Summer school III and Final symposium, 2016, Croatia

The BlueGenics Summer school III was organized together with the Final Symposium and project Meeting in the frame of BlueGenics Project in the Center for Marine Research in Rovinj of the Ruđer Bošković Institute, Croatia, from May 29th – June 1st, 2016. In addition to the partners from the project, other young scientists had the possibility to participate in this event. In addition, a public lecture has been held in the frame of the Summer school.


Group photo of the participants of the Summer school and Symposium.





Novel techniques for sustainable exploitation of marine bioproducts open new perspectives for the European marine biotechnology industry, an area of enormous potential for European economy and benefit for society. The long-term vision of the European Union FP7 Large-scale BlueGenics Project is to develop new methodologies for an efficient and sustainable production of marine bioactive compounds. The groups participating in this project have long experience in exploration of marine molecular biodiversity. The aim of the BlueGenics consortium is to strengthen the international position and effectiveness of the European blue biotechnology industry.

The public lecture given in the frame of this event, hosted by the Center for Marine Research of the Ruđer Bošković Institute with the support of the European Commission, aimed to bring together local stakeholders to consider the perspectives of the Northern Adriatic region for innovative bio-economy based on marine resources. It was held in the Multimedia Center Rovinj on 30 May 2016.


List of participants:

Lars Bohlin (UU)

Anders Backlund (UU)

Marie-Lise Bourguet-Kondracki (MNHN)

Bruno Sommer Ferreira (BIOTREND)

René Groben (MATIS)

Bruno Sommer Ferreira (BIOTREND)

Eric Helfrich (ETH Zurich)

Alfonso Mangoni (UNINA)

Laura Nobilis (UNINA)

Viggo Thor Marteinsson (MATIS)

Laurent Meijer (ManRos)

Morgane Cam (ManRos)

Roy Meoded (ETH Zurich)

Werner E.G. Müller (UMC-Mainz)

Germana Esposito (UNINA)

Dinko Relkovic (Fidelta/GALAPAGOS)

Heinz C. Schröder (NANOTEC)

Rebecca J.M. Goss (USTAN)

Roy Meoded (ETH-Zurich)

Emad Tolba (UMC-Mainz)

Renate Steffen (UMC-Mainz)

Shunfeng Wang (UMC-Mainz)

Xiaohong Wang (NRCGA-CAGS)

Renato Batel (RBI)

Mirta Smodlaka Tankovic (RBI)


Sunday, 29th May 2016

Day 1: Symposium and Summer School 

09:15-16:40  Invited presentation and and Free topic presentations from the partners of BlueGenics

Organizer: W.E.G. Müller 

09:15  Opening and welcome

            Renato Batel and Werner E. G. Müller

Following the opening of the Summer school and Symposium and the welcome of the participants by Renato Batel (Host institution) and Werner E.G. Müller (Coordinator), Renato Batel gave an introduction in the long history of the institute, which is one of the first marine stations in Europe, as well as in the joint cooperation programmes of the Institute Rudjer Boskovic – Center for Marine Research in Rovinj with the University in Pula (R. Batel and several members of his group/his institute are also professors at this university). Based on this fact, this Summer school/ Symposium was also open for young students from the university working in the Center for Marine Research under the guidance of R. Batel. Thereafter, R. Batel gave a survey about the organization and the planned activities during the Summer school and Symposium.

09:30-16:40  Free topic presentations from the Partners of BlueGenics

Organizer: Werner E. G. Müller

09:30-10:30  Werner E. G. Müller (UMC-Mainz-Germany)

10:30-11:30  Lars Bohlin (UU-Sweden)

12:05-13:35  Jakob Kristjansson (PROKAZYME-Iceland)

14:00-15:05 Dinko Relkovic (Fidelta/GALAPAGOS-Croatia)

15:05-16:05 Alfonso Mangoni (UNINA-Italy)

16:05-16:40 Roy Meoded (ETH-Zurich-Switzerland)

Monday, 30st May 2016

Day 2: Symposium and Summer School

09:10-13:45  Invited presentation and and Free topic presentations from the partners of BlueGenics

Organizer: W.E.G. Müller

9:10-10:20 Paco Cardenas (UU-Sweden)
10:20-10:50 Viggo Thor Marteinsson (MATIS-Iceland)
10:50-11:55 René Groben (MATIS-Iceland)
11:55 -12:35 Heinz C. Schröder (NanotecMARIN-Germany)
12:35 -13:20 Rebecca J.M. Goss (USTAN-UK)
13:20-13:45 Germana Esposito (UNINA-Italy)

18:00-20:00 Open lecture
“What we learnt from marine animals: From evolution to biomedical applications”

Werner E.G. Müller (UMC-Mainz)
Organizer: Renato Batel



Tuesday, 31st June 2016

Day 3: Symposium and Summer school

08:00-20:00  Field work at Brioni, Istria, Croatia

The Brioni islands are a group of islands in the southern part of Istria, Croatia. They have the status of a Croatian National Park. After the second World War, these beautiful islands have become the State Summer Residence of the former Yugoslavian President Marshal Josip Broz Tito. These island are also famous because the microbiologist Robert Koch conducted here his – successful – malaria eradication experiments (around 1900); in 1901 the island became malaria-free. The Brioni island have a unique flora and fauna. On these islands, some plant and animal species are found that are among the endangered species of Istria. In addition, in the sea around the islands, a high diversity of sponge species is found, including the sponge Ircinia variabilis fistulata.

On this island, in this stimulating environment, there was an intensive discussion between the participants of the Summer school/Symposium and the project partners experienced in sponge ecology, bioactive compounds isolation and characterization, and legal aspects of sampling activities. In particular, the biomarker concept in ecology research was explained and demonstrated by the Croatian partners.



Excursion to Brioni islands. Upper row left: Sea around the island. Upper row right: Participant group photo. Lower row left: Monument showing Robert Koch. Lower row middle and right: Participants.


Wednesday, 1st June 2016

Day 4: Project Meeting

08:30-13:00  Presentation and discussion in the frame of the BlueGenics project:

Review of the progress made to date with comparison to the original Description of Work, Milestones and Deliverables per Work package Organizer: Werner E. G. Müller

Members of the partner groups attending the Final project meeting:

Werner E. G. Müller (UMC-Mainz)

Laurent Meijer (ManRos-France)

Heinz C. Schröder (NanotecMARIN-Germany)

René Groben (SAEBYLI-Iceland)

Jakob Kristjansson (PROKAZYME-Iceland)

René Groben/Viggó Þór Marteinsson (MATIS-Iceland)

Alfonso Mangoni (UNINA-Italy)

Bruno Sommer Ferreira (BIOTREND-Portugal)

Marie-Lise Bourguet-Kondracki (MNHN-France)

Lars Bohlin/Anders Backlund (Uppsala-Sweden)

Renato Batel (RBI-Croatia)

Xiaohong Wang (NRCGA-CAGS-China)

Rebecca J.M. Goss (USTAN-United Kingdom)

Roy Meoded/Eric Helfrich (ETH Zurich-Switzerland)

12:00-13:00  General discussion 

14:20-17:00  Free topic presentations from the Partners of BlueGenics

Organizer: Werner E. G. Müller

14:20-15:00 Laurent Meijer / Morgane Cam

15:00-15:15 Alfonso Mangoni (UNINA-Italy)

15:15-15:50 Marie-Lise Bourguet-Kondracki (MNHN-France)

16:00-16:45 Eric Helfrich (ETH-Zurich-Switzerland)

16:45-17:00 Bruno Sommer Ferreira (BIOTREND-Portugal)

17:00 End of Summer school / Symposium



Group photo of the BlueGenics team in the meeting room.


Open lecture during BueGenics Summer School 2016

In the frame of the BlueGenics Summer school 2016, Werner E.G. Müller (UMC-Mainz) gave a public lecture about the topic:

What we learnt from marine animals: From evolution to biomedical applications

This event was held in Multimedia Center Rovinj on Rovinj, 30st May 2016. Organizer: Renato Batel (RBI).

This event arose great interest in the media.



Open lecture by the BlueGenics coordinator, W.E.G. Müller (UMC-Mainz), in Rovinj, 30st May 2016.



Discussion during Open lecture of W.E.G. Müller (UMC-Mainz) during BueGenics Summer School 2016 in Rovinj, Croatia; here: R. Batel (RBI).