- Vivi Padova
- Il BO
The scientific community engaged in marine and aquatic stem cells in the EC countries is highly fragmented, where each laboratory working for discontinuous periods on their cell type/organism of choice, using different methodologies. Moreover, a lack of adequate attention by funding organisations, with the ensuing low number of scientists involved in such kind of research, and a general lack of coordination among them have been a major hindrance. Using of EuroMarine consortium fund, we envisaged the gathering of the EC research community on marine/aquatic stem cells from marine invertebrates and the promotion of join research among EuroMarine members on stem cell biology. Thus, the proposed workshop aimed to take a step forward with respect to the current situation by bringing together people of the EuroMarine Consortium interested in marine invertebrate stem cells biology. This workshop targeted to promote the research in this emerging and fascinating field i) by sharing ideas and discussing common aims; ii) by initiating the preparation of an EU-COST proposal on marine and aquatic stem cells.
The workshop included two parts (Annex: program): The first part (one afternoon and one morning) was engaged with scientific presentations, where most of the models used in marine invertebrate stem cell research were presented and results obtained so far discussed. In the second part (one afternoon) activities were devoted to a round table discussion, aimed to prepare a draft for a future application to a COST call.
This EuroMarine workshop attracted 17 participants from Euromarine member Institutions and 6 from non- Euromarine Institutions. As for the last point, the workshop was attended by representatives of 20 Institutions from 11 countries, including 9 COST member countries (2 inclusiveness target country, ITC, 1 COST cooperating state and 1 near neighbor country). The Organizing Committee of this workshop concludes that the EuroMarine workshop has successfully achieved both aims. We are convinced that the wide network of international collaborations established by members of the EuroMarine consortium and the participants of the EuroMarine workshop will help to promote, at a world-wide level, the research on marine/aquatic stem cells from marine invertebrates.