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Interactive conferences in biobanking

On the 20th -21st of September 2012 the first HandsOn: Biobanks conference was held in Uppsala, Sweden. (, ( and Biobank Norway ( 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 (


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 will operate as the responsible organizer for the HandsOn 2014, to be held in Helsinki, 24-25 September 2014.