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SURFBIO Policy workshop - Book of abstracts


This policy proceedings book captures the references of a dynamic and collaborative policy workshop organized as part of the “SurfBio Innovation Hub for Surface and Colloid biology research”, European funded project under grant agreement Nº 952379.

Through close collaboration with national and international policymakers, industries, and stakeholders, we aim to shape material design solutions with (geo)political challenges, creating safe, sustainable, and cost-efficient applied developments and products and fostering excellence in science. The goal of this multi-collaborative approach is to establish an Innovation Hub in this pioneered field, providing high-quality research services and guidance to material designers, biotechnology researchers, academia, industry, and policymakers.

The policy workshop targeted three main topics: i) Education, ii) Safety and Safe and Sustainable by Design (SSbD), and iii) Standardisation and Intellectual Property Rights (IPR). The discussions lasted over 4 hours and embraced visions of the policy and strategy tendencies to tackle the existing global challenges. The outcomes and recommendations served to form a comprehensive framework for the establishment and future procedures of the SurfBio Colloid Biology Innovation Hub.

The attendees involved professionals from academia, research institutions, industry, and policy-making bodies, from public and private organisations at national and global levels. They engaged in vibrant debates and knowledge exchange to identify the key components that will boost the cell-surface discipline and position the Innovation Hub as an avant-garde platform, ensuring that the activities drive scientific excellence and applied advancements which are aligned with policies and strategies, in Slovenia and internationally.

The final part included success stories, sharing fruitful initiatives and accomplishments, intended at inspiring the SurfBio partners and all the attendees and seek guidance, exchange knowledge and stimulate future collaboration.

The policy proceedings book serves as a comprehensive record of the workshop, including the presenters and the summaries of each session.


Aleš Lapanje, Jožef Stefan Institute. Beatriz Lapuente, Universidad de Burgos; Rocío Barros, Universidad de Burgos; Raquel Moreno, AXIA Innovation; Stefan Schymura, Helmholz-Zentrum Dresden-Rosendorf; María Suarez Diez, Wageningen University & Research.


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