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Join the ILSI Research Foundation at the premier biosafety meeting in South Asia. Scientists, academics, researchers and officials from ndustry, research institutions, universities, government departments and ministries are encouraged to attend.

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Save the date for the 2018 ILSI Annual Meeting! This five-day event brings together experts from government, academia, private sector and non-governmental organizations, to address global issues related to food and water safety, nutrition and health, risk science and toxicology, and sustainable agriculture and nutrition security.

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Poster Session Prizes Announced

About Agenda Program Registration Poster Session Key Dates Social Media About

The South Asia Biosafety Conference (SABC) is the preeminent regional gathering of scientists, regulators and other stakeholders who are interested in biotechnology applications for sustainable development, environmental risk assessment, and biosafety regulation in South Asia.  This year’s conference will be held at the Taj West End in Bangalore, India from September 11-13, 2017.  Under the auspices of the South Asia Biosafety Program, SABC is co-organized by the ILSI Research Foundation and Biotechnology Consortium India Ltd, with cooperation from the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (Government of India) and other regional partners.

Registration is now open and includes access to all plenary sessions, conference materials, opening and closing ceremonies, Welcome Reception, tea breaks, and half day workshops. Click here to register.

Agenda

To view the full agenda, please visit the conference website.

September 11, 2017

Delegate Registration and Inaugural Ceremony

Plenary Session I: Regulation and Capacity Building Initiatives in South Asia

Plenary Session II: Crop Biotechnology and Biosafety in South Asia

Participants are welcome to get involved with this year’s program by submitting an abstract for an oral presentation for this session. The submission deadline is July 15, 2017.

Lighting Round for Students and Young Scientists

Select posters will be presented by students and young scientists in five minute talks.

Poster Session

Conference participants are encouraged to share their work with colleagues by preparing a poster for this session. Presenting a poster is a noteworthy way to share expertise or accomplishment with the diverse group of attendees. The submission deadline is August 1, 2017. 

Opening Reception Dinner

September 12, 2017

Plenary Session III: Soil and Plant Microbiomes

Dr. James Germida, University of Saskatchewan, Canada 
Dr. Jacob Parnell, Novozymes North America Inc., United States 
Dr. Atul Kumar Johri, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India 

Parallel Workshops

Parallel Workshop I: Thinking Ahead: Designing Confined Field Trials to Maximize Data Transportability (Optional)
Parallel Workshop II: Best Practices for Public Sector Genetically Engineered Product Development Programs (Optional)
Parallel Workshop III: Intersection of the Cartagena Protocol and the Indian Biosafety Regulatory System (Optional)

Participants are invited to optional half day workshops. Please mark which event you will attend at the time of registration. Please note, space is limited and registration for each workshop is first come, first served.

September 13, 2017

Plenary Session IV: Synthetic Biology

Dr. Pawan K. Dhar, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India 
Dr. Manju Bansal, Indian Institute of Science, India 

Poster Session Awards

Prizes will be awarded for the top two outstanding posters.

Plenary Session V: New Applications of Biotechnology: Focus on Forestry and Biofuels

Dr. Stephen Mayfield, University of California, San Diego, United States 
Dr. Shashi Kumar Rhode, International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, India
(Confirmed)
Dr. Bhavanath Jha, Central Salt and Marine Chemicals Research Institute, India
Dr. Timothy Strabala, Environmental Protection Authority, New Zealand
Dr. Tomal Dattaroy, Reliance Industries Limited, India

 

Participants are invited to get involved with this session by submitting an abstract for an oral presentation. The submission deadline is June 15, 2017.

Closing Remarks and Adjournment

To view the full program, please visit the conference website.

Program

Featured Sessions

  • Regulation and Capacity Building Initiatives in South Asia
  • Crop Biotechnology and Biosafety in South Asia
  • Soil and Plant Microbiomes
  • Synthetic Biology
  • New Applications of Biotechnology: Focus on Forestry and Biofuels
  • Designing Confined Field Trials to Maximize Data Transportability
  • Best Practices for Public Sector Genetically Engineered Product Development Programs
  • Intersection of the Cartagena Protocol and the Indian Biosafety Regulatory System
  • Lighting Round for Students and Young Scientists
  • Poster Session

To view the full agenda, please visit the conference website.

Registration

Registration is open!

Registration includes access to all plenary sessions, conference materials, opening and closing ceremonies, Welcome Reception, and half day workshops.

Complete your registration today through the conference website (http://sabc.biotech.co.in) and confirm your seat at this premier biosafety conference in South Asia.

Poster Session

The 5th Annual South Asia Biosafety Conference Poster Program provides an opportunity for individuals to share their research, findings and achievements with colleagues at the conference.

Presenting a poster is a noteworthy way to share expertise or accomplishment, and poster presenters will have a dedicated time to present and discuss their work with the diverse group of attendees. All posters must convey relevance to biosafety research, environmental risk assessment of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), or the regulation of GMOs– plants, animals, arthropods, or micro-organisms.

Poster Session Prizes

All posters accepted into the poster session are eligible for the Poster Competition, and two prizes will be awarded. First prize consists of a USD $500 cash prize, a two year membership for the International Society of Biosafety Research, and an award certificate. Second prize consists of a USD $200 cash prize, a two year membership for the International Society of Biosafety Research, and an award certificate. The winners’ names and abstracts will be posted on the South Asia Biosafety Program website, and highlighted in the South Asia Biosafety Program Newsletter. The posters will be judged September 11-12 and the winners will be announced on September 13 before the final plenary session of the conference.

Evaluation and Judging

Posters will be evaluated as follows:

  1. Abstract (10%): Clarity and correlation with poster.
  2. Scientific content (70%): Introduction and background with literature cited, objectives, materials and methods, results and discussion, and significance to field. The quality of the research presented will be judged on its scientific rigor and significance as conveyed by the poster. Each poster must be self-explanatory. Judges may discuss the poster with its presenter but this will not be considered in the evaluation of the display.
  3. Poster Display (20%): Posters will be judged on organization, effective use of space, legibility, grammar and spelling, and effective use of graphics.

Each poster display is judged independently by three judges. Judges are encouraged to provide constructive comments for each poster, however comments may be very brief or absent because of the limited time available.

Guidelines for Submission

The following are suggestions that will contribute to ensuring the readability and quality of abstracts submitted for oral or poster presentations:

  • Check for proper spelling and grammar.
  • Use a standard typeface such as Times Roman with a font size of 12.
  • Begin sentences with words (not numbers).
  • Standard abbreviations may be used without definition, but nonstandard abbreviations/acronyms should be placed in parentheses after the first use of the terminology. It is important to keep nonstandard abbreviations/acronyms to a minimum, to allow for readability and understanding.
  • Do not include tables, figures, or graphs in the abstract.
  • Limit the abstract to 300 words.
  • Try to organize the abstract with the following headings where appropriate: purpose, methods, results, conclusions (e.g., for research projects) OR purpose, description, evaluation and outcomes (e.g., for capacity building projects).

Submit your abstract through the conference website. Space is limited. Abstracts will be considered on a first come, first served basis. August 1, 2017 is the deadline for poster abstracts.

Key Dates

April 3, 2017

Registration and abstract submission open

July 15, 2017

Deadline for oral presentation abstract submissions

August 1, 2017

Deadline for poster session abstract submissions

September 1, 2017

Registration is closed

September 11-13, 2017

The 5th Annual South Asia Biosafety Conference will be held at the Taj West End, Bangalore, India

Social Media

Join the conversation!

Follow along to @ILSIRF on Twitter for updates. #SABC2017 is the preferred hashtag for the 5th Annual South Asia Biosafety Conference.

What's the prize for the poster competition?

All posters accepted into the poster session are eligible for the Poster Competition, and two prizes will be awarded. First prize consists of a two year membership for the International Society of Biosafety Research, a USD $500 cash prize, and an award certificate. Second prize consists of a two year membership for the International Society of Biosafety Research, a USD $200 cash prize, and an award certificate. The winners’ names and abstracts will be posted on the South Asia Biosafety Program website, and highlighted in the South Asia Biosafety Program Newsletter. The posters will be judged September 11-12 based on abstract, scientific content and poster display. Winners will be announced on September 13 before the final plenary session of the conference. 

Who Should Attend? 

The South Asia Biosafety Conference is open to all scientists, academics, researchers and officials from industry, research institutions, universities, government departments and ministries.

How do I register?

Complete your registration today through the conference website (http://sabc.biotech.co.in) and confirm your seat at this premier biosafety conference in South Asia.

When are abstracts due?

Participants are encouraged to submit an abstract for an oral presentation or a poster presentation. The deadline is June 15, 2017 for oral presentations and August 1, 2017 for poster presentations.

What's new this year?

This year's program is featuring sessions on Soil and Plant Microbiomes; New Applications of Biotechnology: Focus on Forestry and Biofuels; Designing Confined Field Trials to Maximize Data Transportability; Best Practices for Public Sector Genetically Engineered Product Development Programs; the Intersection of the Cartagena Protocol and the Indian Biosafety Regulatory System. This year will also include a lighting round for students and young scientists as well as three optional half day workshops.


Speakers

Dr. Manju Bansal

Indian Institute of Science, India

Dr. Gyanesh Bharti

Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, India

Dr. Tomal Dattaroy

Reliance Industries Limited, India

Dr. Pawan K. Dhar

Jawaharlal Nehru University, India

Dr. James Germida

University of Saskatchewan, Canada

Mr. Md. Solaiman Haider

Department of Environment, Bangladesh

Dr. Bhavanath Jha

Central Salt and Marine Chemicals Research Institute, India

Dr. Atul Kumar Johri

Jawaharlal Nehru University, India

Dr. Stephen Mayfield

University of California, San Diego, United States

Dr. Jacob Parnell

Novozymes North America Inc., United States

Dr. Shashi Kumar Rhode

International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, India

Dr. Timothy Strabala

Environmental Protection Authority, New Zealand

Call for Abstracts

The organizing committee for the 5th Annual South Asia Biosafety Conference welcomes submission of abstracts for both oral and poster presentations.

Oral Presentations

SABC 2017 has two sessions open to a limited number of participants interested in submitting an abstract for an oral presentation. These are Plenary Session II: Crop Biotechnology and Biosafety in South Asia or Plenary Session V: New Applications of Biotechnology - Focus on Forestry and Biofuels. Submissions should describe research that is relevant to the topic of either session, and preference will be given to those abstracts that have a strong emphasis on biosafety-related research.

Posters

The 5th Annual South Asia Biosafety Conference Poster Program is an opportunity for individuals to share their research, findings and achievements with colleagues at the conference. Presenting a poster is a noteworthy way to share expertise or accomplishment, and poster presenters will have a dedicated time to present and discuss their work with the diverse group of attendees.

Space is limited. Abstracts will be considered on a first come, first served basis.

Submit your abstract

Frequently Asked Questions for Abstract Submission

Q: Where do I submit my abstract for the South Asia Biosafety Conference?

A: To submit your abstract, please use our official submission form on the conference website.

Q: Are there rules for abstract submission?

A: Submissions should be a maximum of 300 words and describe research directly relevant to agricultural biotechnology and biosafety in South Asia, or applications of biotechnology for forestry and biofuels. Preference is given to research that directly addresses biosafety risk assessment. Additional guidelines for the submission are available on the conference website.

Q: Do I need to attend the conference if my abstract is accepted?

A: Yes, oral and poster presenters need to register and attend the South Asia Biosafety Conference.

Q: If my oral presentation is not accepted, can it be considered for the poster presentation?

A: Yes, abstracts that are not selected for oral presentations may be considered for posters instead.

Q: When is the poster presentation?

A: Posters will be displayed in the main conference area at the Taj West End hotel all three days of the conference. Posters will be judged during the Poster Session on September 11, 2017. The winner of the poster session will be announced on September 13, 2017.

Q: Will there be an abstract book for the conference?

A: An abstract book with accepted submissions will be available for attendees during the conference and available on the conference website following the event.

Q: What is the deadline for abstract submission?

A: July 15, 2017 is the deadline for oral presentation submissions. August 1, 2017 is the deadline for poster presentation submissions.

Q: How do I receive more information about the conference?

A: For additional information, please visit the South Asia Biosafety Conference website or contact Dr. Vibha Ahuja, Chief General Manager, Biotech Consortium India Limited, at vibhaahuja.bcil@nic.in or Libby Williams, Communications Manager, ILSI Research Foundation, at lwilliams@ilsi.org.

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Save the date for January 2018 in Bermuda!

Overview: The International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) is a worldwide network of non-profit organizations that encourage multi-sectoral dialogue and support collaborative science. The ILSI Annual Meeting brings scientists from government, academia, private sector and non-governmental organizations together to establish relationships and address scientific issues that are relevant to human health and environmental sustainability.

Program: This multidisciplinary, five-day meeting features:

Scientific Sessions

Keynote Lectures

Networking Events

Poster Session

Branch Meetings

Board of Trustees Meetings

More information coming soon! Sign up for updates about the ILSI Research Foundation and the 2018 Annual Meeting.

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