ISBR2023 Program Overview

Please note!

  • ISBR2023 will be an in-person meeting only.
  • No facilities are available to stream presentations in or program content out.
  • All presenting authors must register by 31 January 2023 and attend the meeting in person.

ISBR2023’s program will be developed around the central theme of Advancing science in support of sustainable bio-innovation and will offer attendees a unique opportunity to engage with the world’s leading experts on the diverse range of topics relevant to sustainable bio-innovation. The symposium theme will be expounded through plenary sessions focusing on four sub-elements of sustainable bio-innovation, namely society, risk analysis, governance and technology under the session themes –

  • Ensuring social license for bio-innovation.
  • Fit-for-purpose governance frameworks for sustainable bio-innovation.
  • Risk analysis for persistent engineered genetic traits.
  • Sustainable biotechnologies for a changing world.

Invited keynote speakers for ISBR2023 include:

  • Dr. Joe Cornelius (CEO, Gates Ag One) 
  • Prof. Jeantine Lunshof (Harvard Wyss Institute for Biologically inspired Engineering),
  • Prof. Joseph Jez (Washington University in St Louis),
  • Dr. Gerardine Mukeshimana (MINAGRI, Rwanda),
  • Dr. Andrew Newhouse & Prof. Bill Powell (State University of New York)

In addition, a wide range of topic-specific parallel sessions and workshops will be presented. Most of these will be directly proposed and organized by ISBR members and other interested parties, while some will be compiled from the individual papers submitted by attendees under the open call for abstracts. The ISBR’s tradition of offering open calls for organizing parallel sessions and workshops helps ensure the relevance and quality of the program and representation from all relevant stakeholders and sectors. While parallel sessions offer a more structured opportunity to communicate the latest scientific findings and developments, workshops provide opportunities for more interaction and deeper exploration of a specific topics. 

Abstract submission topics for ISBR2023 are listed below and encompass more traditional 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.

  • 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

Program at a Glance


30 Apr 2023


01 May 2023


2 May 2023


3 May 2023


4 May2023





Opening & Welcome address

Plenary session 2

Risk analysis for persistent engineered genetic traits

Plenary session 3

Fit-for-purpose governance frameworks for sustainable bio-innovation

Plenary session 4

Sustainable biotechnologies for a changing world

Plenary session 1

Ensuring social license for bio-innovation

Morning coffee break

Plenary session 1 (cont.)

Plenary session 2 (cont.)

Plenary session 3 (cont.)

Plenary session 4 (cont.)



**Closing session**

Parallel sessions 1, 2, 3 & 4

Workshops 1, 2, 3 & 4

Parallel sessions 9, 10, 11 & 12

Optional tours to:

Donald Danforth Plant Scienc Center 


Bayer Crop Science

Afternoon coffee break

Parallel sessions 5, 6, 7 & 8

Workshops 1, 2, 3 & 4 (cont.)

Parallel sessions 13, 14, 15 & 16

Pecha Kucha 1

Pecha Kucha 2

Poster session 3

Welcome reception

Poster session 1

Poster session 2

ISBR's Members Meeting

Symposium dinner

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