IBioIC are participants in the Interreg funded project “European Marine Biological Resource Centre Biobank”. The project is organising a 1 day workshop on “Practical steps for facilitating the use of marine biological resources for commercial R&D in the context of new Access & Benefit Sharing Legal Framework” on 16 May in Pole Mer Bretagne Atlantique HQ in Plouzane, France. The workshop will bring together industry (end-users), European culture collections (providers) and ABS competent national authorities to formulate needs and issues related to legal security during access to biological/genetic resources. More information on the workshop can be found here.

A survey on your awareness of ABS legislation (Nagoya protocol) has been prepared to obtain information in relation to the needs of companies in the framework of the recent regulations on Access to biological/genetic resources and fair Sharing of Benefits on their utilization (ABS), and to identify use-cases that the EMBRC as marine biological resource provider, could be testing to help such companies. The information obtained will serve as the basis for the above workshop. The questionnaire results will only be used by the EBB project and will be shared with the project partners but will not be made available to any third parties. The results will be anonymised when reporting. The questionnaire should make no more than 10 minutes to complete and can be accessed here.

Phyconet News

  • December 20, 2018

    The PHYCONET December 2018 newsletter is now available. This is our last newsletter, as the funding for the PHYCONET network finishes on 31st December. If you would like to be updated about the new Algae-UK network starting in early 2019, please email

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  • November 10, 2018

    Our final annual conference was held at the Wesley Hotel in London on 8-9 November. Attended by 75 delegates, the meeting included presentations from awardees of our various funding schemes – Proof of Concept, Business Interaction Vouchers and IB Seeding

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  • November 8, 2018

    BBSRC has announced, with the support of EPSRC, that £11M is to be committed to funding six Phase II Networks in Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy (NIBB), and we are delighted that the application submitted by PHYCONET Director Saul Purton, “Algae-UK:

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