Why marine biotechnology?
More than 70 % of the surface of the planet Earth is water, most of which constitutes the oceans. Surprisingly, very little is known of the life forms in this environment. Among the micro-organisms, less than 1 % can be cultured, making the study of their life very difficult. With the development of new methods within molecular biology, new possibilities have emerged for studying the life in the oceans. This has created an increasing interest in marine biotechnology, or blue biotechnology, where bio-prospecting and biodiscovery may open new possibilities for commercial exploitation of the oceans. For past contributions within the area, see Competences.
European Society for Marine Biotechnology
Present activity concerns board membership of European Society for Marine Biotechnology (ESMB). Past acivities included presidency of the society 2013-15.
The ESMB is the European body for promoting marine biotechnology in Europe and functions as a marine biotech hub for dissemination of marine biotech activities and policies in Europe. The ESMB promotes closer research collaboration between marine biotechnologists and streams information on activities in the field.
ESMB organises workshops and conferences and runs a training platform.
ESMB's official journal is Marine Biotechnology.