Welcome Message

Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the EFB at ECB2018 in Geneva

The first European Congress of Biotechnology in Interlaken, Switzerland, in 1978 marked the inauguration of the European Federation of Biotechnology (EFB).  In 2018, we are delighted to welcome you back to Switzerland to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the longest running biotechnology congress in Europe.  Between Lake Geneva and surrounding mountains, ECB2018 will be held in the beautiful and vibrant city of Geneva.

EFB began as a rather small group of working parties from different European countries.  Their interests ranged from fermentation technology to the public perception of biotechnology, applied microbiology and genetics, downstream processing and measurement and control. Forty years later, EFB is now open to all who share our mission of promoting the safe, sustainable and ethical use of biological systems for the benefit of mankind. The current 30,000 personal members, who span the world from Latin America to China, Korea and Japan, is also a reflection of the success of recent EFB congresses.

Interests today are now much wider, spanning green, red and white biotechnologies.  Key member activities focus on plant, food, agriculture and environmental biotechnology on the green side, and biopharmaceuticals, healthcare, pathogenicity and antibiotic resistance on the red.  Physiology and genomics of microorganisms impact many aspects of biotechnology, while white topics include biomaterials, bioengineering/bioprocessing, and both systems and synthetic biology. 

Join us in Geneva in July 2018 to present your most recent work as part of EFB as the Voice of Biotechnology in Europe.

Prof. Gerrit Borchard
Chair of Scientific Committee