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Objective

New technologies have the promise to transform agricultural productivity and nutrition. However, many governments lack the risk assessment resources and experience needed to assure the public that any environmental and food safety concerns posed by these technologies have been adequately addressed. The ILSI Research Foundation is devoted to creating the tools and providing the training needed to conduct science-based risk assessments.

Collaborators & Partners

US Agency for International Development (USAID), US Department of Agriculture (USDA), UNEP-GEF, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Indian Council of Agricultural Research and governmental ministries and departments in India, Bangladesh and Indonesia

Areas of Focus

In 2016, the ILSI Research Foundation undertook biosafety-related activities in India, Bangladesh, China, Japan, Korea, Mexico and Paraguay. In 2017, the ILSI Research Foundation is continuing its biosafety capacity building through:

e-Learning Courses

Self-paced and interactive courses developed by the ILSI Research Foundation serve as supplemental training resources to in-person workshops.

South Asia Biosafety Program

Managed by the ILSI Research Foundation, SABP assists India and Bangladesh in further strengthening institutional governance of biotechnology.

UNEP-GEF Phase II Project

The ILSI Research Foundation provides technical support on risk assessment and risk management in South Asia.

Resources

Newsletters

Find out about the work being done through the South Asia Biosafety Program by reading our monthly newsletter.

e-Learning

e-Learning courses have been developed by the ILSI Research Foundation that focus on biosafety and biotechnology.

5th Annual South Asia Biosafety Conference

Bangalore, India

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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OECD Task Force on the Safety of Novel Foods and Feeds

Paris, France

The ILSI Research Foundation attended the OECD Task Force on the Safety of Novel Foods and Feeds, which works on technical issues related to the food safety of novel foods and feeds, including food derived from transgenic organisms.

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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 (Confirmed)
Dr. Jacob Parnell, Novozymes North America Inc., United States (Confirmed)
Dr. Atul Kumar Johri, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India (Confirmed)

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 (Confirmed)
Dr. Manju Bansal, Indian Institute of Science, India (Confirmed)

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 (Confirmed)
Dr. Shashi Kumar Rhode, International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, India
(Confirmed)
Dr. Bhavanath Jha, Central Salt and Marine Chemicals Research Institute, India (Confirmed)

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

June 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.

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.


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. 

Speakers

Dr. Manju Bansal

Indian Institute of Science, India

Dr. Gyanesh Bharti

Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, 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

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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Registration About Agenda Biographies Location Registration Social Media About

The ILSI Research Foundation and the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) are very pleased to announce the symposium “Gene Drive Modified Organisms and Practical Considerations for Environmental Risk Assessment”, to be held at the National Academy of Sciences’ Keck Center, Washington DC on July 19 from 1-5 pm.  This symposium builds on the excellent work achieved with the 2016 NASEM report Gene Drives on the Horizon to further explore how to frame and undertake environmental risk assessments of gene drive organisms in a way that will usefully inform decision-making related to their potential release.

Agenda

We are excited to announce a dynamic line-up of speakers for Gene Drive Modified Organisms and Practical Considerations for Environmental Risk Assessments. Download the agenda here.

1:00 Welcome and Introductions

Keegan Sawyer, Ph.D.
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

Morven McLean, Ph.D.
ILSI Research Foundation

1:15 Setting the context for the symposium

Sue Meek, Ph.D.
Sue Meek & Associates and The Australian National University

1:30 Engineering local and reversible gene drive

Bruce Hay, Ph.D.
California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

1:55 Setting a safe course for genome editing research

Renee Wegrzyn, Ph.D.
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)

2:20 The role of experts, experiments and data in moving gene drive risk assessment from theory to practice

Keith Hayes, Ph.D.
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

2:45 Forecasting new technology risk perceptions: Are we there yet?

Dan Kahan, J.D.
Yale Law School

3:15 Integrating environmental risk assessment and stakeholder engagement: case study

Delphine Thizy
Target Malaria

3:35 Break

4:00 Panel Discussion and Q&A with Presenters

Moderator: Sue Meek

4:50 Summary Remarks

Sue Meek

5:00 Adjourn

Biographies

Bruce Hay, Ph.D.

Dr. Bruce A. Hay has been a Professor of Biology and Biological Engineering at the California Institute of Technology since 1996. His lab has two general areas of focus. The first revolves around the study programmed cell death and neurodegenerative diseases. The second seeks to understand and manipulate the composition and fate of genomes within cells and populations of individuals. At the level of the cell the lab works to understand and enhance the process of mitochondrial DNA quality control, which removes pathogenic mutant mitochondrial genomes that accumulate during normal aging and contribute to a number of age-related diseases. At the level of populations the lab works to develop technologies to control the composition and fate of wild populations. This work has four overall aims: 1) to bring about reproductive isolation (speciation) between populations of plants or animals that otherwise freely interbreed; 2) to engineer the genetics of invasive or pest insect populations so that they drive themselves to local extinction; 3) to drive genes into wild insect populations (population replacement) such that all individuals express a trait of interest, such as inability to transmit a mosquito-borne disease; 4) to bring about long-term infertility in wild (or feral) animals through vectored expression of antibodies or other proteins that inhibit key steps in reproduction.

Highlights of this work include the labs 2007 development of the first engineered gene drive mechanism, synthetic Medea selfish genetic elements that drive population replacement in insects. In subsequent work the lab had gone on to develop several other gene drive mechanisms designed to bring about local and reversible population replacement. In 2015 the lab reported the first development of a long term/lifetime single shot contraceptive utilizing gene therapy based approaches. In 2016 they showed for the first time that pathogenic mitochondrial DNA mutations could be eliminated from adult tissues through stimulation of several different signaling pathways.

Keith Hayes, Ph.D.

Dr. Keith Hayes started his research career with the Institute of Offshore Engineering at Heriot-Watt University, in 1993. Here he helped to develop quantitative risk assessment techniques for the abandonment and disposal of offshore platforms, and for demersal trawl interactions with subsea well heads and pipelines.

Dr. Hayes joined the Commonwealth Science and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in 1997 and completed his Ph.D. in Quantitative Ecological Risk Assessment in 2000. He is currently a senior research scientist leading CSIRO’s environmental risk assessment team in the Hobart laboratories. His research interests focus on the key steps in quantitative environmental risk assessment: hazard analysis, probabilistic risk calculations, uncertainty analysis and monitoring.

Dr. Hayes and his team are currently conducting a probabilistic risk assessment of a proposal for contained field trials of dominantly sexually sterile male mosquitoes in Burkina Faso, and a systematic analysis of the hazards associated with the use of CRISPR/Cas9 to control mouse populations.

Dan Kahan, J.D.

Dan Kahan is the Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor of Law and Professor of Psychology at Yale Law School. He is a member of the Cultural Cognition Project, an interdisciplinary team of scholars who use empirical methods to examine the impact of group values on perceptions of risk and science communication. In studies funded by the National Science Foundation, Professor Kahan and his collaborators have investigated public dissensus over climate change, public reactions to emerging technologies, and public understandings of scientific consensus across disputed issues. Articles featuring the Project’s studies have appeared in a variety of peer-reviewed scholarly journals including the Journal of Risk Research, Judgment and Decision Making, Nature Climate Change, Science, and Nature. The Project’s current focus is on a field research to integrate insights from the science of science communication into the craft of professional science communicators in various domains, including democratic decision making, education, and popular engagement with science.

Professor Kahan is a Senior Fellow at the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Morven A. McLean, Ph.D.

Dr. Morven A. McLean is the Executive Director of the non-profit International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) Research Foundation, where she works with a dedicated team on multi-sectoral, interdisciplinary scientific and capacity building programs that span agriculture, nutrition and the environment.

Dr. McLean first joined the ILSI Research Foundation in in 2009 as Director of the Center for Environmental Risk Assessment, and in 2013 was additionally appointed lead for sustainable agriculture and nutrition security across the ILSI organization internationally.  She has held the position of Chief of Canada’s Plant Biotechnology Office, the federal regulatory authority for the assessment and release of genetically modified plants, and was President of AGBIOS, a consultancy that works internationally with governments, non-governmental organizations, and the public and private sectors on issues of policy and regulation pertaining to genetically modified foods, crops, and forest tree species. Dr. McLean has served as a technical expert on biotechnology risk assessment, regulation and policy for many organizations, including the Food and Agriculture Organization, the World Bank, the United States Agency for International Development, the United National Environmental Program and the Secretariat to the Convention on Biological Diversity, as well as many national governments.

Dr. McLean received her B.Sc. (Agriculture) from McGill University, M.Sc. in environmental biology from the University of Guelph, and Ph.D. in molecular plant virology from the University of British Columbia.  She completed her post-doctoral training with Agriculture and Agri-food Canada’s Vancouver Research Station.

Sue Meek, Ph.D.

Dr. Sue Meek has over 30 years of experience working in a variety of capacities at the interface of industry, academic, government and non-government entities to promote awareness and understanding of science and technology (S&T), and the formulation of policies and programs to stimulate the conduct and appropriate application of research and development (R&D).

She is currently the Principal of Sue Meek & Associates which aims to apply her accumulated experience in science communication, advocacy and policy development, and expertise in research administration, commercialisation and regulation to the benefit of institutions, organisations and the community.

Between May 2008 and July 2016 she was the Chief Executive of the Australian Academy of Science and was previously Australia’s inaugural Gene Technology Regulator from December 2001. The latter statutory appointment was established by the Australian Government to administer the national regulatory system for the development and use of genetically modified organisms. Prior to this Sue held various senior State Government positions where she was responsible for the development and implementation of policies on science and technology and public sector intellectual property management, and the administration of grant programs to support innovation and to develop research capability. In the industry sphere, Dr Meek has principally been involved with the establishment of biologically-based business ventures.

Dr. Meek is an Honorary Professor at The Australian National University (ANU) and has a Ph.D. in marine biology; an M.Sc. in oceanography; and a B.Sc. (Hons.) in microbiology. She is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering and of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Director of Bioplatforms Australia Ltd., and a member of the ILSI Research Foundation Board of Trustees and the ANU's Centre for Personalised Immunology Advisory Board. In 2014, she was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished services to science.

Keegan Sawyer, Ph.D.

Dr. Keegan Sawyer is a Senior Program Officer of the Board on Life Sciences at the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.  Her work addresses a wide range of research, policy, and communication questions across the broad spectrum of life science disciplines. She has special interest in the interplay of environmental conditions and human health, ecosystem health, and public engagement in science.  Dr. Sawyer is co-lead of the National Academies' Standing Committee on Emerging Science for Environmental Health Decisions. She recently served as the Project Director for the Roundtable on Public Interfaces of the Life Sciences and Project Director of the Committee on Gene Drives Research in Non-Human Organisms: Recommendations for Responsible Conduct. She is committed to fostering discussions about research infrastructure, collaborative environments, and public engagement in science to support a healthier people and planet.  Dr. Sawyer holds a B.S. in environmental biology from University of California Davis and an M.S. and Ph.D. in environmental sciences and engineering from the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Public Health.

Delphine Thizy

Ms. Delphine Thizy is the Stakeholder Engagement Manager of Target Malaria, a non-for-profit consortium of researchers developing an innovating vector control approach to save million of lives from malaria. She has over 10 years experience in the field of stakeholder engagement in lower-income countries, with a particular attention on conflict drivers. After receiving her Masters Degree in development studies and project management from the University Pierre Mendes France (Grenoble, France), she worked in advocacy for Palestinian farmers’ rights before holding several positions within PlaNet Finance in the Middle East and South Asia. There she was responsible for technical assistance to microfinance institutions in post-conflict countries as well as leading a team for capacity strengthening of various civil society groups.

Afterwards she joined a consultancy company, Channel Research, specialising on social impact of projects. In that role, she conducted a number of project evaluations in the field of humanitarian aid and development for a variety of donors and organisations – including the European Commission, members of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and private foundations. After creating her own consultancy company, she specialised in social performance and stakeholder engagement for infrastructure and extractive industries. She led several teams for large social impact assessments across Africa.

Since 2014, she became the Stakeholder Engagement Manager of Target Malaria and works with a team in Mali, Uganda and Burkina Faso to gain public acceptance for this vector control technology. She also engages at international level with key stakeholders of the fight against malaria.

Renee Wegrzyn, Ph.D.

Dr. Renee Wegrzyn joined DARPA as a Program Manager in 2016. She is interested in applying the tools of synthetic biology to support biosecurity and outpace infectious disease. She is the program manager for the Living Foundries and Safe Genes programs.  Living Foundries seeks to transform biology into an engineering practice by developing the tools, technologies, methodologies, and infrastructure to increase the speed of the biological design-build-test-learn cycle while significantly decreasing the cost and expanding the complexity of systems that can be engineered. Safe Genes aims to deliver novel biological capabilities to facilitate the safe and expedient pursuit of advanced genome editing applications, while also providing the tools and methodologies to mitigate the risk of unintentional consequences or intentional misuse of these technologies.

Prior to joining DARPA as a PM, Dr. Wegrzyn was a Senior Lead Biotechnologist at Booz Allen Hamilton, where she led a team that provided scientific and strategic support in the areas of biodefense, biosecurity, disruptive technologies, emerging infectious disease, neuromodulation, and synthetic biology to DARPA and other federal and private institutions. She is a former fellow and active mentor for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's Center for Health Security "Emerging Leaders in Biosecurity" initiative. Dr. Wegrzyn also led research and development teams in the biotech industry focused on the development of multiplex immunoassays and peptide-based disease diagnostics.

Dr. Wegrzyn holds Doctor of Philosophy and Bachelor of Science degrees in Applied Biology from the Georgia Institute of Technology, with an undergraduate minor in Bioengineering. She completed her postdoctoral training as an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow in Heidelberg, Germany.

Location

If you have registered to attend in person, the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, Keck Center is located at 500 5th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001. Visitor’s parking is on the first level of the garage, PI. It is conveniently one block from the Judiciary Square metro stop.

Alternatively, if you registered to attend via webcast, please visit this page for the live recording on July 19.

Registration

Complimentary registration is now available for Gene Drive Modified Organisms and Practical Considerations for Environmental Risk AssessmentsReserve your seat today to attend the July 19 symposium in person or online through live webcast.

Social Media

Join the conversation!

Gene Drive Modified Organisms and Practical Considerations for Environmental Risk Assessments, co-organized by the ILSI Research Foundation and the National Academy of Sciences, is using Twitter to reach a global audience. This symposium will further explore how to frame and undertake environmental risk assessments of gene drive organisms in a way that will usefully inform decision-making related to their potential release.

The official ILSI Research Foundation Twitter handle is @ILSIRF. Follow along for live tweets during the symposium.

Speakers

Bruce Hay, Ph.D.

California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

Keith Hayes, Ph.D.

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

Dan Kahan, J.D.

Yale Law School

Morven McLean, Ph.D.

ILSI Research Foundation

Sue Meek, Ph.D.

Sue Meek & Associates and The Australian National University (Moderator)

Keegan Sawyer, Ph.D.

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

Delphine Thizy

Target Malaria

Renee Wegrzyn, Ph.D.

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)

Relevant Content

Gene Drives on the Horizon: Advancing Science, Navigating Uncertainty, and Aligning Research with Public Values

Research on gene drive systems is rapidly advancing. Many proposed applications of gene drive research aim to solve environmental and public health challenges, including the reduction of poverty and the burden of vector-borne diseases, such as malaria and dengue, which disproportionately impact low and middle income countries. However, due to their intrinsic qualities of rapid spread and irreversibility, gene drive systems raise many questions with respect to their safety relative to public and environmental health. Because gene drive systems are designed to alter the environments we share in ways that will be hard to anticipate and impossible to completely roll back, questions about the ethics surrounding use of this research are complex and will require very careful exploration.

Download the NASEM Report

Results from the Workshop “Problem Formulation for the Use of Gene Drive in Mosquitoes”

Reducing the incidence of malaria has been a public health priority for nearly a century. New technologies and associated vector control strategies play an important role in the prospect of sustained reductions. The development of the CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing system has generated new possibilities for the use of gene-drive constructs to reduce or alter vector populations to reduce malaria incidence. However, before these technologies can be developed and exploited, it will be necessary to understand and assess the likelihood of any potential harms to humans or the environment. To begin this process, the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health and the International Life Sciences Institute Research Foundation organized an expert workshop to consider the potential risks related to the use of gene drives in Anopheles gambiae for malaria control in Africa. The resulting discussion yielded a series of consensus points that are reported here.

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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 (Confirmed)
Dr. Jacob Parnell, Novozymes North America Inc., United States (Confirmed)
Dr. Atul Kumar Johri, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India (Confirmed)

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 (Confirmed)
Dr. Manju Bansal, Indian Institute of Science, India (Confirmed)

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 (Confirmed)
Dr. Shashi Kumar Rhode, International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, India
(Confirmed)
Dr. Bhavanath Jha, Central Salt and Marine Chemicals Research Institute, India (Confirmed)

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

June 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.

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.


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. 

Speakers

Dr. Manju Bansal

Indian Institute of Science, India

Dr. Gyanesh Bharti

Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, 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

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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Proposed Criteria for Identifying GE Crop Plants That Pose a Low or Negligible Risk to the Environment Under Conditions of Low-Level Presence in Seed

The low-level presence (LLP) of genetically engineered (GE) seeds that have been approved in the country of origin but not the country of import presents challenges for regulators in both seed importing and exporting countries, as well as for the international seed trade and the farmers who rely on it.

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Legacy Work

Strengthening the Capacity of Developing Countries in Biosafety Risk Assessment and Regulation

The Partnership for Biosafety Risk Assessment and Regulation (PBRAR) was active from 2011-2014, and was supported by a US $1.2 million grant from the Development Grant Facility of the World Bank. The Partnership was comprised of the ILSI Research Foundation, the Environment Directorate of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the World Bank, and eight developing countries that have adopted, or are considering the adoption of, agricultural biotechnology.

In each of the partner countries, the PBRAR sought to strengthen the technical capacity of stakeholders engaged in biosafety risk assessment and regulation so as to facilitate evidence-based decision making.

Pakistan Grants Program: Scientific Support for Regulatory Decision Making

The Biosafety Research in Pakistan Grants Program, managed by the ILSI Research Foundation, supported research projects designed to improve understanding about environmental impacts of genetically engineered crops relevant to agricultural production in Pakistan.

Active from 2012-2014, 16 grantees from academic institutions worked to investigate the potential effects of genetically engineered crops on the agro-ecosystem, and build a knowledgeable community of practice to facilitate regulatory decision-making in Pakistan.