Panel Discussion 1: Future use of marine microbial diversity - challenges and solutions.
This panel will discuss the problems and solutions with regard to intellectual property rights and the implementation of the Nagoya protocol in Europe and globally with a focus on its application in relation to the use of marine microbial diversity. The legal restrictions which scientists increasingly face in the course of their work investigating marine microorganisms, their ecology and potential biotechnological use may hinder timely developments and innovation in the field. Collaboration between the academic world and that of industry is crucial to paving new avenues for the development of novel, innovative products and bringing these to market. However, despite the efforts of the EU to achieve more efficient collaborations there is still considerable progress to be made.