Bridge Meeting

Course date: 13 April 2021 - 13 April 2021
Location: Online Teams

Nb. Due the COVID-19, the Bridge Meetings will be Online via Teams.
We will send the link around.
The Erasmus MC Bridge-meeting series bridges the gap between Biology, Technology and the Clinic. Each session combines one presentation on biology and one on bioinformatics/technology or a combination of both.
The Bridge meeting is organized under the auspices of MolMed and will be chaired by 
Arne IJpma, dept. of Pathology, Unit Bioinformatics, 
Harmen van de Werken, Cancer Computational Biology Center or 
Eskeatnaf Mulugeta, Cell Biology.
The meeting is organized every second Tuesday of the month and will start at 11.00 a.m. and will end around 12.30 p.m.  
After permission is granted by the the speaker, the presentation will be available for download from this intranet site. Please remember that these presentations are only meant within the Erasmus MC. If you wish to share it outside the Erasmus MC, please contact the speaker concerned directly.

We are happy to announce the following two presentations:
  • John Martens - Department of Medical Oncology
    ''Towards the detection of minimal residual disease and cancer evolution in liquid biopsies.''

  • Benoit Nicolet - Sanquin
    ''Sustainable science in the Netherlands: building the sustainable labs of tomorrow.''

          - Abstract- 
Biomedical research, whether in academic or corporate setting, has a high material and energy demand per person associated to a high carbon and material footprint. Labs are energy-hungry workplaces due to the daily use of equipment, single-use consumables, and the need for cooling and freezing of materials. Researchers themselves also have an impact on their carbon footprint for instance when traveling to international meetings.

A survey in biomedical labs in 8 European Universities revealed that labs lack a clear sustainable standard. In addition, the survey highlighted the lack of communication or a clear framework to improve lab sustainability. Sustainable lab management should be implemented at the core of our labs. We can discern a few priorities:

- Waste treatment and management in institutes, especially single-use plastics, should be challenged: around 70% of lab-waste could be recovered yet is currently incinerated. Even within the office environment, standard recycling policies like PMD, glass, paper are not yet ubiquitous in the Netherlands. 

- The increasing amount omics data generated calls for increased sharing of these data to save on wet-lab experimentation. Also, storing and processing data becomes easier, yet these are energy demanding. Hardware efficiency, efficient storage solutions, and extensive sharing of data should be integrated in our bio-informatics practices to mitigate its footprint. 

- The current Covid-19 pandemic has taught us that online meeting is a realistic alternative to share scientific knowledge, which saves time, money, and especially energy. Innovative solutions for hybrid or fully online meetings that include the importance of personal interactions can strongly reduce the footprint of meetings. Organizers need to consider the footprint of post-pandemic meeting. 

Currently, we are developing a Dutch network for sustainable labs, Green Labs NL, with the help of sustainability pioneers in every Dutch research institute. Green labs NL aims to bridge knowledge gained in Dutch and European institutes, gain new knowledge via investigation, and provide nationwide evidence-based policy framework for novel solutions that allow research institutes to reduce their footprint. 

Letís build the sustainable labs of tomorrow. 


Chair: Harmen van de Werken/Arne IJpma/Eskeatnaf Mulugeta

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