The European Federation of Biotechnology (EFB) was established by European scientists in 1978. The objective of EFB is to promote safe and ethically acceptable biotechnology for the better use of Nature's resources. EFB also wishes to expand collaborations between academic and industrial researchers throughout Europe to increase competencies, strengthen education, promote innovation and increase the benefits of biotechnological research to society at large. Every second year, EFB holds a European Congress on Biotechnology, which typically attracts more than a thousand people.
EFB has good contacts with the European Commission's Research Directorate-General. Thus EFB is currently initiating activities to assess and develop opportunities for cooperation and strategic relations in the field of biotechnology between the European Union and major countries and regions such as China, South East Asia and South-America.
EFB is open to universities, scientific institutes, companies, National Bioindustry Associations (Institutional Members) and Personal Members (who have to join one or more EFB Section/s). While there is a modest membership fee for Institutional Members, Personal EFB Membership is free of charge.