Canadian Biosafety Symposium

Join us virtually in September 2021 – more details to come!

Symposium Description

Symposium Highlights


September 2021

Program (Subject To Change)

Program information is not available. Stay tuned!


Virtual Platform


Communication and networking opportunities with other biosafety professionals

Forum for advancing professional development in lab biosafety and biosecurity

Presentations related to advanced concepts in areas of biosafety and biosecurity

Biosafety training opportunities in current concepts and issues in the field of biosafety and biosecurity


Cost information is not available. Stay tuned!

Pre-Conference Courses

Pre-Conference Course information is not currently available. Stay tuned!


Registration is not currently available, but will be available soon!

Due to the continuation of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Canadian Association for Biological Safety/L’Association Canadienne pour la Sécurité Biologique (CABS-ACSB) is planning to hold the annual Canadian Biosafety Symposium virtually in 2021!

The CABS-ACSB executive are busy developing plans to conduct this year’s symposium to a virtual platform tentaively for September 2021. The symposium is Canada’s annual professional development and training oppurtunitities event for biosafety professionals and personnel involved in biosafety and/or biocontainment facilities.

More details to come – stay tuned!!

The Canadian Biosafety Symposium will feature presentations on an array of biosafety topics, including emergency management for labs, building a biosafety culture, biosafety and public health, emerging and re-emerging diseases, laboratory acquired infections, ergonomics and safety, biowaste management and disinfection, regulations, airflow, ventilation, design and biosafety, animal issues, audits and inspections, occupational health and surveillance. It will be a unique opportunity for the biosafety community to learn and share knowledge with colleagues from across Canada and other countries. This annual event also offers pre-conference courses, which provide training opportunities in the field of Biosafety.

The Canadian Biosafety Symposium brings together participants working across the biosafety field in universities, government and the private sector, such as:

  • Laboratory managers and administrators
  • Academic and government laboratory researchers
  • Government regulators
  • Biocontainment professionals
  • Equipment and facilities providers
  • Containment facility design and operation specialists
  • Risk assessment and safety specialists

The event will feature prominent containment and biosafety specialists, and will involve presentations by the Canadian and international biosafety community selected from abstracts and papers that are currently being welcomed from all sources. All topics related to biological safety are welcome. 

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Venue and Accommodations

This year’s symposium will be held virtually.

Exhibitor and Sponsor Information

Please click here if you are interested in becoming a sponsor or an exhibitor of the 2021 Canadian Biosafety Symposium. 2021 Canadian Biosafety Symposium Exhibitor and Sponsor Information.pdf


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The Draft Program is currently under development and will be made available as soon as possible. Currently, CABS-ACSB is accepting submissions/ abstracts for this year’s symposium and pre-conference courses.

Call for Papers

CABS-ACSB is accepting presentations for the next Biosafety Symposium!

The symposium will consist of oral presentations and posters related to advanced concepts in the areas of biosafety and biosecurity in Canadas. The theme of the symposium series will reflect current biosafety and biosecurity issues as well as regulatory initiatives.

The program committee is soliciting abstracts for presentations for this symposium, which are broadly based on the theme of Biosafety. Abstract submission for presentations is open to Canadian and international participants.

The following broad categories are the focus for the Canadian Biosafety Symposium, however, papers on other appropriate topics that relate to the goals of the symposium will be considered. If you have other topics that you would like to submit for consideration, please send an email message to . Example of past topics include:

  • Biosafety
  • Biosecurity
  • Regulatory initiatives impacting biosafety
  • Containment facility design, commissioning, maintenance and operation
  • Infectious diseases affecting humans and/or animals
  • Containment/laboratory equipment
  • Microbiological techniques (e.g. disinfection and decontamination)
  • Biological risk assessment and communication
  • Applied biosafety research
  • Lab acquired infections, incidents, exposures, and lessons learned
  • Other biosafety related subjects

All submissions must reflect original work and must adequately document any overlap with previously published or simultaneously submitted papers from any of the authors. If authors have any doubts regarding whether such overlap exists, they should contact CABS-ACSB prior to submission.

All submissions will be handled electronically through CABS-ACSB.

Abstracts must include the objective, methods, results and conclusion of the study.

CABS-ACSB will evaluate all submissions based on quality and relevance. All submissions are held in confidence prior to publication in the symposium proceedings.

Where employer, client, or government authorization is needed, it is the responsibility of the author(s) to obtain such authorization prior to submitting the final materials.

Accepted presentations will be notified by CABS-ACSB and will be presented by their author(s), which will be published in the symposium program, along with Author Biographies.

Submissions of abstracts for oral or poster presentations can be submitted to:

Symposium Presentation 2019

Symposium Presentation 2018