Colombo, Sri Lanka

Taj Samudra Hotel

15-16 September

2014

International

Speakers

120 Seats

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The South Asia Biosafety Program (SABP), Biotech Consortium India Limited (BCIL) and Ministry of Environment and Renewable Energy (MERE), Sri Lanka, with support from National Science Foundation (NSF), Coordinating Secretariat for Science, Technology and Innovation (COSTI), the Bangladesh Academy of Sciences and the Pakistan Academy of Sciences, is organizing the 2nd Annual South Asia Biosafety Conference to be held in Colombo from 15-16 September 2014. The objective of the conference is to provide an unparalleled opportunity for scientists, regulators and policy makers in South Asia to meet and discuss issues relevant to the risk assessment and regulation of genetically engineered (GE) organisms with a regional focus. The conference additionally provides an opportunity to hear from leading scientists representing regulatory agencies, public sector research institutions, and the private sector in South Asia and internationally. These distinguished scientists will present on new developments that are being used to inform the safety assessment of GE organisms.

  • Delegate Registration

    Inauguration

    • National Anthem and Lighting of Traditional Oil Lamp
    • Welcome Address: Mr. B. M. U. D. Basnayake, Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Renewable Energy
    • Introduction and Objectives of the Conference: Dr. Vibha Ahuja, Chief General Manager, Biotech Consortium India Limited.
    • Introduction to the South Asia Biosafety Program: Dr. Morven McLean, Director, Center for Environment Risk Assessment
    • Address: TBA, Embassy of the United States
    • Address: Hon. Abdul Kader, Deputy Minister of Environment and Renewable Energy
    • Keynote Address: Hon. Susil Premjayanth, Minister of Environment and Renewable Energy
    • Vote of Thanks

    TEA
     
  • Plenary Session I: Perspectives on the Regulation of Genetically Engineered Organisms in South Asia

    Biosafety regulations in Sri Lanka: A Status Update Prof. Athula Perera - National Science Council, Sri Lanka
    Perspectives on the Regulation of Genetically Engineered Organisms in South Asia: Bangladesh Perspective Mr. M. Solaiman Haider - Dept. of Environment, Bangladesh
    Regulation of Genetically Engineered Organisms in Bhutan Ms. Tashi Yangzom - Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority, Bhutan
    An Update on Regulation of GMOs In India Dr. Vibha Ahuja - BCIL, India
    Biosafety regulatory systems in Pakistan Dr. Anwar Nasim - Pakistan Academy of Sciences, Pakistan
     
    LUNCH
  • Parallel Session I: Research and Development of Genetically Modified Organisms in South Asia

    Transgenic Crops at ICRISAT: from Product Development to Deployment Dr. Kiran Sharma - ICRISAT, India
    Application of Reproductive Biotechnology for Improvement of Dairy Animal Productivity Dr. M.S. Chauhan - National Dairy Research Institute, India
    Genetic Modification of Several Plant Species by Transformation of gai Mutant Dwarfing Gene for Improved Ornamental Qualities Dr. Sriyani Peiris - University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
     
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    Current Status of Research and Development of GE Plants in Bangladesh Dr. Md. Aziz Zilani Choudhury - BARC, Bangladesh
    Biotechnology Development in Pakistan – CropLife Pakistan Dr. Muhammad Ashraf - DuPont Pioneer, Pakistan
    Applying Knowledge Gained from Studies of Arabidopsis thaliana on the Agriculturally Important Crops Dr. C. Hettiarachchi - University of Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Parallel Session II: Biosafety and Regulation of Genetically Engineered Insects

    Virus-resistant, Transgenic Silkworm: Development, Efficacy, and Biosafety Considerations for Commercial Scale Production Dr. P.J. Raju - Andhra Pradesh State Sericulture Research & Development Institute, India
    Biosafety, Regulatory Aspects and Performance Assessment of Transgenic OX513A strain of Aedes aegypti L. in India Dr P.B. Patil - GBIT India, India
    Dengue Vector Mosquito control in Sri Lanka: Strategies and Challenges using Biotechnology Prof. Wimal Abeyewickreme - University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka
    Progress on the OECD Consensus Document on the Biology of Aedes aegyptii Dr. B.K. Tyagi - Center for Research in Medical Entomology, India
     
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    Practical Experience in the Field Release of Transgenic Mosquitos Dr. Kevin Gorman - Oxitech Ltd., UK
    Risk Assessment of Genetically Modified RIDL Aedes Aegypti Dr. Paulo Paes de Andrade - Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil
    Panel Discussion and Questions from the floor  
  • Parallel Session III: Tools for Science Communicators

    New Media for Science Communication Mr. Amit Agarwal - Digital Inspiration, India
    The Importance of Social Media: Twitter 101 Ms. Libby Muldoon - CERA, USA
    The Impact of Information Technology on Agricultural Extension Services Mr. Sanjeev Gupta - Dept. of Agriculture & Cooperation (invited)
     
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    Digital Story-Telling for Science Communications and Agricultural Development Mr. Vinay Kumar - Digital Green, India
    Putting Communications Theory into Practice: Securing Space for Communicating Risks, Safety and Security Issues in Bio-Safety Programme Dr. Gita Bamezai - Indian Institute of Mass Communication, India
    Panel Discussion and Questions from the Floor  
     
    POSTER SESSION
     
  • Plenary Session II: Agricultural Biotechnology and Adaptation to Climate Change

    The Impact of Climate Change on Agricultural Productivity in South Asia Dr. Lareef Zubair - Foundation for Environment, Climate and Technology, Sri Lanka
    Addressing Crop and Livestock Productivity Constraints Caused by a Changing Climate: the Role of Agricultural Biotechnology Dr. Swapan Datta - ICAR, India
    New Plant Technologies to Address Climate Change: Opportunities for Biotechnology Innovation and Challenges for Regulation Dr. Jeff Wolt - Iowa State University, USA
     
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    Increasing Abiotic Stress Tolerance for Rice Improvement in Bangladesh Dr. Zeba Seraj - University of Dhaka, Bangladesh
    Biotechnology Applications to Mitigate Climate Change Challenges for Agriculture Prof. Shailaja Hittalmani - University of Agricultural Sciences, GKVK, Bangalore, India
    Panel Discussion & Questions from the Plenum  
     
    LUNCH
  • Plenary Session III: Regional Harmonization of Risk Assessment Approaches in Agricultural Biotechnology

    The Role of the OECD in Facilitating Regulatory Harmonization Dr. Bertrand Dagallier - OECD, France
    Regional Harmonization: Reflections on the Regulation of Genetically Modified Organisms in the European Union Dr. Hans Bergmans - RIVM (Retired), Netherlands
    Progress and Challenges for Implementation of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) Policy on Biotechnology and Biosafety Dr. Charles Mugoya - ASARECA, Uganda
     
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    Harmonization in the Asia-Pacific: Views from a Recent Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions Dr. J.L. Karihaloo - Asia-Pacific Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology, India
    Update from the South Asian Regional Workshop on Biosafety in Bhutan Ms. Tashi Yangzom - BAFRA, Bhutan
    Risk Assessment Harmonization: Lessons Learned from the South Asia Biosafety Program Dr. Vibha Ahuja - BCIL, India
    Promotion of SAARC Regional Harmonization Dr. Syed Humayun Kabir - Promotion of SAARC, Regional Harmonization of Standards
    Opportunities for Advancing Regional Approaches for Biosafety Risk Assessment and Regulation Dr. Morven McLean - CERA, USA
    Panel Discussion & Questions from the Plenum  
     
    CLOSE OF CONFERENCE
     

Presentations - South Asia Biosafety Conference 2014

The South Asia Biosafety Program (SABP), Biotech Consortium India Limited (BCIL) and Ministry of Environment and Renewable Energy (MERE), Sri Lanka, with support from the Bangladesh Academy of Sciences, and the Pakistan Academy of Sciences, organized the 2nd Annual South Asia Biosafety Conference in Colombo from 15-16 September 2014. The objective of the conference was to provide an unparalleled opportunity for scientists, regulators and policy makers in South Asia to meet and discuss issues relevant to the risk assessment and regulation of genetically engineered (GE) organisms with a regional focus. The conference additionally provided an opportunity to hear from leading scientists representing regulatory agencies, public sector research institutions, and the private sector in South Asia and internationally.

See the Presentations of the South Asia Biosafety Conference 2014, on the webpage here (http://cera-gmc.org/ERA_Conference_Colombo2014).

Registration Form - South Asia Biosafety Conference 2014

Registrations are Closed for South Asia Biosafety Conference 2014

The 2nd Annual South Asia Biosafety Conference Poster Program

The 2nd Annual South Asia Biosafety Conference Poster Program is a new 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, risk assessment, or regulation of genetically modified organisms (including programs or activities to improve capacity and knowledge generation).

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).


Specification for size of poster
  • The maximum dimension for posters is 4 feet x 4 feet (120 cm x 120 cm).
  • Poster boards will have a plywood surface that will permit the use of removable double-sided tape, tacks or board pins.

Accommodation – SABC 2014

Name of the Hotel
Address
Single room with bed and breakfast $
Single room with dinner and breakfast $
Grand Oriental Hotel
No.02, York Street, Colombo 01
90
104
Hotel Janaki
43, Fife Road, Colombo
75
90
Colombo City Hotel
No.33, Canal Row, Fort, Colombo WTC, Colombo
68.40
81.10
Global Towers Hotel
Marine Drive, Colombo
85
100
Taj Samudra Hotel
No 25, Galle Face Center Road, Colombo 03
171
189
To avail the above preferred rates, please mark a copy to Dr. Vibha Ahuja at vibhaahuja.bcil@nic.in and Ms. Iresha Rajapakshe, Ministry of Environment and Renewable Energy at iresha.rajapakse@gmail.com.

Visa for short term visit – SABC 2014

About Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA)

What is an ETA?
ETA is an official authorization for a Short Visit to Sri Lanka (For more info…) and is issued electronically. ETA holders will be issued a 30 day Short Visit Visa at the port of entry in Sri Lanka. The ETA is issued through an on-line system. No passport copies, documents or photographs are required. There is no requirement to endorse the ETA on the passport. View sample ETA approval notice and/or referral notice.

On arrival at the port of entry in Sri Lanka
Upon arrival, produce your passport to the immigration officer at the port of entry to obtain the necessary clearance. It is advisable for you to bring a copy of the ETA approval notice along with you. Official website of The ETA

Site : http://www.eta.gov.lk
Link : http://www.eta.gov.lk/slvisa/visainfo/center.jsp?locale=en_US

Organized by

South Asia Biosafety Programme
South Asia Biosafety Programme
Center for Environmental Risk Assessment
Center for Environmental Risk Assessment
Biotech Consortium India Limited
Biotech Consortium India Limited
 
 
Ministry of Environment & Renewable Energy
Ministry of Environment & Renewable Energy
Coordinating Secretariat for Science, Technology and Innovation
Coordinating Secretariat for Science,
Technology and Innovation
 
 

Supported by

Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Government of India
Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Government of India
Bangladesh Academy of Sciences
Bangladesh Academy of Sciences
Pakistan Academy of Sciences
Pakistan Academy of Sciences
National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, India
National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, India