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Objective

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

Current Work

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.

Training for Institutional Biosafety Officers in India

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 SABP 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.

Building a Network of Biosafety Practitioners in Bangladesh

Currently, many public research institutions, individually or in collaboration with foreign research partners, have been developing GE crops in Bangladesh. One of the successful examples of collaborative research is Bt brinjal, which got approved by the government of Bangladesh on October 30, 2013 for “limited cultivation” in the field. Since 2014, this trait has been cultivated commercially for human consumption, making Bangladesh a pioneer in the arena of GE food crop commercialization. Many other crops are now ready to be assessed or already in the pipeline for performance evaluation. To support such activities, the government of Bangladesh has developed several documents, such as the Standard Operation Protocols (SOPs) for Confined Field Trial, the Data Recording Formats for CFT, and the Manual for Confined Field Trial, etc., and Institutional Biosafety Officers need to perform their activities in accordance with these documents. Therefore, it is crucial to understand these guiding documents and create space to learn from and support each other through collective learning, collaboration, and networking. Against the backdrop of continued developments in both research and regulation for biosafety in Bangladesh, the South Asia Biosafety Program is arranging training activities in Dhaka to establish a network of practitioners who can exchange experiences and knowledge about best practices for ensuring biosafety during the research and development of GE plants. This program is modeled after similar efforts between SABP and the Indian Council for Agricultural Research.

Biosafety Research in Bangladesh Grants Program (BRBGP)

The Biosafety Research in Bangladesh Grants Program (BRBGP) is managed by the ILSI Research Foundation as part of the USAID-funded South Asia Biosafety Program (SABP). The Biosafety Research in Bangladesh Grants Program recognizes the need for biosafety research as part of a broader effort to support science-based decision-making and policy development, and will fund research that considers the potential impacts of agricultural biotechnology, particularly genetically engineered crops, on the environment and biodiversity in Bangladesh.

Resources

Pre-proposal submissions received by the deadline of February 28, 2019 are currently being reviewed. 

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.

Bangladesh Biosafety Portal

Explore this resource, which is designed to strengthen compliance with the regulatory framework and effectively facilitate research and development of agricultural biotechnology activities in Bangladesh.

Events

7th Annual South Asia Biosafety Conference (SABC2019)

Dhaka, Bangladesh

Under the auspices of the South Asia Biosafety Program, the ILSI Research Foundation and Biotech Consortium India Limited are organizing the 7th Annual South Asia Biosafety Conference (SABC 2019), the premier biosafety meeting in South Asia.

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SAARC Regional Expert Consultation Meeting on the Progress and Prospects of Agricultural Biotechnology and Biosafety in South Asia

Dhaka, Bangladesh

The ILSI Research Foundation’s South Asia Biosafety Program and the SAARC Agriculture Center (SAC) co-organized the SAARC Regional Expert Consultation Meeting on the Progress and Prospects of Agricultural Biotechnology and Biosafety in South Asia to share information on the current status of agricultural biotechnology and biosafety regulations in the region.

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							Overview		
							Agenda		
							Register		
							Submit Abstract		
							Poster Program		
							Lightning Round		
							Social Media		
							Accommodations		
							Sponsors		
				Overview
							

Under the auspices of the South Asia Biosafety Program, the ILSI Research Foundation and Biotech Consortium India Limited will be organizing the 7th Annual South Asia Biosafety Conference on September 14-16, 2019 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. This annual 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.

The 7th 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.

Agenda

Register

Submit Abstract

Registrants are encouraged to participate in the program of the 7th Annual South Asia Biosafety Conference in the following ways:
  1. 1. Submit an abstract for a presentation in one of the plenary sessions. (Submissions Closed: August 9, 2019)
  2. 2. Submit an abstract for the Poster Program or Lightning Round for Students and Early Career Researchers.

Deadline for Lightning Round & Poster Session: August 31, 2019

To submit an abstract for consideration, please carefully fill out the form below. Space is limited. Abstracts will be considered on a first come, first served basis. If you have any questions or require assistance, please do not hesitate to contact rf@ilsi.org.
  • Can be personal or one belonging to the institution to which you are affiliated.
  • (more than 1 box may be selected)
  • 1-2 paragraphs, approximately 300 words
  • 1-2 paragraphs, approximately 300 words
  • Accepted file types: jpg, png, gif.
    Please upload a photo of yourself. Photos should be taken against a solid-colored background, be in either .jpg or .png format, with a resolution of no less than 300x300 pixels (i.e., 3x3 inches).
  • Note: Abstracts and speaker biographies may be edited for spelling, grammar, and clarity prior to inclusion in conference materials, both printed and electronic. Revision of this content is at the discretion of event organizers.

  • As a service to speakers and attendees at our events and to the general public, at the speaker’s request, the ILSI Research Foundation (“ILSI RF”) will host copies of the speakers’ slides and other visual materials (“Presentation Materials”) on the ILSI RF website after the meeting. If you wish ILSI RF to host your Presentation Materials, please check the box below.
  • With the consent of our speakers, ILSI RF often makes video recordings of speaker presentation sessions and posts those recordings on a publicly accessible site on the Internet. If you agree that ILSI RF may record your presentation session and post a recording of the presentation, please check the box below.
  • All speakers are required to agree to the statement below, in which speakers must warrant that they have full rights to use the contents of their presentations and to authorize ILSI RF to use them in the manner described in this form.
  • By signing this form, I agree to the above paragraphs for which boxes are checked. I understand that an electronic signature has the same legal effect and can be enforced in the same way as a written signature.

Poster Program

Presenting a poster at the South Asia Biosafety Conference 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.

Abstract Submission Deadline: August 31, 2019

Poster Competition

All posters accepted into the Poster Program will be eligible for the Poster Competition. In cases where a registrant has two or more posters accepted for the Poster Program, s/he will be asked to identify which one should be included in the poster competition, i.e., only one poster per registrant will be eligible for the Poster Competition. The posters will be judged on September 14-15, and the winners will be announced on September 16, during the conference's Closing Session.

Prizes

Below are the prizes for the SABC 2019 Poster Session:

  • First Prize: USD $300 and a one-year membership to the International Society for Biosafety Research
  • Second Prize: USD $200 and a one-year membership to the International Society for Biosafety Research

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 the 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 will have the opportunity to discuss posters with the presenters, 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 will be judged independently by three judges on September 14-15, 2019 based on the abstract, scientific content, and poster display. Judges will be 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 16.

Layout and Design

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

The following are suggestions for 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 to 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.

Assigned Spaces

Each accepted poster will be assigned a numbered space for where they should be posted in the conference hall. Posters must be added to their assigned space on Saturday, September 14, 2019 prior to the beginning of the Poster Program. Posters must remain in their assigned space until Monday, September 16, 2019, after the final plenary session, to ensure that attendees and judges will have adequate time to view the posters.

Lightning Round

The Lightning Round is a unique opportunity for students and early career researchers to share their research in an oral presentation format that is exciting, challenging, and entertaining. All presentations 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. Each participant will be given 5 minutes and 5 slides to clearly present their work, challenging them to think carefully about how best to use the allotted time and visual aids. The presentations will be scored by the session's Chair and Co-Chair, and prizes will be awarded to the top two participants.

Prizes

Below are the prizes for the SABC 2019 Lightning Round:

  • First Prize: USD $300
  • Second Prize: USD $200
  • All participants chosen for the Lightning Round will receive a one-year membership to the International Society for Biosafety Research.

Abstract Submission Deadline: August 31, 2019

Social Media

Join the Conversation!

Follow @ILSIRF on Twitter to see live tweets during the conference. Tweet using #SABC2019 to interact with other
conference attendees.

Tweets by ILSIRF

Accommodations

The 7th 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.

Accommodations

The Westin Dhaka
Main Gulshan Avenue,
CWN (B) Road 45,
Plot 1, Gulshan 2,
Dhaka, Bangladesh Price: US$185 + taxes
Contact: MD.TUMAN.MEHETAR@westin.com; Reservations.Dhaka@westin.com Six Seasons Hotel
House 19, Road 96, Gulshan 2
Dhaka-1212, Bangladesh Price: US$110 + taxes
Contact: deb.nath@sixseasonshotel.com; reservation@sixseasonshotel.com
Lakeshore Hotel Gulshan
Road 41, House 46,
Gulshan 2,
Dhaka 1212, Bangladesh Price: US$120 + taxes
Contact: reservation@lakeshorehotel.com.bd; booking@lakeshorehotel.com.bd THE WAY Dhaka
Road 41, House 46,
Gulshan 2,
Dhaka 1212, Bangladesh Price: US$110 + taxes
Contact: reservations@thewaydhaka.com Hotel Sarina Dhaka
Plot #27, Road #17,
Banani C/A,
Dhaka 1213, Bangladesh Price: US$90 + taxes
Contact: reservations@sarinahotel.com

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

Sponsors

SABC 2019 is organized by

with support from

 

 

Revisit the 2018 South Asia Biosafety Conference!

Watch videos and download presentations from the event page.

Read abstracts and speaker biographies from the conference book.

Learn about the Lightning Round and Poster Competition winners in the SABP Newsletter

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On June 18-20, 2019 in Gazipur, Bangladesh, the ILSI Research Foundation's South Asia Biosafety Program and the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Agriculture Center co-organized the SAARC Regional Expert Consultation Meeting on the Progress and Prospects of Agricultural Biotechnology and Biosafety in South Asia, with the aim of sharing information on the current status of agricultural biotechnology and biosafety regulations in the region and identifying areas where SAARC countries can adopt harmonized policies that will provide benefits to farmers and consumers through access to agricultural biotechnology. Meeting participants included biotechnology and agricultural experts from SAARC countries, including Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh.

Agenda

Day 1 - June 18, 2019

Inaugural Session

Welcome Address
Dr Pradyumna Raj Pandey, Senior Program Specialist (Crops), SAARC Agriculture Centre (SAC) Keynote Lecture: Global Status and Need of Harmonization Biotechnology and Biosafety Framework
Dr. Andrew F Roberts, Deputy Executive Director, ILSI Research Foundation and Lead, South Asia Biosafety Program Address by Special Guest
Dr. M. Shahidur Rahman Bhuiyan, Senior Food Security and Agricultural Policy Advisor, USAID Address by Chief Guest
Mr. Kamalaranjan Das, Additional Secretary (Research Wing), Ministry of Agriculture, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh Vote of Thanks
Dr. Aparna Islam, Country Manager, South Asia Biosafety Program Technical Session I:  Status of Agricultural Biotechnology and Biosafety Regulatory System in SAARC Countries
Chair: Dr. Andrew F Roberts, Deputy Executive Director, ILSI Research Foundation and Lead, South Asia Biosafety Program Bangladesh: Country Paper Presentation
Dr. Mst. Dilafroza Khanam, CSO and Head, Biotechnology Division, Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute Bhutan: Country Paper Presentation
Mr. Jambay Dorji, Sr. Planning Officer/Focal for Biosafety (GMO), Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority, Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, Government of Bhutan India: Country Paper Presentation
Dr. Debasis Pattanayak, Principal Scientist, ICAR-National Institute for Plant Biotechnology and Professor, Division of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Indian Agricultural Research Institute Nepal: Country Paper Presentation
Mr. Balakrishna Joshi, Scientist, Nepal Agricultural Research Center, Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development Pakistan: Country Paper Presentation
Dr. Ghulam Muhammad Ali, Chief Scientist/Director General, National Institute for Genomics and Advanced Biotechnology, National Agriculture Research Center, Pakistan Agricultural Research Council Sri Lanka: Country Paper Presentation
D.M. Jayantha Bandara Senanayake, Principal Scientist (Biotechnology)/Director (Acting), Rice Research & Development Institute, Department of Agriculture, Government of Sri Lanka

Open Discussion

Day 2 - June 19, 2019

Technical Session II: Possibilities of Harmonization in Agricultural Biotechnology and Biosafety Regulatory System in SAARC Countries
Chair: Dr. Pradyumna Raj Pandey, Senior Program Specialist (Crops), SAARC Agriculture Centre Bangladesh’s Positions on the Issues of Harmonization in Biosafety
Mr. Md. Solaiman Haider, Director (Planning), Department of Environment Bureau of Indian Standards: Update on the Status of Regional Food Safety Standard
Dr. Anil Kapri, Scientist-C, Food & Agriculture Department, Bureau of Indian Standards Regional Perspective and Possible Areas of Harmonization in Agriculture and Biosafety Regulations
Dr. Aparna Islam, Country Manager, South Asia Biosafety Program Technical Session 3: Case Study - Fall Armyworm
Chair: Dr. Vibha Ahuja, Chief General Manager, Biotech Consortium India Limited and Senior Advisor, South Asia Biosafety Program Background on Fall Armyworm
Dr. Timothy J. Krupnik, Senior Scientist and Systems Agronomist, International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) Regional Harmonization for Pest Control Strategy
Dr. Joseph Huesing, Technical Expert, Independent Consultant

Open Discussion 

Technical Session 4: Mechanism for Regional Harmonization
Chair: Dr. Syed Humayun Kabir, Ex-Director General, South Asian Regional Standards Organisation (SARSO), SAARC Secretariat SARSO as an Instrument for Regional Harmonization
Mr. Ramesh Khadka, Deputy Director, South Asian Regional Standards Organisation Possible Harmonization Between India and Bangladesh: A Case Study
Chair: Dr. Vibha Ahuja, Chief General Manager, Biotech Consortium India Limited and Senior Advisor, South Asia Biosafety Program

Open Discussion

Concluding Session

Recommendation on Harmonization in Agriculture and Biosafety Regulations
Dr. Andrew F Roberts, Deputy Executive Director, ILSI Research Foundation and Lead, South Asia Biosafety Program Address by Special Guest
Dr. Syed Humayun Kabir, Ex-Director General, South Asian Regional Standards Organisation (SARSO), SAARC Secretariat Address by Chief Guest
Director General, Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economical Cooperation Vote of Thanks
Dr. Pradyumna Raj Pandey, Senior Program Specialist (Crops), SAARC Agriculture Centre

Day 3  -June 20, 2019

Field Visit: Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute (BARI)

Briefing on BARI

Tour of Biotechnology Lab

Tour of IPM and Toxicology Lab

Tour of FMPE Lab

Tour of Post-Harvest Lab

Photos

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South Asia Biosafety Program

ILSI Research Foundation Dr. Roberts

Dr. Andrew Roberts

Deputy Executive Director
ILSI Research Foundation
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Dr. Aparna Islam

Country Manager
South Asia Biosafety Program

The ILSI Research Foundation’s South Asia Biosafety Program (SABP), in collaboration with Chattogram Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (CVASU), organized a capacity building biosafety seminar in Bangladesh for regional scientists and academics. Spanning half a day, the event included presentations on biosafety regulations, SABP's activities in Bangladesh, and the Bangladesh Biosafety Portal. Scientists and academics from the region, including researchers from the Bangladesh Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, Bangladesh Forest Research Institute, CVASU, the University of Chittagong, the University of Science and Technology Chittagong, and the University of Creative Technology Chittagong, numbered among the audience.

After a short opening ceremony, Dr. Andrew Roberts delivered a talk on the evolution in agriculture, from conventional to biotech research for crop improvement, and the corresponding introduction of biosafety regulations. The history of biosafety in Bangladesh and the current status of the Bangladesh biosafety regulatory system was also discussed. Dr. Aparna Islam followed up his presentation with an introduction to the South Asia Biosafety Program and an overview of its activities in Bangladesh. Before the floor was opened up for a lively and frank discussion, Dr. Roberts introduced the Bangladesh Biosafety Portal, an important resource for biosafety in Bangladesh.

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South Asia Biosafety Program

ILSI Research Foundation Dr. Roberts

Dr. Andrew Roberts

Deputy Executive Director
ILSI Research Foundation
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Dr. Aparna Islam

Country Manager
South Asia Biosafety Program
In the last two decades, Bangladesh has made considerable strideswith genetic transformation research to develop genetically engineered (GE) crops. Research has progressed both at public and private research
institutes, as well as at universities. Many of the research outcomes are now ready or will soon be ready for biosafety assessment.

To strengthen local capacity to produce and disseminate information supporting biosafety assessment, the South Asia Biosafety Program (SABP) launched the Biosafety Research in Bangladesh Grants Program (BRBGP) at the beginning of this year. The BRBGP is a competitive grants program managed by the ILSI Research Foundation through SABP and supported by the United States Agency for International Development. The main objectives of this program is to promote the development of biosafety research capacity and establish baseline information related to current agricultural practice in Bangladesh.

The BRBGP uses a preproposal evaluation process to provide feedback to potential applicants. After evaluation,
qualifying applicants were invited to submit full proposals. On April 29, 2019, a consultation meeting was arranged at the SABP office in Dhaka with the short-listed applicants to discuss the format of the full proposal. During the consultation meeting, Dr. Andrew Roberts explained the format in detail, as well as the review process that will be used to evaluate the proposals. This was followed by an open discussion session with the qualifying applicants. [post_title] => Consultation Meeting for the Biosafety Research in Bangladesh Grants Program [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => brbgp-workshop [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-05-23 19:06:32 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-05-23 19:06:32 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://ilsirf.org/?post_type=event&p=10904 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => event [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [4] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 10427 [post_author] => 65 [post_date] => 2019-02-12 16:28:18 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-02-12 16:28:18 [post_content] => Overview Agenda Overview

In the final two decades of the 20th Century, Bangladesh engaged in research in plant biotechnology, beginning with plant tissue culture. Seeing the potential to improve existing crops against various constraints, research soon continued to genetic transformation. Since then, research to develop genetically engineered (GE) crops has progressed rapidly, both at public and private research institutes, as well as universities. Considering modern biotechnology’s potential contribution to enhancing food and nutritional security, management of biotechnology has become a major issue. In light of this, the government of Bangladesh has taken several commendable steps and has developed a regulatory regime through the Biosafety Guidelines (2006), the National Biosafety Framework (2007), the Bangladesh Biosafety Rules (2012), the Guidelines for Food Safety Assessment of GE Foods (2012), and the Environmental Risk Assessment Guidelines for GE Plants (2014).

Currently, many public research institutions, individually or in collaboration with foreign research partners, have been developing GE crops in Bangladesh. One of the successful examples of collaborative research is Bt brinjal, which got approved by the government of Bangladesh on October 30, 2013 for “limited cultivation” in the field. Since 2014, this trait has been cultivated commercially for human consumption, making Bangladesh a pioneer in the arena of GE food crop commercialization. Many other crops are now ready to be assessed or already in the pipeline for performance evaluation. To support such activities, the government of Bangladesh has developed several documents, such as the Standard Operation Protocols (SOPs) for Confined Field Trial, the Data Recording Formats for CFT, and the Manual for Confined Field Trial, etc.

Institutional Biosafety Officers (IBO) need to perform their activities in accordance with these documents. It is therefore crucial to understand these guiding documents and create space to learn from and support each other through collective learning, collaboration, and networking. Against the backdrop of continued developments in both research and regulation for biosafety in Bangladesh, the South Asia Biosafety Program (SABP) arranged a day-long workshop in Dhaka on February 14, 2019 to initiate a collaboration in partnership with the Institutional Biosafety Officers (IBOs) and researchers of relevant institutions involved in GE research in Bangladesh and to establish a network of practitioners who can exchange experiences and knowledge about best practices for ensuring biosafety during the research and development of GE plants. This program was modeled after similar efforts organized by SABP and the Indian Council for Agricultural Research (ICAR).

Agenda

This workshop is featured in the February 2019 edition of the South Asia Biosafety Program Newsletter.

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Under the auspices of the South Asia Biosafety Program, the ILSI Research Foundation and Biotech Consortium India Limited will be organizing the 7th Annual South Asia Biosafety Conference on September 14-16, 2019 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. This annual 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.

The 7th 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.

Agenda

Register

Submit Abstract

Registrants are encouraged to participate in the program of the 7th Annual South Asia Biosafety Conference in the following ways:
  1. 1. Submit an abstract for a presentation in one of the plenary sessions. (Submissions Closed: August 9, 2019)
  2. 2. Submit an abstract for the Poster Program or Lightning Round for Students and Early Career Researchers.

Deadline for Lightning Round & Poster Session: August 31, 2019

To submit an abstract for consideration, please carefully fill out the form below. Space is limited. Abstracts will be considered on a first come, first served basis. If you have any questions or require assistance, please do not hesitate to contact rf@ilsi.org.
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    Please upload a photo of yourself. Photos should be taken against a solid-colored background, be in either .jpg or .png format, with a resolution of no less than 300x300 pixels (i.e., 3x3 inches).
  • Note: Abstracts and speaker biographies may be edited for spelling, grammar, and clarity prior to inclusion in conference materials, both printed and electronic. Revision of this content is at the discretion of event organizers.

  • As a service to speakers and attendees at our events and to the general public, at the speaker’s request, the ILSI Research Foundation (“ILSI RF”) will host copies of the speakers’ slides and other visual materials (“Presentation Materials”) on the ILSI RF website after the meeting. If you wish ILSI RF to host your Presentation Materials, please check the box below.
  • With the consent of our speakers, ILSI RF often makes video recordings of speaker presentation sessions and posts those recordings on a publicly accessible site on the Internet. If you agree that ILSI RF may record your presentation session and post a recording of the presentation, please check the box below.
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Poster Program

Presenting a poster at the South Asia Biosafety Conference 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.

Abstract Submission Deadline: August 31, 2019

Poster Competition

All posters accepted into the Poster Program will be eligible for the Poster Competition. In cases where a registrant has two or more posters accepted for the Poster Program, s/he will be asked to identify which one should be included in the poster competition, i.e., only one poster per registrant will be eligible for the Poster Competition. The posters will be judged on September 14-15, and the winners will be announced on September 16, during the conference's Closing Session.

Prizes

Below are the prizes for the SABC 2019 Poster Session:

  • First Prize: USD $300 and a one-year membership to the International Society for Biosafety Research
  • Second Prize: USD $200 and a one-year membership to the International Society for Biosafety Research

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 the 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 will have the opportunity to discuss posters with the presenters, 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 will be judged independently by three judges on September 14-15, 2019 based on the abstract, scientific content, and poster display. Judges will be 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 16.

Layout and Design

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

The following are suggestions for 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 to 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.

Assigned Spaces

Each accepted poster will be assigned a numbered space for where they should be posted in the conference hall. Posters must be added to their assigned space on Saturday, September 14, 2019 prior to the beginning of the Poster Program. Posters must remain in their assigned space until Monday, September 16, 2019, after the final plenary session, to ensure that attendees and judges will have adequate time to view the posters.

Lightning Round

The Lightning Round is a unique opportunity for students and early career researchers to share their research in an oral presentation format that is exciting, challenging, and entertaining. All presentations 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. Each participant will be given 5 minutes and 5 slides to clearly present their work, challenging them to think carefully about how best to use the allotted time and visual aids. The presentations will be scored by the session's Chair and Co-Chair, and prizes will be awarded to the top two participants.

Prizes

Below are the prizes for the SABC 2019 Lightning Round:

  • First Prize: USD $300
  • Second Prize: USD $200
  • All participants chosen for the Lightning Round will receive a one-year membership to the International Society for Biosafety Research.

Abstract Submission Deadline: August 31, 2019

Social Media

Join the Conversation!

Follow @ILSIRF on Twitter to see live tweets during the conference. Tweet using #SABC2019 to interact with other
conference attendees.

Tweets by ILSIRF

Accommodations

The 7th 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.

Accommodations

The Westin Dhaka
Main Gulshan Avenue,
CWN (B) Road 45,
Plot 1, Gulshan 2,
Dhaka, Bangladesh Price: US$185 + taxes
Contact: MD.TUMAN.MEHETAR@westin.com; Reservations.Dhaka@westin.com Six Seasons Hotel
House 19, Road 96, Gulshan 2
Dhaka-1212, Bangladesh Price: US$110 + taxes
Contact: deb.nath@sixseasonshotel.com; reservation@sixseasonshotel.com
Lakeshore Hotel Gulshan
Road 41, House 46,
Gulshan 2,
Dhaka 1212, Bangladesh Price: US$120 + taxes
Contact: reservation@lakeshorehotel.com.bd; booking@lakeshorehotel.com.bd THE WAY Dhaka
Road 41, House 46,
Gulshan 2,
Dhaka 1212, Bangladesh Price: US$110 + taxes
Contact: reservations@thewaydhaka.com Hotel Sarina Dhaka
Plot #27, Road #17,
Banani C/A,
Dhaka 1213, Bangladesh Price: US$90 + taxes
Contact: reservations@sarinahotel.com

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

Sponsors

SABC 2019 is organized by

with support from

 

 

Revisit the 2018 South Asia Biosafety Conference!

Watch videos and download presentations from the event page.

Read abstracts and speaker biographies from the conference book.

Learn about the Lightning Round and Poster Competition winners in the SABP Newsletter

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