The marine environment is a vast and fascinating one. It covers 71% of the world's surface – 335.3 million square kilometres – and has 377,412 km of coastline. It stretches from the icy poles to the tropical equator, and according to the first World Register of Marine Life (WoRMS), is home to 242,729 species, as of 19 January 2017. Depending on its their location, marine life has adapted to harsh environments, including extremely high and low temperature, lack of light and very high pressure.
All of this incredible diversity makes the ocean and its residents a valuable resource for white (industrial), green (agricultural), grey (environmental), blue (marine) and red (medical) biotechnology, but to date only a small fraction of it has actually been explored. BIOPROSP_17 is a conference held every two years in Tromsø, in Northern Norway. It began with a focus on bioprospecting, and has expanded and grown to cover many different aspects of biotechnology.
This year, it is being held at the UiT – Arctic University of Tromsø, and will look at opportunities to unlock the commercial potential of biomolecules from marine environments.
The speakers for 2017 will include:
Want to know more? Browse through the full programme, see what's happening at the workshops, and read some of the pieces written about previous conferences:
You've got a brilliant idea. The science is exciting, the results are great, the technology is going to save lives and the start-up has lab space. The next step is to tell the press. But this isn't always as easy as it sounds – not all science reporting is created equal, and not all articles tell the true story. This presentation will look at the good, the bad and the indifferent in science reporting in the popular press, and show you how best to communicate with the press and get your message out to the public.
I will be speaking on this at the Pre-Conference Workshop 1 - Biotech as business: Strategies for success at BIOPROSP_17. This will be held in the beautiful Norwegian city of Tromsø, on Wednesday March 8 2017. The conference focuses on unlocking the commercial potential of biomolecules from marine environments and is a great opportunity to network with new and established businesses, learn about the opportunities of bioprospecting, and see science north of the Arctic Circle .
March 8-10 2016, Tromsø, Northern Norway - brilliant science, Northern lights, dog sledding and networking!