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08:00
REGISTRATION DESK opens
09:00 - 13:00
Workshop – Professionalising Biobanking as a Career

The field of modern biobanking has seen global growth and there is a demand for ongoing education and professionalization of this sector. Biospecimens have become a strategic tool for healthcare and medical research, research and conservation in biodiversity, animal, plant and microbial biology as well as in translational medical research and precision medicine. Biobanking for future research and conservation has now become a new discipline which requires qualified professionals with specific skills and competencies. We need to invest in our staff and ensure that they are trained in multiple aspects of biobanking processes, including technical, managerial, regulatory, and ethical aspects, and who have a good understanding of the challenges of biospecimen research, but also of the challenges related to the sustainability of future biobanks. To date however; no dedicated job descriptions (JD), person specification (PS) or competency framework template documents exist for Biobank professionals. This is a major issue which needs urgently rectifying both nationally and internationally.

This workshop will address the issue of Biobanking as a career by giving real live case studies from different types of Biobanks showcasing the staff levels, their education, skills and expertise including the types of training offered.

Balwir Matharoo-Ball, President ESBB
Chair
Jens K. Habermann, President-Elect of ESBB
Chair
09:00 – 09:15 Opening remarks by the chairs
09:15 – 09:45 – Martina Oberländer, University of Lübeck, Germany
Case study on healthcare-integrated biobanking to enable precision medicine
09:50 – 10:20 – Ronny Baber, University Hospital Leipzig, Germany
Case study on population biobanking
10:25 – 10:55 – Kirstin Goldring & Karen Roberts, AstraZeneca, Cambridge, UK
Pharmaceutical Biobanking – an industry model of biobanking and associated job roles
11:00 – 11:25 Coffee break
11:25 – 11:55 – Dominik Lermen, Fraunhofer Institute for Biomedical Engineering IBMT, Germany
Biobanking for the purpose of Human Biomonitoring
12:00 – 12:30 – Marianne Henderson, NCI, NIH, Bethesda, MD, USA
International perspective on Biobanking as a career and certification of Biobanking professionals
12:35 – 13:00 Closing panel remarks and lunch
09:30 - 12:30
Workshop – From engagement to commitment: science communication strategies and tactics to create a social media biobanking community

The importance of the role of biobanks is increasing steadily: the promises of personalised medicine cannot be delivered without high quality, connected biobanks. To this emerging role corresponds a growing duty to communicate biobanks’ work in an understandable way for lay people and policymakers, to increase and nurture the patients/citizens trust necessary for the survival and development of biobanking.

The workshop will provide participants with communication best practices and experiences from the biobanking world, and a hands-on training on the use of social media in science communication.

Keynote speakers will share their experience in science communication, both related to biobanking and other scientific fields. The hands-on training will focus on the use of social media as both the main communication channel to leverage interest into biobanking, and as the main platform where to build an active and committed biobanking community online.

 

Francesco Florindi
Chair
09:30 - 12:30
Workshop – Biobank automated storage systems: experiences from experts

In this interactive workshop we would like to present the audience an overview of different automation systems used by experts for their biobanking activities. We will present biobanks using the Askion system, a fully automated storage system at cryogenic temperatures below -150°C in the gas phase of liquid nitrogen. Furthermore, biobanks using Brooks and Hamilton automation storage system will be included.

Biobank storage automation has huge consequences, not only for the storage process, but for the entire biobank workflow. We would like to give an overview of the challenges and opportunities of implementing an automated storage system within a biobank. The audience will get an overview of things to consider before acquiring a new system. Also tips and tricks during the validation phase of the system will be put forward.

The speakers are all experienced with biobank automation and will be able to provide practical insight about their experience with automated storage systems.

Elke Smits
Chair
Sofie Goethals
Chair
12:30 - 13:00
Lunch break
13:00 - 14:00
Working Group ESBB – Africa

(In parallel to Working Group ESBB Social Media)
The focus of this ESBB working group is to address the particular challenges and opportunities of biobanking in Africa. This is in line with ESBB’s mission to advance the field of biobanking across Africa.

Rania Labib
Chair
13:00 - 14:00
Working Group ESBB – Social Media

(In parallel to Working Group ESBB Africa)
The focus of this ESBB working group is to keep ESBB members and public informed about biobanking and ESBB related information using Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

Ayat Salman
Chair
14:00 - 15:00
Working Group ESBB – Patient Outreach

(In parallel to Working Group ESBB Education & Training)
The focus of this ESBB working group is to (i) increase awareness for biobanking and its potentials for the public and to (ii) enhance patient engagement and involvement.

To be announced
Chair
14:00 - 15:00
Working Group ESBB – Education and training

(In parallel to Working Group ESBB Patient Outreach)
The focus of this ESBB working group is to support and coordinate educational initiatives of ESBB members. Hereby, this working group boosts the exchange, enhancement and dissemination of knowledge in the field of biobanking.

Emmanuelle Gormally
Chair
15:00 - 15:30
Coffee break
15:30 - 16:30
Working Group ESBB – Enviro-bio

(In parallel to Working Group ESBB Science & Innovation)
The focus of this ESBB working group is to encourage global collaboration and networking on the biobanking of all animal, plant, microbe and environmental samples for biodiversity conservation and biotechnology development.

To be announced
Chair
15:30 - 16:30
Working Group ESBB – Science & Innovation
(In parallel to Working Group ESBB Enviro-Bio)
The focus of this ESBB working group is to (i) identify opportunities and threats relating to scientific advances and innovation in the biobanking field and to communicate these to the ESBB community, (ii) to respond to requests for public comment on current issues relating to biobanking practice and to issue ESBB position statements, and to (iii) provide a voice for ESBB on policy and regulatory issues relating to biobanking practice.
To be announced
Chair
16:30 - 17:30
Working Group ESBB – ESBBperanto

(In parallel to Working Group ESBBtranslate)
The focus of this ESBB working group is dedicated to harmonising definitions and languages in biobank databases to enable comparability of biomaterials and data across different biobanks and countries.

Jörg Geiger
Chair
16:30 - 17:30
Working Group ESBB – ESBBtranslate

(In parallel to Working Group ESBBperanto)
The focus of this ESBB working group is to bring together ESBB members and pharma/biotech industry representatives in order to identify, elaborate and launch common research projects.

Balwir Matharoo-Ball, President ESBB
Chair
08:00
REGISTRATION DESK opens
09:00 - 10:30
Session 1 – Plenary: Biosharing for Scientific Discovery

Elizabeth Hall

09:00 – 09:30 – Balwir Matharoo-Ball, Erik Steinfelder and on behalf of Programme Committee: Annelies Debucquoy, Jens Habermann, Elke Smits, Rosita Kammler, Gerhard Zielhus
Welcome notes
09:30 – 10:30 – Keynote speaker and title to be announced
Keynote lecture
10:30 - 11:00
Coffee break within exhibition
11:00 - 12:00
Session 2 – Plenary: Shared hosts for EBW2018

Elizabeth Hall

11:00 – 11:15 – Erik Steinfelder, Director General of BBMRI-ERIC
Introduction of BBMRI-ERIC
11:15 – 11:30 – Balwir Matharoo-Ball, President ESBB
Introduction of ESBB
11:30 – 11:45 – Speaker to be announced
ESBB Working Groups – actively fostering Biosharing
11:45 – 12:00 – Speaker to be announced
BBMRI.be: Healthcare Integrated Biobanking for Precision Medicine in Belgium
12:00 - 13:30
Lunch, Exhibition & Corporate Workshops
13:30 - 15:00
Session 3 – Plenary: Environment, Biodiversity & Human Health

Elizabeth Hall

Dominik Lermen
Chair
Lukasz Kozera
Chair
Gert-Jan B. van Ommen
State of the Art Speaker
Jana KLÁNOVÁ
State of the Art Speaker
15:00 - 16:30
Poster Session A – Guided Poster Tours with REFRESHMENTS

Marble Room & adjacent halls
Topics 3, 4A, 4B, 4C, 5A, 5B, 5C and 6A

Carlo Largiadèr
Poster Chair: Session 4A - Impact of Policies and General Data Protection Regulation on Biosharing
Isabelle Huys
Poster Chair: Session 4A - Impact of Policies and General Data Protection Regulation on Biosharing
Christine Currat
Poster Chair: Session 4C - Quality Assessment and Management of Samples and Data
Peter Riegman
Poster Chair: Session 5A - Achieving Long-Term Sustainability in Biobanking
Janis Klovins
Poster Chair: Session 5A - Achieving Long-Term Sustainability in Biobanking
Christian Stephan
Poster Chair: Session 5B - IT Tools: Solutions and Visions for Biosharing
Dalibor Valik
Poster Chair: Session 5B - IT Tools: Solutions and Visions for Biosharing
Rania Labib
Poster Chair: Session 5C - Harmonisation & Standardisation: quo vadis?