Past EBSA events

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    08 November 2022

    Managing infectious aerosols in a laboratory setting: Lessons learned from COVID-19

    This online course will describe how aerosols are formed and infect people.   

    The types of equipment to generate and measure aerosols will be described as will a review of information used to inform risk assessments for the generation and spread of aerosols.

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    20 September 2022

    Chemical disinfectants used in laboratories: efficacy spectrum and regulation of their use

    This online course is aimed at offering recommendations regarding the choice of the disinfectant as a function of the material to be treated. Limits of the use of disinfectants will be described, with emphasis on the development of resistance and thus the need to be (re)validated regularly. The other part of the course will focus on the biocide legislation and the regulation of biocides.

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    18 May 2022

    Pre conference course C. Working Safely in the Biosafety Cabinet  (½ day)


    The biosafety cabinet (class II) is the most important and most widely used primary barrier in the microbiological and biomedical laboratory (BSL-2, BSL-3, and BSL-4). 

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    18 May 2022

    Pre conference course I. Moving on without leaving a trace - decommissioning in practice (1 day)

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    18 May 2022

    Pre conference course E. How to convince and influence for biosafety and security (1 day)


    To shape the attitude of non-experts towards the risks of infectious disease, it is not sufficient to just ‘tell the facts’. The way the information is presented and the source credibility of the organisation are crucially importan. Unfortunately, in many cases the importance of these factors is underestimated. What can (governmental) organisations do to effectively shape the perception?
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    17 May 2022

    Pre conference course G. (Bio)containment of GM plants - from Green Houses to Field Trials (1 ½ day, afternoon 17.05, 18.05)


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    17 May 2022

    EBSA Conference 2022 and Preconference courses

    Gentbrugge, Ghent and Gent

    2 days of EBSA pre conference courses on Tuesday 17 and Wednesday 18 Mai 2022

    2 days of EBSA conference on Thursday 19 and Friday 20 May 2022.

    Registrations are open

    More info and opening of registrations will follow soon!

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    17 May 2022

    Pre conference course H. Biological Waste handling (validation, technical aspects)  (2 days)


    Waste management is a topic of interest to all facilities who manage biological agents, no matter how large or small, private or public; but mostly it is not seen as a very exciting or sexy topic.

    Check out the details for this course

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    17 May 2022

    Pre conference course B. Fundamentals for (re)design of a safe and compliant BSL3 facility (2 day)


    The course will include a site visit.

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    17 May 2022

    Pre conference course A. Auditing: a comprehensive and practical introduction


    This two day practical course provides a comprehensive and sound practical introduction to auditing. The course takes participants through the principles, recognized best practices and essential techniques of (HSE / biosafety) auditing. It provides them with guidance on planning and performing of an audit in line with international standards.

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    17 May 2022

    Pre conference course F. Biorisk assessment and management: basic principles and how to get it right (1 day)


    This course is aimed at defining and implementing the principles of risk assessment and risk management in different situations. Some situations are complex and present significant risks which need to be managed and demonstrated as effective. Suitable for early career and those wishing to improve risk assessment skills and knowledge.

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    17 May 2022

    Pre conference course D. Personal protection equipment (PPE) – making optimal choices


    This course will both give a theoretical overview of the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) in BSL2 and BSL3 laboratories and alsothe practical experience with different sorts of PPE. 

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    16 December 2021

    EBSA Thursday - European Plant Health Regulatory framework: Principles, Implementation and Obstacles

    This session will focus on the European Plant Health Regulatory framework which entered into force as of Dec 14, 2019. It modernized the plant health regime with the aim to protect the Union's territory and its plants, ensure safe trade, and mitigate the impacts of climate change on the health of our crops and forests. We will discuss implementation of the new rules in different EU member states, their impact on handling and importing plants and plant pathogens, as well as provide discussion opportunity on obstacles confronted by the EBSA members.

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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