The Canadian Association for Biological Safety/L’Association Canadienne pour la Sécurité Biologique (CABS-ACSB) is happy to present the Canadian Biosafety Symposium! Join us in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada from September 11-13, 2018 for Canada’s annual networking and training event for biosafety professionals and personnel involved in biosafety and/or biocontainment facilities.

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 2017 Symposium brought together a number of 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; and 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
The 2018 Canadian Biosafety Symposium will be held at the Delta Hotels by Marriott Winnipeg.

Delta Hotels by Marriott Winnipeg
350 St Mary Ave, Winnipeg, MB R3C 3J2
(204) 942-0551
CABS-ACSB has reserved a block of rooms with a special room rate of $174 CDN per night for Sept. 10th to 14th, 2018. Last day to book rooms at this special rate is August 10th, 2018.

For reservations, click on the following link:
Book your group rate for Canadian Association for Biological Safety (CABS)

Accommodations are not included in the conference fees.

Exhibitor and Sponsor Information
Please click here if you are interested in becoming a sponsor or an exhibitor of the 2018 Canadian Biosafety Symposium. 2018 Canadian Biosafety Symposium Sponsor Information.pdf

2 days – symposium: $850
2 days – symposium: with CABS Member discount $800
Pre-conference course – half day: $150
Pre-conference course – full day: $300
Registration is not currently available, but will be available soon!

Draft Program
Currently, CABS-ACSB has a call for papers (see below). The Draft Program will be made available as soon as possible.

For approved Symposium presenters and Pre-conference course instructors, the 2-day Symposium fee is waived.

Call for Papers
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:

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: