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

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

About the speakers

  1. Allan Bennett OBE

    Allan Bennett OBE

    Allan Bennett OBE
    Academic Education and degrees
    B. Sc (hons), Microbiology – University of Glasgow 1979-1983
    M.Sc, Process Biotechnology – University of Birmingham 1983-1984
    Present Professional Position
    Head of Biosafety, Air and Water Microbiology Group, UK Health Security Agency.
    Co-Head WHO Collaborating Centre in Applied Biosafety and Training

    Principal Investigator and scientific expert in aerobiology, biosafety, environmental microbiology, high containment laboratories, and disinfection. Heads a research group of 20 scientists undertaking research in the fields of respiratory virus transmission, aerobiology, biocontainment, water microbiology and SARS-CoV-2.  Has over 100 (h=30) peer reviewed scientific publications. 

  2. Kathrin Summermatter

    Kathrin Summermatter

    Curriculum Vitae
    Title (Prof., Dr. etc.): Dr.rer.nat.

    Working address:
    Institute for Infectious Diseases
    University of Bern
    Friedbühlstrasse 51
    3001 Bern
    Tel: +41 31 632 87 90

    Email: katharina.summermatter@ifik.unibe.ch

    Academic Education and Degrees
    PhD in Biology

    Present Professional Position:
    Head of Biosafety Center

    Special Remarks (if you like to make any, e.g.main field(s) of activity)
    The Institute for Infectious Diseases of the University of Bern combines diagnostics, teaching and research under one roof and covers the entire spectrum of microbiologi-cal diagnostics.
    Kathrin Summermatter is heading the Biosafety Center at the Institute for Infectious Diseases. She has been involved in Biosafety for more than 20 years. From 2002 -2019 she was the head of the biosafety department and the deputy director of the Insti-tute of Virology and Immunology (IVI), the Swiss reference lab for highly infectious ani-mal diseases (Biosafety Level 3Ag Laboratory). In addition, she was the coordinator of BIOSAFETY-Europe. She has been a long-standing member of the European Bi-osafety Association (EBSA) and the American Biosafety Association (ABSA). In 2003/2004 she was the president of EBSA. She is the acting chair of the International Veterinary Biosafety Workgroup and a board member of the Swiss Biosafety Network (SBNet).
    Along providing expertise and consultative services to both private companies and government and university institutions on matters of biosafety and biosecurity, contain-ment issues and safe operating procedures, she has given many lectures and taught courses to national and international audiences.


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