizon 2020 budget (including ERC) due to the so-called Juncker’s plan may now jeopardise Europe’s competitiveness in future research and innovation.

The EU-LIFE Translational Research Working Group has just published a correspondence article in Nature’s edition of January 22nd, 2015.

In this short comment entitled Interdisciplinary research: Bold alliances aid translational work and authored by Janine T. Erler (Biotech Research and Innovation Centre, University of Copenhagen) on behalf of the group, EU-LIFE partners call for the need of translational research to venture out of its comfort zone and become more interdisciplinary.