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


ERC President, Jean-Pierre Bourguignon was the key note speaker at the 2016 EU-LIFE Community Meeting, which was held 2-3 November at The Netherlands Cancer Institute (NKI) in Amsterdam. The President of the European Research Council joined EU-LIFE community to discuss the challenging perspectives of research in Europe including the next framework programme (FP9) and overall science policy.

EU-LIFE which spans over 7200 researchers in 13 European countries is committed to international collaboration, with exchange of talent in order to facilitate scientific excellence. Therefore to create consortia based on excellence, we will continue to collaborate with our colleagues in the UK following the referendum on EU membership.

EU-LIFE and FAPESP - the funding agency of the State of S. Paulo, Brazil have organized a scientific symposium in S. Paulo, Brazil, from 7-9th June 2016.

EU-LIFE nominated for the new Open Science Policy Platform at the European Commission. The Directorate-General for Research and Innovation at the European Commission established a Commission Advisory Group to provide advice about the development and implementation of open science policy in Europe.

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.

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:

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.