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Biotechnologists meet in Mordovia State University under the aegis of European Biotechnology Thematic Network Association
Biotechnologists meet in Mordovia State University under the aegis of European Biotechnology Thematic Network Association

During 3 days from 23 to 25 September Mordovia State University became the venue for the nation-wide scientific conference with international participation "Perspectives of development for chemico-biological technologies in XXI century". The conference is supported by the Russian Society of biotechnologists and the European Biotechnology Thematic Network Association (EBTNA).

The conference Co-Chairman is the President of EBTNA – Prof. Munis, Dündar. Also the conference featured the attendance and a talk from a noted scientist, researcher of the University of Abertay Dundee (UK) Yusuf Deeni and scientists from 14 regions of Russia, including representatives of institutes under the Russian Academy of Sciences.

In his address to the conference Rector of the University Sergey M. Vdovin expressed his gratitude to EBTNA President, representatives of Russian universities, research organisations and companies for support and promotion of the event. Speaking of the conference’s core objective the Rector highlighted the share the experience, initiation of a dialogue between the scholars and creation of conditions for effective partnerships between universities, enterprises and organisations. Minor objectives are to encourage young scientists, postgraduates and undergraduate students to tackle issues of modern biotechnology, to create conditions for communication between young scientists, to draw talented young students to research.

The EBTNA’s president, Prof. Munis Dunbar spoke on the current state of biotechnology and European Biotechnology Thematic Network Association. Among the facts that are worth quoting are these: biotechnology is, along with information technology, the biggest-growth industry in the 21st century, with 22 million citizens employed in Europe alone, in a €1,5Tn industry, the scale of which may never have existed before.

EBTNA was created in 2007 on the basis of a European Network (1996) of colleagues from different European Universities which have presented various European projects on European Biotechnology development. EBTNA has significant numbers of members from over 44 different countries whilst extending its reputation every passing day. In addition EBTNA also highlights the importance of biotechnology education by organizing Open Distance Learning (ODLs) programmes to benefit all those interested in biotechnology regardless of location or age, workshops and now the biotechnology look to demonstrate the importance of high quality training, education and collaborations in fostering innovation and future discoveries.

More than 50 participants registered to attend the conference, the fact that tells for the timeliness and relevance of the event, more than 25 talks will be given. The conference will cover a wide range of issues relating to the analysis of the current state of chemical and biological technologies. It is concerned with recent advances in chemical technologies and materials, biocomposite materials, biotechnology of microbial polysaccharides, nutritional, environmental and agricultural biotechnology, biofuel, bioengineering, bioenergy, biomedical technologies and nanobiotechnology.

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