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    Second annual South Asia Biosafety Confab from Sept 15

    September 13, 2014

    The Ministry of Environment and Renewable Energy is planning to hold Second Annual South Asia Biosafety Conference on September 15-16 at the Taj Samudra Hotel in Colombo.

    The annual conference is collaborated by the Biotech Consortium India Limited (BCIL) South Asia Biosafety Program (SABP) with support from National Science Foundation (NSF), Coordinating Secretariat for Science, Technology and Innovation (COSTI), the Bangladesh Academy of Sciences and the Pakistan Academy of Sciences.

    The objective of the conference is to provide an unparalleled opportunity for scientists, regulators and policy makers in South Asia to meet and discuss issues relevant to the risk assessment and regulation of genetically engineered organisms with a regional focus. The conference additionally provides an opportunity to hear from leading scientists representing regulatory agencies, public sector research institutions, and the private sector in South Asia and internationally. These distinguished scientists will present on new developments that are being used to inform the safety assessment of GE organisms.

    The organizers said that the conference would feature plenary sessions on: Perspectives on the Regulation of Genetically Engineered Organisms in South Asia, Research and Development of Genetically Modified Organisms in South Asia, Biosafety and Regulation of Genetically Engineered Insects, Tools for Science Communicators, Agricultural Biotechnology and Adaptation to Climate Change and Regional Harmonization of Risk Assessment Approaches in Agricultural Biotechnology.

    Minister of Environment and Renewable Energy Susil Premjayanth is scheduled to deliver the key note lecture at the opening ceremony of the conference.(Special Reporter/HC)

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