Monthly message from the President, 27th November 2015
In the last few weeks the new council has been working hard on the evaluation of the London conference and has already made good progress in its preparations for the activities of 2016. Via a monthly letter like this one, I would like to share an update on these activities and encourage you to share feedback and/or join one of our committees to further expand our dialogue and expertise.
The Scientific Program of London was a great success and the involvement of our enviro-bio colleagues has proven to be a great source of new insights and expertise that not every human biobank normally has access to. I would like to thank you for sharing your feedback in our post-conference survey and am pleased to announce that the major improvement suggestions are already addressed: we plan to launch a new website early next year with new functionalities and an easier way to register for our events as suggested. The collaboration with BBRMI-ERIC was formalized only a few weeks ago, and since then both organizations have worked hard and constructively together to prepare for our joint Vienna conference in September 2016. Your suggestions on program setup are already being used here for further improvement. We will make sure that in Vienna the catering is of a high standard and apologize for the difficulties in London.
In the preparations for the 2016 activities and conferences we aim this year to have an additional focus on biomarker development and the link with biobanking. With this in mind I am very pleased that we were able to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the Human Proteome Organization (HUPO) at the end of September and will have a kick off meeting on November 23 and 24 in Sweden to further explore the activities we can develop together.
Finally we made good progress with our activities in Africa: we have joined forces with the University of Cape Town and will be part of their 2 day biobank conference on January 28 and 29 in Cape Town next year. The ESBB Africa working group will be hosting a workshop and you are more than welcome to join. Announcements on program and registration process will follow soon on the website and in the ESBB LinkedIn Group.
In closing, I would like to thank you once more for your input and activities during last year. Your commitment is crucial to further expand our society and help provide a strong EMEA voice on biobanking. I am convinced that together we can achieve our goals as we start building momentum for 2016.