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Dr. Aparna Islam

Country Manager
South Asia Biosafety Program

Starting in the mid-1990s, universities and research institutes in Bangladesh have been developing genetically engineered (GE) crops to ensure the country's food security by combating climate change, pests, and diseases. To encourage the safe use of modern biotechnology for humans, animals, and the environment, the Government of Bangladesh has developed a biosafety regime, taking into consideration global conventions and protocols. This biosafety system requires all GE crops to go through safety assessments prior to reaching farmers and consumers.

Since 2005, the South Asia Biosafety Program (SABP) has been working with the Government of Bangladesh to develop and implement biosafety regulations, manuals, and assessment guidelines. Capacity development is a crucial part of this biosafety regime, as it improves compliance by present and future researchers in the field of biotechnology. Under the guidance of Dr. Aparna Islam, SABP is organizing a series of webinars in collaboration with various universities in Bangladesh to build understanding of biosafety among students of biotechnology⁠, i.e., "tomorrow’s researchers," with the first lecture having taken place on June 1, 2020.

The second lecture of in the SABP Webinar Series took place on June 18, 2020, attended by students, early career researchers, and faculty members from the Department of Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering, Jahangirnagar University, Savar. The lecture focused on biosafety in crop biotechnology research.

Agenda

10:00 Welcome Address
Prof. Dr. Abdullah Mohammad Shohael
Professor, Department of Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering, Jahangirnagar University
10:05 Speech by the Special Guest
Dr. Md. Sharif Hossain
Chairman, Department of Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering, Jahangirnagar University
10:10 Speech by the Chief Guest
Prof. Dr. Abdul Jabber Howlader
Dean, Faculty of Biological Sciences, Jahangirnagar University
10:20 Keynote Lecture
Dr. Aparna Islam
Country Manager, South Asia Biosafety Program
11:00 Open Discussion
Prof. Dr. Abdullah Mohammad Shohael (moderator)
Professor, Department of Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering, Jahangirnagar University
11:15 Adjourn

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