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BBMRI-ERIC Academy: Symposium – Ethical, legal and societal insights & outlook for biobanks and medical research

4 June - 6 June

Promotional image for the ELSI event that shows the IARC building and a vista of Lyon

Join us in Lyon, France on 4-6 June 2024 for an exciting 2 ½ day symposium which will showcase 10 years of insight and outlook on ethical, legal, and societal implications (ELSI) relevant for biobanks and biomedical research. This meeting will celebrate the faceted plurality of ELSI expertise across countries stemming from both interdisciplinary service provision and research.


The event starts on 4 June at 14h and ends on 6 June at 16h. It is designed as a roadshow across key achievements and outlook on aspects relevant for biobanking such as artificial intelligence, genetics and genomics, gender, governance, regulatory compliance or datafication, among others in topical sessions.

Confirmed distinguished keynote speakers include:

  • Klaus Høyer, Professor of Medical Science and Technology Studies at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark and author of the book Exchanging Human Bodily Material- Rethinking Bodies and Markets
  • Amany Maher, Assistant Consultant of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Faculty of Medicine Ain Shams Research Institute (MASRI) and Executive Director of the MASRI Cancer Biobank, Cairo, Egypt
  • Andreas Alois Reis, MD, MSc, Co-Lead of the Global Health Ethics Team in the Division of the Chief Scientist at WHO in Geneva, Switzerland
  • Anne Cambon-Thomsen, Emeritus Research Director at CNRS, France and Co-Director and Coordinator of the BBMRI-ERIC Common Service ELSI

The preliminary full programme is now available. An abstract booklet will be published in due course.

Registration and young researchers

The meeting will be a 2 ½ days in-person event. Registration follows a first-come-first-serve approach. Places are limited to 100 attendees. In addition, five speaker slots and travel scholarships à 700€ for registration fee and travel/accommodation are reserved for young researchers (PhD candidates until 5 years after PhD). The poster sessions are open to everyone.

To register for the event as attendee (or young researcher/poster presenter incl. abstract submission 250 words), use this link.

Registration and abstracts will close once the maximum number of attendees has been reached. For the discount code for BBMRI members please contact Verena Borecky.

Decisions on abstracts and travel scholarship for young researchers will be communicated early May 2024.


IARC/WHO, 25 Av. Tony Garnier, 69007 Lyon, France


This symposium is co-organised by BBMRI-ERIC, IARC/WHO, UNIMIB as an activity of the BBMRI Academy.


4 June
6 June
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IARC/WHO, 25 Av. Tony Garnier, 69007 Lyon, France
 25 Av. Tony Garnier
Lyon, 69007 France
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