Preliminary program

June 2nd, 2019

19:00 - 20:00 Early registration of participants

June 3rd, 2019

8:00 - 8:45 Registration of participants

9:00 - 9:30 Opening session:

Welcome (S. Miertuš, UCM and ICARST)


  • University of SS. Cyril and Methodius (Prof. R. Boča - Rector),
  • EC DG RTD (Dr. G. Kogan, EC, DG RTD, Belgium)
  • JRC-EC (Dr. G. Van Den Eede - JRC DG representative)
  • CEI (Dr. P. Canciani)
  • ICGEB (DG)
  • Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic (representative)
  • Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs (Ing. L. Miháliková, OMEO, MZV, Slovakia)

Key lectures

9:30 Trends and prospects in Biotechnology (Prof. O. Kayser, University of Dortmund, Germany)

10:00 The future of pharmaceutical public-private partnerships: From input to impact (Dr. R.L.A. de Vrueh, Lygature, Utrecht, Netherlands)

10:30 Coffee break

International programs to support biotechnologies and biobased industries development - current state and plans for next EC planning period, situation in CEE

10:50 EC - Horizon Europe - the next EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation 2021-2027 (Dr. G. Kogan, EC, DG RTD, Belgium)

11:10 Challenges in genomics research and transfer into innovation and practice in Europe: Ways for increased involvement of CEE countries (Dr. G. Van Den Eede, JRC-EC, Belgium)

11:30 Programs of RIS3 in Slovakia related to Biotechnology and Biomedicine (representative of Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic)

11:50 ICGEB Biotechnology program contribution to the FP9 grand challenges and to the support to regional cooperation of CEE countries (Director General, ICGEB, Italy)

12:10 CEI regional programs on Bio-economy and Biotechnology (Dr. P. Canciani, CEI, Italy)

12:30 Biotechnology and activities of EBTNA (Prof. M. Dundar, EBTNA, Turkey) 

12:50 Discussion

13:00 - 14:00 Lunch

International programs, projects and supporting strategies - continued

14:00 Can we make the knowledge transfer from the research to industry in Biotechnology in CEE countries more efficient? (Dr. M. Dettenhofer, CEITEC, Czech Republic)

14:30 Alliance4Life Initiative: Towards efficient regional cooperation in Pharma/Med Biotechnology and Biomedicine in CEE Countries (Prof. S. Pastoreková, SAS, Slovakia)

14:50 EIT Health: The health innovation journey (Dr. M. Gurdała, EIT, Poland)

15:10 Towards multi-parametric syndrome-based point-of-care devices for the diagnosis and surveillance of Arboviruses (Dr. A. Marcello, ICGEB, Italy)

15:30 Coffee break 

15:50 High throughput screening: from large libraries to functional hits (Dr. L. Braga, ICGEB, Italy)

16:10 Anti-influenza potential drugs: synthetic vs natural compounds (Prof. J.M. Rollinger, University of Vienna, Austria)

16:30 Discussion

16:45 Panel discussion I: Priority challenges in BT in 2021 - 2027 in Europe and in CEE countries (Grand challenge themes relevant to BT and to S3; research - industry partnerships in BT; priorities and strengthening of the role of CEE countries)

Panelists: Dr. M. Dettenhofer, Prof. S. Miertus, Dr. P. Canciani, Representatives of EC DG (Dr. F. Marofka), JRC-EC, ICGEB, CEI

Statements, Short Contributions - 10 min each: Dr. M. Dettenhofer (CZ) Introduction; Dr. M. Bertelli (Italy), Dr. G. M. Keseru (Hungary), Prof. J. Pastorekova (Slovakia), Prof. J. Turňa (Slovakia), Dr. D. Plaseska-Karanfilska (Macedonia), Prof. O. Slabý (Czech Republic), Dr. M. Gurdała (Poland), Prof. Z. Kurtanjek (Croatia), Prof. D. Tapaloaga (Romania), Prof. J. Begovic (Serbia), Prof. L. Pojskić (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

18:45 - 19:00 Possible common platforms and projects (EC-FP9, Danube Initiative, INTERREG - Central Europe, etc., concepts of new proposals - setting up the working groups for possible join projects consortia)

19:00 Dinner

20:00 - 22.00 Poster session and free discussion at the posters

June 4th, 2019

9:00 Emerging therapies and therapeutic concepts for lysosomal storage diseases (Prof. T. Beccari, University of Perugia, Italy)

9:30 Creation of a diagnostic network in Europe: the experience of Genius-MAGI (Dr. J. Miertus, Dr. M. Bertelli, MAGI, Italy)

9:50 Biotechnology development and transfer for biosimilar drugs: ICGEB approach (Dr. N. Skoko, ICGEB, Italy)

10:10 Metabolic engineering of medicinal plants and microorganisms for the production of natural products (Dr. O. Kayser, University of Dortmund, Germany)

10:30 Multi-scale polymeric constructs scaffolds for tissue engineering (Prof. F. Chiellini, University of Pisa, Italy)

10:50 Discussion

11:00 Coffee break

11:10 New biomarkers and biosensors for early detection of cancer (Dr. J. Tkáč, ICH SAS, Slovakia)

11:30 Fragment based approaches against CNS targets (Dr. G. M. Keseru, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary)

11:50 Design and development of new potential drugs against flu A (Prof. V. Frecer, Prof. S. Miertus, UCM, ICARST, Slovakia)

12:10 Microbial transformation of waste into value added products including biodegradable and biocompatible plastics applicable to medical application (Prof. F. Chiellini, University of Pisa, Italy)

12:30 Trends in computational biotechnology (Prof. Ch. Sensen, Technical University of Graz, Austria)

12:50 Discussion

13:00 - 14:00 Lunch

14:00 Mechanically actuated pathways as new targets in regenerative medicine and tumor management (Dr. G.C. Forte, FNUSA, Brno)

14:20 Active immunotherapy for Alzheimer's disease - targeting the altered biochemistry of tau protein to halt neurodegeneration. (Prof. M. Novák and P. Novák, SAS, Slovakia)

14:40 ICGEB research program on neurodegenerative diseases (Dr. E. Buratti, ICGEB, Italy)

15:00 Current trends in the research of genetics and obesity (Dr. S. Paolacci, Dr. M. Bertelli, MAGI, Italy)

15:20 Combinatorial proteomics: a novel platform for biomarker discovery (Prof. G. Fassina, Xeptagen, Italy)

15:40 Discussion

16:00 Coffee break

16:20 Panel discussion II - continued from Monday panel discussion I - Proposals for Strengthening Regional Cooperation - Setting-up of working groups for project platforms in the next planning period (themes, possible project consortia - partners, coordinators). Themes will be specified well before the Workshop

16:45 Discussion in working groups and writing draft concepts of proposals on join projects

17:45 Plenary presentation of proposals

18:00 Final recommendations and conclusions

18:15 Dinner

*Speakers, panelists are being confirmed