Webinar Project Global ABS of PNUD-GEF Scientific Input to International Policy Decisions

Ibon Cancio participated in the webinar “Webinar Aspectos Centrales de ABS y el Protocolo de Nagoya – Su papel en la Investigación, Desarrollo e Innovación Científica” inside the project Global ABS (Fortalecimiento de los recursos humanos, los marcos legales y las capacidades institucionales para aplicar el Protocolo de Nagoya) of the PNUD-GEF program of the United Nations for Latin America. The goals of the EBB Project were presented together with aspects related to the incorporation of Digital Sequence Information (DSI) to the definition of Genetic Resources, with the talk entitled: “20,000 genes de viaje marino: del recurso genético físico al digital, pasando por Nagoya”. The overarching goal of the webinar was to present the newly approved ABS national regulation to the scientific community of Uruguay.


The contents of the workshop can be visited here: https://abs-sustainabledevelopment.net/event/webinar-aspectos-centrales-de-abs-y-el-protocolo-de-nagoya-su-papel-en-la-investigacion-desarrollo-e-innovacion-cientifica/

European Blue Biobank (EBB) promo clip

The activities carried out in our project are the result of the joint work of a multidisciplinary team made up of some of the most important marine collections in Europe, marine biotechnology clusters and companies, together with national agencies responsible for the access to marine genetic resources.

As a result of this coordinated effort, the project was awarded in 2018 at the Atlantic Project Awards, in the category of “Atlantic Marine and coastal environment”.

In this video you can see the main activities that we carry out and which are the biobanks, clusters, companies and competent national authorities that make up our consortium, as well as, some images of the award ceremony.

Get a glimpse here!

“Why a landmark treaty to stop ocean biopiracy could stymie research”

A recent paper published last March in “Nature” reports on the on-going negotiations about the Nagoya protocol extension. In the current protocol, the legal regime for the access to non-human genetic resources as well as the equitable and fair sharing of benefits obtained from their utilization is developed. As far as marine resources are concerned, the current protocol only covers waters within national jurisdiction, yet there are many resources in international waters sea whose benefits are not shared in an equitative way. Authored by Olive Heffernan, the paper describes how the new treaty will include genetic resources accessed in international waters, as well as the digital genetic sequences obtained from those genetic resources. Some researchers fear that the new legal framework will become a bottleneck that hamper their access to marine genetic at high seas, ultimately hindering new discoveries.


BPI Innov Generation

Bpifrance Inno Generation is a unique event in France, designed by and for entrepreneurs, and driven byBpifrance’s values: simplicity, proximity, determination and optimism. A variety of unique content and concrete themes provides a unique opportunity for all visitors to develop their business and network. The Bpifrance gathering is 1,000 speakers including 100 top international speakers; 45,000 participants; more than 30 international delegations; 13 regions represented; 400 workshops and conferences and 50partner media from all over the world. All these people, companies and entities present to buildtomorrow’s world in the face of climate, digital and societal challenges. At Bpifrance Inno, all views and experiences are brought together.


09:45-11:00La bioéconomie, une réponse durable à la transition écologique ?

11:05-11:35 Zoom sur les projets collaboratifs internationaux : avantages pour les entreprises innovantes et « success stories »

11:45-12:15 Financer sa création : quelles solutions complémentaires aux banques ?

13:45-15:00 Innovation et développement durable, c’est rentable !

13:45-14:15 Deeptech : comment l’Europe accélère votre levée de fonds ?

16:00-16:45 Design thinking : changez d’état d’esprit pour une innovation positive

17:45-18:15 Accélérez à l’international avec INNOWWIDE, la nouvelle subvention européenne

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EMA (Enhanced MicroAlgae) Marketplace

Enhance microalgae project, with whom EBB already shared the organisation of a workshop last November, launches now an interesting initiative: a “virtual Marketplace”, an online platform to exchange interests, knowledge, techniques and services in the field of microalgae (http://emamarket.anfaco.es). The virtual marketplace enables to post requests and offers. Enhance microalgae is also maintaining a database of stakeholders related to the microalgae sector, which can be consulted online here: https://www.enhancemicroalgae.eu/stakeholders-database