Europe Biobank Week 2016
BBMRI-LPC Forum 2016
The 4th BBMRI Biobank Forum Meeting (former BBMRI LPC Forum) took place on 15-16 Septmber as part of the Europe Biobank Week in Vienna, Austria. The aim of the BBMRI-LPC Forum has been to create a platform for transferring expertise from established European biobanks to new biobank initiatives under development in Eastern Europe and elsewhere. Through EU funding, BBMRI-LPC was able to provide financial support for two representatives from each Eastern European member state and associated state to participate in all the Forum meetings.
The BBMRI-LPC project will end in 2017, and the Forum will be continued as the European Biobank Forum within the framework of BBMRI-ERIC. Thus, this last meeting was a joint effort on the part of BBMRI-LPC and BBMRI-ERIC in preparation for the changeover, and its focus was on the funding situation in Eastern European countries in the past and on future possibilities.
Markus Pasterk opened the meeting with an overview of the national RI roadmaps in Eastern European countries and the possibilities they provide for strengthening the biomedical field and for joining BBMRI-ERIC. On Friday morning, Jan-Eric Litton, Michaela Mayrhofer and Petr Holub presented BBMRI-ERIC's activities, as well as the common services ELSI and IT. Representatives from Lithuania, Latvia, Poland and Cyprus illustrated the situation in their respective countries and the achievements of the last years in presentations on Thursday and Friday. On Thursday evening, BBMRI-LPC representatives and forum participants enjoyed a stimulating networking dinner in the "Schweizerhaus," a typical Prater restaurant. The meeting ended on Friday with the "tour de table," where all participants from emerging biobanks gave short updates on their countries with a focus on the financial situation. The meeting was chaired by Eero Vurio, organizer of the BBMRI-LPC Forum.
Dr. Gabriele Anton
HelmholtzZentrum München German Research Center for Environmental Health