CiB Portugal, the Centre for Biotechnology Information, organised its 5th annual meeting in collaboration with Coimbra University’s Faculty of Sciences and Technology. The high quality presentations and the number of participants made this year a success. The event was attended by 110 diverse stakeholders: students, teachers, researchers, supply chain partners, policymakers and journalists. The discussion focused on ag biotech, its benefits and challenges but also on the EU dysfunctional GMO regulatory system, GM trade, news technologies, etc. Thanks to the prolonged Q&A session, the audience left the room with a better understanding of the sector.