ESF Research Conferences

ESF-UB Conference in Biomedicine


Chaired by

Jose AlbertoOrfao De MatosE-Mail
University of SalamancaCampus Miguel de UnamunoCentro de Investigación del CáncerSalamancaSpain
Medical University of GrazDepartment of PathologyGrazAustria


1-6 November 2008


Hotel Eden Roc, Sant Feliu de Guixols, Spain
The conference will take place in Sant Feliu de Guixols, on the Spanish Costa Brava, 120 km north of Barcelona and 30 km south of Girona. Group transportation will be arranged from/to Barcelona airport, on arrival and departure days.

Practical Information Guide PDF (195 KB)

Final Programme and List of Accepted Participants

Current research projects studying human evolution and diversity or the genetic/genomic factors underlying complex, multi-factorial human diseases need the collection of thousands of biological samples with associated epidemiological, genealogical, lifestyle and/or clinical data. In order to promote and facilitate high quality research in these areas, biobanks are created as organised technological platforms to help researchers in the recruitment of such huge numbers of good quality human samples.

The advance of biotechnology and bioinformatics and the amount of genetic information available through both the Human Genome and HapMap projects, together with the availability of biobank-associated genetic databases, have fostered and highly facilitated genetic/genomic research. At the same time they have generated the need for a rational, ethical and legal management of such resources to ensure appropriate use of the available sample and data collection resources, guaranteeing a balanced promotion of research for the benefit of the community and protection of the rights of the donors (i.e. autonomy of decision and confidentiality). In creating these new structures and networks, different countries have developed different regulations/ recommendations regarding biomedical research, ethical procedures, intellectual property and data protection. The need of sample and data sharing through the establishment of cooperative trans-national projects highlights the interest of biobanking harmonisation promoted by international consortia with the aim of establishing common frameworks that would allow researchers access to a higher number of representative -good quality- samples.

The ESF-UB Conference on Biobanks will be focused on providing an open forum of discussion on all aspects involved in the governance, management and use of human biobanks, technical solutions, ethical, legal, and social aspects, also providing participants with a broad overview of the existing models of biobanks and the international initiatives on population-based and disease-oriented biobanks.

Final Programme PDF (617 KB) Last updated 29-October-2008
List of Invited Speakers and Accepted Participants

Abstracts, Posters & Short Oral Contributions

There will be no short talks other than those listed on the final programme.

List of Accepted Posters PDF (138 KB)

Posters can be fixed with self-adhesive tape, blu-tack or drawing pins onto double-sided poster panels. Recommended poster size is 130 cm high x 130 cm wide. Use letters and drawings that can be read from approximately 100 cm distance.

Group Transportation & Practical Information Guide

Detailed information on all practical aspects of the conference (access to site, registration & fee payments, accommodation, travel reimbursements...) is available from the Practical Information Guide. Please read it fully and carefully...

Practical Information Guide PDF (195 KB)


Three buses will be arranged on arrival day from Barcelona airport to Sant Feliu. The journey takes approximately 2 hours, depending on traffic.

Bus departure times – Saturday 1 November: 16.30 and 17.30 and 18.30

Airport departure point: the buses will wait in the special bus parking area located just before the A terminal. Each bus has been requested to be at the meeting point 20-30 minutes before scheduled departure. The coaches will have a sign in the window indicating “ESF Research Conferences” for easy recognition.

Group transportation back to Barcelona airport will be arranged in a similar way for the departure day.

Bus departure times – Thursday 6 November: 08.00 and 09.00


SINGLE accommodation can only be guaranteed for invited speakers. All other participants will share TWIN rooms.

Some single rooms are available for participants on a first come, first served basis. To obtain a single room, you may book it at the following website, AFTER you have completed your registration:,12.CO.reservas/hotel,ER/Online-Reservation-with-immediate-confirmation.html

Please select ESF SINGLE ROOM SUPPLEMENT in the “room type” drop down box and follow further instructions. Please note that you will be asked to pay a deposit. 

If you are bringing a guest and need to be accommodated in a double room, please let me know without delay.  


Registration Form

For accepted participants and invited speakers only

All participants - including speakers & session chairs - are kindly expected to confirm their attendance (and, when applicable, to pay the conference fee) by filling in a Registration Form.
Closing date for registration & fee payment: 3 October 2008 

Conference Fees


What the fees cover

EUR 730

conference, meals and twin OR double room

EUR 520

non-resident: conference, meals (no room)

Financial Support

Some grants are available for young researchers to cover the conference fee and possibly part of the travel costs. Grant requests should be made by ticking appropriate field(s) in the paragraph "Grant application" of the application form.

ESF Contact

Senior Conference Officer

Phone: +32 (0)2 533 2024
Fax: +32 (0)2 538 8486
Please quote 08-265 in any correspondence.


This conference is organised by the European Science Foundation (ESF) in partnership with the University of Barcelona.

With Support from

Genoma Espana