Forum Blue Cluster – Human health and well being of the future

The marine by-products (marine bacteria, algae, micro-algae,etc) represent a huge potential for innovation for the health and well-being of the future. This annual event dedicated to the stakeholders of marine bio-resources will be devoted to the health theme human and well-being of the future. A highlight of many innovations concerning candidate-drug molecules, medical devices, biomaterials, health food supplements, etc. The Forum Blue Cluster brings together academic and industrial players from the West of France and aims to promote the development of innovative projects in the marine biological resources sector. Pôle de Mer did a presentation of our cluster and the project EBB, we had a stand in the event, flyers were distributed, and we talked about the project with the participants. This in order to raise the awareness of the project among different actors.

SPACE – Aquaculture Feed Forum

The SPACE – Aquaculture Feed Forum is a key event for French and international aquaculture businesses.  In France are located a wide variety of fish farms, as well as many companies offering solutions for aquaculture. This event included speeches by several international experts in the aquaculture sector. Pôle de Mer distributed flyers and explained the main goals of the EBB project to the participants to increase the visibility of the project among different stakeholders in the fishing and aquaculture sector.

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. In this workshop Ms Catarina Anjos presented a poster on EBB implementation cryopreservation protocols in Portuguese oysters. The title of the poster was “The response of Crassostrea angulate (Portuguese oyster) larvae to cryoprotectants exposure and cryopreservation”. The objective of this biennal workshop was to bring together researchers and students from the scientific community working on the gamete biology of fish and aquatic species. The meeting took place in the prestigious school of agricultural engineers AGROCAMPUS OUEST. It was organized by INRA’s Fish Physiology and Genomics Department.

54th European Marine Biology Symposium

The 54th European Marine Biology Symposium was held in Dublin from 25-29 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, biological traits and the blue growth. 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.

“Collections as an educational resource”. 7th European Phycological Congress

During the 7th European Phycological Congress (EPC) in Zagreb in August 2019 a group of the leading algal culture collections organized a satellite meeting to present and discuss topics relevant to the running of major international culture collections. During this meeting, Ian Probert (Sorbonne University) hosted a roundtable discussion topic entitled “Collections as an educational resource”. In addition to presenting the involvement of the Roscoff Culture Collection in taxonomy courses, the activities of EMBRC and the EBB project relating to educating Biological Resource Centre users about Access and Benefit Sharing issues were presented and discussed. EMBRC and EBB flyers were also distributed during the EPC (ca 500 participants).

BIO World Congress 2019

From the 8th to 11th of July 2019, the IBioIC will be presenting on biorefineries and taking a stand at BIO World Congress to showcase the work of the Centre including our membership of the EBB project consortium.

BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and AgTech is a unique forum for business executives, government officials, academic researchers and end users to share the latest advances in industrial chemicals and products, food ingredients, advanced biofuels and biorefinery platforms, synthetic biology, agricultural technologies, crop production and more.

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

In 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). In this workshop Dr Cabrita explained aspects of 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), contributing to the dissemination of EBB project.