Young Scientists of Department of Molecular Pathology, Dow University of Health Sciences attended the “18th annual meeting of the European Bio-safety Association (EBSA) “Orchestrating a (bio) safe world” in Vienna, Austria.

The annual conference of the European Bio-safety Association is one of the major global bio-safety and bio-security events of the year. Pre-conference courses covered a wide range of topics, all aligned with the bio-safety professional competence training specifications. Posters of Dr Saeed Khan, Head of Molecular Pathology, DUHS and Noor- ul-aine Masood, Medical Technologist & Biosafty Officer at DUHS were accepted for presentation and received travel grant to participate in annual conference.

The conference revolved around an interactive session that enabled participants to embrace innovative biosafety practices and tools. A wide range of experts, specialists, researchers and educators chaired and spoke in pre-conference courses, plenary sessions and parallel sessions, where they discussed and presented the latest information and findings for quality research to enhance learning, knowledge and awareness regarding biosafety and biosecurity.

The two-day conference was followed by keynote lectures delivered by renowned scientists who highlighted the importance of bio-safety and safety procedures and their strict regulations in the laboratory. Different sessions related to bio risk, bio-safety issues, communicating risks, synthetic biology and role of E-learning in providing safety training were arranged and were followed by the poster presentation session.

Two posters from DUHS were displayed for presentation. The poster presented by Noor-ul-Aine Maqsood and Dr Saeed Khan (co-authors: Fatin Zehra, Maria Zahid, Sehrish Bint-e-Mohsin) entitled “Inter-departmental survey to check the impact of bio-safety training sessions among lab employees”.

This can be regarded as a very gigantic achievement, since people from several countries of the world participated in the competition out of which the poster from DUHS was selected as the best one on such a prestigious forum.

The conference ended up with a closing ceremony and remarks from the EBSA president and prize distribution for the best poster, which was received by Dr Saeed and Ms Noor. It was a moment of pride for the country to succeed among a very competitive pool of researchers and presenters.