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Science Café with Jan Konvalinka is an unconventional open discussion on research in the field of biochemistry.

Our guest is a recognized scientist, who was involved in development of the first inhibitors of the HIV protease. Currently he is focused on viral resistance development.

Dr. Konvalinka holds position of vice-rector for research at the Charles University in Prague and head of department at the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry of the Czech Academy of Sciences. Science Café is a forum for discussion of current work and interesting scientific issues. It aims to be informal and accessible.

Anyone can participate; speaker is there to be questioned and to talk about his work

The Institute of Sciences of Food Production – National Research Councilof Italy (ISPA-CNR), under the aegis of the MycoKey project (http://www.mycokey.eu/) and the International Society for Mycotoxicology (ISM), is hosting a 4 days Workshop-Training Course from 16 to 19 October, 2017.

The course aims at training smart, integrated, sustainable solutions and innovative tools to manage and reduce the major mycotoxins (aflatoxins, fumonisins, trichothecenes and ochratoxin A) in economically important food and feed chains (maize, wheat, barley, dried fruits and grape) in pre and post-harvest.

Advanced technologies in the field of chemical detection, molecular analysis, modelling and ICT solutions will be covered by highly qualified international instructors, throughout lectures and laboratory experiences.

About half of the duration of the workshop will be ”hands on” and spent in the laboratory.

The H2020 MycoKey project first international event for the food and feed safety community is foreseen in Ghent, Belgium from 11 to 14 September 2017.

Food safety experts will join the 3 days conference to discuss about the emerging issues related to mycotoxins menace in the world, also focusing on food and feed chains.

The Conference is organized by UGENT, partner of MycoKey Consortium, in strict collaboration with MyToolBox, the complementary project funded by H2020 under the same call SFS 13-2015.

Main topics:

    • Global impact of mycotoxins • Biodiversity and toxigenic fungi monitoring • Mycotoxin analytical challenges • Prevention Animal health and toxicology I • mpact of climate change • Challenges for developing countries • Remediation and intervention • Human health and toxicology • Modelling & ICT solutions
Image of a large number of pillsThe weakened immune system in people with HIV/AIDS makes them particularly vulnerable to fungal infections such as cryptococcal meningitis, which can be deadly. The medicine used to treat the condition is flucytosine, and EU-funded researchers have developed a new and more efficient way of producing it. This will cut production costs, making it more affordable for people in low-income countries.
Image of blood sample in a medical laboratoryMalaria is one of the world's deadliest diseases, but cutting-edge research into the genetics of malaria-carrying mosquitoes could lead to new methods to prevent transmission that could save hundreds of thousands of lives worldwide.

The aim of this interactive workshop is to provide practical insights into basic and translational neuroscience research for interested non-specialists.

The topics addressed range from essential neuroanatomy and neurophysiology, over IPS cells, to networks and behaviour. Plasticity and modulation of networks and signal transmission under physiological (like learning and memory) and pathological situations (like addiction, epilepsy or neurodegeneration) will form an essential part.

The aim of this interactive workshop is to deepen and complete the online course on brain medicine for non-specialists with the most recent advances in research of neurodegenerative and neuropsychiatric disorders.

Lectures and tutorials by international experts will report the state of the art of research and treatment of brain diseases. Representatives of the Allen Institute for Brain Science (AI, USA) and the Human Brain Project (HBP, Europe) will present novel avenues for exploiting large biological datasets for future classification of brain diseases, which may lead to new strategies for developing therapeutics.

Working on the frontiers between neuroscience and ICT, or medicine and ICT requires basic knowledge in the field of computer science.

This workshop complements the online course ICT for non-specialists and provides practical insights into ICT research for young investigators interested in the subject without an ICT background, who require some basics for their research.

Lectures and seminars will be accompanied by practical work and open discussion rounds. Experts in various areas of ICT will be available on site.

Image of the doctor's hand sketching virtual kidneysThe damage done by chronic kidney disease is irreversible: once the illness has taken hold, the organ can't be healed. Patients' prospects and quality of life would be much improved if the condition could be spotted sooner. An EU-funded project has developed a biomarker test to pick up very early signs of diabetic kidney disease, and identified possible improvements in the approach to therapy.
Photo of the robotPeople with schizophrenia are volunteering for a European research project to help the control and perhaps even silence the tormenting voices in their heads by confronting a computer avatar of themselves.

This “hackathon” style workshop completes and complements the online course on Intellectual Property Rights, Translation and Exploitation of Research.

Students will work in small groups around joint applied research ideas in Neuroscience that the students will offer and conceive by themselves.

The participants will study how to advance their ideas from the lab to market, understand the needs, the target population, patentability options and how to build a business model. Finally they will present their ideas to industry and academy experts.

The workshop is a hands on unique experience of diving into the entrepreneurial world, learning how to advance the science into the next step.

Image of an scientist in the labScientists are delving into the core machinery of cellular life, in search of the mechanisms driving bacterial evolution and adaptation. Their findings promise biosynthetic factories able to convert biomass into fuels and valuable chemicals.

A wide range of European and global stakeholders in the Electronics Components and Systems field, including Industry, Research and Financial Communities, European, National and Regional decision-makers and international partners will get together in Malta on 13/14 June 2017 in the background of our annual event.

This event aims to provide an unique opportunity and space for the ECSEL funded projects to present their progress and results to date, to disseminate the scientific and technological achievements, and to cast light on their contributions to the programme.

The event will run over two days:
Day 1 focuses on ECSEL JU projects’ results and achievements in key areas (e.g. Smart Health, Production, and Mobility and Semiconductor technology for IOT), while Day 2 is dedicated to a more strategic exchange featuring high-profile key note speeches and panel discussions.

This event is organised under the auspices of the 2017 Maltese Presidency of the Council of the European Union. High-level representatives from Malta have already accepted our invitation to elaborate on the role of Malta and its perspectives in the ECS sector.

Image of woman with holographic brain above handNo glasses, no headset, no smartphone - it is possible to produce 3D images that observers can view without cumbersome props. Base these displays on input from medical imaging devices and you could have the makings of a powerful new way to view patient scans. Holography holds the key, says an innovative SME that is developing this technology with EU support.

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