USDA ARS 5th International Biosafety & Biocontainment Symposium: Biorisk and Facility Challenges in Agriculture

  • Valuable presymposium courses
  • 2½ days of scientific presentations
  • Exhibits showcasing the latest agricultural biosafety and biocontainment products and services
  • Network with professionals from the biosafety and scientific research industries, organizations, and agencies.
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USDA ARS 5th International Biosafety & Biocontainment Symposium: Biorisk and Facility Challenges in Agriculture: Preliminary Program
Preliminary Program (PDF 733KB)

Videos

Jim Welch, Elizabeth R Griffin Program, talks about the USDA/ARS Symposium.

Robert Ellis, Colorado State University, talks about the upcoming USDA/ARS Symposium and what to expect.

Vibeke Halkjaer Knudsen, Sandia National Laboratories, talks about past USDA/ARS Symposia experiences.

I now understand the complementary regulations for animal select agents and can apply them as needed. I also have a greater appreciation for the LAI risks and potential reporting solutions.

Symposium Attendee, 2nd International Biosafety & Biocontainment Symposium, 2013

I thought this was time very well spent and one of the best conferences I have attended in a while (it ranks up there with AVMA and USAHA/AAVLD) . The conference was well run and had excellent speakers covering timely and important topics. The sessions were very helpful for the work I do. Thank you!

Symposium Attendee, 4th International Biosafety & Biocontainment Symposium, 2017

This was one of the best symposiums I have ever attended!

Symposium Attendee, 4th International Biosafety & Biocontainment Symposium, 2017

I was very pleased with the entire symposium! The topics were relevant and I learned much that I will apply in my own risk assessments and evaluations.

Symposium Attendee, 2nd International Biosafety & Biocontainment Symposium, 2013

Outstanding symposium! This is the best conference I have attended recently. Good topics and a perfect size for networking to occur.

Symposium Attendee, 4th International Biosafety & Biocontainment Symposium, 2017
NOTE:  The symposium will be held regardless of the status of the US Government shutdown.

Schedule Highlights

Professional Development Courses
Monday, Feb. 11

Symposium Program
Tues – Thur, Feb 12-14

Registration Desk
Monday 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
Tuesday 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
Wednesday 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
Thursday 7:00 am – 12:00 pm

Opening Reception
The Opening Reception will be held Monday 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Poster and Networking Reception
Wednesday 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Exhibit Hall
The Exhibit Hall will be open on Monday from 5:30 – 7:00 pm showcasing the latest in laboratory biosafety products and services during the Opening Reception. The Exhibit Hall will be open on Tuesday from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm and Wednesday from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm.

ABSA International Inclusion Statement
In alignment with our core organizational values, ABSA International (ABSA) encourages positive connections between biosafety professionals, scientists, governmental/nongovernmental organizations, and the public. It is our organization’s policy to administer all activities without discrimination on the basis of age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, marital/familial status, and veteran status. These practices extend to all aspects of ABSA’s activities and to all roles within the association (e.g., member, ambassador, employee, mentor, sponsor, and vendor).

ABSA Event Code of Conduct Statement(PDF 65KB)