Partnership & Networking
European Federation of Biotechnology (EFB)
CATRIN is the Regional Branch Office (RBO) of the European Federation of Biotechnology, a non-profit organization bringing together national biotechnology companies, scientific societies and institutes, universities, biotechnology firms and individuals. The EFB promotes the safe, sustainable and beneficial use of fundamental research and innovation in biological sciences and provides scope for interdisciplinary and international cooperation. The Green for Good conference on plant biotechnology, held once every two years in Olomouc, is one of the platforms. The most important guests included the world’s leading expert on chemical ecology, John Pickett from Great Britain, and the World Food Award winner Marc van Montagu. The Head of CATRIN-CRH, Ivo Frébort, is the vice-president of the EFB and manages one of its divisions called Plants, Agriculture and Food.
Bar-Ilan Institute of Nanotechnology & Advanced Materials (BINA) of Bar-Ilan University
BINA is Israel’s leading nanotechnology research institute and a world leader in many fields. It joins together scientists in the fields of engineering, life sciences, physics, chemistry, and computer science. The institute’s laboratories are among the most modern in the world and offer the highest standards of scientific performance. The instrumentation includes equipment for microscopy of charged particles, surface analysis, and nano manufacturing. On 11 October, 2021, representatives of BINA and CATRIN’s management signed a Memorandum of Cooperation. The agreement aims at strengthening the links between the two parties, facilitating the exchange of scientific and technical knowledge and enhancing the scientific and technical development of the two institutions in the fields of materials sciences and nanotechnologies. The memorandum is concluded for five years, which may be subsequently extended.
Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2)
Representatives of CATRIN and the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2) signed a Memorandum of Understanding on 10 May 2022. This agreement aims to promote cooperation and knowledge exchange. The two institutes will look for suitable funding opportunities, submit joint projects, facilitate the mobility of visiting scientists and students, and organise scientific seminars and conferences. ICN2 is a non-profit international research institute based in the campus of the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). Its mission is to promote interdisciplinary research in the field of nanoscience and nanotechnology. ICN2 is a part of the Research Centres of Catalonia (CERCA), which aims to encourage and maximise synergies and strategic cooperation between research centres in Catalonia. The institute is also one of the founding members of the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST), which joins seven research centres with the highest level of excellence in order to achieve greater international competitiveness by promoting multidisciplinary scientific collaboration in fields ranging from genomics to photonics or from nanotechnology to chemical biology.