5th Annual South Asia Biosafety Conference

Bangalore, India
9/11/2017 – 9/13/2017
Taj West End


The South Asia Biosafety Conference (SABC) is the preeminent regional gathering of scientists, regulators and other stakeholders who are interested in biotechnology applications for sustainable development, environmental risk assessment, and biosafety regulation in South Asia.  This year’s conference will be held at the Taj West End in Bangalore, India from September 11-13, 2017.  Under the auspices of the South Asia Biosafety Program, SABC is co-organized by the ILSI Research Foundation and Biotechnology Consortium India Ltd, with cooperation from the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (Government of India) and other regional partners.

Registration is now open and includes access to all plenary sessions, conference materials, opening and closing ceremonies, Welcome Reception, tea breaks, and half day workshops. Click here to register.

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What's the prize for the poster competition?

All posters accepted into the poster session are eligible for the 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 $500 cash prize, and an award certificate. Second prize consists of a two year membership for the International Society of Biosafety Research, a USD $200 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 11-12 based on abstract, scientific content and poster display. Winners will be announced on September 13 before the final plenary session of the conference. 

Who Should Attend? 

The South Asia Biosafety Conference is open to all scientists, academics, researchers and officials from industry, research institutions, universities, government departments and ministries.

How do I register?

Complete your registration today through the conference website ( and confirm your seat at this premier biosafety conference in South Asia.

When are abstracts due?

Participants were encouraged to submit an abstract for an oral presentation or a poster presentation. The deadline was June 15, 2017 for oral presentations and August 1, 2017 for poster presentations.

What's new this year?

This year's program is featuring sessions on Soil and Plant Microbiomes; New Applications of Biotechnology: Focus on Forestry and Biofuels; Designing Confined Field Trials to Maximize Data Transportability; Best Practices for Public Sector Genetically Engineered Product Development Programs; the Intersection of the Cartagena Protocol and the Indian Biosafety Regulatory System. This year will also include a lighting round for students and young scientists as well as three optional half day workshops.


Dr. Manju Bansal

Indian Institute of Science, India

Dr. Tomal Dattaroy

Reliance Industries Limited, India

Dr. Pawan K. Dhar

Jawaharlal Nehru University, India

Mr. Jambay Dorji

Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority, Bhutan

Dr. James Germida

University of Saskatchewan, Canada

Mr. Md. Solaiman Haider

Department of Environment, Bangladesh

Dr. Bhavanath Jha

Central Salt and Marine Chemicals Research Institute, India

Dr. Atul Kumar Johri

Jawaharlal Nehru University, India

Dr. Stephen Mayfield

University of California, San Diego, United States

Dr. Jacob Parnell

Novozymes North America Inc., United States

Dr. Shashi Kumar Rhode

International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, India

Dr. Andrew Roberts

ILSI Research Foundation, United States

Dr. Timothy Strabala

Environmental Protection Authority, New Zealand

Dr. John Teem

ILSI Research Foundation, United States