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New technologies have the promise to transform agricultural productivity and nutrition. However, many governments lack the risk assessment resources and experience needed to assure decision-makers and the public that environmental and food safety concerns posed by products of these technologies have been adequately addressed. The ILSI Research Foundation is developing risk assessment resources, and providing training to scientists, risk assessors and regulators, to promote science-based risk assessments of products of biotechnology.

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.

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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OECD Task Force on the Safety of Novel Foods and Feeds

Paris, France

The OECD Task Force on the Safety of Novel Foods and Feeds, for which the ILSI Research Foundation is a recognized observer organization, works on technical issues related to the food safety of novel foods and feeds, including the products of agricultural biotechnology.

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Central Africa Consultative Meeting on Gene Drive Technology

Libreville, Gabon

The New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD) organized a regional consultation to examine the basic principles of environmental risk assessment and the application of this process to the use of gene drives for either population modification or population suppression in mosquito vectors of malaria. NEPAD requested that the ILSI Research Foundation assist them in setting the agenda for the scientific program.

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			Overview		
			Program		
			Registration		
			Abstract Call		
			Poster Session		
			Social Media		
			Location		
			Sponsors		
				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

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 Call

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.

Support is available for the participation of three early-carrier scientists from Indian public institutes to share their work in the Poster Session and Lightning Round. The abstract submission deadline for those who fit this criterion has been extended to September 3, 2018

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.

Poster Session

Presenting a poster at the South Asia Biosafety Confernece 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.

Poster Competition

All posters accepted into the Poster Program are eligible for the Poster Competition.  In cases where a registrant has two or more posters accepted for the Poster Program, s/he must identify which one should be included in the poster competition i.e., only one poster per registrant is eligible for the Poster Competition. 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 on September 15-16 and the winners will be announced on September 17 before the final plenary session of the conference.

Prizes

The Institute for International Crop Improvement, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, has generously provided the following prizes for the SABC 2018 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.

Support for Early Career Scientists

The 6th Annual South Asia Biosafety Conference gratefully acknowledges the generous gift provided by Reliance Industries Limited to support the attendance of three early-career scientists from Indian public sector research institutes so that they may share their work in the Poster Session and Lightning Round.

Evaluation and Judging

Posters will be evaluated as follows:

Abstract (10%) - Clarity and correlation with poster.

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.

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 September 15-16, 2018 based on the abstract, scientific content, and poster display. Judges are encouraged to provide constructive comments for each poster, however comments may be very brief or absent because of the limited time available. Winners will be announced on September 17.

Layout and Design

The maximum dimensions for the poster is 48 inches/122 cm (height) x 36 inches/91 cm (width). Poster boards will have a plywood surface that will permit the use of removable double-sided tape, tacks or board pins.

The following are suggestions that will contribute to ensuring the readability and quality of posters:

  • Check for proper spelling and grammar.
  • Use a standard typeface font.
  • Ensure text is clear and concise.
  • Important information should be readable from about 10 feet away.
  • Use bullets, numbering, and headlines make it easy to read.
  • Include tables, figures, graphs and color to enforce key points.
  • 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.
  • Have a consistent and clean layout.
  • Include any appropriate acknowledgments, your name and institutional affiliation.

Be sure to read the criteria each poster will be evaluated on in the “Evaluation and Judging Section” below.

Assigned Spaces

Each accepted poster will be assigned a numbered space for where they will be posted in the conference hall. Posters should be added to their assigned space on Saturday, September 15, 2018 prior to the beginning of the Poster Session (ideally before 2:00 p.m.). Posters should remain in their assigned space until Monday, September 17, 2018 after the final plenary session. This will ensure attendees and judges will have adequate time to view the posters.

Social Media

Join the Conversation!

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

Tweet #TwitterDev

SABC 2018

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

Sponsors

SABC 2018 is organized by

with support from

Agenda

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

Day 2: September 16, 2018

Day 3: September 17, 2018

Watch Presentations from SABC 2017

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ILSI Research Foundation and Food and Agriculture Global Practice, World Bank was very pleased to co-organize the scientific symposium: Protected Production of Fruits and Vegetables for Nutrition Security in Urban and Peri-Urban Environments. Fruits and vegetables play an essential role in nutritious diets and are key to addressing health and nutritional challenges. Increasing productivity to meet growing demand is challenged by the impacts of climate change and competition for essential natural resources. Ensuring the sustainability of the fruit and vegetable supply cannot be achieved without implementation of climate smart adaptation and mitigation interventions.

Ranging from inexpensive, simple polytunnels to high-cost, high-technology production platforms, protected systems for fruit and vegetable production offer viable alternatives to rainfed, open-field cultivation of these high value, nutritious crops. Protected cultivation, particularly in low and middle income countries, has been proposed as a way to adapt production to climate volatility while also increasing supply. However, protected cultivation techniques are not suitable to all climatic conditions, or all fruit and vegetable crops. Startup costs can be prohibitive, particularly for small-holders, and profitability requires higher quality and yields, access to markets, and/or higher selling prices.

This scientific symposium explored how protected cultivation of fruits and vegetables can be used to provide a reliable, affordable, and sustainably produced supply of nutrient dense foods, with an emphasis on production opportunities in urban and peri-urban settings.

Agenda & Presentations
Time Topic Presenter
1:00 pm Welcome and Introductions (PDF | Video 1 | Video 2) Juergen Voegele, Ph.D.
Senior Director, Agriculture Global Practice, The World Bank Group

Morven McLean, Ph.D.
Executive Director, ILSI Research Foundation

1:15 pm Protected Cultivation of Fruits and Vegetables: Opportunities and Challenges (PDF | Video) Elizabeth Mitcham, Ph.D.
Director, Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Horticulture, University of California, Davis
1:30 pm Projected Impacts of Climate Change on Fruit and Vegetable Production Globally Through to 2050 (PDF | Video) Mark W. Rosegrant, Ph.D.
Research Fellow Emeritus, Director General's Office,
International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
1:55 pm Life Cycle Assessment of Fruit and Vegetable Production, Including Protected Systems (PDF | Video) Greg Thoma, Ph.D.
Professor, Bates Teaching Endowed Professorship in Chemical Engineering, University of Arkansas
2:20 pm Break
2:45 pm Controlled Environment Agriculture: The Technological Suite of Opportunities and Constraints (PDF  | Video) Richard Rosen, Ph.D.
Chief Executive Officer, American Ag Energy
3:10 pm Integrated Production Systems for Nutritional Security and More Jobs Per Drop for Smallholder Farmers Under Climate Change in the MENA Region (PDF | Video) Jacques Wery, Ph.D.
Deputy Director General for Research, International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA)
3:35 pm The Importance of Climate-Smart Horticulture in Urban and Peri-Urban Areas of the Global South: Policy Challenges and Interventions (PDF  | Video) Gordon Prain, Ph.D.
Global Coordinator (retired), Urban Harvest, CGIAR Global Program on Urban and Peri-Urban Agriculture
4:00 pm Panel Discussion (Video) Erick Fernandes, Ph.D.
Global Lead - Technology, Innovation, and Climate Smart Agriculture, Agriculture Global Practice, The World Bank Group
4:50 pm Summary Remarks (Video) Eija Pehu, Ph.D.
Board of Trustees, ILSI Research Foundation

Videos

The livestream took place at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 and was concurrently broadcast on the World Bank's YouTube Channel. The entire event may be viewed below:


WelcomeJuergen Voegele, Ph.D. - Senior Director, Agriculture Global Practice, The World Bank Group


IntroductionsMorven McLean, Ph.D. - Executive Director, ILSI Research Foundation


Protected Cultivation of Fruits and Vegetables: Opportunities and ChallengesElizabeth Mitcham, Ph.D. - Director, Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Horticulture, University of California, Davis


Projected Impacts of Climate Change on Fruit and Vegetable Production Globally Through to 2050Mark W. Rosegrant, Ph.D. - Research Fellow Emeritus, Director General's Office, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)


Life Cycle Assessment of Fruit and Vegetable Production, Including Protected Systems - Greg Thoma, Ph.D. - Professor, Bates Teaching Endowed Professorship in Chemical Engineering, University of Arkansas


Controlled Environment Agriculture: The Technological Suite of Opportunities and ConstraintsRichard Rosen, Ph.D. - Chief Executive Officer, American Ag Energy


Integrated Production Systems for Nutritional Security and More Jobs Per Drop for Smallholder Farmers Under Climate Change in the MENA RegionJacques Wery, Ph.D. - Deputy Director General for Research, International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA)


The Importance of Climate-Smart Horticulture in Urban and Peri-Urban Areas of the Global South: Policy Challenges and InterventionsGordon Prain, Ph.D. - Global Coordinator (retired), Urban Harvest, CGIAR Global Program on Urban and Peri-Urban Agriculture


Panel DiscussionErick Fernandes, Ph.D. (Moderator) - Global Lead: Technology, Innovation, and Climate Smart Agriculture, Agriculture Global Practice, The World Bank Group


Summary RemarksEija Pehu, Ph.D. - Board of Trustees, ILSI Research Foundation

Photos

Social Media

Revisit the Conversation!

Protected Production of Fruits and Vegetables for Nutrition Security in Urban and Peri-Urban Environments, co-organized by the ILSI Research Foundation and the World Bank’s Food and Agriculture Global Practice, used Twitter to reach a global audience. This symposium explored how protected cultivation of fruits and vegetables can be used to provide a reliable, affordable, and sustainably produced supply of these nutrient dense foods, with an emphasis on production opportunities in urban and peri-urban settings.

The ILSI Research Foundation Twitter handle is @ILSIRF. The Food and Agriculture Global Practice, World Bank handle is @WBG_Agriculture.

#ProtectedAg2018 was the preferred hashtag for the symposium.

Download the Agenda and Social Media Toolkit here.

Example Tweets

  • At the @WorldBank for the Scientific Symposium: Protected Production of Fruits & Vegetables for Nutrition Security! Enjoying talks by speakers from @ILSIRF @HortInnovLab @WBG_Agriculture @IFPRI @ICARDA @UArkansas. Live webcast: http://ilsirf.org/event/symposium2018/ #ProtectedAg2018
  • Learning more about #ProtectedAgriculture at the @ILSIRF and @WBG_Agriculture Scientifi c Symposium: Protected Production of Fruits & Vegetables for Nutrition Security! Join the conversation with #ProtectedAg2018 and watch the live webcast at http://ilsirf.org/event/symposium2018/

Tweet #ProtectedAg2018

2018 Scientific Symposium

Location

The symposium took place at the World Bank main building, which is located at 1818 H Street NW, Washington, DC.

Download the Agenda and Speaker Biographies

Watch Event Recordings on YouTube

Speakers

At A Glance Erick Fernandes, Ph.D. Morven McLean, Ph.D. Elizabeth Mitcham, Ph.D. Eija Pehu, Ph.D. Mark W. Rosegrant, Ph.D. Richard Rosen, Ph.D. Gordon Prain, Ph.D. Geeta Sethi, Ph.D. Greg Thoma, Ph.D. Juergen Voegele, Ph.D. Jacques Wery, Ph.D. At A Glance
Erick Fernandes, Ph.D.
Agriculture Global Practice,
The World Bank Group
Morven McLean, Ph.D.
ILSI Research Foundation
Elizabeth Mitcham, Ph.D.
Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Horticulture, UC, Davis
Eija Pehu, Ph.D.
ILSI Research Foundation
Gordon Prain, Ph.D.
Urban Harvest (retired)
CGIAR Global Program on Urban and Peri-Urban Agriculture
Mark W. Rosegrant, Ph.D.
International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
Richard Rosen, Ph.D.
American Ag Energy
Geeta Sethi, Ph.D.
Agriculture Global Practice,
The World Bank Group
Greg Thoma, Ph.D.
University of Arkansas
Juergen Voegele, Ph.D.
Agriculture Global Practice,
The World Bank Group
Jacques Wery, Ph.D.
International Center for Agricultural Research
in the Dry Areas (ICARDA)

Erick Fernandes, Ph.D.

As Global Lead - Technology, Innovation and Climate Smart Agriculture at the World Bank Group, Dr. Erick Fernandes is focused on designing and managing climate resilient landscapes across the World Bank's agriculture investments portfolio with cross cutting linkages to the environment, urban-rural-social, and water investments. His professional career has been dedicated to facilitating global food security, sustainable livelihoods for farmers, and the conservation of natural resources and ecosystems services to ensure the equitable and sustainable development of societies globally. Dr. Fernandes has 35 years of agriculture and natural resource management experience in Sub-Saharan Africa, East Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and North Africa, and South Asia. He holds a Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Quantitative Biology & Analytical Biochemistry from Hertfordshire University (England), a BSc in Forestry from the University of Aberdeen (Scotland), and a PhD in Soil Science & Agronomy from North Carolina State University (USA).

Morven 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.

Elizabeth Mitcham, Ph.D.

Dr. Elizabeth Mitcham is director of the Horticulture Innovation Lab, a $37 million program funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development and managed by the University of California, Davis.  As program director, she develops and manages a portfolio of 24 agriculture development projects in Africa, Southeast Asia and Central America, with research topics spanning the horticultural value chain. The Horticulture Innovation Lab’s global research network advances fruit and vegetable innovations, empowering smallholder farmers to earn more income while better nourishing their communities.

As a scientist, Dr. Mitcham is an internationally renowned expert in postharvest physiology, with an emphasis on reducing food loss and maintaining produce freshness after harvest. She previously served as director of the University of California's Postharvest Technology Center, where she remains an active researcher.  Through her career, Mitcham has shared her expertise with professionals and farmers from more than 50 countries. Mitcham currently serves as the Vice President-Elect for the International Division of the American Society for Horticultural Sciences (ASHS) and was previously honored as the ASHS Outstanding International Horticulturist. Mitcham joined the UC Davis faculty in 1992 as a UC Cooperative Extension specialist, and holds degrees in horticulture from the University of Maryland (Ph.D. and B.S.) and North Carolina State University (M.S.).

Eija Pehu, Ph.D.

Dr. Eija Pehu joined the Agriculture Global Practice of the World Bank in 2000 as an Advisor on Science, Technology, and Innovation. She led the department’s program on agricultural research and innovation and was the anchor of the Gender in Agriculture Program of the World Bank until her retirement in April 2016. Dr. Pehu continues to consult in agricultural innovation.

Prior to joining the World Bank, Dr. Pehu was a Professor of Agronomy and the Head of the Department of Plant Production at the University of Helsinki and the founder and science director of two start-up companies in the Helsinki Science Park.  She earned her Ph.D. in Horticulture from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and her M.Sc. degree from the Department of Crop Production, University of Helsinki with her field work conducted in Tanzania and India.

Dr. Pehu has published extensively in biotechnology of crops, and also in tropical agriculture and international development. Her major interests in development are institutional designs of national innovation systems.  In all her development work, she brings in gender issues. Dr. Pehu was honored with a Distinguished Women Leader Award from Virginia Polytechnic Institute for her outstanding achievements in intellectual leadership and mentoring of young professionals.

Mark W. Rosegrant, Ph.D.

Dr. Mark W. Rosegrant is a Research Fellow Emeritus in the Director General's Office (DGO) of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). Prior to joining DGO, he was director of IFPRI's Environment and Production Technology Division. With a Ph.D. in Public Policy from the University of Michigan, he has extensive experience in research and policy analysis in agriculture and economic development, with an emphasis on water resources and other natural resource and agricultural policy issues as they impact food security, rural livelihoods, and environmental sustainability. He currently directs research on climate change, water resources, sustainable land management, genetic resources and biotechnology, and agriculture and energy.

He is the author or editor of 12 books and over 100 refereed papers in agricultural economics, water resources, and food policy analysis. Dr. Rosegrant has won numerous awards, such as Outstanding Journal Article (2008), Quality of Communications Award (2004), and Distinguished Policy Contribution Award(2002) awarded by the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (formerly American Agricultural Economics Association); and Best Article Award (2005) from the International Water Resources Association. Dr. Rosegrant is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science; and a Fellow of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.

Richard Rosen, Ph.D.

Dr. Richard Rosen spent his early years in the greenhouse and florist business, first as laborer and ultimately as grower and buyer at Harry Quint Greenhouses. Later, he began his professional career at Abt Associates advising federal government agencies, and while at Abt he was instrumental in formulating the Clean Water Act. He founded a series of energy and environmental operating businesses, serving in a variety of roles including CEO, Chief Engineer, Chief Scientific Officer, President, Consultant, Chairman and Director. ERCO Petroleum Services designed and constructed fluidized beds for clients such as Clorox, Tennessee Valley Authority, Tenneco, Combustion Engineering, and others. ERCO was sold to NL Industries and its laboratory affiliate was sold to Corning. Advanced Energy Technology commercialized equipment developed at the University of Texas to measure physical properties of the earth’s subsurface including resistivity for use in oil, gas and geothermal exploration. AET was ultimately merged into its Japanese venture partner, Nishon Iwa. Dr. Rosen has extensive experience building operating facilities including one to remodel landfills using a patented technology and a manufacturing system to recycle rubber for use in a variety of industrial applications.

Dr. Rosen earned a Master’s Degree in Forest Science and a Ph.D. in Engineering from Harvard University.

Gordon Prain, Ph.D.

Dr. Gordon Prain is a consultant who advises CGIAR Centers on issues related to rural and urban food systems and food security, gender and the institutional and social dimensions of agricultural change. Most recently he was Leader of Social, Nutrition and Innovation Sciences at the International Potato Center with a research focus on the contribution of root and tuber crops to food resilience in different types of agri-food systems, including as climate-smart horticultural crops in cereal-based systems in South Asia and contributing to diversification and greater resilience of agri-food systems in hillside and highland communities.

He earlier spent 10 years as the Global Coordinator for the CGIAR Program on urban and peri-urban agriculture known as Urban Harvest, which undertook collaborative R&D in and around cities of the Global South to strengthen vegetable and livestock systems and address environmental and policy challenges. As part of this work, he participated in the Global Horticulture Initiative and was an active contributor to the Global Horticulture Assessment. In all, he has more than 30 years of experience working in participatory, interdisciplinary teams across multiple sectors to support improved livelihoods for rural and urban households. He holds a Ph.D. in social anthropology from the University of Cambridge, UK.

Geeta Sethi, Ph.D.

Dr. Geeta Sethi is Adviser and Global Lead – Food Loss and Waste for Agriculture Global Practice at the World Bank. She has more than 16 years of experience working as an economist on fragile, low-, and middle-income countries. Her work has focused on issues of rural development, service delivery and intergovernmental fiscal policies in India, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Mexico, Argentina, Peru, Colombia, and Honduras.

Dr. Sethi has delivered many lending programs to the World Bank Board as well as published books and articles in referenced journals on issues relating to rural labor markets, trade policy and fiscal decentralization. Previously, she worked as the Program Manager for GAFSP and was Lead Economist with the Poverty Reduction and Economic Management unit in the Latin American and Caribbean Vice Presidency of the World Bank. She has an MBA and Ph.D. in Economics.

Greg Thoma, Ph.D.

Dr. Greg Thoma is the Director of Research for the University of Arkansas Resiliency Center and Bates Teaching Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Arkansas. He served as inaugural Director for Research of The Sustainability Consortium. He has led numerous food and agriculture life cycle assessment projects: milk, cheese, milk delivery systems, yogurt, swine, poultry, corn, and beef. He serves on the steering committee for the Swiss National Research Program, “Healthy Nutrition and Sustainable Food Production.”

He is the North American subject editor for Agriculture for the International Journal of Lifecycle Assessment, and has served on the scientific/technical/organizational committee for numerous international LCA conferences. He has been active with the Livestock Environmental Assessment and Performance (LEAP) Partnership since its inception acting as the Technical Advisory Group Lead/Co-lead for development of the poultry, swine, and large ruminants’ guidelines. He is currently serving on the nutrient cycling and biodiversity technical advisory groups.

Juergen Voegele, Ph.D.

Dr. Juergen Voegele was appointed Senior Director of the World Bank's Food and Agriculture Global Practice on July 1, 2014.  In this role, he provides leadership on the Bank’s lending and knowledge activities spanning issues such as climate-smart agriculture, agriculture policy reform, food and nutrition security, and agriculture value chain development.

Dr. Voegele is chair of the CGIAR System Council Board, which oversees agricultural research programs tackling poverty, food and nutrition security, and improved natural resource management around the world. Since 2016, Dr. Voegele has served as co-chair of the Global Future Council of the World Economic Forum. He is also a member of the EAT Foundation Advisory Board since May 2017.

Since joining the World Bank in 1991, Dr. Voegele has held a number of assignments, chairing the Agriculture and Rural Development Sector Board as well as the Environment Sector Board, leading the Agriculture Unit in China, the Agriculture and Rural Development Unit of the Europe and Central Asia Region, and the Agriculture and Rural Development Department of the World Bank (later recast as the Agriculture and Environmental Services Department).

Dr. Voegele holds a Ph.D. in Agriculture Engineering and a Masters in Agriculture Economics from the University of Hohenheim, in Germany.

Jacques Wery, Ph.D.

Dr. Jacques Wery is Deputy Director General for Research at the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), having assumed this role in May 2018.

He was formerly Professor of Agronomy and Agricultural Systems in Montpellier SupAgro, one of the components of Montpellier University. He graduated as Ingenieur Agronome (M.Sc.) in Agronomy and Mediterranean Agriculture in 1980, after which he obtained his Ph.D. in Crop Physiology in 1983 and his Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches at the University of Montpellier in 1996. He has supervised 26 Ph.D. students and published 109 papers in international journals, as well as books on crop physiology, cropping systems design, and agricultural systems modelling. He created in 2001 and chaired until 2010 a research unit (UMR System with INRA and CIRAD) on functional analysis and design of Cropping Systems, with an emphasis on perennial and multispecies systems (intercropping, relay cropping, and agroforestry). Between 2005 and 2009, he was a board member of the Seamless project on integrated modelling of agricultural systems. Between 2009 and 2018, he was the Executive Secretary of the European Society for Agronomy and is, since 2015, the chair of the Farming Systems Design network on methodologies for analysis and design of agricultural systems. He created in 2012 and chaired until 2018 AgroSYS, a joint venture between SupAgro and five private companies to support the design of sustainable agricultural systems through capacity building of students and professionals.

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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

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 Call

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.

Support is available for the participation of three early-carrier scientists from Indian public institutes to share their work in the Poster Session and Lightning Round. The abstract submission deadline for those who fit this criterion has been extended to September 3, 2018

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.

Poster Session

Presenting a poster at the South Asia Biosafety Confernece 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.

Poster Competition

All posters accepted into the Poster Program are eligible for the Poster Competition.  In cases where a registrant has two or more posters accepted for the Poster Program, s/he must identify which one should be included in the poster competition i.e., only one poster per registrant is eligible for the Poster Competition. 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 on September 15-16 and the winners will be announced on September 17 before the final plenary session of the conference.

Prizes

The Institute for International Crop Improvement, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, has generously provided the following prizes for the SABC 2018 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.

Support for Early Career Scientists

The 6th Annual South Asia Biosafety Conference gratefully acknowledges the generous gift provided by Reliance Industries Limited to support the attendance of three early-career scientists from Indian public sector research institutes so that they may share their work in the Poster Session and Lightning Round.

Evaluation and Judging

Posters will be evaluated as follows:

Abstract (10%) - Clarity and correlation with poster.

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.

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 September 15-16, 2018 based on the abstract, scientific content, and poster display. Judges are encouraged to provide constructive comments for each poster, however comments may be very brief or absent because of the limited time available. Winners will be announced on September 17.

Layout and Design

The maximum dimensions for the poster is 48 inches/122 cm (height) x 36 inches/91 cm (width). Poster boards will have a plywood surface that will permit the use of removable double-sided tape, tacks or board pins.

The following are suggestions that will contribute to ensuring the readability and quality of posters:

  • Check for proper spelling and grammar.
  • Use a standard typeface font.
  • Ensure text is clear and concise.
  • Important information should be readable from about 10 feet away.
  • Use bullets, numbering, and headlines make it easy to read.
  • Include tables, figures, graphs and color to enforce key points.
  • 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.
  • Have a consistent and clean layout.
  • Include any appropriate acknowledgments, your name and institutional affiliation.

Be sure to read the criteria each poster will be evaluated on in the “Evaluation and Judging Section” below.

Assigned Spaces

Each accepted poster will be assigned a numbered space for where they will be posted in the conference hall. Posters should be added to their assigned space on Saturday, September 15, 2018 prior to the beginning of the Poster Session (ideally before 2:00 p.m.). Posters should remain in their assigned space until Monday, September 17, 2018 after the final plenary session. This will ensure attendees and judges will have adequate time to view the posters.

Social Media

Join the Conversation!

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

Tweet #TwitterDev

SABC 2018

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

Sponsors

SABC 2018 is organized by

with support from

Agenda

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Day 3: September 17, 2018

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OECD Consensus Document of the Biology of Mosquito Aedes aegypti

Volume 8 of the series Safety Assessment of Transgenic Organisms in the Environment contains the first OECD biosafety consensus document to deal with the biology of an insect, the mosquito Aedes aegypti.

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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.