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Issue 2, December 2014

PUB - Public Understanding of Biotechnology
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Upcoming Events

Event: Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology & Bioenergy
“Building Innovative Collaborations Across the Pacific”
The ninth annual Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy is the original conference dedicated solely to the growth of the industrial biotechnology and bioenergy sectors in North America and the Asia-Pacific region.
The 2014 breakout program features 5 tracks covering renweable chemicals, advanced biofuels and biorefineries, feedstocks,  algae, synthetic biology, and marine biotechnology.
Date: December 7 - 9, 2014
Location: San Diego, California

Event: Young Science Communicator’s Competition:
SAASTA’s Young Science Communicator’s Competition is running this year and is calling all young scientists to communicate. This year’s competition includes four categories, to suit every form of your creative expression. The categories are newspaper or magazine articles, radio scripts, viral videos, and then an open category where your creativity is the limit. 
Date: Entries close 5 January 2015

Event: The 17th Annual BIO CEO & Investor Conference
The BIO CEO & Investor Conference is one of the largest investor conference focused on established and emerging publicly traded and select private biotech companies. Because our mission is to support industry-wide success, we present a broad and unbiased view of investment opportunities.
Date: February 9-10, 2015
Audience: scientists, businesspeople, investors
Location: The Waldorf Astoria, New York

Event: International Conference on Particle Induced X-Ray Emission
(PIXE) 2015

The PIXE conference is a biennial event which provides a forum to discuss recent developments and future prospects in particle induced X-ray spectrometry. The conference brings together physicists and scientists from different fields of application including biology and medicine, environmental and earth sciences, cultural heritage and materials research.
The conference is organised by the iThemba Laboratory for Accelerator-Based Sciences, a group of multi-disciplinary research laboratories administered by the National Research Foundation (NRF) and the Department of Sciences and Technology (DST) of the Republic of South Africa.
Date: 26 February – 3 March 2015
Audience: Researchers and scientists
Location: Lord Charles Hotel, Cape Town, South Africa

Event: ISCB Africa ASBCB 2015 Conference on Bioinformatics
The International Society for Computational Biology and the African Society for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology are hosting the ISCB Africa ASBCB Conference on Bioinformatics in Tanzania. This meeting constitutes the fourth joint meeting of ISCB and ASBCB, and the fifth conference of the ASBCB on Bioinformatics of African pathogens, hosts and vectors.
The ISCB-Africa ASBCB conference features a broad bioinformatics scope that includes a special focus on infectious diseases relevant to Africa. Please consider submitting your best research for presentation at the conference as a talk or poster. Topics will include the following (although other computational biology topics are welcome as we ultimately seek the best, most interesting and novel presentations for this conference):

  • Bioinformatics of human genetics
  • Host/pathogen systems biology
  • Database and resource development
  • Molecular epidemiology and evolution
  • Search and design of vaccines and drugs
  • Functional, structural, and comparative genomics

Date: March 09 -11, 2015
Audience: bioinformatics, molecular biology and computational biology researchers, especially in the field of infectious diseases
Location: The White Sands Resort & Conference Centre, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Event: Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO)
The BIO International Convention is the largest global event for the biotechnology industry and attracts the biggest names in biotech, offers key networking and partnering opportunities, and provides insights and inspiration on the major trends affecting the industry. The event features keynotes and sessions from key policymakers, scientists, CEOs, and celebrities. The Convention also features the BIO Business Forum (One-on-One Partnering), hundreds of sessions covering biotech trends, policy issues and technological innovations, and the world's largest biotechnology exhibition - the BIO Exhibition.
Date: June 15-18, 2015 (Early bird registration ends April 2015)
Audience: Academic scientists, researchers, research scholars, investors, business owners, enthusiast.
Location: Philadelphia, PA

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