About EBSA11 - Course A. Biorisk assessment

EBSA11 - Course A. Biorisk assessment


Asa Szekely-Björndal, Swedish Institute for Infectious Disease Control, Sweden
Kathrin Summermatter, Institute für Viruskrankenheiten und Immunoprophylaxe, Switzerland
Stéphane Karlen, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland

Short description:
The workshop will start by introducing the principles and methods underlying risk assessment for activities involving hazardous biological materials. This will be followed by an interactive session involving participants, and then by a more focused consideration of risk assessment involving work with different biological agents including genetically modified micro-organisms (GMM) and with a variety of biological materials where there is known, suspect or possible contamination with infectious agents. Special considerations when working with laboratory animals will also be covered. The second part of the programme will use a case study approach, where participants will work in smaller groups to develop and understand the process of risk assessment as it relates to biosafety. At the end of the workshop, participants will share their learning in a concluding plenary session.