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6th Annual South Asia Biosafety Conference

Dhaka, Bangladesh

As the premier biosafety meeting in South Asia, the South Asia Biosafety Conference (SABC 2018) will bring together leading scientists from regulatory agencies, public sector research institutions, the private sector, and non-governmental organizations.

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			Overview		
			Program Highlights		
			Registration		
			Abstract Submission		
			Key Dates		
			Social Media		
			Location		
				Overview
				

Under the auspices of the South Asia Biosafety Program, the ILSI Research Foundation and Biotech Consortium India Limited are pleased to invite you to the 6th Annual South Asia Biosafety Conference, which will be held September 15-17, 2018 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. This conference is the premier biosafety meeting in South Asia and provides an essential forum to hear from leading scientists representing regulatory agencies, public sector research institutions, and the private sector in South Asia and internationally.

Program Highlights

Day 1 - September 15, 2018

Inaugural Ceremony
Plenary Session I: Biosafety Regulation and Capacity Building Initiatives in South Asia
Plenary Session II: Engineering Plant Tolerance to Abiotic and Biotic Stressors
Lightning Round for Students and Early Career Researchers
Poster Session
Welcome Reception

Day 2 - September 16, 2018

Plenary Session III: Research Advances in the Development of Transgenic and Gene Edited Products in South Asia
Parallel Workshop I: Science Communication - The Importance of Audience Engagement (Optional)*
Parallel Workshop II: Detection of Genetically Modified Crops and Tour of Diagnostic Lab (Optional)*
Parallel Workshop III: Synthetic Biology and Digital Sequence Information under the Convention on Biological Diversity (Optional)*

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

Day 3 - September 17, 2018

Plenary Session IV: Animal, Arthropod, and Aquatic Biotechnology - Biosafety Research, Risk Assessment and Regulation
Plenary Session V: The Theory and Practice of Effective Science Communication
Poster Session Awards
Plenary Session VI: Biosafety Risk Assessment and Regulation of Gene Edited Plants
Closing Remarks and Adjournment

The full agenda is available below.

Registration

Register Today!

Registrations may be submitted online on the South Asia Biosafety Conference website.

Registrations are limited to 120 for the conference. Registrants that cannot be accommodated will be added to a waitlist and notified if space becomes available.

Abstract Submission

Registrants are encouraged to participate in this year’s program in two ways:

1. Submit an abstract for an oral presentation in:

  • Plenary Session II: Engineering Plant Tolerance to Abiotic and Biotic Stressors
  • Plenary Session III: Research Advances in the Development of Transgenic and Gene Edited Products in South Asia
  • Plenary Session IV: Animal, Arthropod and Aquatic Biotechnology - Biosafety Research, Risk Assessment and Regulation
  • Plenary Session VI: Biosafety Risk Assessment and Regulation of Gene Edited Plants.

Submissions should describe research directly relevant to the session topic. Abstracts submitted for oral presentations will be evaluated by the conference organizers for quality and applicability. Abstracts that are not selected for oral presentations may be considered for posters instead.

2. Submit an abstract for a poster presentation during the Poster Session.

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 or food safety assessment of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), or the regulation of GM plants, animals, arthropods, or micro-organisms.

The Institute for International Crop Improvement, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, has generously provided the following prizes for the SABC Poster Session:

First Prize - Registration, airfare and hotel accommodation to attend the International Society for Biosafety Research Symposium (formerly the International Symposium on the Biosafety of Genetically Modified Organisms or ISBGMO) which will be held April 1-4, 2019 in beautiful Tarragona, Spain.

Second Prize - USD $300 cash and a two-year membership to the International Society for Biosafety Research.

The poster session is open to all SABC attendees who submit an abstract accepted for the poster session, and complete registration (including payment) by no later than August 31.

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 New 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
  • organize the abstract with the following headings where appropriate: purpose, methods, results, and conclusions (e.g., for research projects) OR purpose, description, evaluation, and outcomes (e.g., for capacity building projects).

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

Deadlines

  • August 15, 2018 for oral presentations
  • August 31, 2018 for poster presentations

Abstracts may be submitted online through the South Asia Biosafety Conference website.

Key Dates

July 15, 2018

Registration and abstract submission open

August 15, 2018

Deadline for oral presentation abstract submissions

August 31, 2018

Deadline for poster session abstract submissions

September 15-17, 2018

The 6th Annual South Asia Biosafety Conference will be held at the Westin, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Social Media

Join the Conversation!

Follow @ILSIRF on Twitter to see live tweets during the conference! #SABC2018

Location

The 6th Annual South Asia Biosafety Conference will be held at The Westin, Dhaka, located at Main Gulshan Avenue, CWN (B) Road 45, Plot 1, Gulshan 2, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Accomodations

The Westin Dhaka
Main Gulshan Avenue,
CWN (B) Road 45,
Plot 1, Gulshan 2,
Dhaka, Bangladesh

Price: US$158 + taxes
Contact: Jason.salgado@westin.com

Four Points by Sheraton Dhaka, Gulshan
6/A North Avenue
Commercial Area, Gulshan 2,
Dhaka 1212, Bangladesh

Price: US$150 + taxes
Contacts: reservations.dhaka@fourpoints.com; rezwanul.alam@fourpoints.com

Lakeshore Hotel
Gulshan Road 41, House 46,
Gulshan 2,
Dhaka 1212, Bangladesh

Price: US$140 + taxes
Contacts: reservation@lakeshorehotel.com.bd; booking@lakeshorehotel.com.bd

Hotel Sarina
Dhaka Plot #27, Road #17,
Banani C/A,
Dhaka 1213, Bangladesh

Price: US$115 + taxes
Contacts: reservations@sarinahotel.com; asm@sarinahotel.com

For assistance with your accommodations, please contact Dr. Vibha Ahuja at vibhaahuja.bcil@nic.in

Provisional Agenda

Day 1: September 15, 2018 Day 2: September 16, 2018 Day 3: September 17, 2018 Day 1: September 15, 2018

[supsystic-tables id=1]

Day 2: September 16, 2018

[supsystic-tables id=2]

Day 3: September 17, 2018

[supsystic-tables id=3]

Watch Presentations from SABC 2017

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Under the auspices of the South Asia Biosafety Program, the ILSI Research Foundation and Biotech Consortium India Limited are pleased to invite you to the 6th Annual South Asia Biosafety Conference, which will be held September 15-17, 2018 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. This conference is the premier biosafety meeting in South Asia and provides an essential forum to hear from leading scientists representing regulatory agencies, public sector research institutions, and the private sector in South Asia and internationally.

Program Highlights

Day 1 - September 15, 2018

Inaugural Ceremony
Plenary Session I: Biosafety Regulation and Capacity Building Initiatives in South Asia
Plenary Session II: Engineering Plant Tolerance to Abiotic and Biotic Stressors
Lightning Round for Students and Early Career Researchers
Poster Session
Welcome Reception

Day 2 - September 16, 2018

Plenary Session III: Research Advances in the Development of Transgenic and Gene Edited Products in South Asia
Parallel Workshop I: Science Communication - The Importance of Audience Engagement (Optional)*
Parallel Workshop II: Detection of Genetically Modified Crops and Tour of Diagnostic Lab (Optional)*
Parallel Workshop III: Synthetic Biology and Digital Sequence Information under the Convention on Biological Diversity (Optional)*

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

Day 3 - September 17, 2018

Plenary Session IV: Animal, Arthropod, and Aquatic Biotechnology - Biosafety Research, Risk Assessment and Regulation
Plenary Session V: The Theory and Practice of Effective Science Communication
Poster Session Awards
Plenary Session VI: Biosafety Risk Assessment and Regulation of Gene Edited Plants
Closing Remarks and Adjournment

The full agenda is available below.

Registration

Register Today!

Registrations may be submitted online on the South Asia Biosafety Conference website.

Registrations are limited to 120 for the conference. Registrants that cannot be accommodated will be added to a waitlist and notified if space becomes available.

Abstract Submission

Registrants are encouraged to participate in this year’s program in two ways:

1. Submit an abstract for an oral presentation in:

  • Plenary Session II: Engineering Plant Tolerance to Abiotic and Biotic Stressors
  • Plenary Session III: Research Advances in the Development of Transgenic and Gene Edited Products in South Asia
  • Plenary Session IV: Animal, Arthropod and Aquatic Biotechnology - Biosafety Research, Risk Assessment and Regulation
  • Plenary Session VI: Biosafety Risk Assessment and Regulation of Gene Edited Plants.

Submissions should describe research directly relevant to the session topic. Abstracts submitted for oral presentations will be evaluated by the conference organizers for quality and applicability. Abstracts that are not selected for oral presentations may be considered for posters instead.

2. Submit an abstract for a poster presentation during the Poster Session.

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 or food safety assessment of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), or the regulation of GM plants, animals, arthropods, or micro-organisms.

The Institute for International Crop Improvement, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, has generously provided the following prizes for the SABC Poster Session:

First Prize - Registration, airfare and hotel accommodation to attend the International Society for Biosafety Research Symposium (formerly the International Symposium on the Biosafety of Genetically Modified Organisms or ISBGMO) which will be held April 1-4, 2019 in beautiful Tarragona, Spain.

Second Prize - USD $300 cash and a two-year membership to the International Society for Biosafety Research.

The poster session is open to all SABC attendees who submit an abstract accepted for the poster session, and complete registration (including payment) by no later than August 31.

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 New 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
  • organize the abstract with the following headings where appropriate: purpose, methods, results, and conclusions (e.g., for research projects) OR purpose, description, evaluation, and outcomes (e.g., for capacity building projects).

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

Deadlines

  • August 15, 2018 for oral presentations
  • August 31, 2018 for poster presentations

Abstracts may be submitted online through the South Asia Biosafety Conference website.

Key Dates

July 15, 2018

Registration and abstract submission open

August 15, 2018

Deadline for oral presentation abstract submissions

August 31, 2018

Deadline for poster session abstract submissions

September 15-17, 2018

The 6th Annual South Asia Biosafety Conference will be held at the Westin, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Social Media

Join the Conversation!

Follow @ILSIRF on Twitter to see live tweets during the conference! #SABC2018

Location

The 6th Annual South Asia Biosafety Conference will be held at The Westin, Dhaka, located at Main Gulshan Avenue, CWN (B) Road 45, Plot 1, Gulshan 2, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Accomodations

The Westin Dhaka
Main Gulshan Avenue,
CWN (B) Road 45,
Plot 1, Gulshan 2,
Dhaka, Bangladesh

Price: US$158 + taxes
Contact: Jason.salgado@westin.com

Four Points by Sheraton Dhaka, Gulshan
6/A North Avenue
Commercial Area, Gulshan 2,
Dhaka 1212, Bangladesh

Price: US$150 + taxes
Contacts: reservations.dhaka@fourpoints.com; rezwanul.alam@fourpoints.com

Lakeshore Hotel
Gulshan Road 41, House 46,
Gulshan 2,
Dhaka 1212, Bangladesh

Price: US$140 + taxes
Contacts: reservation@lakeshorehotel.com.bd; booking@lakeshorehotel.com.bd

Hotel Sarina
Dhaka Plot #27, Road #17,
Banani C/A,
Dhaka 1213, Bangladesh

Price: US$115 + taxes
Contacts: reservations@sarinahotel.com; asm@sarinahotel.com

For assistance with your accommodations, please contact Dr. Vibha Ahuja at vibhaahuja.bcil@nic.in

Provisional Agenda

Day 1: September 15, 2018 Day 2: September 16, 2018 Day 3: September 17, 2018 Day 1: September 15, 2018

[supsystic-tables id=1]

Day 2: September 16, 2018

[supsystic-tables id=2]

Day 3: September 17, 2018

[supsystic-tables id=3]

Watch Presentations from SABC 2017

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