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


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.

EU-LIFE Science Newsletter 3/2016

Collaboration News from VIB and CEITEC

Throughout evolution, mammalian viruses co-evolved with their hosts and developed effective ways to counter and evade the antiviral responses of the host immune system. An international team - including VIB and CEITEC scientists - unraveled a molecular strategy used by the widespread parapox Orf virus to counter the mammalian immune system.

EU-LIFE Science Newsletter 3/2016

Collaboration News from CRG, MDC, BI and CEITEC

ORION is a new collaborative European project to explore ways in which research and funding organizations in life sciences and biomedicine can open up the way they fund, organize and do research. CRG, MDC, BI and CEITEC, each leading a work package, are among the nine partners in the project.

EU-LIFE Science Newsletter 3/2017

Community News from the Biotech Research & Innovation Centre (BRIC), Denmark

​To bring science closer to high school students in Denmark and provide outreach opportunities for our many Marie S. Curie funded fellows, BRIC hosted its first hands-on training for high school students writing their 3rd year project (SRP) in life sciences back in November 2016. The topic was cancer treatment.

EU-LIFE Science Newsletter 3/2017

Community News from the VIB, Belgium

Registrations for the VIBes in Biosciences 2017 biannual international PhD symposium are about to take off! VIBes is an initiative from VIB and gathers young and ambitious scientists from all over the globe to enjoy a top-quality conference.