Interactive conferences in biobanking
On the 20th -21st of September 2012 the first HandsOn: Biobanks conference was held in Uppsala, Sweden. BBMRI.se (www.bbmri.se), BBMRI.fi (www.bbmri.fi) and Biobank Norway (www.ntnu.edu/biobanknorway) set up and hosted this innovative and interactive event. The conference attracted over 400 participants from all over the world. The second HandsOn: Biobanks conference was held in The Hague, November 21-22. 2013 and was organized by BBMRI.NL (www.bbmri.nl).
The concept of HandsOn is interactivity. HandsOn: Biobanks is not a conference where you come, sit down and listen until it is time for a break and you can finally discuss your ideas with other visitors. HandsOn is, as the name says, hands on! Following the great success of the 2012 conference, BBMRI-ERIC decided to make this conference annual and BBMRI.fi will operate as the responsible organizer for the HandsOn 2014, to be held in Helsinki, 24-25 September 2014.