The 4th Annual South Asia Biosafety Conference Poster Program
The 4th Annual South Asia Biosafety Conference Poster Program is an opportunity for individuals to share their research, findings and achievements with colleagues at the conference. Presenting a poster is a noteworthy way to share expertise or accomplishment and poster presenters will have a dedicated time to present and discuss their work with the diverse group of attendees.
All poster abstracts must convey relevance to biosafety research, environmental risk assessment of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), or the regulation of GMOs – plants, animals, arthropods, or micro-organisms. Examples of topics include:
- Laboratory or field research that describes novel findings that can be used to inform ERA of GMOs.
- Research that advances understanding of how GMOs may potentially affect agro-ecosystems e.g., new approaches for early tier testing of non-target organisms.
- Studies that will lead to improved stewardship of GMOs
- Studies on management of secondary pests and/or volunteer weeds in GM plant agriculture.
- Studies related to the use of GMOs in public health e.g., vector control of pathogens.
- Studies related to the use of GMOs for environmental remediation.
- New approaches to ensuring reproductive isolation of experimental GMOs in field situations.
- Results from studies that integrate GMOs into sustainable, agricultural production systems.
- Substantive programs used to improve biosafety capacity and knowledge generation where these are supported by data demonstrating impact (descriptions of single workshops or seminars are not eligible).
- Substantial discussion of biosafety considerations or needs associated with ongoing research or product development
Posters describing basic research e.g., construct development, gene discovery, transformation methods etc. will not be considered.
Authors of select abstracts may be given an opportunity to present their research during the Lighting Round session on September 19. This session is comprised of short, oral presentations of 5-7 minute duration.
The 1st Place Winner will be sponsored to participate in the 14th International Symposium on the Biosafety of Genetically Modified Organisms (ISBGMO), to be held in Guadalajara, Mexico in 2017. ISBGMO is a biennial, international meeting organized by the International Society for Biosafety Research (ISBR), which offers a unique opportunity to share information and experiences as well as engage in open and meaningful dialogue on biosafety research, risk analysis, policy and regulatory matters. This 1st place prize includes:
- Economy class airfare to Guadalajara
- Standard hotel accommodations during the ISBGMO
- Per diem allowances in an amount to be determined by SABC
- Payment of the winner’s ISBGMO registration fee
- A two-year membership to ISBR
The 2nd Place Winner will receive a two-year membership for the International Society of Biosafety Research and a USD $100 cash prize.
The winners’ names and abstracts will be posted on the South Asia Biosafety Program website and highlighted in the South Asia Biosafety Program Newsletter. The posters will be judged September 19 and the winners will be announced on September 21 before the final plenary session of the conference.
The following are some suggestions about poster abstracts that will contribute to ensuring the readability and quality of the submission. Abstracts of accepted posters will be included as part of the conference onsite program and will be published as submitted, without content editing.
- Check for proper spelling and grammar.
- Use a standard typeface such as Times Roman with a font size of 12.
- Begin sentences with words (not numbers).
- Standard abbreviations may be used without definition, but nonstandard abbreviations/acronyms should be placed in parentheses after the first use of the terminology. It is important to keep nonstandard abbreviations/acronyms to a minimum, to allow for readability and understanding.
- Do not include tables, figures, or graphs in the abstract. Such content is appropriate for the poster.
- Limit the abstract to 300 words.
- Try to organize the abstract with the following headings where appropriate: purpose, methods, results, conclusions (e.g., for research projects) OR purpose, description, evaluation and outcomes (e.g., for capacity building projects).
Poster Size and Material
- The maximum dimension for posters is 5 feet (height) x 3 feet (width).
- Poster boards will have a plywood surface that will permit the use of removable double-sided tape, tacks or board pins.
Evaluation and Judging
Posters will be evaluated as follows:
- Abstract (10%): Clarity and correlation with poster.
- Scientific content (70%): Introduction and background with literature cited, objectives, materials and methods, results and discussion, and significance to field. The quality of the research presented will be judged on its scientific rigor and significance as conveyed by the poster. Each poster must be self-explanatory. Judges may discuss the poster with its presenter but this will not be considered in the evaluation of the display.
- Poster Display (20%): Posters will be judged on organization, effective use of space, legibility, grammar and spelling, and effective use of graphics.
Each poster display is judged independently by three judges. Judges are encouraged to provide constructive comments for each poster, however comments may be very brief or absent because of the limited time available.
Space is limited. Posters will be considered on a first come, first serve basis, based on the relevance to the program. Poster abstracts should be submitted at the time of registration and no later than September 1, 2016. By clicking “Register”, you are agreeing to the Terms and Conditions of the Poster Session.