Overview: The International Symposium on the Biosafety of Genetically Modified Organisms (ISBGMO) is a biennial, international meeting organized under the auspices of the International Society for Biosafety Research (ISBR), which has previously been hosted in Germany, Canada, China, France, Korea, New Zealand, Argentina and the USA. It brings together academics, technology developers, regulatory authorities, non-government organizations and other credible stakeholders involved in all aspects of biosafety and offers a unique opportunity to share information and experiences and engage in open and meaningful dialogue on biosafety research, risk analysis, policy and regulatory matters.

Program: The symposium theme was “Advancing ERA of GMOs to Address Biosafety in a Global Society”. The goal was to advance the standing of biosafety research around the world and shape the ways in which genetically modified technology is applied and regulated. It was the first time that ISBGMO was hosted in Africa and had an estimated attendance of approximately 450 delegates from at least 50 countries. For a Program Guide click here or visit the ISBR society’s website here.

Presentations: Dr. Morven McLean, Dr. Andrew Roberts, Dr. Michael Wach and Mrs. Libby Williams of the Agriculture & Food Systems Institute presented during ISBGMO13. Dr. Roberts also organized a session on RNAi and Environmental Risk Assessment of GE Plants. Dr. Wach moderated a session on Risk Assessment and Regulatory Considerations. Dr. McLean chaired a session on Advancing Environmental Risk Assessment: A Global Perspective.

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