“Reprodução em aquacultura”

On 13th July of 2020, Drs. Elvira Fatsini and Catarina Oliveira gave one talk entitled “Reprodução em aquacultura” inside of “Ciência, uma visão do futuro” course held in Faro (Portugal) by Zoom platform.

On this course Drs. Fatsini and Oliveira gave a masterclass showing how the reproduction works in aquaculture, above all in fish species and showed several reproduction tools as cryopreservation, promoting the EBB project and the importance of preserving biological genetic material and the usage
for aquaculture.

This course was organized by the University of Algarve to students from 15 and 18 years old.

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

Twitter https://twitter.com/Juliana00626378/status/1182318877197385728?s=20

YouTube https://youtu.be/5ucKeogLYE8

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

WiLSI workshop “Digital Sequence information, Open Access, and Sustainable Benefit Sharing: Scientific Input to International Policy Decisions”

Ibon Cancio participated in the workshop and on enrolment was invited to present his perspective as researcher on the utilization of Digital Sequence Information in marine biological sciences. The aim of the workshop was to present European Commission policy makers and Nagoya national focal points on the needs of researchers in regard to DSI and the hurdles that new regulations in the framework of the Nagoya protocol on Access and benefit Sharing could impose in scientific advances.

Three regulatory scenarios were discussed in advance of the COP meeting to take place in China in October 2020.

The contents of the workshop can be visited here: https://www.dsmz.de/collection/nagoya-protocol/digital-sequence-information/dsi-workshop-march-2020

Biotechnologies marines – Sorbonne Université

Marine biotechnology is a growing sector that is a remarkable source of innovation. Sorbonne University is one of Europe’s leading research forces in this field. Innovations and know-how were presented in the 15-minutes pitch format.

We met experts in the field and discovered EMBRC-France platforms, this national marine biology research infrastructure offers innovative services open to academic and private actors.

The Sorbonne University-Enterprise meetings presents a great opportunity to exchange and share ideas between industry and academia; the know-how and results, that are likely to be transferred or co-developed with SMEs, specialized VSEs or large companies, in order to meet the needs of industrial partners.

Workshop: “Utilización de recursos genéticos y Protocolo de Nagoya: marco legal y casos prácticos de aplicación en el ámbito marino”

The Marine Research Centre (CIM) of the University of Vigo, coordinator of the “European Blue Biobank” (EBB) project, together with the CETMAR Foundation, and especially with the Interreg Atlantic Area project entitled COCKLES organized a technical workshop to raise awareness of the existing obligations to access and use genetic resources derived from the Nagoya Protocol (2010) and associated regulations. In Spain, the Protocol is translated into the ByLaw 124/2017, which regulates the access and use of genetic resources from wild taxa. Finally, in Galicia, the Law 5/2019 on natural heritage and biodiversity reflects basic aspects for the application of the rule in this territory and the obligation of communication of the territorial administration to the national focal point.

The workshop was opened by Paloma Rueda (Director of CETMAR Foundation) and Belén Martín Míguez (coordinator of EBB). Alejandro Lago, project manager of the UNDP-GEF Global ABS Project, presented the international context about the Nagoya protocol. Noelia Vallejo Pedregal, Spanish National Focal Point for the Nagoya Protocol, from the Ministry of Ecological Transition, explained the legal framework in Spain. Fiz da Costa, project manager of EBB project, presented the Best Practice Guidelines developed by EBB partners and use cases implemented. The event was closed with a round table of debate with scientist, policy makers and industry, with the contribution of Angel F. Gonzalez (CSIC), representing the scientists; Fiz da Costa, Elisa Gago (Xunta de Galicia), representing the competent authority in Galicia; Noelia Vallejo, from the National Focal Point in Spain; Carlos Padilla, Biomar mt, a private company with experience in ABS regulations; and Rosa Fernández (CETMAR), acting as moderator.

The workshop was filmed by UVigoTV. Presentations were in Spanish and and videos are available in the following links:

  1. Intervención de Paloma Rueda. Directora de CETMAR, Bienvenida y presentación de la jornada Video 1 Bienvenida
  2. Intervención de Belén Martín. Responsable de la participación de la ECIMAT-UVigo en la Red Europea de Estaciones de Biología Marina (EMBRC-ERIC), Bienvenida y presentación de la jornada Video 2 Bienvenida Belén Martín
  3. El protocolo de Nagoya en el contexto de la protección de la biodiversidad global. Alejandro Lago, Programa de Desarrollo de Naciones Unidas, Instrumento Financiero Global, Naciones Unidas Video 3 Presentación Alejandro Lago
  4. Turno de preguntas Alejandro Lago. El protocolo de Nagoya en el contexto de la protección de la biodiversidad global. Video 4 Turno de preguntas Alejandro Lago
  5. Marco legislativo español y procesos de consulta. Noelia Vallejo, Punto Focal Nacional para el Protocolo de Nagoya. Jefa de Área de Estrategias y Planes de Conservación. Subdir. Gral. de Biodiversidad y Medio Natural, MITECO  Video 5 Presentación de Noelia Vallejo
  6. Proyecto EBB: Casos de estudio y Guía de buenas prácticas. Fiz da Costa, Gestor del Proyecto EBB, Centro de Investigación Mariña, Universidade de Vigo Video 6 Presentación Fiz da Costa
  7. Introducción a la mesa redonda: debate entre representantes de las administraciones, la industria y los centros de investigación. Moderadora Rosa Fernández Otero, Coordinadora del área de promoción y transferencia de tecnología, CETMAR Video 7 Presentación mesa redonda
  8. Mesa Redonda. Representante del ámbito científico. Ángel F. González González, Head of the Ecology and Marine Resources Department en Instituto de Investigaciones Marinas, CSIC Video 8 Mesa redonda Ángel F. González González
  9. Mesa Redonda. Representante de la administración. Elsa Gago, Jefa del servicio de biodiversidad de la Dirección Xeral de Patrimonio Cultural de la Consellería de Cultura e Turismo, Xunta de Galicia Video 9 Mesa redonda Elsa Gago
  10. Mesa Redonda. Representante del ámbito empresarial. Carlos Padilla Martinez, Head of microalgae laboratory, BIOMAR MICROBIAL TECHNOLOGIES Video 10 Mesa redonda Carlos Padilla Martinez
  11. Turno de preguntas y debate entre representantes de las administraciones, la industria y los centros de investigación. Video 11 Debate
  12. Conclusiones y cierre. Rosa Fernández Otero, Coordinadora del área de promoción y transferencia de tecnología, CETMAR Video 12 Conclusiones y cierre

Ocean BtoB

Pôler Mer Bretagne Atlantique has organized Ocean BtoB. This is the annual business convention around marine technologies open to companies from all maritime fields. This event aims to create links between industrial clusters around maritime innovation and blue biotechnologies.

Ocean BtoB brings together a wide range of companies, large groups and SMEs, wishing to develop their business in the blue economy.

BtoB meetings allow potential partnerships.

Develop business and discover innovative solutions and support tools for SMEs through thematic workshops.