The Europe Biobank Week education and scientific content will be delivered to you in two different formats:

Live-stream sessions scheduled at a specific time across the 4 days of the conference, and On-demand pre-recorded sessions available for viewing when it suits you best.

All the conference content will be available via on-demand viewing after the conference.


human health:
medicine on the move

The aim of this stream is to promote results based on scientific projects and clinical trials which are performed in cooperation with biobanks.

Making it happen:
solutions, regulations and licenses to operate biobanks

This stream is about how we enable biobanks to do their job even better, from technology to regulatory aspects.

the health of our globe

Stream dedicated to biobanks that collect other than human material. Sessions can be dedicated to animal, plant but also microbiology biorepositories.

Day 1
Live sessions
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Live sessions
Live sessions
09:00 - 09:30
Opening Ceremony
09:30 - 10:45
Global epidemic prevention strategies: the role of pathogen archives. Meet the experts

Session  dedicated to epidemic threats, the situation caused by Sars-CoV-2. Strategies for strengthening  research infrastructures and projects related to epidemiological issues.

14:15 - 15:30
Biobanking and personalized medicine in oncology – success stories

Discover the research performed in the field of personalized medicine both in oncological and cardiovascular diseases and the involvment of biobanks in these research projects. Clinical trials on biological drugs used in the treatment of most common oncological and cardiovascular disorders will be presented.

17:00 - 18:00
WORKSHOP: From population cohorts to the exposome

The exposome is a term created to describe the entirety of environmental conditions to which living organisms are exposed, from conception and onward throughout life. In this workshop we ask the question… if biobanks are helping research in other –omics, what can biobanks offer as ways to understand the exposome and contribute not just to research, but also to global challenges facing humans and the environment? Please feel warmly welcomed to take part in this workshop, which will be an idea-generating forum and stimulating discussion.”

On-demand sessions
Meet with experts: Q&A on GDPR and code of conduct for biobankers

Interactive session where experts will answer the questions. Impact of GDPR on research, use of human biological material in national and international projects, code of conduct for biobanks.

Quality: implementing the new ISO standard

The session is intended and implementing to show case studies of biobanks working towards or implememting the new ISO standard dedicated to biobanking, 20387.

Population-based cohorts – addressing global challenges for future generations

The session will showcase progress in health research based on the use of prospective population cohorts.

Live sessions
08:30 - 09:45
Biobanking and personalized medicine in cardiovascular disease – success stories

Discover the research performed in the field of personalized medicine both in oncological and cardiovascular diseases and the involvement of biobanks in these research projects. Clinical trials on biological drugs used in the treatment of most common oncological and cardiovascular disorders will be presented.

14:15 - 15:30
Biobanking for our environment: plant biobanking, species preservation and crop opportunities

The session will present the examples of the use of botanical biobanks in environmental research and in agricultural development.

17:00 - 18:00
WORKSHOP: Sharing samples across borders; Sample Negotiator in Practice

This workshop will look at how we share samples more widely. It has long been a vision, and indeed sometimes it works, but not always. What are the challenges, what are the tools, and what are the breakthrough examples that show the value?

On-demand sessions
Novel IT solutions, effective data storage, processing and analysis

Session related to novel IT solutions including basic challenges such as LIMS systems and also software for data analysis.

How AI and biobanks address global challenges

AI solutions including data analysis, artificial modelling in biomarker/drug development and imaging technologies.

Sustainability models in biobanks, cooperation between academic partners and industry

Business and sustainability models are key for running biobanks, especially those which are funded by projects. The aim of the session is to demonstrate various business models in biobanks from Europe and promote more cooperation between public sector biobanks and industry.

Update on education programe in the field of biobanking

Presentation of educational programmes and courses for biobankers. Understand which international or European courses are being offered.

Live sessions
08:30 - 09:45
Ethics café: towards a unified view for regulators and practitioners. – human health

The session will revisit the patient perspective, our growing experience of biobank life after GDPR, and our emerging view of a biobank code of conduct that suits all.

14:15 - 15:30
Biobanking for our environment: animal biobanking and species preservation

The session will present the examples of zoological biobanks contributing to species preservation.

On-demand sessions
The roles of patients in the personalized medicine development – beyond participation, towards the involvment

A co-produced interactive session from the BBMRI-ERIC Stakeholder Forum, this will feature patients, clinicians and researchers offering different perspectives on issue raised and debated at EBW Antwerp and EBW Lubeck. We will hear from patients who have donated tissue, from researchers who have used those donations in their science to develop new treatments. We will also hear from clinicians who have used new personalised medicines and from patients who have benefited from them. We will explore the challenges in trying to involve patients throughout this process, and learn from good practice examples already established. We will end with a Q&A session to involve the audience too – because at its base, involving patients is all about having conversations, and it’s always good to talk!

Biobanking of rare diseases – new ideas to support research and healthcare

Session will present research projects related to orphan diseases, issues regarding collection of biological samples and data.

Quality: preanalysis that enables successful analysis of biobank samples

Session related to all aspects of pre-analytical phase in field of genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics and research performed on microbiome.

Disease-based biobanking: paving the way for improved clinical practice

The session will highlight examples of biobank-based studies addressing specific disease areas and intended to improve current practice in diagnosis or treatment.

Live sessions
08:30 - 09:45
Biobank Business Planning and Collaboration with Industry

Properly designed business model, appropiate cost calculation is a key component of well managed biobank. Collaboration between biobanks and industry may be another pillar supporting biobank sustainability. This workshop will look at how we share samples more widely between biobanks and academia as well as biobanks and industry. Meet expertes and exchange ideas, share your concerns!

13:00 - 14:00
Pitch your innovative ideas! – make it happen

The session will present the cutting-edge ideas, products, or solutions that could impact samples, biobankers, researchers, patients, and downstream add to a healthier world.

14:00 - 14:15
Closing ceremony
On-demand sessions
Automation in samples processing and new technologies in sample storage

This session is dedicated to automation solutions that improve biobank operation.

Museum biobanking: old opportunities not lost

The session will showcase how museums work with biobanks to understand evolution and species development, and how the biological world has changed during the history of humans.

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