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The South Asia Biosafety Program (SABP), supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is dedicated to assisting India and Bangladesh in further strengthening institutional governance of biotechnology. Managed by the ILSI Research Foundation, SABP provides technical assistance to the biosafety risk assessment and research communities in India and Bangladesh, and further supports governments’ efforts to implement functional and scientifically sound regulatory processes for agricultural biotechnology.

Collaborators & Partners

USAID, USDA, IFPRI, Biotech Consortium India Limited, University of Dhaka, Indian Council of Agricultural Research, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (India), Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (Bangladesh), Department of Environment (Bangladesh) and the Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council

Areas of Focus

SABP works with its in-country partners to:

  • Identify and respond to technical training needs for GE food, feed and environmental safety assessment.
  • Develop a network of trained, authoritative local experts to communicate about the science of agricultural biotechnology and its biosafety to interested stakeholders.
  • Facilitate systems for permitting the safe conduct of experimental field trials of new crops developed using biotechnology so that scientists and farmers can evaluate them.

Current Activity

Presently, over 30 Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) institutes have active research programs developing and evaluating genetically engineered (GE) plants, to address basic research questions about plant biology on through to efforts to improve productivity under the stressors of climate change.  Because ICAR is committed to compliance with biosafety regulations concerned with GE organisms, it has partnered with the South Asia Biosafety Program, managed by the ILSI Research Foundation, to initiate a pilot program in ten ICAR institutions actively working to develop new GE plants. Two individuals were selected from each of the ICAR institutions to become Institutional Biosafety Officers (IBOs) who are now working together to develop resources necessary for a functioning institutional biosafety program, including standard operating procedures, staff training materials, and processes for facility biosafety audits.

Resources

Newsletters

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

ICAR Biosafety Portal

Meet the IBOs and review resources made available through the IBO Pilot Program.

Events

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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4th Annual South Asia Biosafety Conference

Hyderabad, India

The South Asia Biosafety Conference provided an opportunity to hear from leading scientists representing regulatory agencies, public sector research institutions, and the private sector in South Asia and internationally.

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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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Presentations Now Available

About Agenda Presentations Program Poster Session Press Release Social Media About

The South Asia Biosafety Program (SABP), the ILSI Research Foundation and the Biotech Consortium India Limited (BCIL) organized the 4th Annual South Asia Biosafety Conference in Hyderabad, India from September 19-21, 2016. This conference provided an opportunity to hear from leading scientists representing regulatory agencies, public sector research institutions, and the private sector in South Asia and internationally. The conference was held at the Taj Krishna, Road Number 1, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad, Telangana 500034, India. 

To view the conference document from the 4th Annual South Asia Biosafety Conference, click here

Agenda

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

Plenary Session 1: Regulation of Biotechnology in South Asia

Strengthening Environmental Risk Assessment in Indian Biosafety Regulations
Dr. K. Veluthambi, Madurai Kamaraj University, India

Update on Biosafety Regulation in Bangladesh
Mr. Mohammed Solaiman Haider Department of Environment, Bangladesh

Update on Biosafety Regulatory Framework in Bhutan
Mr. Jamyang Phuntsho, Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority (BAFRA), Bhutan

Update on Biosafety Regulation in Pakistan
Dr. Kauser Abdulla Malik, Forman Christian College, Pakistan

Update on Biosafety Regulation in Sri Lanka
Ms. Himali De Costa, Ministry of Mahaweli Development & Environment, Sri Lanka

There and Back Again: Reversal by the Supreme Court on the Constitutionality of GM Crop Regulations
and the New Challenge to the Philippine Biosafety System
Mr. Abraham Manolo, Biotech Coalition of the Philippines

Parallel Session 1: Biotechnology Research and Development in South Asia

Nematode Resistant GM Crops Based on RNAi - Research and Regulation
Dr. Uma Rao, Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), India

Experiences for Approval of Bt Brinjal in Bangladesh
Dr. G.P. Das, Feed the Future South Asia Eggplant Improvement Partnership, Bangladesh

Recent Advances in Breeding Golden Rice in Bangladesh
Dr. Partha Biswas, Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI), Bangladesh

Potato Transgenics in India: Status and the Way Forward
Dr. S.K. Chakrabarti, Central Potato Research Institute, India

Parallel Session 2: Research Efforts to Address Climate Change

National Innovations in Climate Resilient Agriculture
Dr. Srinivasa Rao, Central Research Institute for Dryland Agriculture (CRIDA), India

Developing Plant Resources for Stress Tolerant Molecular Breeding in Rice
Dr. Zeba Seraj, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh

Transgenic Strategies for Enhanced Abiotic Stress Tolerance in Grain Legumes: Retrospect and Prospects
Dr. Pooja Bhatnagar, International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), India

Water Efficient Maize for Africa
Dr. Sylvester Oikeh, African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF), Kenya

Plenary Session 2: New Technologies in Genetically Engineered Development

Introduction to New Technologies
Dr. Andrew Roberts, ILSI Research Foundation, United States

CRISPR/ CAS 9
Dr. Amitabh Mohanty, DuPont Pioneer, India

Biosafety Considerations for the Use of Gene Drives in Anopheles gambiae for Malaria Control
Dr. Andrew Roberts, ILSI Research Foundation, United States

Genetic Biocontrol for Snails Utilizing a Cas9-Mediated Gene Drive
Dr. John Teem, ILSI Research Foundation, United States

Plant Breeding Innovation: Towards Consistent Global Policy
Dr. Usha Barwale Zehr, Mahyco, India and Chair, Breeders Committee, International Seed Federation, India

Plenary Session 3: Meeting Regulatory Challenges and Approaches to Regulatory Support

South Africa’s Evolving Biosafety Regulatory System
Dr. Hennie Groenewald, Biosafety South Africa, South Africa

India’s Regulatory Framework: Evolution and Reforms
Dr. S.R. Rao, Department of Biotechnology, India

Biosafety Regulatory Framework in Kenya: Challenges and Approaches
Dr. Willy Tonui, National Biosafety Authority, Kenya

Guidance for the Biosafety Regulatory Process in Bangladesh
Ms. Khorsheda Yasmeen, Ministry of Environment and Forests, Bangladesh

Regulatory Challenges for Small Companies
Dr. Keith Redenbaugh, Arcadia Biosciences, United States

Addressing Regulatory Challenges in a Federated System: An Australian Plant Science Industry Perspective
Mr. Osman Mewett, CropLife Australia, Australia

Plenary Session 4: Dossier Preparation: Planning and Generation of Regulatory Data

Regulatory Data Generation, Analysis, and Interpretation
Dr. Donald MacKenzie, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Philippines

Writing Regulatory Dossiers: Good Reports, Good Dossiers, Good Stories
Dr. Monica Garcia-Alonso, Estel Consult, United Kingdom

Development of a Genetically Engineered Virus Resistant Fruit Tree - From Concept to Product Release
Dr. Ralph Scorza, United States Department of Agriculture (Retired), United States

Testing of GE Silk Moths: Challenges in Interpreting Regulatory Requirements
Dr. P.J. Raju, Andhra Pradesh State Sericulture Research and Development Institute, India
Dr. V. Satyavathi, Centre of Excellence for Genetics and Genomics of Silkmoths, Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and
Diagnostics, India

Building Support for our Science: Four Keys to Successful Stakeholder Engagement & Communication
Ms. Jill Kuehnert, Seed Stories, United States

Presentations

Plenary Session 1: Regulation of Biotechnology in South Asia

Strengthening Environmental Risk Assessment in Indian Biosafety Regulations (presentation)
Dr. K. Veluthambi, Madurai Kamaraj University, India

Update on Biosafety Regulation in Bangladesh (presentation)
Mr. Mohammed Solaiman Haider Department of Environment, Bangladesh

Update on Biosafety Regulatory Framework in Bhutan (presentation)
Mr. Jamyang Phuntsho, Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority (BAFRA), Bhutan

Update on Biosafety Regulation in Sri Lanka (presentation)
Ms. Himali De Costa, Ministry of Mahaweli Development & Environment, Sri Lanka

Parallel Session 1: Biotechnology Research and Development in South Asia

Recent Advances in Breeding Golden Rice in Bangladesh (presentation)
Dr. Partha Biswas, Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI), Bangladesh

Parallel Session 2: Research Efforts to Address Climate Change

National Innovations in Climate Resilient Agriculture (presentation)
Dr. Srinivasa Rao, Central Research Institute for Dryland Agriculture (CRIDA), India

Developing Plant Resources for Stress Tolerant Molecular Breeding in Rice (presentation
Dr. Zeba Seraj, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh

Plenary Session 2: New Technologies in Genetically Engineered Development

Biosafety Considerations for the Use of Gene Drives in Anopheles gambiae for Malaria Control (presentation
Dr. Andrew Roberts, ILSI Research Foundation, United States

Genetic Biocontrol for Snails Utilizing a Cas9-Mediated Gene Drive (presentation)
Dr. John Teem, ILSI Research Foundation, United States

Plenary Session 3: Meeting Regulatory Challenges and Approaches to Regulatory Support

South Africa’s Evolving Biosafety Regulatory System (presentation)
Dr. Hennie Groenewald, Biosafety South Africa, South Africa

Biosafety Regulatory Framework in Kenya: Challenges and Approaches (presentation)
Dr. Willy Tonui, National Biosafety Authority, Kenya

Guidance for the Biosafety Regulatory Process in Bangladesh
Ms. Khorsheda Yasmeen, Ministry of Environment and Forests, Bangladesh (presentation)

Regulatory Challenges for Small Companies (presentation)
Dr. Keith Redenbaugh, Arcadia Biosciences, United States

Plenary Session 4: Dossier Preparation: Planning and Generation of Regulatory Data

Regulatory Data Generation, Analysis, and Interpretation (presentation)
Dr. Donald MacKenzie, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Philippines

Writing Regulatory Dossiers: Good Reports, Good Dossiers, Good Stories (presentation)
Dr. Monica Garcia-Alonso, Estel Consult, United Kingdom

Development of a Genetically Engineered Virus Resistant Fruit Tree - From Concept to Product Release (presentation)
Dr. Ralph Scorza, United States Department of Agriculture (Retired), United States

Building Support for our Science: Four Keys to Successful Stakeholder Engagement & Communication (presentation)
Ms. Jill Kuehnert, Seed Stories, United States

Program

This conference featured sessions on:

  • Regulation of Biotechnology in South Asia
  • Research and Development in South Asia
  • Research Efforts to Address Climate Change
  • New Technologies in GE Development
  • Meeting Regulatory Challenges and Approaches to Regulatory Support
  • Dossier Preparation: Planning and Generation of Regulatory Data
  • Poster Session
  • Facility Visits

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

Poster Session

The 4th Annual South Asia Biosafety Conference Poster Program provided 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. Poster presenters had dedicated time to present and discuss their work with the diverse group of conference attendees.

First Place Winner

The first place winner is: Lourdes D. Taylo, Joseph C. Banasihan and Desiree M. Hautea for their poster on “Baseline Susceptibility to Bt Cry1Ac Protein of Eggplant Fruit and Shoot Borer (EFSB), Leucinodes orbonalis Guenée (Lepidoptera:Crambidae) in the Philippines.”

The first place winner will be sponsored to participate in the 14th International Symposium on the Biosafety of Genetically Modified Organisms (ISBGMO), to be held in Guadalajara, Mexico in 2017. ISBGMO is a biennial, international meeting organized by the International Society for Biosafety Research (ISBR), which offers a unique opportunity to share information and experiences as well as engage in open and meaningful dialogue on biosafety research, risk analysis, policy and regulatory matters. This 1st place prize includes:

  • Economy class airfare to Guadalajara
  • Standard hotel accommodations during the ISBGMO
  • Per diem allowances in an amount to be determined by SABC
  • Payment of the winner’s ISBGMO registration fee
  • A two-year membership to ISBR

Second Place Winner

The second place winner is: Mark Gabriel S. Sagarbarria, Joane Rachel C. Mosico, John Carlo M. Marasigan, Lourdes D. Taylo and Desiree M. Hautea for their poster on “Mitochondrial cytochrome oxidase I (COI) DNA Sequence and Morphometric Traits of Eggplant Fruit and Shoot Borer, Leucinodes orbonalis Guenée (Lepidoptera: Crambidae) in Southern Luzon, Philippines.”

The second place winner of this competition received a USD $100 cash prize and a two year membership for the International Society of Biosafety Research. The International Society for Biosafety Research, ISBR, aims to promote scientifically sound research that supports biosafety assessment by improving communication among scientists who study plants, animals, and microbes with new characteristics due to altered DNA and produced using modern biotechnology.

 

 

Press Release

Experts from 13 Nations Discuss Biosafety Regulations

"The prominent government and non government organizations came together to discuss biotechnology, environmental risk assessment and biosafety regulation at South Asia Biosafety Conference at Hyderabad."

By BioVoice News Desk published on September 21, 2016 View the news release on the BioVoice website here.  Social Media

Follow along to @CERA_ILSI on Twitter for updates. #SABC2016 is the preferred hashtag for the 4th Annual South Asia Biosafety Conference.

Speakers

SABP2016 Speaker Barwale Zehr

Dr. Barwale Zehr

Mahyco, India

Chakrabarti, SK

Dr. Chakrabarti

Central Potato Research Institute, India

Bergvinson, David

Dr. Bergvinson

ICRISAT, India

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Dr. Das

Feed the Future South Asia Eggplant Improvement Partnership, Bangladesh

Bhatnagar-Mathur, Pooja

Dr. Bhatnagar-Mathur

ICRISAT, India

de Costa, Himali

Ms. De Costa

Ministry of Mahaweli Development & Environment, Sri Lanka

Biswas, Partha

Dr. Biswas

BRRI, Bangladesh

Garcia-Alonso, Monica

Dr. Garcia-Alonso

Estel Consult, United Kingdom

Goenewald, Hennie

Dr. Groenewald

Biosafety South Africa, South Africa

Haider, Mohammed Solaiman

Mr. Haider

Department of Environment, Bangladesh

Family portraits

Ms. Kuehnert

Seed Stories, United States

MacKenzie, Don

Dr. MacKenzie

International Rice Research Institute, Philippines,

Manalo, Abraham

Mr. Manalo

Biotech Coalition of the Philippines, Philippines

Mewett, Osman

Mr. Mewett

CropLife Australia, Australia

Raju, PJ

Dr. Raju

Andhra Pradesh State Sericulture Research and Development Institute, India

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Dr. Srinivasa Rao

Central Research Institute for Dryland Agriculture, India

Scorza, Ralph

Dr. Scorza

United States Department of Agriculture (Retired), United States

Redenbaugh,Keith

Dr. Redenbaugh

Arcadia Biosciences, United States

Roberts, Andrew

Dr. Roberts

ILSI Research Foundation, United States

Satyavathi, VV

Dr. Satyavathi

Centre of Excellence for Genetics and Genomics of Silkmoths, India

Seraj, Zeba

Dr. Seraj

University of Dhaka, Bangladesh

Teem, John

Dr. Teem

ILSI Research Foundation, United States

Tonui, Willy

Dr. Tonui

National Biosafety Authority, Kenya

Veluthambi, K.

Dr. Veluthambi

Madurai Kamaraj University, India

Yasmeen, Khorsheda

Ms. Yasmeen

Ministry of Environment and Forests, Bangladesh

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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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