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5th International Conference on Biosafety and Laboratory successfully carried out as a hybrid event

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November 29th to November 30th , 2021 international experts met at the 5th International Conference on Biosafety and Laboratory in the new Christoph Willibald Gluck Hall in Berching/Bavaria. Due to the current pandemic situation in Bavaria, the conference was held as a hybrid conference. Due to the strict hygiene concept only a limited number of 50 people were allowed in the event hall and a further 300 participants were registered online. Only those people were allowed to participate in person, who were fully vaccinated or who had recovered from a COVID-19 infection and who had additionally been tested negative.

Nevertheless the participants came from over 65 countries worldwide, including Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Australia, Ethiopia, South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, China, India, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Switzerland, UK, Malta, France, Russia, Norway and Germany. Simultaneous translation enabled the conference to be held in both German and English. The participants only had to choose one audio track and were able to take part in the discussions interactively. The organizer of the international biosafety conferences has been German LabConCert GmbH in cooperation with the HT Group and TÜV-Süd since 2017.

In a total of 10 lectures from 6 countries, successful projects and systems were presented, which, among other things, helped to cope with current problems and were intensively discussed and questioned afterwards. Dr. Daniel Kümin presented the construction of a new plant for the production of corona vaccines by the pharmaceutical company Lonza and Dr. Timo Kehl from the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) Heidelberg proposed the construction and optimization of a PCR test laboratory while reducing test costs at the same time. Dr. Willy Kiprotich Tonui from Kenya, MSc. Luis Alberto Ochoa Carrera from the USA, MSc. Heather Sheeley from England and Dipl.-Ing. Henning Lensch from Singapore gave the participants an international perspective on biosecurity and the current pandemic.

In an intensive workshop, HT Group presented the new fully welded HEPA filter housings with integrated scanners, which will already be used in various high-safety laboratories. On the second day of the conference, Claus Schweinheim, managing director of HT Lab Tec GmbH, gave a lecture on the successful technical implementation of filtered negative pressure cascading for containments of biosafety laboratories. Using the scientific results of a bachelor thesis at the Technical University of Nuremberg, which was carried out at HT Group, he explained the effects of disturbance variables and various control concepts.  

At the end of the two-day conference, Rajka Fritsch, managing director of German LabConCert GmbH, was very satisfied with the event. The next international conference on biosafety and laboratory will take place from November 28th to 29th 2022 in the Hirschberg Castle in Beilngries. "Hopefully this time with the presence of all participants, as in the pre-Corona period," she added. 

The organizers Claus Schweinheim (HT Lab Tec GmbH) and Rajka Fritsch (German LabConcert GmbH) in front of the simultaneous speaker booth in the Christoph Willibald Gluck Hall