ABSA Conferences & Events

ABSA International (ABSA) is an organization that promotes biosafety as a scientific discipline and serves the growing needs of biosafety professionals throughout the world. Its goals are to provide a professional association that represents the interests and needs of practitioners of biological safety, and to provide a forum for the continued and timely exchange of biosafety information. The 63rd American Biological Safety Association (ABSA) Annual Biosafety and Biosecurity Virtual Conference convened the global community of biosafety and biosecurity practitioners and experts from November 4 –6, 2020. This conference focused on a broad variety of topics dealing with biosafety, biosecurity, and bioethics with an emphasis on activities and challenges related to COVID-19. This year, three students from the Biodefense Graduate Program attended the conference and their reports are available below.


Rachel-Paige Casey – From Autoclaving to Zoonoses: How the Biosafety and Biosecurity Community Embraces Improvement

Sally Huang – Integrating Biosafety and Biosecurity Practices for Robust Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response

Yong-Bee Lim – Necessity as the Mother of Invention