Call for Abstracts


All oral presentation slots for ISBR2023 have been filled but limited POSTER slots are still available. We have therefore decided to open a LIMITED LATE CALL for POSTER abstracts to give delegates one final opportunity to present their work at ISBR2023.

Due to the tight timelines, abstracts will be evaluated as they come in and authors will be notified within a day or two if their abstract has been accepted or not.

Interested authors must prepare their abstract on the ISBR2023 abstract template and submit it no later than Monday, 13 February 2023, at the LATE POSTER ABSTRACT SUBMISSION SITE. Please note that authors must first register/create a user profile for ISBR2023 before they can submit an abstract.

Presenting authors whose abstracts were accepted must register no later than Friday, 17 February 2023.

Please also refer to the instructions for poster presenters. #betterposter


Abstract Submission is now open with a closing date of December 9, 2022! 

ISBR Symposia offer a unique opportunity to share and discuss the latest advancements in the practice and application of the sciences that underpin safe and sustainable bio-innovation. Delegates from a wide range of relevant disciplines can engage in open and meaningful dialogue on the latest biosafety and sustainability research and development, risk analysis, policy, and regulatory matters.

It is therefore our pleasure to invite you to submit an abstract for an oral or poster presentation for the 16th ISBR Symposium (ISBR2023).

Delegates who submitted abstracts previously can edit and resubmit their abstracts using the same log in email and password as previously created. All previous submissions must be edited and resubmitted for review.

 Requirements and guidelines for abstract submissions

  • Please consider the relevance of your abstract in light of the symposium theme “Advancing science in support of sustainable bio-innovation” and submit it under one of the topics listed below.
    • Gaining social license for bio-innovation
    • The ethics of biotechnology research, development, and application
    • Ensuring the sustainability of bio-innovation
    • Risk communication in regulatory risk analysis
    • Discovery science in support of risk analysis
    • Elevating science in regulatory frameworks: Moving toward trait-based regulation
    • Advancing problem formulation for effective decision-making
    • Data requirements for risk characterization and monitoring
    • The purpose and practice of post-market monitoring
    • The role of public and private standards in the governance of biotechnology
    • The pros and cons of regulatory harmonization for bio-innovation
    • Bio-innovation for reducing and mitigating climate change
    • Bio-innovation for public and personal health
    • Bio-innovation for food security and sovereignty
    • Other
  • Please note, the above topics encompass more traditional ISBR focus areas like GMOs, food & feed safety, ERA, and IPM, as well as more recent ones like genome editing, gene drives, and science communication & engagement.
  • Abstracts must be written in English (US), submitted online in the correct format using the Word template provided and all other required information must be supplied (link below).
  • All abstracts will be subjected to peer review and only the authors of accepted abstracts will be able to present their work at ISBR2023, either as an oral presentation or a poster.
  • Authors will be notified if their abstract has been accepted for an oral presentation or a poster by 13 January 2023.
  • Accepted abstracts will only be included in the ISBR2023 program and published in the symposium’s e-book of abstracts if at least the presenting author has registered by 31 January 2023.
  • After your abstract submission is received, you will be sent a confirmation e-mail with a reference number and a link for you to log back into your profile and update where required. If you do not receive this, please contact us directly at to allow us to assist you further.

Important Dates

January 13, 2023

Letters of acceptance/rejection for open call abstracts send out

January 31, 2023

Registration deadline for all plenary, topic-specific parallel session & workshop presenters

February 3, 2023

Accepted authors to confirm participation

February 17, 2023

Registration deadline for all accepted oral and poster presenters

March 10, 2023

Deadline for ISBR2022 Photo Contest

March 11, 2023

Deadline for Early bird registration

April 29, 2023

Deadline for regular registration

April 30, 2023

Symposium begins