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Issue 3, February 2015

PUB - Public Understanding of Biotechnology
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Upcoming Events

FameLab 2015 Regional heats
The FameLab project seeks out new voices in science, technology, engineering and maths – developing science communication skills and profiling role-models to inspire the next generation of scientists. It creates opportunities for partnership between South Africa and the United Kingdom through mentorship of emerging scientists and by creating opportunities for young scientists to interact with a global scientific community. Since its inception at the Cheltenham Science Festival in 2005 it has spread to 23 countries around the world.
- Limpopo | 14 February 2015
- Eastern Cape | 21 February 2015
- Western Cape | 28 February 2015
- Gauteng | 6 March 2015
Audience: All young scientists between 21 and 35 years of age
Location: TBC
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Life Sciences Israel 2015
In its third year, Life Sciences Israel™ 2015 is beginning to look like Israel’s most productive Bio/Pharma/Medtech gathering, which provides the ideal platform for contact-making, collaboration and business opportunities for decision makers and investors within the industry. There will be educational panels, workshops and company presentations; however, the focus remains on one-to-one pre-qualified meetings, with two full days of networking and partnering events.
Date: 18-19 February 2015
Audience: Emerging biotech companies, venture capitalists, private equity firms, medical institutions and organisations, academic institutions, entrepreneurs
Location: Dan Panorama Hotel, Tel Aviv, Israel
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SciFest Africa 2015
Now in its 19th year, South Africa’s National Science Festival was established to promote the public awareness, understanding and appreciation of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and innovation in South Africa. This year, the theme will celebrate the International Year of Light.
Scifest Africa will host unique interactive events and educational resources to advance science, facilitate learning in an informal and non-threatening way, and provide learners with a great opportunity to discover science outside the classroom.
Scifest Africa also allows South Africa and the world’s leading scientists the opportunity to share their work, make science accessible within the reach of ordinary people, network with one another, provide career guidance and act as role models for our youth, in order to encourage the youth to embark on careers and become leaders in these fields.
Date: 18-24 March 2015
Audience: public, kids, scientists, science educators
Location: Grahamstown, South Africa
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Engineering Sciences for Biology and Medicine 2015 (ESBM2015)
Applications of mathematics, physics, chemistry and computer science to problems raised by modern biology and medicine have become intensive research topics in the recent past decade. With the recent development of multidisciplinary domains such as nanotechnology biostatistics, bioinformatics, and systems biology, many leading scientists working in different scientific fields have been attracted by applications of their work to Biology and Medicine.
The second edition of the International Conference of Engineering Sciences for Biology and Medicine (ESBM 2015), will be organised by the Tunisian Association of Academic Researchers to bring together researchers from these disparate fields.
Date: 1-3 May 2015
Audience: a wide range of scientists and researchers working on solutions to biological challenges
Location: Monastir, Tunisia
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Africa Health 2015

Africa Health is a major specialised event in the Africa’s healthcare & medical sector. The conference will bring together all the key players under one roof, providing exhibitors with a compelling networking opportunity - to precisely target relevant budget-holders in the shortest time possible and at an affordable cost.
Company profiles for exhibition include medical equipment, health care, body fitness, drugs and medicines, dental care, hospital supplies, surgical, first aid, clinical equipment, scientific instruments, medical training, medical insurance, disinfectants, x-ray and CAT scan, radiology, hospital supplies, and nuclear medicine.
Date: 5-7 May 2015
Audience: Researchers, academic institutions, healthcare and biotechnology professionals, venture capitalists, entrepreneurs
Location: Gallagher Conference Centre, Midrand, South Africa
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2015 BIO International Convention
For 2015, the BIO International Convention is headed to the heart of the U.S. biopharma industry. In close proximity to New York's financial markets and Washington, D.C.'s regulatory centre, the Philadelphia Metropolitan Area is home to more than 1,200 companies, ranging from the biopharma industry's largest multinational companies to its fastest growing firms. The region's vast array of leading universities and research institutions fosters a collaborative environment. In the past 10 years alone, the region has drawn nearly $4 billion in venture capital funding
Date: June 15-18 2015
Audience: Business people, biotechnology researchers, venture capitalists, academics
Location: Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia, USA.
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Public Health Association of South Africa (PHASA) Conference
The 11th annual PHASA conference will bring together a wide range of public health stakeholders to discuss public health and sustainable development for the future of South Africa.
Date: 7-9 October 2015
Audience: policy makers, public health academics and students, health professionals, health service managers, non-governmental and community-based health organisations
Location: Southern Sun Elangeni, Durban, South Africa
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South Africa Meeting on Translational Cancer Research 2015
The International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology provides a scientific and educational environment of the highest standard and conducts innovative research in life sciences for the benefit of developing countries. It strengthens the research capability of its members through training and funding programmes and represents a comprehensive approach to promoting biotechnology internationally.
The South Africa Meeting on Translational Cancer Research will bring together scientists, engineers and medical professionals to discuss the latest research in translational cancer treatment.
Date: 12 - 16 October 2015
Audience: Engineers, oncologists, biotechnology researchers and professionals, molecular biologists
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
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