Summer School



14th European Health Forum Gastein
Innovation and Wellbeing – European Health in 2020 and Beyond
Bad Hofgastein, Salzburg
5th to 8th October 2011

We are pleased to draw your attention, once more, to the 14th  European Health Forum Gastein. Thank you very much to those colleagues who have already registered for media accredidation.

The European Health Forum Gastein is the leading health policy conference in Europe and attracts around 600 participants from some 60 countries every year. The EHFG, since its founding in 1998, has established itself as an important international meeting place for the exchange and integration of perspectives and experiences.

This year’s Forum will be addressed by high-ranking speakers such as Alois Stöger, Austrian Minister of Health; John Dalli, EU Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy; Màire Geoghegan-Quinn,  EU Commissioner for Research and Innovation; Bertel Haarder, Minister for the Interior and Health, Denmark (the country set to have the EU Presidency in the first half of 2012); and WHO Regional Director Zsuzsanna Jakab.

The EHFG provides ideal opportunities to meet politicians, policymakers and experts and interview them on a broad range of current topics in European health policy.

Among the highlights of the 14th EHFG:
Health by inovation and design
Migration and health
Innovative answers to demographic challanges
Trends inHealth Technology Assessment
Non communicable diseases
Personalised medicine

We are happy to assist you with your research and arrange interviews with partners of your choice. During the EHFG, information on the Forums and Workshops will be made available in a number of press conferences and through a broad range of press releases.

Regular updates of the programme are available online:

Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you need any further information or wish to participate in the EHFG 2011, so that we can arrange for your accreditation.

Best regards,
Birgit Kofler
EHFG Press Office
Dr. Birgit Kofler
B&K - Bettschart&Kofler Medien- und Kommunikationsberatung GmbH
Phone: +43-1-3194378-13
mobile: +43-676-6368930
e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Announcement of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2011 will be announced on Monday 3 October 2011 at 11.30 am (at the earliest).
Press conference in the Wallenberg Hall, Nobel Forum
Nobels väg 1, Karolinska Institutet, Solna, Stockholm, Sweden.

Printed matter will be made available at the press conference.

The announcement will also be made on the Nobel Foundation website and on the Nobel Assembly website

For further information please contact the Nobel office:
Ann-Mari Dumanski: phone +46-8-524 87800
Tatiana Goriatcheva: phone +46-8-524 87805
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The Nobel Assembly, which consists of 50 professors at Karolinska Institutet, selects the Nobel Laureates in Physiology or Medicine upon the proposal of its Nobel Committee. The Nobel Prize has been awarded since 1901 to the scientists who have made the most important discoveries to the benefit of mankind.

The MJA has persuaded the out-spoken and newsworthy emeritus professor of complementary medicine, Edzard Ernst to address us at the AGM.

This, and the customary inducement of a raffle of two bottles of bubbly to prompt attendance, should persuade you to be there.

DATE: Wednesday, September 28, at 6.30 p.m. promptly (or no raffle ticket)

LOCATION: The panelled chamber of The Medical Society of London, in Chandos Street (

The agenda for the meeting are not long. They are posted on the MJA website –

The number we need for a quorum is 20 full members. Come and be counted. Come and be stimulated and inspired by our speaker.

Please reply to Deanna Wilson – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – who is collecting acceptances and apologies in the hon sec’s absence.

The UKRC celebrate women in science, engineering and technology at the British Science Festival 2011
Bradford, Saturday 10 - 15 September


The British Science Festival, one of Europe's largest science and engineering festivals, visits Bradford, Yorkshire this September. The UKRC is making sure that the contribution and creativity of women is celebrated: join us at the free events listed below:

A trip to Yorkshire Water Esholt Plant
Saturday 10 September 2011
Enjoy a free guided one hour tour of the Esholt Waste Water Treatment Works on the edge of Bradford, and find out how waste is safely recycled. Plus meet some women engineers face to face at the Esholt Environmental Visitor Centre and find out more about this exciting career.
Places are free. They MUST be booked in advance through This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01274 436485. There will be one morning and one afternoon bus from Bradford Centre to the venue and back. Book your place on this through the UKRC.

Inspiring women in science, engineering and technology
Tuesday 13 September 2011, 1
- 3pm
Need inspiration? Join the UKRC and four fascinating and distinctive women from science and technology for a relaxed discussion. You'll meet the award-winning young inventor and eco-entrepreneur Emily Cummins; comic, musician and geek Helen Arney; internet technology expert Joelle Nebbe-Mornod and chemistry lecturer Nazira Karodia. Complimentary refreshments available.
A free event for anyone, any age, at the Escalate Centre in the Richmond Building, University of Bradford.

Meet the apprentices
Wednesday 14 September
10am – 4.30pm, the Atrium, Richmond Building, University of Bradford
Apprenticeships in engineering and technology are exciting, varied and a great career path for women as well as men. So far only a small proportion of apprentices in these fields are women - but the number is growing. Drop by and meet some local companies who have taken on women apprentices and women who are enjoying being an engineering apprentice.
Click here for more information

Portraits of outstanding women in science and engineering
Saturday 10 September until Thursday 15 September
Striking professional portraits of the seven 2011 'Women of Outstanding Achievement in Science, Engineering and Technology' award winners.
Drop by between 10am and 6pm, no booking required, free of charge. Bradford Gallery Yorkshire Craft Centre.

For full details please see

The International Academy for Production Engineering will celebrate the 60th anniversary of its founding in Budapest on 21-27 August 2011.

(***Please inform on your participation till the 18th August at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.***)

General Assembly will be held in Hungary at the first time in recognition of the achievements and high level of the Hungarian production industry. The well respected international organisation established with the aim of developing the production science and technology in international cooperation in 1951.

The organisers wish to give an insight to the restricted event for the members of the press, so they decided to invite journalists to the opening ceremony. You are welcome at the event in the Ballroom of Hotel InterContinental, Budapest at 9.00 a.m. on the 22nd of August 2011. (Address: Budapest, V. Apáczai Csere János u. 12-14) In the coffee break after the ceremony there will be opportunity to interview the speakers and VIPs of the Conference.

At the opening session after the welcome notes of László Monostori, member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Chairman of the Organising Committee and Professor János Ginsztler President of the Hungarian Academy of Engineering  you will listen the lecture of Professor Fred van Houten President of CIRP and István Lepsényi, CEO of Knorr Bremse Breakin Systems Kft.. As a part of the opening ceremony Ferenc Cakó will deliver his unique sand animation show.

Please inform on your participation till the 18th August at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

You will find the full programme of the conference and other details at and

Péter Grosschmid
TP ImageWorks
1171 Budapest
Tanár utca 166.

EUSJA trip: Deadline Aug 8: Call for applications to join Journalism Conference on European Fisheries -- Sept 27-29

It is now the last week of fielding applications for fully-funded (travel, accommodation and meals) places for a journalism conference on European Fisheries. Applications need to be submitted this week - Deadline 8th August 2011.

Internews' Earth Journalism

Network will be hosting a Journalism Conference on European Fisheries in Ireland the last week in September. Participation is open to European journalists via an application process which you can find on the website at, as well as being announced on the homepage at

The National Press Foundation, a Washington DC-based nonprofit, is offering all-expenses-paid, six-day fellowships for journalists to learn about lung health issues, and to cover the 42nd Union World Conference on Tuberculosis and Lung Health, in Lille, France, this October.  
The training and conference will cover lung health and related issues, including tuberculosis; TB/HIV; asthma, COPD and other non-communicable diseases; childhood pneumonia and tobacco control.  Journalists will learn about these diseases, the extent and impact of the problems they present and the new research, solutions and innovations that are in the pipeline.
Fellowships cover round-trip air and train fare as needed, hotel accommodations, ground transportation, some meals and a daily stipend. Selected journalists must have at least three years of reporting experience that includes health coverage. We hope to invite qualified candidates as soon as possible.
For more information and access to the online application, please pass along this link:
More information about the National Press Foundation and our Journalist to Journalist programs is available on our website. We’d be happy to answer any questions you or journalists may have about the upcoming program. Please contact Ms. Kerry Buker at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
The National Press Foundation has been educating journalists since 1974. We have trained nearly 500 journalists from 92 countries as part of our international work. We put journalists together with experts on complex topics, and give them time to talk. Everything we do is on the record.

Call for an EUSJA study trip to the ScanBalt Forum in Szczecin, Poland. The journalists will have a possibility to visit science centres in North Poland and North Germany and to participate the ScanBalt conference – from 20 to 23 of September (Deadline: August 25th). 

The nearest airport is Berlin (Tegel). There will be a bus shuttle from Berlin Tegel airport at 20:30 to Szczecin on 19 September (or when the last flight with an EUSJA participant arrives that day). On the last day of the study trip (22 September) a bus shuttle will bring the participants back to Berlin Tegel. However, they can stay  a day longer for the full ScanBalt conference. Please see the programme in the attachment.

As usual: Travel paid by participants, all the rest (accommodation, meal, transfers) is free.

Please send the applications to Viola Egikova (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.): name, e-mail, position in media. And mention a ranking please if you have more than one candidate.


Journalist Tour at the occasion of 10 years of ScanBalt Forum,: “10 Years ScanBalt BioRegion - Towards a Balanced Regional Development and Smart Specialization in the Baltic Sea Region”; Sept. 19-24, 2011



- Scope: To learn about the activities, meet the actors and to experience crossborder cooperation projects in life sciences in the ScanBalt BioRegion/Northern Europe. This time focusing on Northern Germany and Northern Poland at the university cities Greifswald, Germany, and Szczecin, Poland.

- Key words: technology transfer, molecular medicine, industrial Biotechnology, biomaterial, crossborder cooperation,  telemedicine,

- Participants: By invitation of ca. 15 international scientific journalists

- Time: Tuesday, 20.Sept. – Friday, 23. Sept. 2011

- Visits at companies and research groups in the young Life Science sector in a young region of Europe

– 20 years after the fall of the “iron curtain” and 10 years of ScanBalt BioRegion; the conference is part of the official program of Germany´s presidency of  the Council of the Baltic Sea States, 2011-2012 (

- More:

Program – draft:
Datum/Zeit Stadt Programmpunkte
20:30-22:30 Transfer Berlin Tegel - Szczecin

20. September  Szczecin 
09.00 – 9.45  Welcome Mayor Szczecin
09:45-10:30  Welcome Marshal Voivodeship Westpomerania
10.30 – 12.30  Medical University:
• Polish-German Telemedicine project
• International Hereditary Cancer Center
12.30 – 13.30 Lunch at the Szczecin University
13.30 – 14.00 Transfer
14.00 – 15.30  Technische Universität / ZCZT West Pomeranian Center of Advanced Technologies
15.30 – 16.00 Transfer 
16.00 – 17.30  Read Gene SA
Ab20.30 Uhr Dinner and stay overnight in Szczecin

21. September  Greifswald 
08.00 – ca.09:45 Transfer to Greifswald
*10.00  Welcome Mayor Hansestadt Greifswald
10.30 – 11.30  Universität: Uniklinikum German - Polish Telemedicine project
11.30 – 13.00  Universität: Biology – International Center for functional Genetics “FunGene“
13.00 – 13.30 Lunch  im BioTechnikum
13.30 – 15.00  BioTechnikum: Start-up center and visit of joung companies
15.00 – 15.30 Transfer to Insel Riems
15.300 – 17.00  Riemser Arzneimittel AG
17:00 – ca. 19.00 Transfer to Heringsdorf

22. September  Heringsdorf 
09.00 – 11.00  Formal opening 10th ScanBalt Forum 2011
11.00 – 12.00  Press Conference
optional Transfer to Berlin/Hamburg via Greifswald or day 2 of conference

Details to the program*:

Greifswald, Germany:
Greifswald University:  Oldest “Swedish University” founded in 1459; outstanding in Life Science, e.g.:
- FunGene: competence center for functional genomics in bacteria (B. subtilis; industrial Biotechnology; international reference lab for gram positive bacteria) and medicine (St. aureus):;
- Center for crossborder Telemedicine in the Euroregion Pomerania (
- Institute Biochemistry; enzyme design, start up company Enzymicals AG; Member of Biokatalyse2021, Germany´s leading Cluster on industrial Biotechnology;;
Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut (FLI): federal research institute and independent higher federal authority under the Federal Ministry for Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection; oldest virus research institute in the world, started in 1910; in 2010 the new laboratory complex as one of the most modern virus research institute for animals was opened (top 3 in world); ca. 900 employees;
Riemser Arzneimittel AG: Most dynamic medium sized pharmaceutical company in Germany, ca. 660 employees and ca. 100 Mio€ turn over (2009);
BioTechnikum Greifswald: start up center for Life Science companies, opened in 1996, completely booked, successful incubation of small companies in services for virus safety, bioinformatics, proteome analysis, drug delivery, hygiene management, diagnostics …
BioCon Valley: networking agency for Mecklenburg-Vorpommern to support commercial application of modern life sciences, one of the 17 German BioRegions, founding member of Scanbalt,

Szczecin, Poland:
 PUM Pomeranian Medical University (
- International Hereditary Cancer Center (IHCC) in Szczecin, IHCC has created the largest hereditary cancer databank in the world, comprising 1,250,000 personal records and DNA samples from 120,000 individuals. IHCC has stimulated the development of genetic cancer diagnostics centers in Poland. Under the impulsion and guidance of IHCC, a network of 22 such centers has been created across Poland.
- Center for crossborder Telemedicine in the Euroregion Pomerania
West Pomeranian University of Technology
- West-Pomeranian Centre of Advanced Technologies (ZCZT); ZCZT is a consortium of the academic institutions West Pomeranian University of Technology, Medical University and the company IRMA.  It is the goal of the consortium to strengthen interdisciplinary research and development with focus on polymer, technology and molecular genetics and to strengthen economic development in Szczecin region in these branches. ZCZT has successfully realised cross border activities, e.g. the bilateral conferences with BioCon Valley since 2001.
- Division of Biomaterials and Microbiological Technologies (BMT) is focused on development and testing of polymeric materials for bio-applications, including medicine and microbiological technologies.
Read-Gene SA: start up company from the International Heredity Cancer Center, in 2009 the company went public to New Connect, the polish stock market for innovative companies; The company’s special fields are chemoprevention, clinical trials and genetic testing, all complementary fields.
(* subject to minor changes)

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