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UAE Third Biosecurity Conference

The UAE Third Biosecurity Conference is sponsored by the Ministry of Climate Change & Environment in Dubai between the 23th to 24th of October 2017. To identify and discuss emerging issues and concerns in Biosecurity and Provide a scientific platform for discussion and exchange of knowledge in the field of Biosecurity.


Biosecurity is everyone's responsibility

Target Audience

National, regional and international personnel and entities with interest in the field of Biosecurity

Conference Themes

  • The role of international organizations (EU, CBRNE) and the Biological Weapons Convention
  • The role of local organizations to host the ideas of global and local initiatives in this field
  • Biosecurity developments in agriculture and livestock
  • The latest global and regional developments in the highly pathogenic avian influenza, and the review of the national plan for the spread of bird flu in the United Arab Emirates
  • Reviewing the assistance provided by the UAE in supporting countries to meet challenges of biosecurity





First Day: 23rd October

Second Day: 24th October

Time Activity Speaker
09:00 - 09:30 Registration
09:45 - 10:25 Opening
09:45 - 09:55 H.E Dr. Thani A. Al Zeyoudi- Minister of Climate Change and Environment
09:55 - 10:10 Keynote Speaker (1): Dr. Rashid Al Ghafiri
10:10 - 10:25 Keynote Speaker (2): Dr. Isabel .hunger
10:25 - 10:45


10:45 - 12:45 Session 1: The role of organizations in biosecurity
Chair Session: Dr. Farida Al Hosani
10:45 - 11:05 Building abilities and opportunities in preventing the entry & transmission in our countries of hazardous Microbial Bio - threats Dr. Lotti W. Tajouri
11:05 - 11:25 National capacity building in Biosafety and Biosecurity in veterinary laboratories Dr. Abdelmalik I. Khalafalla
11:25 - 11:45 Regional Networking Initiatives “CAMENET” Dr. Mohamed Ali Alhosani
11:45 - 12:05 SBNet and Biosecurity Dr. Isabel Hunger
12:05 - 12:25 Activities of animal wealth sector of in the Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority in enhancing UAE national biosecurity Dr. Sultan K. Alkaabi
12:25 - 12:45

Panel Discussion

12:45 - 13:45

Lunch Break and Prayer

13:45 - 15:25 Session 2: Biosecurity Developments
Chair Session: Dr. Mohannad Al-Nsour
13:45 - 14:05 Update on Global and Regional Avian Influenza Situation Prof. Ian H Brown
14:05 - 14:25 Developments in global military biosecurity Prof. Magdi M. Ali
14:25 - 14:45 (Construction projects, relief and campaigns) in health fields Hamid Rashid Al Shamsi
14:45 - 15:05 The importance of implementing the International Health Regulations to meet the challenges of biosecurity Dr. Fatima M. Al Attar
15:05 - 15:25 Update on Global ,Regional and national Avian Influenza Situation Prof. Magdi M. Ali
15:25 - 15:45

Panel Discussion

Time Activity Speaker
09:00 - 10:40 Session 3: Modern science and technology in biosecurity
Chair Session: Dr. Rashid Al Ghafiri
09:00 - 09:20 Utilization of Gamma Radiation in Biosecurity Dr. Mohamed Abuzaid
09:45 - 09:55 The Application of CRISPR Technology in Agriculture Dr. Chikelu Mba
09:55 - 10:10 Concepts in Chemical and Biological Agents Detection Dr. Ideisan I. Abu-Abdoun
10:10 - 10:25 Characterisation of the Neonatal Meningitic Cronobacter Sakazakii clonal Complex 4 (CC4) and non-CC4 Strains Abdullah M. Al Bastaki
10:25 - 10:40

Panel Discussion

10:40 - 11:00


11:00- 12:40 Session 4: Latest global and regional developments in the field of communicable diseases and epidemics
Chair Session: Dr. Farida Al Hosani
11:00 - 11:20 The Experience of the Eastern Mediterranean Region with Recent Disease Outbreaks Dr. Mohannad Al-Nsour
11:00 - 11:20 The Experience of the Eastern Mediterranean Region with Recent Disease Outbreaks Dr. Mohannad Al-Nsour
11:20 - 11:40 Organic Agriculture and Biosecurity Dr.Mohammed M. Aloun
11:40 -12:00 Responding to infectious diseases Dr. Maryam Al Mulla
12:00- 12:20 The UAE National Influenza Surveillance: A tool to enhance prevention and control Dr. Mohamed B. Hassan
12:20 - 12:40

Panel Discussion

12:40 - 13:40

Lunch Break and Prayer

13:40 - 15:40 Session 5: Biosecurity and laboratories
Chair Session: Dr. Rashid Al Ghafiri
13:40 - 14:00 Strengthening the role of laboratories in biosecurity Munira Al Sayegh
14:00 - 14:20 Building capacity and competencies in biosecurity Sarah S. Al-Zahmi
Zeina N. Al-Hatali
14:20 - 14:40 Hazardous Material Accident Laboratory - CBRN Ahmed S. Al Kaabi
Ali M. Al-Musabi
14:40 - 15:00 Biosecurity in life sciences laboratories Halima S. Al – Maqabali
15:00 - 15:20 BSL3 Lab Alia Sami Tomeh
15:20 - 15:40

Panel Discussion

15:40 - 16:00

Closing Remarks