As the first one (MCB 1), this second Mediterranean congress of Biotechnology (MCB 2), aims to brings scientists and researchers, working in Biotechnology field from mainly, but not only, Mediterranean countries, in order to present and share the latest scientific and technological developments of common interest in biotechnology and to give opportunities to discuss and to start or consolidate Euro Mediterranean collaboration, and to explore means to enhance multilateral partnership. Among these, MCB 2 will give an exciting opportunity to present and start collaborative within the PRIMA (Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area) Initiative in Biotechnology Field.
This MCB 2 will comprise keynote lectures given by eminent international scientists and experts as well as oral and Poster communications that will be presented by senior and young researchers. The symposium topics include among others, breakthroughs in biotechnology research and development. Biocatalysts, Genomics, metagenomics, proteomics, bioinformatics and molecular physiology with the recent advances in knowledge and new technologies, having significant impacts on innovative technologies, related to molecular biology, biochemical, environment, bio-industries, biomedical, pharmaceutical and plant biotechnology.
Dr. Marco Moracci: University Of Naples "Federico II", Naples, Italy.
Prof. Mengoni Alessio: Department Of Biology, University Of Florence, Sesto Fiorentino, Italy
Dr. Francisco J. Plou: Instituto De Catalisis Y Petroleoquimica (CSIC), Madrid, Spain.
Prof. Pierre Monsan: Toulouse White Biotechnology, Toulouse France
Dr. Jean Luc Simon: French Federation OfBiotechnolgy, Adebiotech, French Society Of Chemical Engineering. France
Sophien Kamoun: The Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich NR4 7UH, UKThe Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich Research Park, NR4 7UH, United Kingdom
Dr. Dra. Maria Jose Hernaiz: Facultad De Farmacia, UniversidadComplutense De Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Dr. Francisco Valero: Departamento De IngenieríaQuímica, Biológica Y Ambiental, UniversidadAutonoma De Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain.
Dr. Hechmi LOUZIR: Pasteur Institute Of Tunis, Tunisia
Prof. Yedir OUHDOUCH: Faculté des Sciences SemlaliaUniversité Cadi Ayyad, Marrekech, Morroco
Prof. OUFDOU Khalid: Faculté des Sciences SemlaliaUniversité Cadi Ayyad, Marrekech, Morroco
Prof. Monia Elbour: Laboratoire de Biotechnologie Bleue et Bioproduction
Aquatique, INSTM, Tunis, Tunisia
Prof. Moktar Hamdi: National Centre of Nuclear Sciences and Technology, Sidi Thabet Tunis, Tunisia
The first Mediterranean Congress of Biotechnology (MCB 1) was held from 25 to 29 March 2006 at Yasmine Hammamet, Tunisia. About, 400 scientists from 10 countries (Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, France, Italy, Spain, Egypt, USA, Senegal, and Mexico) have participated in this important event. MCB 1 covered the main biotechnology topics including Health, Industrial, Environmental and Plant Biotechnology. During MCB 1, six plenary lectures and 23 symposium lectures were presented by renowned speakers in the different fields of biotechnology. In addition, 88 oral and 221 poster presentations were presented by researchers and PHD students. MCB 1 was considered as an important opportunity joining biology scientists and students from Mediterranean country leading to the creation of scientific collaborations and exchange.