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BIO-Europe Spring
THE SPRINGTIME PARTNERING EVENT
March 18–20, 2024 | Barcelona, SpainMarch 26–27, 2024 | Digital Partnering
THE SPRINGTIME PARTNERING EVENT
March 18–20, 2024 | Barcelona, Spain,
March 26–27, 2024 | Digital Partnering

SUSTAINABILITY AT BIO-EUROPE SPRING

EBD Group is committed to running events which are both environmentally sustainable and socially responsible. Learn more about our sustainability efforts and the steps you can take to make a difference below.

SUPPORTING THE LIFE SCIENCE COMMUNITY

This year at BIO-Europe Spring, EBD Group will donate 1 euro for every 20 partneringONE™ meeting request responses during the event to raise awareness and promote the development of new therapies for rare diseases.

Turn partnering into research resources and help us support the patients for whom we are all working.

Log into partneringONE

Access partneringONE from anywhere and on any device.

Schedule your meetings

Connect with like-minded professionals and achieve your goals.

Impact research worldwide

Every donation benefits all projects directly.

INITIATIVES ONSITE

At EBD Group we believe that running all of our events responsibly, with consideration for the sustainability of our markets and our industry, can help us deliver better events, better business and a better world.

Printed Materials

BIO-Europe Spring will be delivered in a 100% digital format, which means that no paper products will be used onsite. We will have QR codes in several locations that can be easily scanned to pull up information. 

This includes the event floor plan, promotional materials, session information, partnering and presentation schedules and any other relevant documentation.

Food and Beverage

In our efforts to minimize our footprint, we will be reducing meat consumption during BIO-Europe Spring overall, as well as including dedicated vegetarian days. 

Chinaware and cutlery will be available and in case of disposables, we have switched to fully biodegradable materials.

Lanyards and Name Badges

Paper-only name badges without plastic holders will be administered at the event. Furthermore, lanyards will be collected and fully recycled post-event. 

We do encourage all attendees to place their lanyards post event to the recycling boxes at the entrance of the CCIB Barcelona.

Better Stand Program

As per our commitment to the evolution of the exhibition industry, we are moving away from the use of disposable exhibition booths. This will not only improve the ease and quality of the booths but it will also contribute to safety, as well as sustainability.

We encourage our exhibitors to minimize handouts by utilizing our digital download QR code technology at their booths.

Power

The CCIB is committed to green energy and only uses 100% renewable sources: 40% from generation parks for exclusive use of Fira De Barcelona and CCIB, and the rest from renewable sources certified by the National Markets and Competition Commission. 

Currently, the CCIB is aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Mindfulness Onsite

A massage lounge will be available onsite as always, to help our delegates restore their energy between partnering meetings.

Break & Breathe sessions will also be organized throughout the conference to offer delegates a moment to switch off from their busy schedules for a time and re-focus for their next activity.

Agenda Sessions

We aim to contribute to the industry in any way we can and this year is no different. 

Company presentations will take place each day of the conference to ensure that all participating companies of all levels, geo and sizes have the opportunity to present their hard work and network with potential partners.
And of course, we will be recognizing startups through our Startup Spotlight competition.

Encouraging Public Transport

We encourage delegates during their attendance to use public transport for their travel, apart from the occasions where transportation will be provided by EBD Group.

Visit our PLAN YOUR VISIT page for more information on ways to get around and to/from Barcelona.

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

Like every year, we have some very exciting outdoor activities to compliment your attendance at BIO-Europe Spring, providing you a chance to experience Barcelona and our conference in a different way.

Rise & Run

Join us for a morning run around beautiful Barcelona and get energized for your demanding day ahead.

WHEN: March 19

WHERE: Hotel Barcelona Princess Av. Diagonal, 1, Sant Martí, 08019 Barcelona

DURATION: 60 minutes, 6:30am – 7:30am 

Registration in advance is encouraged!

BiotechBikers Ride

When: 17 March 11 am

Where: Meeting point TBD

What: Road Bike Ride, 2 distances: ca. 30km and ca. 60km (likely to be through the mountains north of Barcelona. This ride is not a city tour)

There will be a chance for networking and refreshments.

Bike rentals are available, with pedals and helmets. You should have experience riding a road racing bicycle and be comfortable riding at least 2 hours over a route with hills. 

Registration in advance is necessary!

EBD Group is a proud supporter of the Care-for-Rare Foundation

The Care-for-Rare Foundation bases its commitment on the guiding principle ‘recognize – understand – cure’. It promotes the development of new therapies, finances the training of doctors and scientists, raises awareness for rare diseases, honours outstanding medical discoveries and helps in individual cases through clinical treatment. Within its international network, the Care-for-Rare Alliance, all physicians and scientists dedicate their activities to the Foundation’s vision – to cure all children with rare diseases worldwide.

DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION AT BIO-EUROPE SPRING

Our mission is to give our colleagues, the markets we serve, and our wider communities access to extraordinary people and diverse insights.

Through our live and data-driven digital services, we cultivate connections, provide meaningful content, and celebrate authenticity. We strive to create a safe and transparent environment where unique perspectives and all ideas can be shared and acknowledged.

We believe in sustainability and continuous learning as it strengthens our people, our products, and our markets. In order to be more, we must do more. Together, we will continue to listen, innovate, and act as a driver of change to build a business that reflects the communities we connect.

HOW ARE WE BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE EVENT?

Social Responsibility

We want to run BIO-Europe Spring in a socially responsible manner. To do so, we are focusing on:

  • Doing business safely and ethically
  • Considering wellbeing and accessibility
  • Creating a positive impact on our host cities and measuring those impacts
  • Developing close partnerships with relevant charities, companies and associations, and giving them a platform to promote their work in the field

Environmental Responsibility

BIO-Europe Spring will be run in an increasingly environmentally responsible manner, focusing on:

  • Reducing carbon emissions
  • Designing our events to eliminate waste
  • Considering sustainability credentials for every item sourced for the event

Sustainable Development

Our aim for BIO-Europe Spring is to promote long-term sustainable development — not only in the way we run the event, but also for the market in which we operate, committing to: 

  • Using our content to support the sustainability of the biotech industry
  • Facilitating discussions on pertinent topics including: diversity & inclusion, gender balance, sustainability trends, the industry's impact on the environment and more
  • Improving access to our events for young companies and the next generation of biotech leaders

FASTERFORWARD TO ZERO

FasterForward is our approach to sustainability — moving faster to become a zero waste and net zero carbon business. 
A series of activities and commitments carried out by Informa and its partners between 2020-2025 will ensure our events continue to become more sustainable, delivering a truly positive impact to the markets we serve. We will also actively help our partners, customers, and wider markets to achieve the same. 

Our FasterForward commitments include:

  • Enable one million disconnected people to access networks and knowledge by 2025
  • Become carbon neutral across our events by 2025
  • Halve the waste generated through our events by 2025
  • Embed sustainability inside 100% of our events by 2025

See the full list of commitments and find out more >>

CONTACT US AND SHARE YOUR STORY

Would you like to work with us on the sustainability of our event? Would you like to share your own story and efforts? Contact the event team or reach out to Informa’s sustainability team for more information: sustainability@informa.com