Oceania Biodiscovery Forum 2012

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Oceania Biodiscovery Forum – Brisbane, 19-21 November 2012

Hosted by the Eskitis Institute of Griffith University, the Oceania Biodiscovery Forum was the third in the series established by the Australian Government. The series provided a forum for information exchange and discussion between government, industry, Indigenous and research stakeholders engaged in the exploration of biodiversity for new properties and applications. The Access and Benefit Sharing Capacity Development Initiative, funded by several European donors, enabled stakeholders from across the Oceania region to participate for the first time.

A range of speakers were invited to present on the way that biodiscovery is currently done. From international collaborations and cross-disciplinary networks, to new facilitating roles of ex situ collections, the presentations explored the state of play in biodiscovery in the region.

The Forum also focused on the Nagoya Protocol, expected to come into force in 2014. This will set the standards on access and benefit-sharing that will need to be met in the future. European Union and Swiss representatives described the regulatory system they are developing, and there was discussion on how the Australian Government can help researchers to be commercialisation-ready in this new global framework.

If you are interested in contributing to this on-going discussion, please contact Ben Phillips (benjamin.phillips@environment.gov.au or 02 6274 2528).