15.05.2012 - UNESCO Office in Venice

Phytochemistry and chemistry of natural products offer a chance to develop sound economy

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Bulgaria – one of the nine founders of the Southeast European Network on Phytochemistry and Chemistry of Natural Products for Green and Sustainable Growth (SEE PhytoChemNet) - will host the extended meeting of its Regional Steering Committee (RSC) from 17-18 May 2012 in Sofia. The strategic goal of the Network is the utilization of the local biodiversity to search for biologically active compounds for applications (biomedical, cosmetic, functional food, etc.) and commercialization. Following the agenda set up at the founding meetings, the aim of the RSC meeting is mostly to advance in specifying the division of labor in the joint study of Sideritis species as a platform for the elaboration of standardized protocols for extraction, analysis and other related research activities.

Topics of discussion proposed for this extended meeting are: modes for eventual co-operation under the aegis of UNESCO with similar networks in Africa; strengthening the relations with the industrial world interested to support the development and usage of products based on natural, renewable, raw materials; and, perspectives for common research in the field of the so-called functional foods.

The meeting will open with welcome addresses by Vassya Bankova, chair of RSC, Mario Scalet, Head of Science unit - UNESCO Venice Office, and Berhanu Abegaz, Executive Director - African Academy of Sciences and vice chair of the Consultative Board - International Basic Sciences Programme (IBSP).

Representatives of the Regional Steering Committee from Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Turkey, will discuss: Session I : Sideritis as an Example of National and Regional “Green” Asset; Session II: Perspectives for common research on functional foods; and, Session III: Strengthening Relations with Industry.

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