Activities

The Biomedical Alliance in Europe organises regular teleconferences in different formations and organises multiple face-to-face meetings.

There are two annual meetings for all members; the Spring Meeting and at the end of the year the General Assembly. These meetings provide an opportunity to discuss activities and relevant policy developments, take important internal decisions and to network.

In addition, the Committee, Taskforces and Working Group organise regular meetings depending on the activities and availability of their members. During these meetings, members exchange information and jointly work on common projects.

The BioMed Alliance also contributes to the organisation of ad-hoq events on topics that are relevant to its members. Upcoming events include:

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The BioMed Alliance and FEAM joined forces to co-organise a workshop exploring opportunities and challenges for maximising the impact of health research in the coming years. The event: ‘Working together for the Future of European Health Research’ takes place on 31 January from 11.00-13.00 in the European Parliament. The two-hour workshop includes presentations from leading academics, stakeholder representatives, MEPs, and key policy makers in the European Commission. The event is hosted by MEP Cristian Bușoi (EPP), MEP Graça Carvalho (EPP) and MEP Petra De Sutter (Greens/EFA).

With the increasing disease burden and challenges faced by European healthcare systems, health research is more important than ever. It has a transformative impact on the lives of patients and provides return on investment to society. Nonetheless, bottlenecks persist, including fragmentations in the health research funding system and limitations to the sustainability of funding. Health research is constantly evolving, and policy makers and researchers should work together to ensure that researchers have access to new developments, concepts and technologies needed to develop innovative ideas. At the same time, efforts should focus on effectively scaling-up and implementing these innovations, so they quickly reach patients. Cross-sectoral and cross-border cooperation are key in ensuring health research meets societal needs. Therefore, FEAM and the BioMed Alliance partner with influential policy makers and experienced researchers to have an open discussion on the future of European health research.

For more information, the draft agenda is available here and the registration form can be found here.

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During the Berlin Science Week 2019, the Berlin Institute of Health organised in partnership with “Der Tagesspiegel” (Germany’s leading capital newspaper) the 4th Future Medicine Science Match on 7 Nov attracting up to 800 participants. Within this framework, the Biomedical Alliance in Europe in partnership with the Berlin Institute of Health organised an afternoon session to promote the value of health research and explore ways to bridge the gaps between basic and translational approaches. The session was well attended and included a panel of leading scientists and European and National Policy Makers.

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The BioMed Alliance and the European Association of Urology (EAU) organised a workshop on Horizon Europe and the EU research funding landscape in Europe. The workshop entitled ‘Navigating EU health research funding. Looking ahead to Horizon Europe 2021-2027’ took place on 19 November 2019.

The workshop took an in-depth look at funding opportunities within the new framework programme, particularly for biomedical and health research. The event was divided into four parts: an introduction, an overview of EU funding opportunities for health research, a panel discussion on strategic approaches and an exchange on tips for success.

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