Announcing the 11th ABSANZ Conference: 
Biosafety and Biosecurity in turbulent times


Dear Colleagues, 

We are looking forward to seeing you at the 11th ABSANZ Conference: Biosafety and Biosecurity in Turbulent Times in Queenstown NZ, 30th October to 3rd November 2023. 

Join us for the 11th Annual ABSANZ Conference, where leading experts will gather to discuss and advance the crucial topic of biosafety and Biosecurity in these turbulent times. This year’s conference topics, Protect, Strengthen, Respond and Thrive, will explore innovative solutions to safeguard against emerging biological threats and strengthen global biosafety and biosecurity systems.

The conference will bring together a network of biosafety professionals, researchers, architects, engineers, regulators, suppliers, safety and facility managers to share their experience and insights.   It will provide a unique opportunity for experts from academia, and the biosafety and biosecurity industries to interact and apply their knowledge and the latest best practice solutions to the major issues facing biosafety and biosecurity in these turbulent times.

We are now accepting abstract submissions for presentations that align with these themes. Don’t miss this opportunity to share your insights and ideas with your colleagues and contribute to the ongoing conversation on the critical role of biosafety and biosecurity in today’s world. 

Abstracts are now invited on the conference topics Protect, Strengthen, Respond, and Thrive. Please review the conference topic table below to identify which stream your abstract should be considered in.


Conference Theme: Biosafety & Biosecurity in Turbulent Times

Abstract Themes

Some example topics


  • Maintaining biodiversity and addressing climate variability.


  • Biocontrol – e.g., invertebrates used in plant houses for pest control; gene drives to eradicate problem pests.


  • Controls around the importation of biologicals


  • Risk identification and management


  • Examples of good biocontainment practices, facilities, operations


  • Biocontainment – new ideas and lessons learnt


  • Equipment – new ideas, lessons learnt, contingency planning


  • Training staff in novel ways to understand biosafety & biosecurity, and to be prepared for emergencies and incidents


  • Surveillance activities


  • New & safer methods for old lab practices


  • Managing risks of novel technologies – e.g., 3D bioprinting, gene drives


  • Planning for emergencies and incidents, eg natural disasters, outbreaks and invasive species


  • Emerging threats


  • Gain-of-function in microorganisms


  • Bio innovation – novel solutions to biosafety & biosecurity problems.


  • Sustainability practices in the lab


  • Working through biosafety requirements towards commercialisation – lab-to-clinic & lab-to-plate.


  • Recovery and lessons learnt from emergencies & incidents


  • Celebrations of strength & resilience under difficult scenarios


  • Supporting research into biosafety, biosecurity, microbiology, GMOs


All abstract forms Abstract form 310523must be submitted by email  Once received you will receive an email to confirm your abstract has been received.

Abstract Submission Deadline: 31 May 2023

Successful Candidates to be notified: 10 June 2023

Abstracts are to be a maximum of 250 words and should reference one of the Abstract Themes below:

  • Protect
  • Strengthen
  • Respond
  • Thrive


Abstract Submission Guidelines:

  • All submissions are required to indicate their preferred presentation format (Oral or Poster), although the final decision will be made by the ABSANZ Conference Committee.  You will also need to clearly indicate which theme you are submitting your abstract for.
  • Multiple submissions are allowed by the same author; however, each abstract will be required to be submitted separately in accordance with the guidelines.
  • Accepted abstracts must be presented at the conference by an author or their designated representative. Any authors who attend the conference must register for the conference and pay the appropriate conference registration fee.
  • All abstracts will be reviewed by the ABSANZ Conference Committee, who will make the final decision on all submissions
  • Please inform the Conference Committee  if you do not wish your Abstract to be posted to the Conference App or Conference Website

Please forward this invitation to your colleagues to ensure they don’t miss out!

We look forward to receiving your submissions.

Kind regards, 

Conference Chair
Dr Amanda Jones