European and Middle Eastern Society for Biopreservation and Biobanking

GBW Discounts for ESBB Members

  • Discount of Registration Fee – up to 160€
  • Discount on Exhibitor Booths – 500€
  • Discount on Major Sponsorships – 500€

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Upcoming conferences

ESBB will be represented at the following upcoming conferences:

European society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (EBMT). Marseille, France, 26-29 March, 2017

St. Gallen Breast Cancer Conference, Vienna, Austria, 15th – 18th March, 2017

European Lung Cancer Conference (ELCC), Geneva, Switzerland, 5th-8th May, 2017

ISBER 2017 Annual Meeting in Toronto, Canada, 9-12 May, 2017

7th Annual Conference: Biobanking 2017 in London, UK, 14th – 15th June, 2017

ASCO 2017 Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL  in early June 2017

3rd African Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases and Biosecurity in Accra, Ghana, 16 – 18 August, 2017

Global Biobank Week, Stockholm, Sweden, 3th – 15th September, 2017.

ETOP Annual Meeting, Zurich, Switzerland, 10th November, 2017.

San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS), San Antonio, TX, 6th – 10th December, 2017


GBW is Global Biobank Week

Global Biobank Week (GBW) will be in Stockholm, Sweden. The main programme is between the 13th and 15th September. Key activities also take place on the 12th September, including ESBB Working Group Meetings.

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A BRIF session on 'giving credit to scientists for sharing samples and data'

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The BRIF (Bioresource Research Impact Factor) initiative will organise this session during the Research Data Alliance (RDA) 9th Plenary, held in Barcelona, Spain, 5-7 April 2017.  The BRIF session will be on the 5th April 2017,from 14.00-15.30. Call-in details for remote participation will be made available before the event on our meeting page. For more information, see: To register for the whole RDA 9th plenary, see:

Biobanks in Africa Join For Free ...


Biobanks in Africa are now offered free membership of ESBB (worth 285 Euro) on completion of a 35 question survey. This is in line with ESBB’s mission to advance the field of biobanking across AFRICA. Please register for more info at

Website Visits Reach Record High ...


ESBB website reaches a record high of 16,312 visits in January – that’s an average of 500+ visits per day!

'Masters in Biobanking' Students

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ESBB welcomes a total of 48 Masters in Biobanking students as full members of the society! These students are based at the Universities of Lyon, Nice and Graz.

Biocartis: Molecular Diagnostics


ESBB welcomes Biocartis as a new member. Biocartis is an innovative commercial stage molecular diagnostics (MDx) company providing next generation diagnostic solutions aimed at improving clinical practice for the benefit of patients, clinicians, payers and industry.

Recent Developments

A lot has been happening with ESBB since we initiated our 4-year partnership with BBMRI-ERIC in 2016. We are now reaching a new and exciting stage in the life of our society. Under the leadership of ESBB President, Professor Elke Smits, there have been many recent developments including:

  • Inclusion of  Pharmaceutical, Diagnostics and Biotechnology companies within the Corporate membership category.
  • New membership categories with greatly reduced fees for Patient Organisations and also for Museums, Botanic Gardens and Zoos.
  • Assisted membership scheme for African biobanks.
  • Complimentary membership for Biobanking Masters degree students across Europe.
  • New working groups including the Science and Innovation Working Group.
  • Exciting developments in working groups like ESBBtranslate and Education and Training.
  • Major development of the ESBB website

Coming soon we have a series of webinars that will be free of charge for ESBB members and we have plans for an ESBB meeting in the summer, which will soon be announced.

Meanwhile, we have been working hard with our partners BBMRI-ERIC and ISBER to plan the Global Biobank Week conference in Stockholm this September. This is a conference you really cannot afford to miss! ESBB members are eligible for major discounts on registration, exhibition and sponsorship.

EBW 2016 in Vienna

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The Europe Biobank Week (EBW) conference in Vienna (13-16 September, 2016) was the first of 4 joint conferences, co-organised by ESBB and BBMRI-ERIC. The conference was a great success!

682 participants registered including 521 delegates and 161 exhibitors. 98% registered participants actually attended the conference.

Preliminary feedback on speaker presentations has been very positive with many people noting the high quality of the talks.

More conference feedback to follow soon.

“MSc in Biobanking” at Graz



REGISTER NOW! … Registration is now open for the distance learning postgraduate course“MSc in Biobanking” in English which starts in October 2017. Detailed information on the university course can be found at:


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Calling Pharma & Biotech!

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Pharma and Biotech companies can now join ESBB as a Corporate Members to participate in our biobanking community. This allows multiple members of your company to have the benefits of ESBB membership, including eligibility to join the dynamic ESBBtranslate working group which brings together ESBB members and pharma/ biotech industry.

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