Members of the International Advisory Group on Biosafety and Biosecurity (IAG) convened in Heidelberg, Germany for a series of meetings from 27-31 March 2007. On the 1st day the group met with senior representatives from the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) and the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL). EMBO & EMBL representatives briefed the members on their structure and programs. In response IAG members described their own organizations and work. The potential for international collaboration was discussed and the members look forward to continued engagement.
IAG members then participated in training workshops as part of the annual conference of the European Biosafety Association (EBSA), which took place 28-30 March. An IAG member, Vitaly Zverev, gave a presentation on the IAG and its objectives on 30 March at the EBSA conference.
The IAG began its work with a working dinner on 30 March and continued its activities with a full day session on 31 March. The Presidents of EBSA and the American Biological Safety Association (ABSA) and the Chairman of the International Biosafety Working Group (IBWG) participated in the meetings. The group discussed its work program and confirmed the date of its next meeting in October 2007 in Moscow, Russia. An early priority for the group is a website designated to the IAG.
The IAG is coordinated by the International Council for the Life Sciences, the Moscow Medical Academy and NP TEMPO. Support for the event was provided by the Global Partnership Program of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, the U.S. State Department BioIndustry Initiative Program, the Global Health and Security Initiative of NTI and the Robert and Ardis James Foundation.