About GBN

Organisational structure

From Steering Committee to Stakeholder Forum – several committees support the successful operation of the research infrastructure.

Steering Committee

The Steering Committee (SC) supports the GBN coordinator in executing the defined work programme and ensures that the biobanks of the German Biobank Alliance (GBA) work together efficiently. It also develops and oversees the organisation's strategic orientation in relation to its scientific, organisational and technological objectives. The SC decides on all GBA matters in accordance with the agreed work programme. The Committee comprises the national coordinator as well as the managers of the biobanks and of the IT centres.


Scientific and Ethical Advisory Board

The Scientific and Ethical Advisory Board (SEAB) has an advisory role in accompanying the activities of GBN and GBA while supporting the Steering Committee in strategic issues for the implementation of the work programme. The SEAB is an independent committee comprising leading international scientists and experts who act independently of their organisational affiliation.

Stakeholder Dialogue Forum

GBN’s purpose is to involve the most important stakeholders with indirect participation in biobanking, such as sample donors, politicians, sponsors or the general public, in the development of the research infrastructure. Representatives of these stakeholder groups will be part of the newly established Stakeholder Dialogue Forum. The aim is to engage in a continuous constructive dialogue and to ensure that the stakeholders’ needs and interests are taken into account.




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