The Copenhagen Bioscience Conferences are a series of scientific conferences within biomedicine and biotechnology. They bring together some of the world’s top researchers and young talent to discuss the latest scientific results and hottest topics within a particular field. The purpose of the conferences is to enable participants to build an international network and relationships and to exchange knowledge and ideas. The series of conferences also aims to promote international awareness about Copenhagen as a beacon of research.
To ensure the highest scientific level and thus attract the best researchers, the Conferences strongly emphasize ensuring that all speakers are leaders in their fields. The scientific program mixes traditional and interactive formats designed to maximize networking and knowledge-sharing. Ultimately, the foundations hopes to give the participants new ideas, inspiration and knowledge to enhance their research. Researchers of all levels and from all over the world are encouraged to apply. The primary criteria for attendance are scientific accomplishment and a willingness to participate actively in the discussions at the Conferences.
To promote a relaxed, trusting and open atmosphere, each Conference limits the number of participants, including the speakers, to 150–250. The Conferences are held in exclusive surroundings less than 1 hour north of Copenhagen International Airport. The high-quality social arrangements and excursions are designed to help the participants establish new contacts and make the Conferences a memorable experience.
The Novo Nordisk Foundation has initiated the Conferences and pays for all accommodation, transport and meals during the Conferences. Participants cover their own travel expenses. The Foundation is planning two Conferences annually; the first one took place in June 2012. Each of the centres in the Foundation’s cluster of research centres will take turns, together with the Foundation, in arranging and hosting a Conference.