EAZA BIOBANK

The EAZA Biobank is the primary resource for genetically supporting population management and conservation research as well as connect researchers to available samples.

The EAZA membership has established dedicated biobanking facilities for the European and Middle Eastern zoo and aquarium community. Given the expanding needs and possibilities for the use of molecular tools in population management it is necessary to ensure optimal and long term storage of high quality material that will have a significant impact on future population management and conservation research. The purpose of the EAZA Biobank is to be a primary resource for genetically supporting population management and conservation research as well as connect researchers to available samples.

 The EAZA Biobank currently consists of four banking hubs for the EAZA community located in Antwerp Zoo, the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) Edinburgh Zoo, the Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW) and Copenhagen Zoo, each of whom currently have adequate facilities and staff available to ensure the keeping, curating and registering of samples under optimal and long-term storage, supporting the aim of the EAZA Biobank.

All EAZA member institutions are encouraged to sample and send to their regional biobank hub as determined by their country (send an email to biobank@eaza.net for more information).

Terms of Service, Standard Operating procedures

The Standard Operating Procedures details the requirements and credentials of an approved EAZA Biobank Hub facilities and the Terms of Service document outlines the priorities and research focus of EAZA Biobank as well as the services it brings to the Zoo and Aquarium community at large.

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Submit a sample

After a sample has been collected, the contributor completes the appropriate Material Transfer Agreement form, providing all required data regarding the sample(s) being submitted and agreeing to the terms and conditions of the submission. 

Material Transfer Agreement:

Download the EAZA Biobank sample submission template by clicking here

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Requesting samples for use in research project

For researchers looking to acquire samples, please contact the Biobank Coordinator for the availability of the sample(s) required. If available, please apply for access and use of desired samples using the application form and outlining the intended use of the sample(s).

  • Request for sample use - Instructions
  • Request for sample use – Application form
  • Request for sample use – Terms and Conditions
 
 
 

Sampling protocols

Which samples to collect for the EAZA Biobank and how to properly collect, store and ship them to your designated biobank.

 
 
 

Contact information

Biobank Coordinator

Royal Zoological Society of Scotland

  • Shipping country: UK, Ireland, Qatar, UAE, Kuwait
  • Dr. Helen Senn
  • Royal Zoological Society of Scotland
    WildGenes Laboratory
    134 Corstorphine Road Edinburgh EH12 6TS, UK

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Royal Zoological Society of Antwerp

  • Shipping country: Belgium, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Turkey
  • Dr. Philippe Helsen
  • Centre for Research and Conservation

    Royal Zoological Society of Antwerp
    Koningin Astridplein 20-26
    2018 Antwerp, Belgium

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Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research

  • Shipping country: Germany, Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Ukraine
  • Dr. Jörns Fickel
  • Department of Evolutionary Genetics
    Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW)
    Alfred-Kowalke Strasse 17
    10315 Berlin, Germany

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Copenhagen Zoo

  • Shipping country: Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Sweden, Portugal, Spain
  • Dr. Christina Hvilsom
  • Copenhagen Zoo
    Roskildevej 38
    PO Box 7
    2000 Frederiksberg, Denmark

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