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10 scientific and medical societies collaborate on Biospain 2014 programme
The ten sessions chosen – all with international representation- will include the participation of researchers from seven countries
Madrid, 25 February 2014. The Spanish Bioindustry Association (ASEBIO) in collaboration with the Autonomous Government of Galicia, represented by its Department of Health, jointly organise Biospain 2014, which will take place from the 24th to the 26th of September in Santiago de Compostela (A Coruña).
This year, Biospain has used a pioneering initiative for the configuration of its scientific programme – one of the five key elements of the event. Last January, the organisers invited the most important scientific and medical societies in Spain to propose themed sessions that fulfilled a series of requirements (sectoral interest, scientific quality and positive impact on Spain brand, among others). The organising committee has finally selected sessions proposed by ten societies, all of which include the participation of internationally prestigious researchers from countries such as Canada, the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Brazil and France.
The societies which were finally chosen are: the Spanish Society for Immunology (SEI); the Spanish Society of Human Genetics (AEGH); the Spanish Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (SEBBM); the Spanish Association for Cell Biology (SEBC); the Spanish Society of Forestry Science (SECF); the Spanish Society of Plant Physiology (SEFV); the Spanish Society for Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology (SEIMC); Spanish Society for Virology (SEV); the Spanish Biotechnology Society (SEBIOT) and the Spanish Society of Digestive Pathologies.
Members of these associations will be given a 20% discount on registrations for Biospain 2014.
Some of the themes that will be covered include: the future of immunotherapy; the social and health impact of the sequencing of the human genome; the potential clinical applications of metabolomics, new bioimaging technologies; applications of biotechnology in science and the forestry industry; advances in plant biotechnology with particular relevance to the agrifood sector; new progress in the diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases; the use of viruses as a biotechnology tool; design of microorganisms – synthetic biology – with industrial applications; and biotechnology applied to digestive diseases.
Biospain takes place every two years and is the main biotechnology fair in Southern Europe – fifth in the world in terms of business development meetings. BioSpain is structured around a trade fair, a partnering event, an investment forum, sessions on business trends and scientific sessions. The 2014 event will also include a variety of activities involving the participation of students, job seekers, patients, consumers, farmers as well as other groups.
The sixth edition of BioSpain, which took place in Bilbao in 2012, was attended by 1850 professionals, both from Spain and from abroad, 32% more than during the 2010 edition. The commercial exhibition area, whose surface area had increased by 50%, accommodated over 29% more exhibitors than in 2010, totalling 217 stands. 78% of them were used by Spanish companies and the other 22% by international companies.
According to the results of the satisfaction survey carried out by the organisers, 77% of those who attended BioSpain 2012 claimed to have identified real business opportunities at the fair.
In terms of the general value of the event, 93% valued it positively and 88% indicated that their expectations had been fulfilled, with the networking possibilities on offer being BioSpain's most highly valued aspect in the past edition. In fact, 97% of attendants to the 2012 edition are considering their participation in the coming edition of BioSpain 2014.
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