BioSB 2021 – looking back on a successful online edition

We were delighted to meet over three hundred people from both academia and industry during the two-day BioSB 2021 conference on June 15 and 16. Just like last year, BioSB 2021 was held online. The program included many interesting topics and we again were very pleased to see so many excellent talks and presentations.

The keynote lectures by Kathleen MarchalEdda Klipp and Sarah Teichmann were highly informative and well appreciated by our audience. The programme also offered 12 parallel sessions including a parallel ELIXIR-NL track and Netherlands Metabolomics Center session as well as over fifty posters. The conference was organized by the Eindhoven University of Technology and Princess Máxima Center for Pediatric Oncology together with the BioSB research school.

BioSB Young Investigator Award 2021

Joske Ubels was chosen by the selection committee as the winner of the BioSB Young Investigator Award 2021. Joske started her bachelor Biomedical Science at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam in 2009. In 2011 she attended Lunds Universitet in Lund, Sweden for her minor in Neurobiology. After completing an internship in the Oncogenomics lab of the Cancer Center Amsterdam she became interested in oncology research and started the research master Oncology at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. She first became acquainted with bioinformatics research during an internship at SkylineDx in 2013 and became so passionate about it she decided to pursue a PhD in the topic. Read more

Joske received the award during the award ceremony on June 15th followed by an honorary lecture titled ‘The right drug for every patient: predicting treatment benefit using transcriptomic and genomic data’.

Online, once more …

To serve our conference guests the best way possible, a conference app (NetworkApp) and online meeting place ( were set up. The Networkapp was the starting point for all visitors, including all basic details, sponsor information, a place to set up appointments, post vacancies, and announce events. The sponsors were able to use the app as an effective communication channel to reach the conference attendees. Poster sessions were held in, offering presenters and attendees an environment that simulated an in-person poster session in order to preserve the personal touch that is so needed in times of virtual meetings. In both apps there was plenty of room for catching up with colleagues and peers, exchanging valuable knowledge and contact details, socializing by playing games and even an “underground” dance floor for the brave.


The organizing committee built on the experiences of last years’ online conference. The large team of people involved did its utmost to make good use of the technical tools that were at their disposal to organize this two-day event. Based on the positive feedback from participants and sponsors, we are happy and satisfied with the final results.


As always, conferences are not the same without dedicated sponsors. We once more would like to thank our sponsors as well as our organizers for their contributions to our conference!

BioSB 2022

Next year’s edition of the BioSB Conference is scheduled for June 28-29 2022 at conference centre De Werelt in Lunteren, The Netherlands. Please mark your calendars and stay tuned via the BioSB updates.

We hope to see you all again next year!

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