Update to forthcoming events at Research DG

February 2, 2004

Brussels, 30 Jan 2004

Biosociety Forthcoming events

Date 2 February 2004
Title European agro-food research
Location Wageningen, the Netherlands
Information Field: agro-food, research, policy reform
The European agro-food sector is facing major changes due to ongoing agricultural policy reform, enlargement, international trade issues, new technologies and rapidly evolving consumer attitudes. How research should anticipate and react to these challenges will be addressed at this media briefing - attended by EU Research Commissioner Philippe Busquin - at Wageningen University and Research Centre.
Website: http://europa.eu.int/comm/research/press /2004/pr1901en.html
Contact: Mr Michael Wappelhorst, tel: +32 2 298 7575, fax: +32 2 295 8220, e-mail: michael.wappelhorst@cec.eu.int

Date 3-4 February 2004
Title Conference on the ethical implications of scientific research into bioweapons and prevention of bioterrorism
Location Brussels, Belgium
Information Field: bioethics, risk, human protection
This Research DG Conference aims to bring together a multidisciplinary group of experts to discuss the ethical implications of scientific research into bioweapons and the prevention of bioterrorism. Issues on the table include risk communication, dual use technologies and the protection of human subjects.
Website: N/A
Contact: Ms Line Matthiessen-Guyader, tel: +32 2 295 2853, fax: +32 2 299 1860, e-mail: line-gertrud.matthiessen-guyader@cec.eu.int

Date 13-16 February 2004
Title Fifth Asian bioethics conference
Location Tsukuba Science City, Japan
Information Field: bioethics
This regional conference will discuss general bioethics themes, as well as the Human Behaviourome Project.
Website: http://www.biol.tsukuba.ac.jp/~macer/abc 5.htm
Contact: Mr Darryl Macer, e-mail: macer@biol.tsukuba.ac.jp

Date February 2004
Title British Fertility Society Ethics meeting
Location London, UK
Information Field: bioethics, fertility
This one-day conference will discuss topics of current concern in reproductive ethics.
Website: http://www.fertility.org.uk/meetings/eth ics/
Contact: Ms Lisa Tandey, tel: +44 1454 642217, e-mail: bfs@bioscientifica.com

Date 28 March-7 April 2004
Title Bioethics and public perceptions of biotechnology
Location Oxford, UK
Information Field: biotechnology, communications
The fifth advanced course on 'Bioethics and public Perceptions of biotechnology' aims to provide the theory and skills necessary for effective communications in biotechnology. It is targeted at PhD students, post-graduates and lecturers.
Website: www.efbpublic.org
Contact: Ms Kim Meulenbroeks, tel: +31 15 212 7800, e-mail: Kim.Meulenbroeks@efbpublic.org

Date 4-7 April 2004
Title HGM 2004: 9th International human genome meeting
Location Berlin, Germany
Information Field: human genome, genetics
This meeting is designed to update and increase scientists' and businesses' knowledge of the human genome through a range of lectures, symposia, workshops and social events.
Website: http://hgm2004.hgu.mrc.ac.uk/
Contact: HUGO Secretariat, tel: +44 207 935 8085, fax: e-mail: +44 207 935 8341e-mail: hugo@hugo-international.org

Date 12 -14 May 2004
Title 9th European Roundtable on Sustainable Consumption and Production
Location Bilbao, Spain
Information Field: Sustainable consumption and production, local and regional initiatives
The European Roundtable on Sustainable Consumption and Production (ERSCP) is a non-profit forum that provides a platform to stimulate, develop and disseminate new initiatives to foster the implementation of sustainable consumption and production concepts and approaches within local and regional sustainable development initiatives.
Website: http://www.erscp2004.net/
Contact: ERSCP Secretariat, tel: +34 94 423 0743 fax: +34 94 423 5900, e-mail: erscp@ihobe.net

Date 16-18 June 2004
Title Food and feed safety in the context of prion diseases
Location Namur, Belgium
Information Field: science, food and feed safety, prion diseases
This symposium will give an overview of the latest scientific achievements in food and feed safety in the context of prion diseases (Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathy - TSE). Oral presentations, posters and exhibition sessions are planned.
Website: http://stratfeed.cra.wallonie.be/Public_ Web_site/Home_page/index.cfm
Contact: Stratfeed Secrétariat, fax: +32 81 620 388, e-mail: vermeulen@cra.wallonie.be

Date 17-18 June 2004
Title Thinking beyond tomorrow - a safe and nutritious food chain for the consumer
Location Dublin, Ireland
Information Field: food science, food technology
As part of the Irish Presidency's scientific programme, this conference will bring together world-class experts who will outline the most recent developments in food science and technology.
Website: http://www.foodchain2004.com/home.html
Contact: Ciara McDonagh, tel: +353 1 805 9500, e-mail: admin@foodchain2004.com

Date 20-22 June 2004
Title Bio Ireland 2004
Location Coleraine, Northern Ireland, UK
Information Field: biotechnologies, science, business
The conference will involve a mix of international and local experts speaking on both the science and the business involved in biotechnologies.
Website: http://www.bioireland2004.com/
Contact: Cheryl McParland, tel: +44 28 9756 1993; fax: +44 28 9756 5073 Cheryl@project-planning.com

Date 25-28 August 2004
Title Euroscience open forum 2004
Location Stockholm, Sweden
Information Field: science, society, technology, awareness
This conference will provide a forum for open dialogue on the role of science and technology in European society. It aims to stimulate scientific awareness and foster debate on the relationship between science and society.
Website: http://www.esof2004.org/index.asp
Contact: Ms Gabriella Norlin, tel: +46 8 546 44 154, e-mail: gabriella.norlin@esof2004.org

Date 25-28 August 2004
Title Ethical, legal and social aspects of human genetic databases
Location Reykjavík, Iceland
Information Field: bioethics, genes, databases, law, science and society
This conference explores the various issues - legal, social and ethical - related to maintaining databases on human genes.
Contact: Ms Gardara Arnason, e-mail: gardara@hi.is

Media Events in January 2004 and beyond

Event: Women and Science in the candidate countries
Type of event: Press conference
Date: 30 January
Place: Brussels
Contact: Boris Kandziora

Event: European Business Summit: Research and innovation - a European strategy for more growth and jobs
Type of event: Conference
Date: 11-12 March
Place: Brussels
Contact: Patrick Vittet-Philippe

Event: Alternative energy: geothermal, waves and solar energy
Type of event: Media Briefing
Date: 16 March
Place: Almeria (Spain)
Contact: Julia Acevedo-Bueno

DG Research
http://europa.eu.int/comm/dgs/research/i ndex_en.html
Item source: http://europa.eu.int/comm/research/bioso ciety/news_events/events_en.htm
Item source: http://europa.eu.int/comm/research/press /calendar_en.cfm

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