Programme Overview

The conference theme was: "Biobanks, Advancing Science and Serving Society in the 21st Century". The conference featured invited speakers, contributed papers, poster presentations, a poster discussion session, corporate workshops and working group meetings. and vendors exhibits.

The Red Nacional de Biobancos meeting took place on the morning of Wednesday 7th November.

Wednesday Sessions
13:30 - Session 1

"Status and Future Directions for Biobank Networks"

The potential for synergy between different national and international networks was explored.

15:30 - Session 2

"Biobanking in Emerging Countries"

Progressive approaches, inspirational examples.

  • Mr Bongiosi Dumas

17:30 - Workshops

(1) Introducing automation in biobanks - experiences from user perspective. Chaired by Gunnel Tybring and Marcel Bruinenberg. The aim of this workshop was to present the way automation has been implemented in some representative biobanks, followed by an interactive discussion where participants shared their knowledge and experience. Topics covered included: Laboratory automation, Automated Storage and LIMS solutions. Speakers included:  Päivi Laiho, Kristian Spreckley, Dominic Allen, Steven Smit, Marcel Bruinenberg, Gunnel Tybring

 (2) Emerging countries workshop. Chaired by Rita Lawlor and Erik Steinfelder. Speakers also included Rupert Langer and Maimuna Mendy. The workshop followed the Ideas Lab format and featured a series of topics to kick off interactive subgroup discussions aimed at answering a number of key questions. Topics included: feasibility of biobanking; lack of pathology; problems of infrastructure; protecting local patrimony.

Thursday Sessions
09:00 - Session 3

"Biopreservation Science & Sample Quality Control"

12:00 - Controversies in Biobanking: Defining "Biobank".

This session chaired by Robert Hewitt and Peter Watson presented the results of a recent survey to examine differences in opinion on the definition of "biobank".

14:30 - Session 4a

"Is there Convergence of Research and Therapeutic Biobanking?"

14:30 - Session 4b

"Emerging Countries II "

Challenges and opportunities in biobanking.

  • Ing Pasquale De Blasio

17:00 - Poster Discussion Session

Rapid succession of 3 minute oral presentations describing the posters on display.

Friday Sessions
09:00 - Session 5a

"Privacy & Data Protection" (ELSI Aspects)

Including results from the “PRIVATE Gen” consortium project.

09:00 - Session 5b

"Biobanking to Fight the Loss of Biodiversity"

Biobanking in zoos and natural history museums to support research and fight the loss of biodiversity.

11:30 - Session 6a

"Facing the Cloud: Data Sharing, Safety, Security, and Standards" (Informatics Aspects)

Data protection in biobanking from a technical and informatic perspective.

11:30 - Session 6b

"ELSI Across The Biobank Spectrum"

ELSI topics from across the spectrum from environmental to clinical biobanks.

15:30 - ESBB Society Forum

This session included ESBB election results, awards and news about society initiatives. There was an opportunity for open discussion with the membership.

17:00 - Session 7

"The Tree of Life, Cancer and Biobank-Omics"

Large scale projects involving genomic and other -omic analysis of samples present a number of challenges from the biobanking perspective.  Presentations from the Global Genome Biodiversity Network (GGBN) and the International Cancer Genome Consortium (ICGC).

Corporate Workshops

08:00 - 08:30 CW-01 - Technidata
08:30 - 09:00 CW-02 - VisioPharm

11:00 - 11:30 CW-03 - Brooks Life Science Sys.
11:30 - 12:00 CW-04 - Freezerworks

13:00 - 13:30 CW-05 - Thermo Fisher
13:30 - 14:00 CW-06 - MVE Chart
14:00 - 14:30 CW-07 - Cryo Bio Systems


08:00 - 08:30 CW-08 - UK Biobank/Biocentre
08:30 - 09:00 CW-09 - UK Biobank/Biocentre

10:30 - 11:00 CW-10 - Sysmex
11:00 - 11:30 CW-11 - PerkinElmer

Interest Groups & Working Groups
Friday 14:00 - 15:30

1. ESBBperanto  

2. ESBBtranslate (Industry-Government-Academia Interactions)

3. Patient Outreach

4. Enviro-Bio

5. Rare Diseases

6. Economic Analysis

7. Hospital-Integrated Biorepos- itories

Satellite Meetings
Marble Arch Working Group (MAWG)

Tuesday 6th Nov - am and pm

PRIVATE Gen consortium

Tuesday 6th Nov 

Social Programme
Cocktail Reception - Wednesday pm

With live performance of Flamenco music.

Gala Dinner - Thursday pm

The gala dinner was held at the Carmen de los Chapiteles.  For entertainment during the dinner there were live performances of Flamenco dancing.

Alhambra Guided Tour - Friday pm

The Alhambra  or “red fortress”  was constructed in the mid-14th century by the Berber rulers of Granada.  It contains a number of palaces and courtyards with fountains and reflecting pools designed to fit descriptions of Paradise in Islamic poetry. 

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