International Course: Principles of Biosafety

People responsible for biosafety and biorisk management in an organization have to cope with an increasing complexity and diversity of topics. This international course provides a comprehensive review of all essential elements of risk assessment and risk management (Part 1) and highlights topics indispensable for biosafety practitioners to fulfil their tasks (Part 2). 

 

The course concludes with an opportunity for participants to join in practical exercises (e.g. spill training, working in a microbiological safety cabinet) and experience the implementation of biorisk management during a visit of the Institute of Tropical Medicine.

 

Objectives:

 

Over the past years, the approach for biorisk management has markedly evolved. From checking compliance with prescribed requirements, the focus has shifted to management systems with protection measures designed in relation to the risks identified in a detailed assessment.

 

Against this background, people responsible for biorisk management in an organization are challenged to cope with an increasing complexity and diversity of questions. The vast majority learns its role “on the job” and can only build a curriculum through attending meetings and courses.  This International Course provides a comprehensive review of all the essential elements of biorisk management, strengthening biosafety practitioners to build their own approach.

 

At the end of the course participants will be able to:

  • Identify potential hazardous biological materials and the risks associated with them.
  • Select appropriate means to minimize risk and to protect against or prevent exposure.
  • Recognize applicable legal requirements and prepare the necessary documents to obtain authorizations.
  • Understand how to run a biorisk management program.

 

The course will be based on examples with microorganisms in laboratories, but also genetically modified plants and animals, as well as large scale activities will be covered.

 

Who should attend?

The course is targeted to people with a responsibility in biorisk management, such as scientific researchers and laboratory directors. As the course covers all the essential elements of biorisk management, also biosafety professionals may find it a useful refreshment and an opportunity to share experience and knowledge.  

 

To be effective, the trainee should have a bachelor in a life science discipline and be familiar with basic biological concepts.   In order to guarantee adequate personal interaction, the course is limited to 30 persons.

 

Event Details

Date:

Monday, September 11, 2017 - Friday, September 15, 2017

Location:

Antwerp University and at ITG. 

NOTE: As of 1 February 2017, the entire city centre of Antwerp and part of Linkeroever will become a Low Emission Zone (LEZ). The most polluting cars will no longer be welcome in the city as of this date.  Check your car and find all information on: www.slimnaarantwerpen.be/en/lez

 

Price:

External participant (not working in an Institute of the Organizing Committee):

  • 400 € (part 1 or part 2, only)
  • 600 € (part 1 or 2, combined with a tour on Friday)
  • 800 € (part 1 and 2, as well as a tour on Friday)

Participant working in an Institute of the Organizing Committee:

  • 350 € (part 1 or part 2, only)
  • 500 € (part 1 or 2, combined with a tour on Friday)
  • 650 € (part 1 and 2, as well as a tour on Friday)

Student or researcher of the University of Antwerp:

  • 260 € (part 1 or part 2, only)
  • 365 € (part 1 or 2, combined with a tour on Friday)
  • 425 € (part 1 and 2, as well as a tour on Friday)

NOTE: Doctoral students of the Ghent University can use the standard procedure within UGent to ask about the modalities in the context of their doctoral programme.

The fee includes access to the lectures, a hardcopy of the syllabus, coffee break, and a light lunch on the course days. Additionally, the participants can register for a social event on Tuesday evening for 60 €.

Language:

English

Organiser(s):

University of Antwerp, Institute of Tropical Medicine, University of Ghent, University of Namur, Free University of Brussels, Scientific Institute of Public Health / Biosafety and Biotechnology Unit (SBB), and Perseus BVBA

More info?

For any further information about this event, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our Communications Coordinator

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Jonas De Backer

Communications Coordinator

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