11.10.2011 - 13.10.2011 | Hanover, Germany

Presenting EECA biotechnology potential at BIOTECHNICA 2011

8 experts from Eastern Europe and Central Asia presented the chances and challenges for bi-regional biotechnology cooperation at BIOTECHNICA, Europe´s leading annual event for biotechnology and the life sciences. In addition to their presentations at the Innovation Forum, the experts were available for in depth talks at the information stand of the IncoNet EECA project. Presentations are now available for download.
BIOTECHNICA is Europe's leading annual event for biotechnology and the life sciences. It covers the entire spectrum of biotechnology, including fundamentals and equipment, bio-informatics and services, and addresses all five major fields of applicati on, i.e. pharmaceuticals/medicine, industrial manufacturing, food, agriculture and the environment. The exhibition is being complemented by several conferences and other side events.

IncoNet EECA organised a specialised Eastern Europe and Central Asia Session within BIOTECHNICA's "Innovation Forum". Access to the forum was free for all visitors of BIOTECHNICA.

The eight experts from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Romania, Russia, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan presented biotech activities in their countries and highlighted chances and challenges for international cooperation. They also used the opportunity to get an overview of the current state of European biotechnology and to exchange experiences with potential partners.

announcement EECA presentations © Maria Josten, DLR speaker at Innovation Forum © Maria Josten, DLR impression from Innovation Forum © Maria Josten, DLR
EECA Session within the Innovation Forum
Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Download list of presentations as PDF file.

To dowload the presentations, please click the respective title.
To get in touch with an expert, please click the respective name.

10:00 - 10:15
"Current state of Biotech science in Kyrgyz Republic and its perspective"
Prof. Almaz Aldashev, Institute of Molecular Biology and Medicine, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Abstract: Deminishing but still alive – scientific potential of Kyrgyz Republic with good perspectives of collaboration in the field of Biotech: herbs, pathogens, vaccines.

10:20 - 10:35
"Opportunities for the application of biotechnological tools in wheat improvement in Central Asia"
Dr. Ram C. Sharma, International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), Regional Program for Central Asia and the Caucasus (CAC), Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Abstract: Wheat is linked to food security in Central Asia. To improve efficiency of the wheat improvement programs in the region, collaboration with the International
Agricultural Research Centers and advanced laboratories on the use of biotechnology is imperative.

10:40 - 10:55
"Biosaline conservation agriculture on marginal lands"
Dr. Kristina Toderich, International Center for Biosaline Agriculture, sub-office Central Asia & Caucasus, Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Abstract: How to combine profitable agricultural production through diversification of agro-ecosystems and create institutional arrangements to increase community participation in arid biosaline conservation agriculture on marginal lands.

11:00 - 11:15
"Biotechnology efficiency for breeding and plant genetic resources in Kazahkstan"
Prof. Muratbek Karabayev, CIMMYT (International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center), Regional Office Almaty, Kazakhstan
Abstract: In Kazakhstan there is still an untapped capacity for improving plant productivity. The most crucial tasks today is to increase yields of agricultural crops through development of new varieties based on the advanced biotechnologies and PGR mobilisation.

11:20 - 11:35
"Potato Biotechnology in Central Asia and Southern Caucasus"
Dr. Carlo Carli, CIP - International Potato Centre, Liaison Office Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Abstract: While Central Asia accounts for one of the highest potato consumption rates worldwide, related research has been neglected after the independence. A spotlight on chances and challenges of international biotechnology cooperation.

11:40 - 11:55
"Biotechnology in Turkmenistan"
Dr. Gozel Hojayeva, UNFPA (United Nations Population Fund), Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
Abstract: Biotech in Turkmenistan: Development of bioengineering - Resolution for biology, medicine, agriculture and other spheres with the application of BT methods - Practical implementation of effective scientific research.

14:15 - 14:30
"Enzymes complex for highly efficient saccharification of lignocellulosic feedstocks"
Dr. Arkady Sinitsyn, Moscow State University, Institute of Biochemistry, Moscow, Russia
Abstract: Lignocellulosic biomass (LCB) is cheap and renewable feedstocks for production of useful products and fuel. The basis of biocatalytic conversion of LCB into useful products appears to be enzymatic hydrolysis of polysaccharides.

14:35 - 14:50
"Romanian cooperation with countries from Eastern Europe and Central Asia"
Prof. Vasile Lungu, Department of European Integration and International Cooperation at the National Authority, Bucharest, Romania
Abstract: An outlook on EU - Third Country biotechnology cooperation from the Romanian point of view.

talks at the information stand © Maria Josten, DLR discovering the incrEAST web portal © Maria Josten, DLR

Eastern Europe/ Central Asia Information Stand

Apart from the participation in the Innovation Forum, IncoNet EECA was also present with an information stand, where the experts were available for further talks. Here visitors also found information about the project and about S&T cooperation between the European Reasearch Area and EECA in general.

For more information please contact

Maria Josten
International Bureau of the
Federal Ministry of Education and Research at the Project Management Agency c/o German Aerospace Center (DLR)
Heinrich-Konen-Str. 1
53227 Bonn, Germany

Tel: +49(0)228–3821-1415
Fax: +49(0)228–3821-1400
E-Mail: Maria.Josten@dlr.de