Past EBSA events

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    02 December 2021

    Blended learning

    Instructors: Henrik Bregnhoj & Lawrence Dickson

    This course will give you an introductory experience with application of current digital educational technologies like production and use of power point-based videos, planning and execution of webinars, and the use of an Learning Management System

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    25 November 2021

    BBP online webinar 'Biosafety out of the ordinary’

    During this morning online webinar different “out of the ordinary” biosafety topics will be discussed, including working with Algae (by Pascale Van Rooij, Perseus), the arthropod containment level (by Marco Brustolin, ITM Antwerp) and bacteriophages (by Katia Pauwels, SBB/Sciensano).

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    18 November 2021

    Personal Protective Equipment

    Instructors: Ulrika Allard Bengtsson and Per Staugaard

    This course will both give a theoretical overview of the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) in BSL2 and BSL3 laboratories ...

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    16 November 2021

    Epidemiology - what is it and what do these numbers really mean?

    New date to be announced soon due to the instructor being out sick.

    Instructors: Andreea Dobrescu

    1. Introduction to Epidemiology
    2. Summarizing Data
    3. Measures of Risk ...

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    14 October 2021

    Biosafety Culture

    Instructors: Jan Piet Tijssen & Cathy Bakker

    This course intends to inspire you. To convince you that safety not only pays (for you and the company), but also is fun and moreover a serious profession.

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    30 September 2021

    Bloodborne pathogens in the lab: minimize exposure & prevent infection

    Instructor: Dana Brehar-Cioflec
    Moderator: Heather Sheeley

    This course will provide an overview on the main aspects of working safely with blood and blood containing materials in various types of laboratories (diagnostic, research, etc.).

    Prevention of laboratory infections involving bloodborne pathogens will be addressed with focus on general and specific prevention measures, materials and equipment, as well as health monitoring.

    Brief exercises will be included to highlight the discussed aspects.

    International and European regulations and recommendations will be highlighted and relevant references and links will be provided.


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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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    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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    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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    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.

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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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    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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    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.

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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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    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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    06 October 2020

    EBSA 2020 online webinar

    2 half day online webinar