European and Middle Eastern Society for Biopreservation and Biobanking

Message from the President - May 2016

Dear colleagues,

Our new website is live and a great step forward in further expanding and growing the society. Communication and networking is key and this will help us to achieve our goals for 2016. A special thanks to the developers of SCL and designers of Servion for making this happen. In the next few weeks we will further expand the members-only sections with additional collateral, best practices and guidelines.

Registration for the Europe Biobank Week in Vienna this September is open and the preliminary program is online. Early registration discount is available up to June 20th, so don’t wait to long if you plan to attend. Vendors have been contacted with the sponsor options. In both cases please reach out to Robert or myself in case of any questions or feedback.

In April the MoU between ESBB, BBRMI-ERIC and ISBER was signed to jointly organize a global conference on biobanking in 2017 in beautiful Stockholm. Timeframe will be around late September, early October; we will keep you updated via the site and our social media channels on the developments.

The Enviro-Bio Working group has a new chair effective immediately; Domink Lermen will take over from Jackie MacKenzie-Dodds. Please join me in thanking Jackie for her outstanding contributions to the Envirobio group and congratulate Dominik in his new role.

As you can see we are making good progress in expanding the ESBB activities and collaborations with other societies and stakeholders. One new activity; the Mission Possible Webinars was very well received and we decided to repeat the one on Business Planning again on June 15th. Registration will be open soon and new suggestions for future webinars are still very welcome.

I would like to close with a question to you; several members have approached me about the gala dinner in Vienna during the Europe Biobank Week. Given the beautiful city, it would be an excellent time to do a full black tie gala. If you agree, please drop me line at; we might be able to achieve this!

Best wishes,

Erik Steinfelder

Save the date: September 13-16 2016