The Dutch city of Maastricht has been selected as the host of the European Congress on Biotechnology in July 2024.
The congress will showcase frontline science that will form the basis for future commercial innovation in various fields of biotechnology, such as healthcare, agriculture, and the environment. There’s a good reason this major world biotechnology congress is about to land in Maastricht, as the city in the heart of Europe is the hot spot of a thriving biotechnology industry.
Though small in surface area, the Netherlands is a major player in biotechnology. Its success is based on a strong academic backbone, an entrepreneurial spirit, a remarkable talent to get things organised and a natural ability to cooperate. The most European city of the Netherlands is Maastricht which lies at the heart of a region of 4 million people from four different countries. The city has an important international focus, with many international institutes, an academic hospital, a university, and the renowned conference centre MECC.
Maastricht is also well known for its high-quality healthcare system, innovative research institutions like the MERLN Institute for Technology-Inspired Regenerative Medicine and thriving biotechnology industry with companies like DSM and Mosa Meat. Congress participants of ECB 2024 benefit from the city’s extensive knowledge networks and central location. New connections and partnerships are easily established here. Another advantage is the direct access for congress participants to neighbouring biotechnology activities in Belgium, Germany and France.
The European Congress on Biotechnology 2024 is a joint congress of IBS2024 and ECB 2024 and will take place from 30 June to 3 July 2024 at the MECC conference centre. For over sixty years now IBS has been the major event organised by the biotechnology sub-division of IUPAC, the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry. ECB2024 will be the 19th edition of the congress organised by the European Federation of Biotechnology. The annual Netherlands Biotechnology Conference, NBC-24 will complete the programme.
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