June 9, 2021

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM EDT
(14:00 - 23:00 CET  CET = EDT + 6 hours)


Early Registration Available Until May 28, 2021

Members: $50.00

ABSA Affiliate Members: $50.00

Non-Members: $60.00

Students: $15.00

Registration After May 28, 2021

Members/Affiliates: $65.00

Non-Members: $75.00

Students: $25.00


Program Agenda 

8:00 – 8:10 AM        Opening Remarks

8:10 – 9:05 AM        Keynote Speaker: Biorisk Management – Outside the Lab | Patty Olinger, JM, RBP, Global Biorisk Advisory Council

9:05 – 9:45 AM       How Battelle’s Safe Conduct of Research Contributes to a Positive Safety Culture at NBACC | Paul Landon, CIH, CSP, RBP, National Bioforensic Analysis and Countermeasures Center

9:45 – 9:55 AM        Break

9:55 – 10:35 AM      Modeling the Stability Of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-COV-2) on Skin, Clothing, Currency, Produce and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Across Different Temperatures | David Harbourt, PhD, CBSP, RBP, SM(NRCM), World BioHazTec, Division of Council Rock Consulting, Inc.


10:35 – 11:00 AM    Implementing a Biosecurity Program at a Pharmaceutical Institution | Barbara R. Owen, Merck & Co., Inc.

11:00 – 11:40 AM    The Value of Risk Assessment: Lessons Learned in Risk Assessment for the Laboratory and Beyond | Ryan S. Ritterson, PhD, Gryphon Scientific, LLC

11:40 – 12:05 PM    ABSA Update | Melissa Morland, MS, MBA, RBP, CBSP, University of Maryland, Baltimore

12:05 – 12:20 PM    Break

12:20 – 1:05 PM      ChABSA Awards, Election Results and Business Meeting

1:05 – 2:00 PM        Keynote Speaker: Advancing Care at the (Evolving) EVD Bedside: New Tools, Old Questions | Ian Crozier, MD


2:00 – 2:15 PM        Break

2:15 – 3:25 PM        Occupational Health Clinics and Biosafety: [Incident] Communication Strategies Panel | Panelists: Heike Bailin, MD, National Institutes of Health  | Gary Fujimoto, MD, Consultant  | Sasha Guitierrez, MD, MS, FACOEM, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

3:25 – 3:35 PM        Break

3:35 – 4:15 PM        Developing an Online Safety Training Program for Researchers | Imke Schroeder, PhD, University of California, Los Angeles

4:15 – 4:55 PM        APHL’s Impact in the International Biosafety Arena | Maria Landron, Association of Public Health Laboratories

4:55 – 5:00 PM        Closing Remarks



June 7 & 8, 2021

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM EDT

 The Chesapeake Area Biological Safety Association (ChABSA) is therefore offering this year’s summer workshops and symposium entirely virtually. This year’s offerings include the following:

  • June 7th: 8 am- 5 pm “ Basic/Intermediate Threat Assessment for Laboratory Biosecurity Programs” with  Ben Perman and Lindsey Odell. Early Bird Pricing (Though 5/24) $350 for members and ABSA affiliates, $400 for non-members
  • June 8th: 8 am-12 pm “Techniques for Garnering the Resources Necessary to Operate Your Biosafety Program Successfully” with Bob Emery and Scott Patlovich. Early Bird Pricing (Though 5/24)  $175 for members and ABSA affiliates, $200 for non-members.
  • June 8th: 1 pm -5 pm “How to Flip Between in Person and Online Labs in the Blink of an Eye” with Susa McCoy. Early Bird Pricing (Though 5/24)  $175 for members and ABSA affiliates, $200 for non-members.
  • June 9th: 8 am-5pm Scientific Symposium.

Please log in and Click here to register for June 7th workshops and Click here to register for June 8th  workshops. Click here for workshop details . Our workshop speakers have identified minimum and maximum numbers of participants for their respective events, so please register early to ensure that the workshops you’re interested in continue as scheduled.

ChABSA recognizes that many members of our community are currently dealing with significant financial challenges and/or lack of employer support for professional development. In 2019, ChABSA established scholarships to help members in need participate in our technical seminars, workshops and symposium. Due to this year’s extraordinary circumstances, we are extending the application due date for the workshop or symposium to May 15, 2021. The application is due. If you have been furloughed, please note this on your application and we will do what we can to support you. Applications for both scholarships are located here.


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