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Quality of Life Bulletin

nº8 - July 2002

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Contents

Programme information
From FP5 to FP6
Training
Future Strategies
Biobiz workshops
Accompanying Measures
News
Opportunities for NAS
SMEs/Industry
Conferences & Events
Our latest publications

Programme information

Although there are no more deadlines for the submission of proposals and prospective applicants will have to wait for the 6th Framework Programme (first calls foreseen in autumn 2002) activities are presently blooming in the QoL programme. Some 1200 R&D joint projects have been launched and close to 1000 post-doctoral fellowships have been awarded funded QoL : overall more than 10000 laboratories are actively involved.
From FP5 to FP6

Overall 10.000 proposals of the QoL programme over the period 1999-2002, almost 2000 have been selected with 14000 participating laboratories (detailed statistics will be provided shortly in a supplement of the Bulletin).
Following the call for Expression of Interest, almost 1500 proposals have been submitted under the Thematic Priorities 1&5 and are presently being evaluated.
The relevant call for proposals for Integrated Projects and Networking of Excellence is expected to be published in November 2002 with deadline in early 2003.

Training

  • Marie Curie Individual fellowships : 170 proposals have been submitted by the 10/10/2001 deadline of which 77 have been selected. For the 10/04/2002 deadline a record number 302 proposals have been receive.: /improving
  • Marie Curie Host fellowships : some of 200 proposals from Companies and PhD Host Institutions have been selected and are offering openings for 1000 trainees. Vacancies available are listed at: http://improving-mcf.sti.jrc.it/project/ .
    Future Strategies

    The European Commission has adopted "The Communication on Life Sciences and Biotechnology-A Strategy for Europe" a major policy for the development o fLife Sciences and Biotechnology in Europe. This strategy paper includes an action plan with recommendations for Member States, local authorities, industry and other stakeholders.
    Press release: http://europa.eu/comm/biotechnology

    Biobiz workshops

    A new series of Biobiz workshops to help researchers acquire Biotech business skills is planned in the coming months:
    Madrid (E) 17-19 September; 2002 Stockholm (S) 15-17 October 2002; Dublin (IRL) 5-7 November 2002; Prague (CZ) 3-5 December 2002; Berlin (D) 21-23 January 2003; Paris (F) 18-20 February 2003; Warsaw (PL) 18-20 March 2003; Hamburg (D) 15-17 April 2003; Vienna (A) 20-22 May 2003.
    For further information:
    (email removed)
    www.eurobiobiz.com
    Accompanying Measures

    Accompanying measures are activities aiming to disseminate results and information relevant to the QoL Programme and/or contributing to its strategic objectives. These can be studies in support of the programme, activities to facilitate the exchange of information, conferences, seminars, workshops or any other scientific or technical meetings and, generally, any other flexible and imaginative approaches for communication activities.
    Following the 11 October 2001 and 8 February 2002 deadlines 320 proposals have been received and 91 have been selected.
    EC contact: (email removed)

    News

    The IPR help desk has just been relaunched:
    www.ipr-helpdesk.org

    Free service for contractors.

    Opportunities for NAS

    In order to promote the participation and integration of Newly Associated States (NAS) two specific call had been published with deadlines very early in the year:

    • For the extension of existing QoL contracts to partners from NAS(QoL-2002-NAS) we have received 177 proposals of which 79 have been selected.
    • For the integration of NAS in the European Research Area (QoL-GROWTH-EESD-2001-INTEGRA) 108 proposals have been received and 29 have been selected.
    SMEs / Industry

    Partners for life and Fellows for industry are 2 initiatives promoted by QoL aimed at stimulating innovation in SMEs ( http://www.bit.ac.at/partners_for_life.htm ) and increasing co-operation between academia and industry
    ( www.bit.ac.at/fellows_for_industry.htm
    Conferences and Events

    • Genomics and Forest Tree Stress Tolerance Short Course - Chania, Greece, November 2002
      Contact: (email removed)


    • International Conference on Soils under Global Change - a Challenge for the 21st century
      Constanta, Romania, September 2002
      Contact: (email removed)


    • Towards greater coherence in European cancer research.19 September 2002-European Parliament. A conference at the invitation of Commissioner Busquin, hosted by MEP Van Velzen
      Contact: (email removed)


    • Biotechn Helsinki 24-26 March 2003.
      An international conference and exhibition on" latest advances in biotechnology " http://finnexpo.fi/biotechhelsinki "


    • Rothamsted Biomarket Bioproduct from plants and Microbes 5-7 November 2002.
      (email removed)

    • Plant Gems. Plants Genomics European Meeting. Berlin from 29/7 to 2/10/2002.
      www.plant-gems.org .
      E-mail : (email removed)


    • ERA Conference 2002 from 11 to 13 November. The European Commission will hold a major conference to mark the start of the EU's Sixth Framework Programme for research, which cover the period from 2002 to 2006.
      http://europa.eu/comm/research/conferences/2002/index_en.html


    • Baltic Biotech - Biotechnology science and business forum for the Baltic area
      Greifswald DE, 8-10 November 2001
      http://www.baltic-biotech.net

    • Conference" 4th SME Technology days" Leeds, United Kingdom, 26th-27th Sept 02, on the SME Measures in FP6
      http://www.days4smes.org

      Our latest publications

    • KA1 Food, Nutrition and Health - Catalogue (including separate introduction) presently only available on the web:
      http://cordis.europa.eu/life/src/pub_qol.htm


    • The European Commission has published legislation regarding 3 surveys on human embryonic stem cells, biobanks and xenotranplantation in Europe.
      Contact: (email removed)


    • QoL Catalogue of Socio-economic studies - May 2002, also available at:
      European Commission Biosociety Research Library


    • Project synopses "Research on alternatives to animal experimentation and testing in the QoL programme" July 2002
      Contact: (email removed)


    • Proceedings of the 9th and 10th of July jointly organised by Directorates General for Research and Joint Research Centre "State of the art of Research on Replacement, Reduction and Refinement alternatives to animal experimentation and testing"
      Contact: (email removed)


    • QoL Catalogue of Bioethics Research Projects.
      Contact: (email removed)


    • ·Workshop reports on Managing IPR in a knowledge-based economy - Bioinformatics and the influence of public policy.
      Generic RDT Activities and research infrastructures
      http://europa.eu/comm/research/


    • Cell factory. Community funded projects
      http://europa.eu/comm/research/
      Contact: (email removed)


    • European Bio-entrepreneurs. Examples of start up companies in the biotech sector.
      http://europa.eu/comm/research/
      Contact: (email removed)


    • Inventory of National Research Activities in Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies (TSEs) in Central and Easter European countries
      Contact: (email removed)
      http://europa.eu:8082/comm/research/press/2001/pr2304en.htm


    • Antimicrobial resistance research
      Contact: (email removed)


    • BIOMED 2. IMPACT ASSESSMENT.
      Contact: (email removed)


    • Results of the conference "Life Science Communication in Media". July 9 2002.
      Contact: (email removed)


    • Workshop Report: Dendritic Cells in Control of Human Diseases. Brussels 30-31 May 2002
      Contact: (email removed)


    • From Biotechnology to genomes" the Meaning of the Double Helix. by Philippe Goujon
      www.worldscientific.com/


    • . A limited number of the above publications are available free of charge: (email removed)

      Editors: Alessio Vassarotti & Pilar Roza, Research DG, SDME 9/29, rue de la Loi / Wetstraat, 200, B-1049 Brussels, Belgium
      e-mail: (email removed)

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