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European Action
in Global Life Sciences- EAGLES

European Action on Global Life Sciences (EAGLES) aims at enhancing the collaboration between European researchers and researchers in the developing world to fight hunger and disease. EAGLES has been launched by the European Federation of Biotechnology (EFB). The project is being supported by the European Commission and is a collaboration between EFB and scientific partners in Europe (Catalan Foundation), China (Beijing Genomic Institute), Egypt (Bibliotheca Alexandrina), Ghana (INDEPTH Network), South Africa (National Research Foundation) and the Philippines (International Rice Research Institute). Members of the Steering Committees include prominent scientists from China, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Kenya, Mexico, South Africa, Syria and Thailand.

EAGLES Consortium

The EAGLES Consortium presently comprises a number of well-known scientists from the EU and Developing Countries in approximately equal proportions. They are combining their expertise and knowledge of the life sciences, with much experience of the role of the life sciences in the DECs. They have substantial knowledge of the way in which the life sciences are organised, mobilised and applied in Europe and in the developing world. Many have worked together on other major projects. The group has established relationships, complementarities and synergies which will be valuable in designing and implementing the EAGLES programme.


Dr.. Ismail Serageldin,
Chairman of EAGLES, Director of the New Library of Alexandria

Dr. Huanming Yang,
Co-Vice Chairman of EAGLES, Director, Beijing Genome Institute

Prof. David McConnell,
Co-Vice Chairman of EAGLES, Trinity College, Ireland

Jens Degett,
Executive Director, Madrid, Spain

Activities of EAGLES

Two EAGLES Programmes were developed in the area of Health and Food. Both programmes were approved and supported by the European Commission. The Food Programme officially started on 1st July 2005 and the Health Programme started on 1st January 2006. The key strategy of EAGLES is to involve leading scientists and humanitarians from the developing world in public and political discussions in Europe so that it will be better informed about the needs of the developing and emerging countries (DEC) and the ways in which European life science programmes and policies can contribute to meeting these needs.

EAGLES Food Forum

The EAGLES Food Forum is a multilateral review, strategy and communications programme which will strengthen the European responses to the global challenges posed by food security, quality, safety and agriculture, including environmental conservation, in the developing world.

EAGLES Health Forum

The Eagles Health Programme is a communications programme which will strengthen the European responses to the global challenges posed by poverty-related diseases in the developing world. The programme aim is to provide information to the European public, media and opinion formers about the needs and competencies of the developing and emerging countries (DEC) as they face the challenges of poverty-related disease.

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