B3Africa second in-person training – BCNet symposium, France, 27 November-1 December 2017

The second B3Africa face-to-face training was held in collaboration with the BCNet symposium From Biobank Infrastructure to Research: How BCNet Member Biobanks and Cohorts Are Contributing to Address Public Health Concerns”  from 27 November to 1 December 2017 in Lyon, France.

The event gathered overall 58 participants (67% women, 33% men). 30 organisations/projects were represented, mainly from Europe  (38%) and Africa (55%).

From the participants’ perspective, results show a level of satisfaction generally good with regards to the symposium and training workshop. The combination of the symposium, during which participants could open to new research collaborations, and the training workshop, in which we proposed tools to facilitate such collaborations, have been appreciated by the audience and generated positive feedbacks.

In terms of acquisition of knowledge and skills, results are globally positive and demonstrate the need for further training and follow-up. This will be addressed through another webinar series and the launch of an online Learning Portal for Biobanks in 2018. To receive all the news about B3Africa upcoming events and available resources, register to our newsletter.

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