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2022 ChABSA Annual Scientific Virtual

Symposium and Pre-Symposium Workshops

June 13-15, 2022

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Call for Proposal and Abstracts

ChABSA is pleased to announce its 2022 Annual Scientific Symposium will be held June 13th - 15th as an all virtual event.

Pre-Symposium Workshops

The Chesapeake Area Biological Safety Association (ChABSA) is soliciting abstracts for the Pre- Symposium Workshops to be held virtual on June 13th and 14th, 2022.


Please submit your proposal using the submission form below. Return submission to Joany Jackman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with “ChABSA Workshop” in the subject line. All topics related to biological safety, teaching techniques, sampling methods, etc. with particular emphasis on original work, are acceptable for either a half day (4 hour) or full day (8 hour) course (please feel free to submit an abstract outside of these categories). All submissions will receive a confirmation of receipt email within 72 hours of receipt. Click below to download the submission form.

Call_for_Pre-Symposium_Workshop_Proposals_2022_Fillable.pdf or use the online submission form; https://forms.gle/psj533YGAa2QrbEp7

Frequently Asked Questions 


Q: How can I propose a workshop? What is the process for getting permission for a workshop?


Please go to the ChABSA website and look for the Call for Proposals for Pre-Symposium workshops. Follow the instructions and submit as soon as possible. A committee from ChABSA will review your proposal. If accepted you will be notified no later than (NLT) March 15, 2022. A small number of proposals may be notified that they are on standby NTL March 30, 2022. This means that they were meritorious but not accepted at this time due to space considerations. The standby proposals may be notified of a change in status to “accepted” before May 15 2022 if one , 2022.


Q. How long should I plan for the workshop?


Virtual workshops may be 4 hours or 8 hours in length.


Q. I have never taught a virtual class before. Is there special software I must use? Where can I practice using it?


ChABSA will provide training in conducting a virtual workshop. The platform used will be using GoToWebinar. A session will be scheduled with ChABSA’s webmaster to instruct you on best practices for conducting a virtual workshop.


Q: How many students will be in my class?


There is no specific upper or lower limit set by ChABSA. You may set a limit to the number of students who may attend. ChABSA does not make a determination on the upper or lower limit of attendees required for a class to run. ChABSA makes the final determination with input by the instructor.


Q: Can I team teach a class? If so how many instructors may participate?


Yes, team taught workshops have occurred in the past and received excellent reviews by students. There is no fixed limit to the number of presenters but generally two for a 4- hour course and no more than four for an 8-hour course would be anticipated. However, a single instructor teaches most workshops.


Q: Are there continuing education credits associated with this activity? Who awards them if they are approved?


ABSA International awards CM credits according to the following calculation- 0.25 CM points are earned per hour of instruction. This means that 1.0 CM point is earned per half day or 2.0 CM points are earned per full day.


Q: Do I received payment for teaching these courses?


Yes, a modest honorarium is provided for every 4 hours or 8 hours of instruction if your employer allows you to receive this. For some who are not allowed to receive an honorarium, a one-year membership to ChABSA may be offered. The ability to accept an honorarium or a gift is determined by your employer not ChABSA. Please refer to your employer’s policies and procedures.


Q: Do I need to be a member of ChABSA or ABSA International to teach a course?


No, there are no membership requirements for instructors.


Q: I live in Asia and do not have internet access during through the day. In what time zones will I be able to teach my course if my proposal is accepted?


All workshops are taught live. You must have access to a stable internet connection during the hours of 8 am to 5 pm Eastern Daylight (Savings) Time in order to participate in this workshop opportunity.


Please feel free to contact us if you have any other questions.


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Symposium Abstracts


The Chesapeake Area Biological Safety Association (ChABSA) is accepting abstracts for the 2022 Annual Scientific Symposium. You do not need to be a member of ChABSA to submit an abstract. Don’t miss your chance to present your original research, safety methods, protocols, or other biosafety-related information to our community of biosafety professionals. Selected abstracts will be presented at the Annual Virtual Summer Symposium to be held Wednesday, June 15, 2022. You may submit an abstract for an Update talk (~20 minutes), a Full talk (~45 minutes), or allow the selection committee to decide based on your abstract.

Abstracts are accepted on a rolling basis thru 1 April 2021, 5 PM ET using the online submission form. https://forms.gle/SeRaLjcWokfW25aL9

All authors will be notified no later than April 30, 2022 COB. The submission form is online with instructions for each block. Please select whether your submission should be considered for an Update talk, a Full talk, or either. While many submissions may be suitable for a Full talk, there are a limited number of speaking opportunities for a full talk. The best chance to be selected for a presentation would be to select either.

Please enter the information in each of the blocks below with attention to the word limitation listed for each block below. All submissions will receive a confirmation of receipt email. If you have any questions or concerns with the form, please email Elizabeth Bramhall at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

If your abstract is selected, you will be notified by email no later than April 30, 2022. Additional details about how to prepare for your talk will be provided when you are notified of acceptance. If your abstract is accepted, you must register for the Conference and pay the appropriate fee if any for registration.

We look forward to your submissions.