Early Registration Discounts End Today!Leaders in the field of biosafety will be meeting in Orlando, Florida from October 19-24, 2012 for the 55th Annual Biological Safety Conference. Three days of preconference courses will continue to offer ABSA's highly regarded education programs for all levels of biosafety experience covering topics from aerobiology to virology. This year's scientific program will also include a Town Hall Meeting on the new select agent regulations. Make sure you arrange your travel so you don't miss the Wednesday afternoon Mock IBC session. Discounts for early registration will end on September 28, 2012. Registration is open and spaces are filling quickly. Reserve your seat!
Arnold G. Wedum Memorial Lecture
SARS Ten Years Later: Lessons for Science and Safety
Mark Denison, MD
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Elizabeth R. Griffin Lecture
Power of Association(s)
Ann Tourigny Turner, PhD, CAE
American Association for Laboratory Animal Science
Directed Evolution of Microorganisms
David Schaffer, PhD
University of California-Berkeley
Of Men, Pigs, Birds and...Flu
Daniel Perez, PhD
University of Maryland
In addition to the cutting-edge scientific presentations and pre-conference courses, there are numerous opportunities to network with colleagues and view exhibits showcasing the latest in laboratory biosafety products and services
On Sunday, October 21, 2012 from 8am to 3pm, there will be a special international session featuring presentations from around the world on lessons learned in instituting biosafety programs. More detailed information will soon be available.
Credentialing Q&A Session
If you are considering applying to become a Registered Biosafety Professional (RBP) or a Certified Biological Safety Professional (CBSP) or if you are coming up for your recertification maintenance cycle, you will be interested in this session. Questions will be addressed on both the initial application and the recertification maintenance process. The Q&A session will be held on Monday, immediately following the Member's Business Meeting.
Affiliate and Biosafety Association Workshop
ABSA will again offer an Affiliate and Biosafety Association Workshop on Thursday, October 25, 2012 from 8am to 5pm. The workshop will provide an overview on biosafety association management issues through interactive exercises. Each participant will take away proven practices and practical tips for their association. More information can be found at http://absa.org/affiliates.html. PLEASE NOTE: ABSA Affiliate Members receive a discount on ABSA Conference Registration, contact the ABSA Office for more information!
ABSA has made arrangements with several agencies to make your trip to Orlando a little easier. There are discount codes for American Airlines, SuperShuttle, and Avis Rent A Car. You might want to consider bringing your family for an extended weekend. There are discount codes for Walt Disney World® and SeaWorld® also available. ABSA Conference Attendees also get 20% off golfing at Bonnet Creek. Additional information, including hotel reservations, can be found at
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American Biological Safety Association
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55th Annual Biological Safety Conference
October 19-24, 2012