Call for 2020 Symposium Abstracts


A. Announcement:

The Chesapeake Area Biological Safety Association (ChABSA) is accepting abstracts for the 2020 Annual Summer Symposium. You may present as a talk or a poster. 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 Summer Symposium to be held Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020 at the Clarion Inn in Frederick, Maryland.

B. Submission instructions:

Please submit your abstract no later than March 1, 2020, 5 PM Eastern Standard Time using the attached submission form. The instructions for each block are listed below. Please select whether your submission should be considered for a talk, a poster or either. While many submissions may be suitable for a talk, there are a limited number of speaking opportunities. The best chance to be selected to for a presentation would be to select both poster and talk.  


Please enter the information in each of the blocks below with attention to the character, font and/or size limitation listed for each block below. When complete please remember to save your abstract with a new file name including your name and attach it to your email. Submit to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and include “CHABSA ABSTRACT” in the subject line or your submission may not be identified by the deadline. All submissions will receive a confirmation of receipt email within 24 hours of the close date and time.\ of the announcement.

If you do not receive a confirmation of receipt, please contact Dr. Jackman at the email address above or call 240-228-8501 as soon as possible.

If your abstract is selected for a talk, you will be notified by email on or about April 17, 2020 about the acceptance of your abstract. If your abstract is selected for a poster, you will be notified on or about April 24th 2020. Additional details about how to prepare for your talk or poster will be provided when you are notified of acceptance. If your abstract is accepted, however, you must register for the Conference and pay the appropriate fee for registration.

We look forward to your submission.


Instructions for submission





   Talk             Poster            Either Poster or Talk

Presentation Title:

Maximum of 20 words

Author (s):

Full name(s): First, Middle Initial(s), Last

( Please place a star after the name of presenter*)

Learning Objective:

By the end of this presentation, attendees will learn to:

(List 1-3 goals of this talk) Limited to 75 words or less

Abstract Text:    

Limit 900 words or less.

The formula for how to write an abstract ( excerpted from

     “When considering how to write an abstract, follow this formula: topic + title + motivation + problem statement + approach + results + conclusions = conference abstract. Here’s the formula in more detail. Adapt it as you need to fit your research discipline.

     1. Abstract topic: How will your abstract convince the conference organizers that you’ll add to the discussion at their event?

   2. Abstract title: What is your conference paper about and what makes it interesting? A rule of thumb: give your title of 12 words or less.

   3. Motivation: Why should your audience care about the problem and your results? This section should include the background to your research, the importance of it, and the difficulty of the area.

   4. The problem: What problem are you trying to solve? Are you using a generalized approach, or a situation specific one? Clearly state the topic of your paper and your research question in this section.

     5. Study design, approach to review a topic or concept development? How did you approach the issue or making progress on it?

     6. Predictions and results: What findings or trends did your analysis uncover? Were they as you expected, or not?

     7. Conclusions: What do your results mean? How will they contribute to your field? Are your results general (or generalizable) or highly specific?”

Presenter’s Name(s):

As it appears in Author’s box

Presenter’s Institution:

Department and College or University; Company or Organization

Presenter’s Phone #/ Email

(XXX) XXX-XXXX if non US please list country code

Presenter’s Email Address:

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