Biotech network aims to promote links between Europe's young researchers

January 17, 2003

Brussels, 16 Jan 2003

The young European biotech network (YEBN) was formed in December 2002 with the aim of creating a European community of biotechnologists, building links with industry, and improving knowledge transfer.

YEBN is a non-profit organisation whose membership is made up of associations and young researchers in the biotechnology field. Currently, it has member organisations from Italy, Germany, Switzerland and France, and further associations in the UK and Spain are in the process of joining.

YEBN executive board member Marco Quarta told CORDIS News that: 'Through participation at events such as Biotechnica, a number of us felt there was an under representation of young perspectives within the field. YEBN and its members aim to bring fresh ideas to biotechnology and promote a responsible community of young scientists.'

Through participation in conferences and events, the network hopes to influence the development of the biotechnology industry and related policies. Representatives from YEBN have been invited to attend a Commission conference on sustainable agriculture at the end of January, where they hope to be able to present the policies and positions developed by the executive board.

Another key aim for YEBN is undertaking research projects and initiatives. Members are encouraged to submit proposals, which are then reviewed by the executive board to assess their relevance to the network's strategy before being approved and funded.

Among its other objectives, the network recognises the importance of the public's perception of biotechnology and realises that simple arguments are not sufficient to win support for the industry. YEBN aims to provide explanations of its areas of research to Europe's citizens in order to provide them with the knowledge required to make informed decisions.

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CORDIS RTD-NEWS / © European Communities

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