11th BIOFORUM

The Networking and Partnering event for Belgium, Germany and The Netherland

October 11th at the Amphithéâtre de l'Europe, University of Liège

The organizing comittee is pleased to invite you to the 11th BIOFORUM, an unique one-day meeting at the University of Liège between Bio-industries and young Life Sciences researchers. This event was an original initiative of the "Collège de Doctorat en Biochimie" of the University of Liège and is now organized by the "Interface Entreprises-Université de Liège", with the collaboration of BioLiège. Like previous editions (since 2004), the Bioforum 2007 will be held with the financial support of the Walloon Region.

More than 500 participants, including representants from Bio-industries and academic institutes from Belgium and neighbouring countries (Germany, the Netherlands, France), and a session of about 150 posters are contributing to lead this event to an international scale.

In Life science field, the sharing of knowledge is essential to investigate new technological and research opportunities and to open the way to further economic development. Since its creation, the Bioforum concept has been devoted to propose a crossroad between University research and the Biotech world : the main skills of the meeting is to provide a multidisciplinary overview to PhD students in term of careers, perspectives and professional goals. While the size of the event is growing up more and more every edition, the spirit however remains the same.
Held in English, the event is more than ever open to anybody interested in Life Sciences and offers a unique opportunity to those coming from Belgian, Dutch and German universities as well as companies from the Euregio Meuse-Rhine to meet Liège Life Sciences. This meeting will be the major opportunity for Life Sciences actors : PhD students to academics, to establish contacts, share knowledge and ideas with representatives of private companies from the Euregio.

This event will include conferences by leading scientists and Bio-industry representatives, a commercial exhibition, a job fair, and of course a poster session on PhD projects from which the best ones will be awarded.

We look forward to meet you in Liège on the 11th of October 2007!

The first "Bioforum" meeting was held on May19th, 1995, and gathered about 80 participants. The initial idea was to give to PhD students the possibility to present their work to their colleagues but also to representatives of biotechnological industries in order to try to develop scientific collaborations and to create job opportunities. I have had the privilege to be in charge of the first seven editions. With the help of the Interface of the University of Liege and the generous sponsoring of the participating industries the meeting was progressively opened to other departments, to other belgian and to foreign universities of Euregio. I was happy to see that the success of the meeting was constantly growing over years to culminate nowedays to more than 500 participants.
Professor Charles Gerday