Workshop: “Fostering development of micro-algal-based industries: legal and practical aspects”

Belén Martín Míguez, coordinator of EBB project, together with Maria José Chapela, coordinator of Enhance Microalgae project (both Interreg Atlantic Area), organised the workshop “Fostering development of micro-algal-based industries: legal and practical aspects” which was part of the event Business2Sea that gathers annually stakeholders from the marine realm: public authorities, enterprises, universities, R&D centers, clusters and associations. The workshop had a first part where legal frameworks that can hinder exploitation of micro-algae were considered. In particular, Fiz da Costa, from EBB project offered a talk on Nagoya protocol implementation. In the second part, two representatives from Neoalgae and A4f companies presented their activities and perspectives on those legal frameworks and how they impact their businesses. The audience (which included some other members of EBB project such as Vitor Vasconcelos and Guilherme Scott from CIIMAR) participated in the debate.

Workshop on Cryopreservation of Marine Genetic Resources: from the Ocean to you Marine Station

On June 2019, Dr Elsa Cabrita gave two talks in the “Workshop on Cryopreservation of Marine Genetic Resources: from the Ocean to your Marine Station” held in Oban (Scotland). This workshop was part of an internal meeting of the project Assemble +. On this workshop Dr Elsa Cabrita gave two talks related to the different methodologies applied in cryopreservation of germ cells from several fish (zebrafish, Senegalese sole, turbot); germ cells and larvae from bivalve species (Portuguese oyster, Chamelea gallina…), disseminating also the EBB project.

 

7th International Workshop on the Biology of Fish Gametes

On the 2nd of September 2019, UAlg team (Drs Elsa Cabrita, Catarina Oliveira, Elvira Fatsini and Ms Catarina Anjos) attended the workshop on the Biology of Fish Gametes in Rennes (France) organized by INRA. On this workshop Ms Catarina Anjos presented a poster inside of the frame of EBB implementation cryopreservation protocols in Portuguese oyster. The title of the poster was “The response of Crassostrea angulate (Portuguese oyster) larvae to cryoprotectants exposure and cryopreservation”.

 

3rd General Assembly of EBB-project

The Plentzia Marine Station in the University of the Basque Country (PiE-UPV/EHU) hosted the 3rd general assembly of the EBB project with a first day meeting on the Plentzia Marine Station in Plentzia and a second day in the “Bizkaia Aretoa” of the University of the Basque Country in Bilbao. The advances within each work package were discussed and way ahead during the last year of the project decided.

Within the assembly we hosted the Mini-workshop on EBB Quality Management Systems and a discussion on ABS Best practice guidelines in which Anne Nivart of CETAF and the French national Natural History Musseum and Juan Luis Gomez Pinchetti of the Spanish Algae Bank participated as invited experts.

The meeting was reflected in a short publication in the magazine Europa Azul:

Agentes se reúnen en el País Vasco para coordinar el Biobanco Marino Europeo

 

 

Weekly FBA (Nord Universuty) Lunch Seminar

On the 7th of January 2019, Dr Elsa Cabrita was invited to give a talk in the weekly FBA Lunch seminar from Nord University held in Bodo (Norway). On this Seminar Dr Elsa Cabrita gave a talk titled “Breeding management for aquaculture and conservation” related to the different methodologies applied in cryopreservation of germ cells from several fish and bivalve species, promoting and disseminating also the EBB project.

 

 

54th European Marine Biology Symposium

The 54th European Marine Biology Symposium was held in Dublin from the 25th to the 29th of August 2019. The event gathered a large delegacy of scientists involved in marine biology and ecology research from Europe and beyond. The presentations focused on four main themes, i.e. the rapid changes of organisms, communities and ecosystems, the movement and redistribution of species, the biological traits that are fundamental to be considered in species management and the blue growth. A general session was also organised to discuss any other aspect of marine biology. Within the blue growth framework, Dr. Maria Vittoria Marra (NUIG – National University of Ireland Galway) presented the poster ‘EBB – The European Blue Biobank’ to illustrate mission, approach and outcomes of the EBB project and the role played by NUIG in it. The poster presentation gave Dr. Marra the chance to engage with the audience about the participation of Ireland in EBB as well as in EMBRC, which was also present at the symposium with a dedicated stand.

 

Workshop “Procedimientos de cultivo de berberecho”, COCKLES project

On the 23rd September 2019, Fiz da Costa was invited to the workshop “Procedimientos de cultivo de berberecho”, organized by the University of Aveiro (Portugal) in the frame of the COCKLES project financed by Interreg Atlantic Area programme. He gave the talk “Acceso y utilización de recursos genéticos marinos: nuevas regulaciones y cómo aplicarlas”.

See more at https://cim.uvigo.gal/en/2019/09/the-ebb-project-continues-to-train-the-scientific-community-on-the-new-regulations-to-access-to-genetic-resources/