President's Welcome


Dear EATB member, dear colleague,

Welcome to the European Association of Tissue Banks (EATB), a not-for-profit scientific association, bringing together the European and international community of tissue and cell bankers and other related fields (comprising donation, organization/coordination of procurement, processing, storage, quality control, quality assurance and distribution).

The association has about 230 members from 30 countries worldwide and holds yearly congresses all around Europe.

Last year the 26th Annual Congress of the European Association of Tissue and Cell Banks took place in Treviso (Italy) from October 18-20, 2017 and was organized by Fondazione Banca dei Tessuti di Treviso (FBTV) with about 337 participants, delegates and exhibitors from 27 countries worldwide.


During EATB2017 congress the Rudolf-Klen-Award for outstanding merits in tissue banking was given to Axel Pruss (Charitè Berlin) and Esteve Trias-Adroher (Barcelona Tissue Bank).

EATB2017-Best poster presentation” was awarded to Jan Burkert from the Department of Transplantation and Tissue Bank, Motol University Hospital (Prague, Czech Republic) for his poster ‘Two decontamination solutions for human amnion – comparison of microbiological efficiency and the cell viability’.

EATB2017-Best oral presentation” was awarded to Patricia Palacios from Novadip Biosciences, (Mont-Saint-Guibert, Belgium) for her presentation ‘Improvement of bone allograft recolonization by adipose stem cells: impact of bone graft demineralization’.

In order to honor his achievements in the field of substances of human origin, the latest effort was the SEC (single European code), posthumous honorary membership was awarded to Angelo Ghirardini (CNT, Italy).


In the forthcoming members only area of the our website, EATB will soon be able to offer online facilities and additional benefits for members, like option for online membership application, membership fee payment, access to congress abstracts and photo galleries of past EATB congresses, access to “Cell and Tissue Banking-Journal” and a search tool for EATB members to find other members with specific experiences and interest in tissue banking and networking. This ‘members-only’ area will be available as soon as the planned renaming of the association into EATCB (European Association of Tissue and Cell Banks) has been approved by the Courts.


I would especially like to highlight EATB’s new training grant, which support the expenses (accommodation and travel) of two individual EATB members’ visit abroad to undergo training in another tissue bank and to fund three individual EATB members so that they may invite an expert to their tissue bank to give a training/ education lecture. Further information can be found in the section “training”.


Currently, preparations are going full-speed for the 27th Annual Congress of the European Association of Tissue and Cell Banks, that will take place in Lille (France) from October 17-19, 2018. Further information can be found on the congress website

In the meanwhile, I would like to encourage you to contribute actively to our Association with your comments, suggestions and support in order that we together may develop and improve our Association and its activities in future.

See you at the EATB2018 in Lille,

Simone Hennerbichler-Lugscheider