Biosecurity Engagement Program

Biosecurity Engagement Program

India Building Information Security to Prevent Theft of Biotechnology Expertise and Assets from the Vaccine Sector and Academic and Government Laboratories

  • When Nov 03, 2023 to Nov 04, 2023 (America/Denver / UTC-600)
  • Where Chandigarh, India
  • Contact Name
  • Contact Phone 15053139823
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On behalf of the United States Department of State’s Biosecurity Program (BEP), Sandia National Laboratories (SNL)/Global Chemical and Biological Security (SNL/GCBS) and Panjab University are organizing a 2-day hybrid workshop (in-person plus live webinar) on Building Information Security to Prevent Theft of Biotechnology Expertise and Assets from the vaccine sector and academic and government laboratories.  The engagement is for Indian microbiologists and bioscientists from public and animal health laboratories, universities, academic institutions, industry, and government laboratories.  The hybrid workshop will be conducted 3-4 November 2023 in Chandigarh, India for up to 20 in-person participants and up to 250 remote participants.  In-person participants must be local to Chandigarh.  Six two-hour sessions will be delivered over a two-day period and broadcast to industry, universities, and institutions throughout the country.


The workshop topics include information security and its role in securing weaponizable agents and protecting researchers, information security specific to academia, security implications of bioautomation, personal security, social media, and social engineering, including how these can be used as a means of gaining intelligence on scientists by proliferator states. 


Tentative agenda:

Day 1
Session 1: Overview of Modern Security Threats to Research
Session 2: Emerging Technologies and the Risks They Pose
Session 3: Panjab University Topic
Day 2
Session 4:  Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) Topic: India Bioautomation: Weighing Advantages of Innovation and Security Risks
Session 5: Research Security: Information Security and Cybersecurity
Session 6: Know your Collaborator, Due Diligence and Suspicious Indicators


Participants must register by clicking Registration above. Once registration has been approved, participants will receive a Letter of Invitation to attend either the in-person* event or the webinar.

Romania Strengthening Research Security Practices in the Biosciences

  • When Sep 18, 2023 to Sep 20, 2023 (US/Mountain / UTC-600)
  • Where Bucharest, Romania
  • Contact Name
  • Contact Phone 1-505-313-9823
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On behalf of the Biosecurity Engagement Program (BEP), Sandia National Laboratories Global Chemical and Biological Security Group (SNL/GCBS) is hosting a 3-day workshop in Bucharest, Romania to raise awareness of biosecurity threats to biological research institutions and enhance research security measures for international research collaborations in the biosciences. The workshop will provide an overview of security considerations for biological research activity, including an overview of dual-use research areas and exploitation risk associated with international research collaborations. Participants will learn fundamentals of risk assessment and identify mitigation strategies which can be implemented to improve research security practices at their institutions.



By the end of the workshop, participants will

  1. Demonstrate increased awareness of security threats and considerations relevant to research activities in the biosciences. Participants will demonstrate awareness of dual-use research areas and exploitation risk associated with foreign interference in research.
  2. Demonstrate comprehension in risk assessment fundamentals; the assessment, mitigation and performance model for biorisk management. Participants will critically evaluate how risk assessment frameworks can be applied to evaluate risk associated with research activities.
  3. Identify strategies to mitigate risk associated with research activity. Participants will identify mitigations for potential integration at their institutions and develop an implementation plan.



This workshop is intended for laboratory technicians, researchers and associate researchers, research compliance staff, and biorisk management advisors / biosafety officers at organizations conducting biological research activity in Romania and Georgia. Participants from all One Health sectors including public health, veterinary, and environmental sectors are encouraged to register.  Interested individuals may register for the workshop at the Plone website linked below. Sandia National Laboratories will select participants for the workshop based on appropriateness of role, responsibility and location.


Selected participants will be provided,

  1. A copy of training materials in printed and digital form, translated into a primary language as requested. Participants requesting translation and interpretation are encouraged to indicate their needs in the registration survey.
  2. Hospitalities including lunch, tea breaks, and per diem to cover the duration of the workshop.
  3. Transportation to and from the workshop venue (for non-local participants only). Logistics for participants will be identified, selected and procured by SNL ahead of the engagement.
  4. Lodging for the duration of the workshop (for non-local participants only). Logistics for participants will be identified, selected and procured by SNL ahead of the engagement.


Interested individuals must submit their contact information, a curriculum vitae or resume, and passport or national identification information to be considered for the workshop. Provided information will be protected as Personally Identifiable Information and distributed only to individuals with a Need to Know for workshop planning and logistics coordination.


Please use the “Registration” Tab on the top, righthand side of this webpage to register.

Iraq Rapid Inactivation of High Consequence Pathogens Workshop

  • When Apr 22, 2024 to Apr 24, 2024 (US/Mountain / UTC-600)
  • Where Istanbul, Turkiye
  • Contact Name
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On behalf of the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR), implementer DOE/SNL will engage Central Veterinary Laboratories (CVL) and Central Public Health Laboratories (CPHL) from the Government of Iraq (GOI) and Iraqi Kurdistan Region (IKR) who work with high consequence pathogens to develop a long-term sample life cycle management plan through attendance at the "Developing Laboratory Best Practices for Rapid Inactivation of High Consequences Pathogens and Sensitive Equipment  Workshop” in April 2024. DOE/SNL will engage 20 stakeholders from the laboratory sectors/associations in roles of laboratory managers or chiefs.

If nominated, please complete your registration by clicking on "Registration" above. Please submit a copy of your passport by clicking on "Submit Documents" above. 

If you have any questions about your registration, please contact Sarah Calcutt at


This training will consist of three Phases.

  • Phase I will consist of virtual sessions with institutions before and after the training event to review their laboratory’s current sample retention practices, decontamination methods and efficacy, discuss cost considerations for sustainability, and work to review and draft standardized standard operation procedures (SOPs) on the destruction and disposal of the laboratory’ pathogen repository and sensitive equipment. 
  • Phase II will consist of a three-day workshop held in April 2024, in Istanbul, Turkey.  Phase II topics will include rapid inactivation/destruction of pathogens and sensitive equipment, the role of material control and accountability in biosecurity, different types of administrative controls with a focus on biorisk management (BRM) documentation, sample inventory system components, the process of effective planning for reaching institutional BRM goals, and finally how to safeguard laboratory pathogens. 
  • Phase III will consist of a virtual session where SNL/GCBS will facilitate Iraqi mentors identified from CVL and CPHL target laboratories in Bagdad and Erbil in conducting a virtual “Regional Rapid Inactivation Best Practices Training” for additional nominated participants from regional animal and public health laboratories to review the final developed practices, policies, and standard operating procedures (SOPs) for sample life cycle and rapid inactivation of high consequence pathogens and sensitive equipment management plan.

Hybrid International Air Transport Association (IATA) Shipping of Infectious Substances and Biological Specimens Workshop

  • When Sep 25, 2023 to Sep 27, 2023 (Africa/Lagos / UTC100)
  • Where Abuja, Nigeria
  • Contact Name
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Hybrid International Air Transport Association (IATA) Shipping of Infectious Substances and Biological Specimens Workshop

Abuja, Nigeria 25-27 September 2023


On the behalf of the US Department of State Biosecurity Engagement Program, (BEP), Sandia National Laboratories (SNL)/Global Chemical-Biological Security (GCBS) and Nigerian Biorisk Management (BRM) experts will conduct a 3-day workshop on International Air Transport Association (IATA) Shipping of Infectious Substances and Biological Specimens and Novel Low Cost/Sustainable Packaging Methods for Nigerian laboratories. The IATA training and introduction to introduction to infectious substance packaging solution conducted 25-27 September 2023 in  Abuja, Nigeria with two Nigerian co-trainers and SNL/GCBS participating virtually.


SNL/GCBS and Nigerian BRM experts will train laboratorians in accordance with IATA/Dangerous Goods Regulations (IATA/DGR) to instill safe and secure transport and shipping practices of especially dangerous pathogens within and outside Nigeria. Trainers will guide participants in understanding international regulations and best practices for shipping infectious substances, including select agents. The IATA Workshop will provide a pathway to sustainable safe and secure transport and shipping of especially dangerous pathogens by IATA/DGR within Nigeria. Following the IATA training, SNL/GCBS and Nigerian BRM experts will present an infectious substance packaging design and field test survey results with opportunity for hands-on practice assembling the materials.


The training utilizes group discussions and interactive exercises focused on the essential areas of infectious substance shipping. The workshop is hands on, practical, and competency base.  Participants will have the opportunity to mark, label, package, and complete documentation for a variety of infectious substances shipments (Category A, Category B, and Exempt Patient Specimens).  The training is designed for personnel responsible for packaging, marking, and labeling shipments of all categories of infectious substances, dry ice, and liquid nitrogen.  A final written examination will be administered on the second day.  Participants must score at least 80% to receive a certificate indicating they have successfully completed IATA-based training.  They can be certified by their employer to ship Infectious Substances and Biological Specimens.

Agenda Overview

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

·  Welcome & Introductions

·  Know, Feel, Dos & Expectations

·  Introduction to shipping infectious substances, why is it important, what are we going to learn

·  Standard GBRMC IATA infectious substance shipping certification course

·  Continue:  IATA GBRMC infectious substance shipping course

·  Regulatory Review activity or other hands-on activity. In depth analysis and Q&A of IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations

·  Course review & exam preparation

·  Examination for shipping

·  Infectious Substance Packaging Solution

·        Novel, low-cost, sustainable packaging methods

·  Field Test survey results

·  Hands-on practice assembling the DIY packaging


Participants must register at the registration tab above. Once registration has been approved, participants will receive a Letter of Invitation.



Eric Cook, MPH - 

Celine West, MS -                                  

Marisa Rivera -

Role-Based Competencies for Cybersecurity within a Biorisk Management Framework

  • When Dec 11, 2023 to Dec 13, 2023 (America/Denver / UTC-700)
  • Where Cape Town, South Africa
  • Contact Name
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This training is supported by the U.S. Department of State, and as such, is required to adhere to U.S. government foreign assistance requirements as outlined in the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961. U.S. Department of State support requires that participation in the training be in compliance with U.S. laws, regulations, and policies including the Leahy Law and the Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) and Blocked Persons list. To demonstrate excellence as stewards of these funds, the U.S. Department of State is also required to verify partner nationality to ensure compliance with authorities bestowed by the U.S. Congress. The data will be officially categorized according to U.S. Government classification standards to ensure protection of personally identifiable information of our foreign partners.


On behalf of the U.S. Department of State Office of Cooperative Threat Reduction’s Biosecurity Engagement Program (BEP), Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) subject matter experts (SMEs) will conduct an in-person 3-day workshop in Cape Town, South Africa for up-to 18 stakeholders from public, private, and academic laboratories and industry sectors representing Information Technology (IT) Professionals, Biorisk Managers, Bioethicists, Laboratory Leadership, and Scientists and Nonproliferation Professionals.  The workshop will cover establishing institutional role-based competencies in cybersecurity awareness, training requirements, and educational needs to secure information technology and operational technology.


Participants are expected from public, private, industry, and academic sectors who hold critical biosecurity and cybersecurity roles. Individuals' management/leadership (involved in fostering/engaging with collaborators/sponsors, and developing facility policies and guidelines), Information Technology (IT) professionals who implement policies, biorisk management advisors or biosafety/bioethics officers who are responsible for the biorisk posture of the organizations, and those with roles in promoting adoption of technology advances for civilian and peaceful uses.

Workshop Objectives

Workshop objectives are to:

  • Raise awareness to the topic of cybersecurity and show recent, real world examples of how cyber-bio convergence affects the bio-technology space.
  • Discuss cybersecurity frameworks, cybersecurity risk, and risk mitigation measures.
  • Define roles & responsibilities as related to cybersecurity.
  • Provide participants with current knowledge on cybersecurity best practice that can be mapped to a role-based competency framework and establish institutional role-based competencies in cybersecurity.

India Intellectual Property e-Learning Asynchronous Webinar Series

  • When Sep 04, 2023 to Nov 30, 2023 (America/Denver / UTC-600)
  • Where Zoom
  • Contact Name
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On behalf of the United States Department of State’s Biosecurity Program (BEP), Sandia National Laboratories (SNL)/Global Chemical and Biological Security (SNL/GCBS) is offering a ten (10)-week e-learning asynchronous webinar series on Intellectual property and Technology Transfer. 


The webinar series will start 4 September 2023 and end 30 November 2023.  The course will be hosted on Sandia National Laboratories’ Center for Global Security and Cooperation (SNL/CGSC) Learning Portal powered by MATRIX.  The modules include:

Module 1- Introduction to Intellectual Property and the Course Content

Module 2- Security Threats to Intellectual Property  

Module 3- What is a patent?

Module 4- Patent Prosecution & International Applications

Module 5- Copyright, Trademarks, Service Marks 

Module 6- Trade Secrets and Know-how 

Module 7- Intellectual Property Monetization, Infringement, and Remedies

Module 8- Other Legal Protections of Intellectual Property

Module 9-Summary review


Once enrolled, participants will be able to access the modules on the SNL Center for Global Security and Cooperation (CGSC) Learning Portal in Matrix. Participants will work asynchronously at their own pace to review the modules, work on activities, and answer the knowledge check questions.  Every other Saturday within this 10-week period, there will be optional 60-minute questions/answer session for the participants with an SNL subject matter expert (SME).  The Q & A sessions will be held at 8:30 AM IST on 9 and 23 September, 7 and 21 October 2023, and 4 November 2023 (9:00 PM MDT on 8 and 22 September, 6 and 20 October 2023, and 3 November 2023).

As the participants complete each module, they are required to complete an open book Knowledge Check (three (3) attempts to score a passing) and a workshop evaluation.  A score of 80% is required on all modules to receive a Certificate of Completion.  The Knowledge Checks and a workshop evaluation but must be completed by 30 October 2023 by close of business PST at which time the Matrix site will close.



Participants must register at the link given below. Once registration has been approved, participants must create an account in the SNL Center for Global Security and Cooperation Learning Portal in Matrix (  Guidance on creating the user account will be provided after their registration is approved.



Points of Contact:

Julia E. Burel    

Cecelia V. Williams, Ph.D.                

Sarah Calcutt

Sandia National Laboratories        


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