Call for proposals to organize a




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.

ISBR’s tradition of offering open calls for organizing topic-specific parallel sessions and workshops offers ISBR members a valuable opportunity to contribute significantly to the content and character of the program. While parallel sessions offer a more formal opportunity to communicate the latest scientific findings under a unifying theme, workshops provide an opportunity for more interaction and a deeper exploration of a specific topic.

It is therefore our pleasure to invite individuals and organizations to submit proposals for organizing topic-specific parallel sessions and/or workshops for the 16th ISBR Symposium (ISBR2023).

Requirements and guidelines for proposals and planning

  • Please consider the relevance of your proposal in light of the symposium theme “Advancing science in support of sustainable bio-innovation” and the four plenary sessions sub-themes of (i) social license for bio-innovation, (ii) risk analysis, (iii) fit-for-purpose governance frameworks, and (iv) sustainable biotechnologies.

Topic-specific parallel session


  • Approximately 8 topic-specific parallel session slots are available on Monday and/or Wednesday afternoon.
  • Each parallel session will be 90 minutes long and must follow a common format (5min introduction, 5x 15min talks & 10min discussion) to allow delegates to move between sessions.
  • Three parallel sessions will run concurrently.
  • Only 4 workshop slots are available for Tuesday afternoon.
  • The workshop will be 3h long, split into two 90min sessions by the 30min afternoon coffee break.
  • The four workshops will run concurrently.
  • Workshop organizers are strongly encouraged to develop an interactive program with practical exercises, open discussion, etc. to actively involve all participants.
  • Proposals must be submitted on the correct, official application form (links below).
  • Organizers must select and include an ISBR2023 program committee (PC) member in their organizing committee to facilitate communication & coordination.
  • Please note that NO ISBR support, other than the meeting infrastructure, management systems, and associated costs, is available for the organization of these sessions.
  • All participation in ISBR2023 sessions depends on the submission, peer-review, and acceptance of an abstract by the PC.
  • Abstracts of accepted proposals will be published on the symposium website.
  • The PC will communicate details of possible relevant abstracts from the open call to the organizers for their consideration and possible inclusion in the session.
  • The primary session organizer/chair and all speakers/facilitators must register for the symposium.
  • Following the symposium, the ISBR will be seeking timely and meaningful contributions to an ISBR2023-derived research topic, for publication in the peer-reviewed journal Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology. Session organizers are therefore encouraged to pro-actively consider and plan the preparation of a relevant manuscript(s) based on the proposed session topic. Manuscripts that use the opportunity ISBR2023 offers to integrate the contributions of diverse authors will be of particular value.

Important Dates

December 9, 2022

Closing date for Abstract submission

August 30, 2022

Registration deadline for Topic Specific Parallel Session & Workshop organizers & presenters.

March 11, 2023

Registration deadline for accepted authors

March 11, 2023

Deadline for Early bird registration

March 10, 2023

Deadline for ISBR2022 Photo Contest

April 29, 2023

Deadline for regular registration

April 30, 2023

Symposium begins