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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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			About		
			Agenda		
			Program		
			Key Dates		
			Social Media		
				About
				

Under the auspices of the South Asia Biosafety Program, the ILSI Research Foundation and Biotech Consortium India Limited are pleased to announce the 5th Annual South Asia Biosafety Conference which will be held 11-13 September 2017 in Bangalore, India.  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.

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

Featured Sessions

  • Regulation and Capacity Building Initiatives in South Asia
  • Crop Biotechnology and Biosafety in South Asia
  • 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
  • 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.

Program

Program at a Glance

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
Lighting Round for Students and Young Scientists
Poster Session
Opening Reception Dinner

September 12, 2017

Plenary Session III: Soil and Plant Microbiomes
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 Poster Session Awards Plenary Session V: New Applications of Biotechnology: Focus on Forestry and Biofuels Closing Remarks and Adjournment To view the full program, please visit the conference website. 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.


Call for Abstracts

Oral Presentations

Participants are encouraged to get involved with this year's program by submitting an abstract for an oral presentation during 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 in areas related to traditional and non-traditional genetically engineered crops.

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.

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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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Under the auspices of the South Asia Biosafety Program, the ILSI Research Foundation and Biotech Consortium India Limited are pleased to announce the 5th Annual South Asia Biosafety Conference which will be held 11-13 September 2017 in Bangalore, India.  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.

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

Featured Sessions

  • Regulation and Capacity Building Initiatives in South Asia
  • Crop Biotechnology and Biosafety in South Asia
  • 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
  • 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.

Program

Program at a Glance

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
Lighting Round for Students and Young Scientists
Poster Session
Opening Reception Dinner

September 12, 2017

Plenary Session III: Soil and Plant Microbiomes
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 Poster Session Awards Plenary Session V: New Applications of Biotechnology: Focus on Forestry and Biofuels Closing Remarks and Adjournment To view the full program, please visit the conference website. 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

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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.


Call for Abstracts

Oral Presentations

Participants are encouraged to get involved with this year's program by submitting an abstract for an oral presentation during 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 in areas related to traditional and non-traditional genetically engineered crops.

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.

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