International Biobanking Education

International Biobanking Education

One of the largest clinical biobanks in Europe is located at Med Uni Graz. The Biobank Graz stores about 20 million biological samples and corresponding data and provides them for research purposes. As we have gained many years of experience in the multidisciplinary field of biobanking, we offer different educational opportunities for international biobankers.

  • Various biobanking courses (a 2-day biobanking course for those who are involved in setting up a new biobank and a 5-day biobanking courses for those who are advancing the activities of established biobanks)
  • distance learning Master course “MSc Biobanking”
  • Individual training possibilities as well as guided tours are offered upon request

For more information about the respective courses please see below.

Teaching Language:

The teaching language of all courses offered under the heading "International Biobanking Education" is English.


How to build a biobank (Basic)

This interactive 2-day-course has been designed for all those who are involved in setting up a new biobank, who look to collaborate with a biobank or research institute, who face the challenges of a growing biobank or who try to overcome the challenges of maintaining a large biobank.

The format of this course is a mixture of presentations and discussion sessions allowing participants to learn from the expert advice and the specific experience of their peers. Bring your questions with you for discussion.

  • Next date: Please pre-register online to participate in this course. As soon as we have enough registrations for this course, we will inform you by email about the start date and further steps.
  • Costs:       480 Euro  



How to Operate a Biobank (Advanced)

This course has been designed for all those who have already set up a biobank and want to operate a biobank sustainably successful. On the basis of lectures and various practical examples, the participants learn how a quality management system in a biobank can be implemented or adapted and quality control and assurance can be improved. A further course content is sample workflow advancement in a biobank through automation. Nowadays it is very important for the sustainability of biobanks to offer a modern portfolio of services. Therefore the students will gain insight into designing of a meaningful collection strategy and the implementation of additional services of a biobank. The indispensable topics data management and IT systems for biobanks will be taught through practical examples, such as the development of URDs (user requirement documents) for biobanking software. For the sustainability of a modern biobank it is essential to know how a business plan can be developed.This course will also focus on the most important tools which should be included in a business plan.

  • Next date: Please pre-register online to participate in this course. As soon as we have enough registrations for this course, we will inform you by email about the start date and further steps.
  • Costs:       950 Euro  



International Biobanking and Education is also partner in different European projects. The idea for this course and the course development has been developed within the two EU-HORIZON 2020 projects CY-Biobank and ARICE.

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Managing Multidisciplinary Teams and Scientific Projects in Biobanks

This course has been designed for those who work in biobanks and biobanking-associated research facilities. It is compiled to provide theoretical knowledge and practical skills concerning team management and scientific project management, specifically adapted to the diverse and multidisciplinary challenges prevailing in biobanks.

Day 1 “Introduction” is the basis for each further day, explaining the terms management, project management and leadership. The other days provide in-depth knowledge about project management, team management and communication in a scientific and medical environment, as well as research-associated skills often required in biobanks, like presentation techniques and scientific writing.

This course includes a mixture of lectures, group works and discussion sessions. Participants will benefit from the knowledge and experience, both from the experts and their peers.

  • Next date: Please pre-register online to participate in this course. As soon as we have enough registrations for this course, we will inform you by email about the start date and further steps.
  • Costs:       1150 Euro  


At a glance: 5 day course

  • Language: English
  • ECTS: 1
  • Costs: 1150 Euro (including scripts, coffee break)
  • Costs of individual days:
  • Introduction day and one additional day: 480 Euro
  • Each further day: 280 Euro
  • Teaching method: 60 % lecture and 40 % group work
  • Location: Medical University of Graz

At a glance: Individual Days


This is a 5-day-course whereby individual days can also be booked in combination with the introduction day (day 1).

  • Language: English
  • Costs of individual modules:
  • Introduction day (day 1) and one additional day: 480 Euro
  • Each further day: 280 Euro
  • Teaching method: 60 % lecture and 40 % group work
  • Location: Medical University of Graz

This course is set up to

  • Successfully form (lead) a multidisciplinary team in biobanks and biobanking-related scientific facilities
  • Transfer knowledge and best practices on the individual topics, regarding both, general biobanking staff and personnel with scientific tasks
  • Encourage the exchange of knowledge and skills on the topics via group work and discussion, specifically addressing the individual needs of the participants



This is a 5-day-course, although individual days can be booked in combination with the introduction day.



Day 1: Introduction


  • What is management
  • What is a project
  • What is project management
  • What is leadership (responsibilities)
  • What is a team, why is it important to act as a team
  • Team building activities and events
  • Motivating your team

Day 2: Project Managementon


Research Proposals

  • What are your possibilities (what can you provide, what kind of collaboration do you need)
  • How to write a proposal
  • How to calculate a project
  • Legal and ethical limitations


How to Manage a Project

  • Project management tools (software etc.)
  • Milestones and deliverables
  • Responsibilities
  • Reporting (EU-projects and others)

Day 3: Team Management



  • Behavior in the lab/safety/hygiene
  • Training plans for new staff
  • Training plans for regular (annual training, legal guidelines, university, ...)



  • Who is responsible for which instrument/storage facility/process
  • Are deputies defined and well trained
  • How to define responsibilities, how to delegate and how to oversee


Personnel Resources

  • Enough personnel (how to calculate, …)
  • Appointments corresponding to the education and skills
  • Continuing training and retraining (to improve skills and develop your personnel)


Knowledge Management

  • Competence matrix
    • A tool used to fulfill ISO 9001:2015 requirements
    • Can be used to oversee the key positions in the team and ensure sufficient competent/trained personnel and quickly respond to personnel changes
  • Strategies for knowledge management
  • Communication and documentation (to ensure that information is not limited to single employees (find the right amount of communication and information)

Day 4: Communication



  • Communication with media (written, interviews: telephone and video)
  • How to prepare
  • Upfront communication


Internal Communication

  • Can be defined in the QMS
  • Regular JF to inform the entire team
  • Adapted meeting structure to your specific needs (find the right dosage of meetings and information that needs to be exchanged)


External Communication (ethical and legal knowledge, trust-building, FAQs)

  • Defined communication with cooperation partners
  • Defined responsibilities
  • Patients and donors
  • Interested parties (how to handle requests, which information to provide)
  • Communication with stakeholders


Communication Standards

  • Leadership: how to communicate tasks
  • Define values/standards for internal and external communication
  • Communication tools and skills (which information and how)
  • Problems and mistakes

Day 5: Research-Associated Skills


Literature Research

  • Reference management and knowledge organization: Citavi, Mendeley, Zotero, EndNote, RefWorks, etc.
  • Data bases (PubMed,..)


Scientific Writing

  • Structure
  • Citation rules
  • What to consider (layout, rules for submission, …)


Presentation Techniques

  • Posters
  • Oral presentations
  • Regular training in presentation techniques
    • Master/PhD students can present the progress of their work in regular meetings with their supervisor or their project partners to practice oral presentation in English
    • Preparing research progresses and results for presentations



  • How to structure large quantities of documents
  • Traceability of documents
  • Availability
  • Data security and access

Individual Training & Support

Our team offers individual training and support in biobank development and biobanking. The expert know-how ranges from setting up/maintaining and expanding (international) biobanks to providing professional and educational support regarding

  • (International) collaboration possibilities
  • Management, quality management and communication
  • Sample workflow and automation
  • Business plan development
  • Ethical and legal issues
  • Technical requirements and IT
  • Sustainability and budgeting
  • Epidemology
  • Strategic (development) approaches and research

If you are planning to set up, improve or expand a biobank or seek to aquire expert know-how in the fields mentioned above, don’t hesitate to contact us. We will elaborate an individual development support plan.


Master of Science: Biobanking

The extensive international growth of biobanks requires the training of experts. The university course provides the knowledge required for the establishment, equipment, management and practical implementation of biobanks.

Further information



International Biobanking and Education 
Elisabethstraße 38 /Erdgeschoss, 8010 Graz
T: +43 316 385 72730