ABSA International’s

1st Biosecurity Symposium

May 12-15, 2020
The Renaissance Depot Hotel
Minneapolis, Minnesota

The Symposium will consist of papers, presentations, keynotes, posters, valuable networking opportunities, and exhibits.

Registration will open soon!

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ABSA International’s 1st Biosecurity Symposium will galvanize and bring together biosecurity professionals from a wide range of disciplines with varying expertise to share their experiences and knowledge, and to learn from each other. The agenda includes themes on biosecurity governance, implementation, personnel reliability, bioeconomy, biosecurity in DIYbio communities, biosecurity training, cyberbiosecurity, and interactive discussions on lessons learned and public engagement for the future. The symposium will showcase thought-provoking leaders and pioneering researchers from various traditional and non-traditional fields that intersect with biosecurity. A segment on new and emerging topics in biosecurity will also be featured.

Call for Papers

Submit papers for ABSA’s 1st International Biosecurity Symposium. The symposium will take place May 12-15, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. We anticipate having attendees from all over the world and approximately 20 commercial exhibits. The professional development courses will take place Tuesday, May 12, 2020. The symposium presentations (platform/poster) will take place Wednesday, May 13 to Friday, May 15, 2020.
Deadline: Monday, August 5, 2019
Submission Site
If you have any questions please contact Kari DeServi at education@absa.org.

Who should attend?

Biosafety and biosecurity professionals, defense contractors, emergency responders (both human and agricultural), government employees, law enforcement personnel, security personnel, policymakers, regulators, researchers, students, and other interested parties.

Why is ABSA getting involved in holding this symposium and creating a credential?

ABSA International is “The Association for Biosafety and Biosecurity.” As science becomes more interdisciplinary, recognizing and defining the synergistic roles of biosafety and biosecurity have never been more paramount. ABSA currently supports an international, credentialed work force with expertise in mitigating the safety risks associated with life sciences research, pharmaceutical production, education, and other industries. ABSA recognizes that this expertise includes a substantial and ever-increasing focus on biosecurity. This inaugural biosecurity symposium will provide support to these biosecurity professionals and define the competencies which will compose a new, ABSA-sponsored, professional certification in the field of biosecurity.

What is biosecurity?

Biological security, biosecurity, is the risk- and threat-based control measures established to prevent the unauthorized access, misuse, loss, theft, diversion and intentional release of valuable biological materials, pathogens, toxins, information, expertise, equipment, technology and intellectual property that have the potential to cause harm to humans, animals, plants, the environment, public safety or national security.

Sponsorships Available!

If you interested in being a sponsor or exhibitor at this event, please contact Brenda Rivera-Alcozer at brenda@absaoffice.org.  We are looking for sponsors to help support keynotes, invited speakers, and symposium events.