All past events

Past external events

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    21 September 2021

    Online technical seminar: Debunking Myths about Disinfectants

    In this session, Mr. Donato will highlight popular comments about the use of disinfectants of what works, what is an acceptable method of application, and regulatory requirements that were common during the peak of the pandemic.  During this technical seminar Mr. Donato will explain what was a myth and what actually was a fact.

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    16 September 2021

    EBSA Thursday - BioEthics & Dual Use in relation to BioRisk

    General overview on BioEthics in relation to Biorisks
    by Dr. Takis Vidalis (Senior Scientist - Legal Advisor at the Hellenic National Bioethics Commission, Greece)

    Dual Use
    by Dr. Rik Bleijs and MSc. Iris Vennis (National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, The Netherlands).

    Moderators Dr. Mieke Jansen & Dr. Marcel van Bergen

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    02 September 2021

    BBP online webinar 'BBP behind the scenes: Task Forces and working groups’

    The Sars-CoV2 pandemic made it impossible to organize physical meetings, however BBP never stopped working.

    During this morning webinar we want to give BBP and EBSA members an opportunity to get a “view behind the scenes” of our organization.

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    26 August 2021

    Free webinar of the Swiss Biosafety Network

    Online event

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    19 August 2021

    Disinfection and Sterilization

    This course is an introduction to the subject. It describes the most commonly used chemical and physical methods, with an emphasis on the important criteria to be assessed in choosing an approach and verifying its effectiveness.

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    16 August 2021

    What is epidemiology and its crucial role in past, present and future pandemics

    As head of Deakin Epidemiology, a research unit within the Determinants of Health group in the Institute for Health Transformation, Professor Catherine Bennett is a respected authority on the determinants of disease across populations, and of ways to reduce the impact of these diseases on the health of the community.

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    20 July 2021

    Preventing COVID-19 infection from airborne transmission

    Speakers: Kate Cole, Certified Occupational Hygienist (COH) and President-Elect of the AIOH and Dr Julia Norris, Certified Occupational Hygienist (COH), FRACGP, and Past-President of the AIOH.

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    01 July 2021

    Auditing for maximum impact – an introduction

    Instructor: Julia Cotton

    Biosafety professionals must be able to carry out biosafety and biosecurity audits and inspections, identify failures, non-conformities, corrective actions and areas for improvement and monitor progress.

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    28 June 2021

    International Symposium on Sustainable Animal Production and Health

    Current status and way forward
    Organiser: Joint FAO/IAEA Centre

    Free online symposium. All information and registration are available online.
    Check out the program.

    For more information, please contact Ms Julie Zellinger at

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    23 June 2021

    Annual General Meeting

    Members only event

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    17 June 2021

    EBSA Thursday

    New Genomic Techniques – safely managing innovation in times of legal uncertainty

    The third of 5 online, member only, meetings in 2021

    In 2008 the European GMO competent authorities established a working group to determine if organisms modified by new techniques would be subject of the GMO legislation. Ten years later, after a bumpy procedural road, the European Court of Justice indicated that organisms obtained by mutagenesis are GMOs and that only those obtained by conventional mutagenesis techniques are exempted from the GMO legislation. This legal interpretation triggered a fierce debate with all parties agreeing that the definitions included the 90’ies GMO legislation were outdated.

  12. 09 June 2021


    The ongoing pandemic has highlighted the need for the rapid exchange of information on biosafety and biosecurity even while restricting many of the opportunities our community typically relies on to do so.

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    03 June 2021

    Introduction to vaccinology

    Instructor: Gideon Kersten

    The course gives insight in the exciting field of vaccinology. The relevance of vaccines does not need emphasis in these days. But how do they work? ...

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    21 May 2021

    International Biorisk Management Collaboration Symposium

    May 21st, 2021 11:00-13:30 ET | 16:00-18:30 GMT


    Join us for a free symposium on Zoom to highlightbiorisk management implementation-related projectsaccomplished by teams of international collaboratorsas part of Sandia National Laboratories’ InternationalTwinning Project Round IX teams.

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    20 May 2021

    Gene Drives: Technologies, applications & biosafety challenges

    Instructors Fred Wassenaar & Patrick Rüdelsheim

    Gene drives allow for a trait to be transmitted to subsequent generations in a ratio that deviates from the laws of Mendelian inheritance. Active in sexually-reproducing species, they are powerful tools to “drive” ... read all info and register here

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    11 May 2021

    ISO 35001 – An introduction into the biorisk management standard

    RE-RUN UPON POPULAR DEMAND (confirmation as soon as we have 25 participants)

    The ISO 35001 standard on “Biorisk management for laboratories and other related organisations - is the first internationally recognized management standard to specifically address hazards associated with laboratories where biological materials are handled at all containment levels. 

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    30 April 2021

    BBP - BSOH online event: Biological agents: where the biosafety coordinator and the occupational hygienst meet

    In the footsteps of our previous joint meeting in 2017, BSOH and BBP again joined forces to organize an event. This year, we will focus on where and how the occupational hygienist and the biosafety coordinator can collaborate. By means of practical cases, the roles of both functions and the opportunities for collaboration will be highlighted.

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    29 April 2021

    EBSA Thursday "Risk assessments – One size does not fit all"

    The second of 5 online, member only, meetings in 2021

    with Ursula Jenal and Toon De Kesel

    Every single document on biorisk management stresses the importance of a robust risk assessment. The fourth edition of the WHO Laboratory Biosafety Manual promotes the thorough, evidence-based and transparent assessment of the risks. ISO 35001 stipulates that an organization shall ensure that suitable methodologies for assessing and prioritizing biorisks are identified, implemented, maintained, and documented.

  19. 28 April 2021

    Microbiological Risk Assessment: Should we use the Biosafety Cabinet?

    Organised by

    Dr. Felix Gmünder (Basler & Hofmann) and Fabio Blaha (German LabConCert GmbH)

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    22 April 2021

    Désinfection - Décontamination - Stérilisation du matériel biologique: Notions de bases (French)

    Course completely in French
    Cours entièrement en français

    Ce cours est une introduction au sujet. Il décrit les approches les plus utilisées, en mettant l’accent sur les critères important à évaluer pour le choix d’une approche et la vérification de son efficacité.

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    21 April 2021

    Biological Risk Assessment – How safe are we in our labs if we apply the risk based approach according to the new WHO Biosafety Manual?

    RE-RUN UPON POPULAR DEMAND (confirmation as soon as we have 25 participants)

    In this webinar these and other questions will be addressed by using the risk based approach of the new WHO biosafety manual. 

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    21 April 2021

    ABSA International’s 1st Biosecurity Virtual Symposium

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

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    25 March 2021

    BBP webinar: (Bio)Safety aspects of DNA and RNA vaccines

    Digital symosium, free for all BBP and EBSA members.

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    04 March 2021

    EBSA Thursday - WHO LBM4 – Biorisk management beyond risk groups and biosafety levels

    The WHO Laboratory Biosafety Manual (LBM) serves as a de facto global standard that presents best practices and sets trends in biosafety. The recent publication of the fourth edition expands the thorough, evidence-based and transparent assessment of the risks, allowing safety measures to be balanced with the actual risk of working with biological agents on a case-by-case basis. 

    A challenging shift from routines based on levels? An opportunity to allow optimizing risk management, in particular in less resourced envrionments? Join us and discuss with two of the LBM4 contributors, active EBSA members, providing their insights on the (r)evolution this version marks and how biosafety professionals can use it in their daily practice.

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    18 February 2021

    Biosafety and the COVID-19 Vaccines

    February 18, 2021 12:00 - 1:30 pm (CST)

    Biosafety and the COVID-19 Vaccines is intended to provide an overview of the clinical trial development and biosafety considerations of the currently approved COVID-19 vaccines. 

  26. 30 November 2020



    With the current situation in mind, we provide the possibility to participate online. For further information, please see the attached flyer.

  27. 24 November 2020

    ABSANZ Summit 2020

    Online event

  28. 19 November 2020

    Biosecurity Webinar: Biosecurity in het onderzoek (only available in Dutch)

    online webinar by RIVM, The Netherlands

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    06 October 2020

    EBSA 2020 online webinar

    2 half day online webinar

  30. 20 August 2020

    Webinar of the Swiss Biosafety Network Meeting

    Online event

  31. 20 August 2020

    14th Applied Biosafety Meeting

    SBNet Cancels 2020 Annual Meeting

  32. 26 May 2020

    BVF symposium 2020- postponed to spring 2021

    postponed to spring 2021​

  33. 28 April 2020

    International Bio-Agent Day 2020: "Biological agents at work - a look beyond borders"


  34. 17 October 2019

    BBP workshop on risk assessment (Cancelled)


    A half-day workshop focusing on risk assessment. Not only will you be introduced to the ins and outs of risk assessment, there will also be plenty of opportunity to practice in risk assessment by yourself by means of case studies and an interactive discussion. Also, we will take the opportunity to highlight the recent accomplishments and future plans of the BBP Task Forces and Working Groups. The ideal opportunity to find out what BBP has done and hopes to do for you in the future to support you as a biosafety professional. Moreover, you may be challenged to join in one of the Task Forces or Working Groups yourself!

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    04 April 2019

    EBSA22 Conference - Bucharest

    EBSA22 Conference - Bucharest

  36. 05 February 2019

    Symposium on emergency preparedness and response

    Organized by the Belgian Biosafety Professionals (BBP) and the Dutch Association for Biosafety Officers (BVFp)

    Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands

    Working with hazardous biological material or providing the necessary support to have people working safely with the hazardous material is our day-to-day job. For that, we are experienced in assessing the risk of contained use activities, to train our coworkers and to watch over a culture of biosafety.

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    19 April 2018

    EBSA21 Conference - Copenhagen

    The conference on April 19 and 20 2018 took place at the Maersk Tower of  the  Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences of the University of Copenhagen.

  38. 09 February 2018

    BBP workshop "The biocide legislation and its impact on contained laboratories, greenhouses and animal facilities"

    Geo-Instituut 200E, Celestijnenlaan 200e – Heverlee (Leuven)

    Are you finding your way in the biocide legislation? Or are you struggling, as many colleagues, with questions like:

    • Can I still use particular products (e.g. Virkon®) and, if so, for how long?
    • If not, what are suitable alternative products?
    • Do we need to change our decontamination procedures?  
    • What are the consequences of the biocide legislation on my organization?

    We hope to offer clarity during the BBP workshop 

  39. 29 September 2017

    BSOH and BBP joint study day on biological agents: Biological risk: how to assess, contain and protect oneself

    FOD WASO Brussel, Zaal Storck

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    26 April 2017

    EBSA20 Conference - Madrid

    EBSA20 Conference - Madrid

  41. 09 February 2017

    8th Belgium Biosafety symposium - “Safe use of lentiviral and other vectors”

    IMEC, Leuven, Belgium

  42. 01 December 2016

    BBP Workshop on "Movement of biological materials for R&D purposes"

    Ablynx, BioAccelerator Building, Technologiepark 21, Zwijnaarde, Belgium

  43. 13 October 2016

    Joint event VMX and BBP: Collaboration and integration of Environment, Biosafety and Health & Safety aspects

    Hotel Serwir, Sint Niklaas, Belgium

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    21 April 2016

    EBSA19 conference - Lille

    EBSA18 Conference - Vienna

  45. 24 November 2015

    The 7th Belgian Biosafety Symposium - Biosafety & Quality - Synergies and conflicts

    l’Arsenal, Namur

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    22 April 2015

    EBSA18 Conference - Vienna

    EBSA18 Conference - Vienna

  47. 03 March 2015

    BBP workshop ‘Visit of an L3 Animal Facility'

    UNamur, Auditorium B07, Rue de Bruxelles 65, BE-5000 Namur

    Registration in mandatory

  48. 23 October 2014

    Interactive Workshop 'Practical issues related to biological waste management in laboratories'

    KU Leuven, Departement of Biosystems, Room SEG 01.19, W. de Croylaan 42, BE-3001 Heverlee

    Registration is mandatory

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    15 May 2014

    EBSA17 Conference - Ghent

    EBSA17 Conference - Ghent

  50. 27 March 2014

    Workshop on 'movement of biological materials'

    UNamur Auditorium B07 Rue de Bruxelles, 65 BE-5000 Namur

    Open to BBP members and upon invitation. Participation is free.

  51. 26 November 2013

    BBP Symposium 2013 - Biosafety training, tools & materials

    LAMOT Congress- en Erfgoedcentrum - Mechelen

  52. 19 June 2013

    EBSA16 Conference - Basel

    EBSA16 Conference - Basel

  53. 07 May 2013

    Interactive Workshop on Bio-Incidents

    HEC management school* 14 Rue Louvrex BE-4000 Liège

    The workshop is only open to BBP members.

  54. 21 February 2013

    Visit: Indaver MediPower® plant

    Poldervlietweg 5 Haven 550 2030 ANTWERPEN 3

    Participation is free. Registration deadline: 18 February 2013

  55. 12 June 2012

    EBSA15 Conference - Manchester

    EBSA15 Conference - Manchester

  56. 20 June 2011

    The biological weapon convention, biosecurity and the industry

    Conclusions only available for members.

  57. 14 April 2011

    EBSA14 Conference - Estoril

    The conference will start with a welcome reception for all participants on 13 April 2011 from 17.30 - 19.00 in the exhibition area at the Centro de Congressos do Estoril.
    Drinks and snacks will be served by invitation of the organiser.

  58. 22 June 2010

    EBSA13 Conference Ljubljana

    The 13th EBSA Conference took place 21-23 June in Ljubljana, Slovenia. 218 delegates from 34 countries attended despite the fact that the conference had been postponed due to volcano ash. Seven pre-conference workshops were highly appreciated by 118 participants. Conference presentations on GMMs, ´green´ and sustainable laboratories and new approaches to regulatory frameworks on the national level were of particular interest. Apparently participants enjoyed networking and the social programme in the lovely city of Ljubljana.

  59. 16 June 2008

    EBSA12 Conference - Stockholm

    The Stockholm Conference, EBSA 2009, came off successfully in June. A total of 290 participants from 29 countries in all continents came together in a cordial atmosphere. The scientific programme and pre-conference workshops were well recieved. Together with company exhibitions it was demonstrated that the EBSA Conference has developed into a major event for the European biosafety community. There was also time to enjoy the white nights and the rain eventually gave way to brilliant sunshine. The EBSA Conference Program Workgroup is now preparing the EBSA 2010 conference, which will be held in April 2010 in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

  60. 03 April 2008

    EBSA11 Conference - Florence

    EBSA11 Conference - Florence

  61. 29 March 2007

    EBSA10 Conference - Heidelberg

    EBSA09 Conference - The Netherlands

  62. 01 June 2006

    EBSA09 Conference - The Netherlands

    EBSA09 Conference - The Netherlands

  63. 28 April 2005

    EBSA08 Conference - Barcelona

    EBSA08 Conference - Barcelona

  64. 13 May 2004

    EBSA07 Conference - Prague

    Biosafety risk assessment, containment and safe disposal

  65. 16 May 2003

    EBSA06 Conference - Lyon

    The Architecture of Biosafety: Design, Construction, Operations and Management of Level 2 and Level 3 Facilities

  66. 22 March 2002

    EBSA05 Conference - Vienna

    “National and Global Disease Outbreaks / Living with Bioterrorism”VIENNA, AUSTRIA

  67. 20 November 2000

    EBSA04 Conference - Amsterdam

    ‘Biological Hazards Management: Fact and Fiction’


  68. 18 November 1999

    EBSA03 Conference - Brussels

    „Biosafety: An Emerging profession“


  69. 20 November 1998

    EBSA02 Conference - Harlow Essex

    "Biosafety: Emerging Technologies, Emerging Solutions"


  70. 27 November 1997

    EBSA01 Conference - London