Dhaka, Bangladesh

BRAC Centre Inn

19-20 September

2015

International

Speakers

100 Seats

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South Asia Biosafety Program (SABP), Bangladesh Academy of Sciences and Biotech Consortium India Limited (BCIL) organized the 3rd Annual South Asia Biosafety Conference in Dhaka from 19-20 September 2015. The conference was supported by National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, India, Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council and Department of Environment, Government of Bangladesh. 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.

Presentations - South Asia Biosafety Conference 2015

19 SEPTEMBER 2015

Plenary Session I: Regulation of Biotechnology in South Asia

Update on Biosafety Regulation in Bangladesh (presentation)
Mr. M. Solaiman Haider, Department of Environment, Bangladesh 

Update on Biosafety Regulation in India (presentation)
Dr. Manoranjan Hota,  MoEF&CC, India 

Update on Biosafety Regulation in Pakistan (presentation)
Ms. Sameerah Yunis, Pakistan Environmental Protection Agency, Pakistan

Update on Biosafety Regulation in Sri Lanka (presentation)
Mrs. R.H.M.P. Abeykoon, Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment, Sri Lanka 

Update on Biosafety Regulation in Bhutan (presentation)
Ms. Tashi Yangzom,Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority, Bhutan 

Parallel Session I: Nutritionally Enhanced Crops and Their Safety Assessments

What are Nutritionally Enhanced Crops, and Why Does the World Need Them? (presentation)
Dr. Parminder Vik, Harvest Plus, India 

Considerations for the Food Safety Assessment of Nutritionally Enhanced Crops (presentation
Dr. Donald MacKenzie, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Philippines 

Nutritionally Enhanced Rice 
Dr. Karabi Datta, University of Calcutta, India 

Biofortified Sorghum (presentation)
Dr. Raymond Layton, DuPont Pioneer, United States 

Parallel Session II: Biotechnology Research and Development in South Asia

Potato Biotechnology Research being carried out under ABSP-II
Mr. Md. Abu Kawochar, Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute, Bangladesh 

Development of Biotechnology in Pakistan (presentation)
Dr. Shaukat Ali, National Agricultural Research Centre, Pakistan

Traits for Climate Change Adaptation (presentation)
Dr. Bharat Char, Mahyco Research Foundation, India 

Poster Session
Conference participants were encouraged to share their work with colleagues by preparing a poster for this session. Posters were judged based on abstract, scientific content and display.  First prize consists of a two year membership for the International Society of Biosafety Research, a USD $100 cash prize, and an award certificate. The first place winner was Md. Nazrul Islam, Sudip Biswas, Samsad Razzaque, G.M. Nurnabi Azad Jewel, Narendra Tuteja, and Zeba I. Seraj for the poster on "Constitutive Overexpression Of Rice G-Protein Beta Subunit In A Farmer Popular Rice Variety Brri Dhan-55 Confers Heat And Salinity Stress Tolerance".

Second prize consists of a two year membership for the International Society of Biosafety Research, a USD $50 cash prize, and an award certificate.  The second place winner was U.S. Mahzabin Amin, Sudip Biswas, Sabrina M Elias, Samsad Razzaque, Taslima Haque, Richard Malo and Zeba I. Seraj for the poster on "Enhanced Salt Tolerance Conferred By The Complete 2.3 Kb Cdna Of The Rice Vacuolar Na+/H+ Antiporter Gene Compared To 1.9 Kb Coding Region With 5’ Utr In Transgenic Lines".

20 SEPTEMBER 2015

Parallel Session III: Preparing a Regulatory Dossier

Introduction to Preparing a Regulatory Dossier: Principles (presentation)
Dr. Donald MacKenzie, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Philippines

Interpreting Regulatory Requirements: Knowing When Data is Not Necessary (presentation)
Dr. Joseph Huesing, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), United States

Regulatory Testing Versus Research Experiment: Why the Data for Your Dossier is Different Than Your Thesis Research (presentation)
Dr. Flerida Cariño, University of the Philippines, Philippines

Challenges for Developing a Regulatory Dossier from Public Sector Developers in Developing Countries (presentation)
Dr. Vibha Gupta, Centre for Genetic Manipulation of Crop Plants (CGMCP), University of Delhi, and Dr. Vibha Ahuja, Biotech Consortium India Limited, India

Parallel Session IV: What Happens After Release: Stewardship and Monitoring

Stewardship for Off-Patent Technologies (presentation)
Mr. Christopher Holdgreve, Excellence through Stewardship, United States

Post Release Monitoring of Bt Brinjal
Dr. G.P. Das, Agricultural Biotechnology Support Project II (ASBP2), Bangladesh

Design of Monitoring Studies for GE Crops  (presentation)
Dr. Raymond Layton, DuPont Pioneer, United States 

Post Release Experience with Bt Cotton in Pakistan (presentation)
Dr. Khalid Abdullah, Government of Pakistan, Pakistan

Post Release Experience with Bt Cotton in India (presentation)
Dr. Vijay Kumar, Navsari Agricultural University, India

Plenary Session II: Considerations for International and Regional Harmonization

What is Harmonization, and Why Does it Matter? (presentation)
Dr. Andrew Roberts, ILSI Research Foundation Center for Environmental Risk Assessment (CERA), United States

Fostering Harmonization through Development and Capacity Building (presentation)
Dr. Alex Owusu-Biney, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Kenya 

Harmonization through Information Exchange: OECD’s Work and Technical Documents for Safety Assessment (presentation)
Dr. Bertrand Dagallier, Organisation for Economic Co‑operation and Development (OECD), France

Harmonization through Recognition of Decisions: Vietnamese Experience (presentation)
Dr. Pham Van Toan, Vietnam Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Vietnam 

Harmonization through the South Asia Cooperative Environment Program (presentation)
Mr. Muhammad Khurshid, South Asia Cooperative Environment Program, Sri Lanka

Facilitating Harmonization: The Work of the SAARC Agriculture Centre (presentation)
Dr. Muhammad Musa,  SAARC Agriculture Centre, Bangladesh

Registration Form

Registrations are Closed for South Asia Biosafety Conference 2015

The 3rd Annual South Asia Biosafety Conference Poster Program

The 3rd 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).

All posters accepted into the poster session are eligible for the inaugural Poster Competition, and two prizes will be awarded. First prize consists of a two year membership for the International Society of Biosafety Research, a USD $100 cash prize, and an award certificate. Second prize consists of a two year membership for the International Society of Biosafety Research, a USD $50 cash prize, and an award certificate. 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 20 before the final plenary session of the conference.

Evaluation and Judging
Posters will be evaluated as follows:
  1. Abstract (10%): Clarity and correlation with poster.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.


Specification for size of poster
  • 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.

Accommodation – SABC 2015

Name of the Hotel
Address
Tariff
Hotel Best Western la Vinci
54, Kawran Bazar, Dhaka-1215 (INBF NPC may stay)
Email: lavinci@bol-online.com
US$ 109 including all taxes & SC
La Villa-A Boutique Hotel
Baridhara, Dhaka
Email: lavinci@bol-online.com
US$ 79 including all taxes & SC
Hotel SARINA Dhaka
Plot # 27, Road # 17, Banani C/A, Dhaka-1213
Email: reservations@sarinahotel.com
US$ 135 + 25% (VAT & TAX)
Pan Pacific Sonargaon, Dhaka
107 Kazi Nazrul Islam Avenu Dhaka-1215
Email: reserve.ppdac@panpacific.com, Bizcenter.dac@panpacific.com
US$ 200 including VAT & TAX
For assistance with your accommodations, please contact Mr. Abeer, BRAC Inn, at tanjir@bracservicesltd.com.

Visa for short term visit – SABC 2015

For assistance with obtaining your visa, please contact Prof. Dr. K.M.S. Aziz, Bangladesh Academy of Sciences, at azizkms@gmail.com and Prof. Dr. Naiyyum Choudhury, Bangladesh Academy of Sciences, at naiyyum@gmail.com.

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
Bangladesh Academy of Sciences
Bangladesh Academy of Sciences
 
 
 
 

Supported by

Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council
Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council
Department of Environment, Bangladesh
Department of Environment, Bangladesh
Pakistan Academy of Sciences
Pakistan Academy of Sciences
National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, India
National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, India

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