ISBER 2020 Virtual Symposium

ISBER 2020 Virtual Symposium

In partnership with UHN Biospecimen Services

October 22-23, 2020
North American Eastern Time



Regular Registration $75 USD - member
$125 USD - non-member
Student/Technician* $50 USD - member
$100 USD - non-member

*If you are not a current ISBER student/technician member, please submit proof of your student status or a letter from your employer to to receive the student/technician registration rate.

Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs):

Delegates in countries identified by the World Bank as Low and Lower-Middle Income are eligible for a 50% discount on meeting registration. Delegates in countries identified as Upper-Middle Income are eligible for a 25% discount on meeting registration. If you are eligible to receive a discount please contact

To confirm the income classification for your country, please click here.

Please note that if you are also a technician or student, you will receive only the LMIC discount or the technician/student discount, whichever is higher.


Registration Deadline: October 18, 2020 at 11:59pm North America Eastern Time

Meeting Dates: October 22-23, 2020
Timezone: North America Eastern Time

Registration for this virtual event gives you access to the virtual meeting platform, including all live sessions and session recordings.

All sessions will be recorded for on-demand viewing so that you can still participate in the meeting if your local time zone doesn't quite line up with the live session timings.

The theme of the symposium is "Biobanking for Tomorrow: Act Local, Think Global"

More information coming soon

All instructions for preparing and submitting your abstract can be found below. Please be sure to read through the instructions thoroughly before submitting your abstract.

  • Complete abstracts must be submitted online no later than 11:59PM Pacific Time on August 23, 2020. No changes can be made to abstract content or authors after the submission deadline.
  • If you need to make changes to your abstract before the submission deadline, please email
  • Each abstract will be peer reviewed for (a) scientific content, (b) the scientific merit of the research, and (c) adherence to standard formatting rules outlined where applicable. The decision to accept or reject an abstract rests with the Program Committee.
  • All abstracts must be submitted online as a Word document. Faxed, emailed or mailed abstracts will not be accepted.
  • Product advertisements are not appropriate for presentation. The Program Committee reviews the abstract content and ISBER reserves the right to exclude abstracts that promote commercial interests inappropriately or are viewed as unethical in content.
  • Unless otherwise noted, abstracts may be submitted for oral-only, poster-only or oral or poster.
  • Each author may submit a maximum of two abstracts (regardless of submission category) as first author and may be included as co-author on up to five additional abstracts.

Abstract Acceptance:

  • Notification of acceptance or rejection and all future correspondence will be emailed to the presenting author from the ISBER Head Office the week of September 21, 2020.
  • Once an abstract is accepted, additional authors cannot be added.
  • Accepted abstracts will be available online and will be published exactly as submitted. Please proofread your abstract, as any errors, misspellings, etc. will not be edited after the submission deadline.
  • The presenting author should be the primary contact.
  • ISBER reserves the right to withdraw a presentation at any time.


The presenting author is expected to register and attend the ISBER 2020 Virtual Meeting and attend the assigned abstract session to present the study and to answer questions. If the presenting author is unable to attend the ISBER 2020 Virtual Meeting and present the abstract, every effort should be made to arrange for one of the other authors to present the abstract. ISBER Head Office ( must be notified of any change in presenters.

1. Language The abstract must be written in English. Note that all submissions should be edited to ensure a clear and structured submission.
2. File Type The abstract must be submitted as a Microsoft Word document. Any abstracts submitted as a PDF will be asked to resubmit in Word.
3. Topic Selection Please select the appropriate category for your abstract submission on the submission form.
4. Presentation Format At the meeting your paper may be presented orally or as a poster. Please indicate your preference. Space for oral presentations is limited and therefore the Program Committee may need to override your preference.
5. Character Count The word limit for abstract submission is 2,500 characters including spaces. The submission title is not included in this count.
6. Title Title must be initial capitals throughout.Example: Innovations in Human Research Biobanks and Specimen Collection in China
7. Abstract Abstracts must include either of the following sets of required fields:
  • Background, methods, results, and conclusions
  • Statement of the problem, proposed solution, and conclusions
NOTE: Figures and tables are NOT permitted in the abstract.

This meeting will accept abstracts in the following categories:

Biobank Tools:Share your tool that has been developed to support the activities of a biobank. Only tools from academic and non-profit sources that are freely available to others will be accepted.

Biobanking Profiles: Abstracts in this category will be accepted for poster presentation only.

Biospecimen Research and Science:

  • Bench Technologies
  • Cell Preservation
  • Cryobiology
  • Diagnostics
  • Genomics
  • Immunomics
  • Liquid Biopsy
  • Metabolomics
  • Microbiome
  • Pathomics
  • Proteomics
  • Quality
  • Stem Cell
  • Therapeutics
  • Transcriptomics
  • Other

Commercial Biobanking:

  • Biobank Networks
  • Business Models
  • Other

Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues:

  • Consent
  • Legislation, Policy, Regulation
  • Participant Perspectives, Community Engagement
  • Patient Advocacy
  • Privacy
  • Return of Research Results/Incidental Findings
  • Access and Benefits Sharing (ABS)
  • Other

Hot Topics:

  • Big Data
  • Incorporating Wearables for Data Collection
  • Living Biobanks
  • Organoids
  • Precision Medicine
  • Public Education
  • Sample and Data Utilization
  • Other

Human Specimen Repositories

  • Biobanks in Developing Countries
  • Clinical Trial Biobanks
  • Human Specimen Biobank Networks
  • Therapeutic / Research Biobanks
  • Other

Informatics and Technology:

  • Application Development
  • Augmented/Virtual Reality
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biostatistics
  • Blockchain
  • Deep Learning and Visual Analytics
  • Machine Learning/AI/Natural Language Processing
  • Neural Networks
  • 'Omics' Analysis
  • Pre-analytics
  • Software Architecture/Infrastructure
  • Other

Innovative Technologies: This category allows commercial abstracts. Abstracts in this category will be accepted for poster presentation only.

Repository Automation Technology

  • Automation Pipelines/Tools
  • Semi-Automation/Full-Automation
  • Other

Repository Management:

  • Biobanking Operations (New and Continued)
  • Economics
  • Education and Training
  • Data Management
  • Marketing
  • Risk Management
  • Sustainability (Social, Financial, Operational)
  • Other

Repository Standards:

  • Accreditation and Certification
  • Fit for Purpose/Quality Assessment
  • Quality Assurance/Quality Control
  • Performance Metrics
  • Standard Operating Procedures
  • Other

Underserved and Vulnerable Communities

Before submitting your abstract, please review the submission guidelines and the formatting instructions.


  • Abstracts will NOT be accepted by mail, email, or fax.
  • All abstracts must follow the above abstract formatting instructions.
  • All abstracts must be submitted as a Word document.
Abstract Submission Deadline: August 23, 2020 at 11:59pm North America Eastern Time