ISBER is pleased to announce the release of the ISBER Best Practices 4th Edition!


The ISBER Best Practices can be downloaded here:

The ISBER Best Practices: Recommendations for Repositories Fourth Edition presents the most effective practices for the management of biological and environmental specimen collections and repositories.

Biorepository managers, technicians and researchers can take advantage of the ISBER Best Practices to improve specimen collection, storage, use and governance based on evidence-based practices established by the global repository community. The Best Practices will lead towards increased specimen quality from collection to discovery.

News from the BCNet symposium and B3Africa Training Workshop

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%).

Read more and consult the pictures here.


The B3Africa project showcased at the AORTIC Conference in Kigali

B3Africa partners held a booth and met with African researchers at the 11th International Conference on Cancer in Africa, organized by the the African Organisation for Research and Training in Cancer (AORTIC) from 7-10 Novemer 2017 in Kigali, Rwanda. Read more and consult the pictures here.


Baobab LIMS Selected by the South Africa’s Centre for Proteomic & Genomic Research (CPGR) to boost lab quality control and operational performance


Baobab LIMS has been developed in the frame of the B3Africa project and is one of the tool provided in the eB3Kit.

The South Africa’s Centre for Proteomic and Genomic Research (CPGR) recently announced plans to implement the Baobab LIMS (Laboratory Information Management System), an open-source platform developed with a view to make state-of-the-art tracking of samples, data and lab reagents feasible in resource-constrained settings.

Read more.

ISBER Travel Awards – Submit your application before 20 November 2017

The ISBER Travel Award provides travel support for individuals from emerging countries to attend the ISBER 2018 Annual Meeting in Dallas, Texas. Current employees of biobanking organizations in a Lower and Middle Income country are eligible to apply. A limited number of Travel Awards are available.

The ISBER Travel Award provides travel support to the meeting, including economy return airfare to the conference location, accommodation at the conference hotel for the duration of the meeting, a complimentary full conference registration (including a ticket to the gala and the 5K fun run) and a per diem of $50 USD per day. Applicants are encouraged to submit an abstract to the Annual Meeting.

To Apply

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