The BioClub was established by Freie Universität Berlin with the objective of bringing various disciplines and approaches together in order to establish competent subject-matter communication among scientists and academics, and beyond that, between academia and the industrial sector. One of the stated aims of this series of events is to create national and international contacts, develop those contacts, and develop joint applications (German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, EU) or research orders out of the cross-institutional cooperation that ensues.
For this reason, representatives of the departments of physics, biology, chemistry, pharmacy, medicine, veterinary medicine, bioinformatics, and mathematics are invited to attend regular panel discussions, along with representatives of non-university institutions and the industrial sector.
The events take place monthly during the semester. Two academics are invited to give a short talk on their work. These presentations are designed to ensure that the latest findings and technologies are reported on, but also that junior researchers receive an opportunity to present their projects and look for cooperation partners. Depending on the fields from which the topics for presentation are selected, partners from the industrial sector are invited to attend as additional presenters or as guests. These industrial partners (primarily from German small and mid-sized firms), but also representatives of international organizations, are selected and invited with an eye to possible cooperation (partners in submitting applications to the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, EU). Representatives of other European institutions of higher education are also invited to attend the events in order to promote new networks and the exchange of scientists and academics by cultivating communication.
The number of participants in each event is limited to between 40 and 60 in order to ensure that everyone involved is able to participate and contribute their opinions. Attendance is therefore by invitation only.