Canadian Biosafety Symposium

Join us for our virtual symposium
October 26 to 28, 2021

Symposium Description

Symposium Highlights


October 26-28, 2021

Program (Subject To Change)

2021 Virtual Canadian Biosafety Symposium Program More Details


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


CABS Member: $200

Non Member: $250


Online registration is no longer available. CABS-ACSB is accepting registration via email, please contact:

The Canadian Association for Biological Safety/L’Association Canadienne pour la Sécurité Biologique (CABS-ACSB) is happy to present the 2021 Canadian Biosafety Virtual Symposium! Join us online from October 26-28, 2021 for Canada’s annual event for biosafety professionals and personnel involved in biosafety and/or biocontainment facilities.

Each day will include a half day of sessions, broken into individual topics and presentations. The CABS-ACSB 2021 Annual General Meeting will also take place on October 27, 2021.

The Canadian Biosafety Symposium is Canada's premier source of new knowledge and opportunity for dialogue across the biosafety community. It is the forum for advancing professional development and for building capacity for new solutions to be applied to the emerging challenges in laboratory biosafety and biosecurity.

The symposium will consist of virtual presentations scheduled strategically, and will feature presentations on an array of biosafety topics that may include:

  • Virtual audits and inspections;
  • Biosafety culture;
  • Biosecurity;
  • Infection control and public health;
  • Lab design and ventilation;
  • Regulations and compliance;
  • Biosafety and public health;
  • Emerging and re-emerging diseases
  • Laboratory acquired infections;
  • Biowaste management and disinfection
  • Lab sustainability; and
  • And much more!

It will also be a unique opportunity for the biosafety community to learn and share knowledge with colleagues from across Canada and other countries.

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;

Certificates of Attendance will be provided to all attendees.

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.  For further information, contact us at

Venue and Accommodations

This year’s symposium will be held virtually.

Sponsorship Information

Please click on the link below if you are interested in becoming a sponsor for the 2021 Virtual Canadian Biosafety Symposium. 2021 Canadian Biosafety Symposium Sponsor Information.pdf


Online registration is no longer available. CABS-ACSB is accepting registration via email, please contact:


2021 Virtual Canadian Biosafety Symposium Program More Details

Call for Papers

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

The symposium will consist of presentations 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. 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