Working Groups and Focal Points

Conference Programming Working Group (CPWG)

Positions on this Working Group (=WG) are open to all members.

If you are interested in finding out more about the CPWG please contact the Chair (see below) or the EBSA administration office for details

The role of the Conference Programme Working Group is to:

  • Plan the scientific programme of the annual conference
  • Respond to consultative documents when requested by Council
  • Review articles
  • Set up liaisons with other organisations and enforcing bodies in relation to scientific affairs
     

The first full meeting of the WG took place in January 2001.
The group now meets 2 times per year.

Check out the Terms of Reference.

Chair CPWG

  • Marcel van Bergen

    Marcel van Bergen

    BioRiskProfessional
    Radboud University and Academic Medical Centre
    The Netherlands

Members CPWG

  • Adrian Ardelean

    Adrian Ardelean

    DVM
    Permanent Representation of Romania to the European Union
    Romania
  • Mieke Jansen

    Biosafety officer, Environmental safety officer
    Erasmus MC
    The Netherlands
  • Patrick Rüdelsheim

    Patrick Rüdelsheim

    General Manager
    PERSEUS BVBA
    Belgium
  • Dionysios Vourtsis

    Dionysios Vourtsis

    Biomedical Laboratory Scientist (Medical Laboratory Technologist)
    Greece

Education and Training Working Group (ETWG)

The Education Working Group met initially at the Ljubljana Conference 2010 to review the work  programme passed down by the Council. The aim of the group is to transform the role EBSA plays in developing members and providing information to non specialists. The programme is ambitious and will look specifically to align the existing pre-conference workshops with the CEN CWA 16335, identify different ways to provide training. Developments in the competency of biosafety advice are driving the urgency of this. 

Stated Objectives

  1. Identify the need for biosafety/biosecurity education and training at different levels; basic life sciences, biosafety professionals in small and large organisations (BIOSAFETY-EUROPE results and the CWA 15793 may be helpful, work by ECDC Biorisk Expert Group should be considered).
  2. Identify training possibilities; pre-conference workshops, workshops in conjunction with events other than EBSA conferences, separate workshops, university arranged courses etc.
  3. Based on the above develop a training policy document and plan for the following 5 years.
  4. Identify training methodology developments and implement if applicable.

Check out the Terms of Reference.

Chair ETWG

  • Olena Kysil

    Biosecurity/Biosafety expert
    Germany

Members ETWG

  • Pat Casey

    Pat Casey

    Biosafety Advisor
    Ireland
  • Filippo De Franceschi

    Filippo De Franceschi

    Research Scientist and Biosafety officer
    Nestlé Research
    Switzerland
  • Maria Fink

    Maria Fink

    BioRiskOfficer
    Austria
  • Ruth Knorr

    Ruth Knorr

    Manager of the BSL-3 laboratories and Biological Safety Officer
    Medical School Hannover (MHH)
    Germany
  • Caroline Lassnig

    University of Veterinary Medicine
    Austria
  • Suzanne Loret

    Suzanne Loret

    Biosafety Officer
    University of Namur
    Belgium
  • Jane Shallcross

    UK Health Security Agency
    United Kingdom
  • Jan-Piet Tijssen

    Jan-Piet Tijssen

    retired GMO inspector
    Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate
    The Netherlands
  • Andrea Wilcks

    Andrea Wilcks

    Biosafety consultant
    University of Copenhagen
    Denmark

Focal points

Focal Points are EBSA designated subject matter experts (SME), who are the first point of contact for their topic(s). They cover are areas that are considered important from an EBSA perspective and/or a biosafety / biosecurity perspective. They provide advice to Council and may represent EBSA in specialist fora, where necessary and provide information on the subject to the membership via the EBSA website. Focal points can  initiate new projects in their area of expertise and identified by EBSA as a subject of great importance for the membership At the moment EBSA has the following focal points:

  • Transport of hazardous biological materials (Gijsbert van Willigen)
    • Advise EBSA members on changes in regulations in the transport of infectious substances, clinical specimens, GMO's
    • provide information and education on transport changes to the biosafety community

      Contact this focal point

  • BTWC/CBRN (TBC)
  • Liaison IFBA Certification Body (Ursula Jenal)

  • Liaisons ABSA International credentials for Biosafety Professionals (Jorge Pérez Bruzón and Dionysis Vourtsis)

  • Liaison World Health Organisation (Uwe Muller-Doblies)
    • Attend meetings in relation to topics of interest for EBSA, inform EBSA members about initiatives, new documents and meetings of interest to EBSA members

      Contact this focal point

  • Liasion World Organisation for Animal Health (Uwe Muller-Doblies)
    • Attend meetings in relation to topics of interest for EBSA, inform EBSA members about initiatives, new documents and meetings of interest to EBSA members

      Contact this focal point

  • Diversity and Inclusion (Gabriel Ó Ríordáin)
    • Advise EBSA on issues of diversity and inclusion
    • Promote EBSA in new areas and regions
    • Monitor diversity at EBSA

      Contact this focal point

  • Containment of arthropods (Jillian Deans and Eva Veronesi)
    • Providing information on how to handle infected and exotic arthropods under biosafety containment
    • Provide information on safe insectaries design
    • Editing and implementation of standard operation procedures (SOPs) for experimental infection of arthropods
    • Advise EBSA community members on new regulation for arthropod containment and transportation of live specimens

      Contact this focal point

EBSA projects

  • Animal By-Products (Project leader: René Custers)

  • Animal By-Products (Project leader: Karen van der Meulen)

Members nomination committee

  • Thomas Binz

    Thomas Binz

    Federal Office of Public Health
    Federal Office of Public Health
    Switzerland
  • René Custers

    René Custers

    regulatory & responsible research manager
    VIB
    Belgium
  • Evelien Kampert

    Evelien Kampert

    Biosafety officer - Consultant high containment
    Independent consultant
    The Netherlands