28th January, 2022

Today we pause in memory of an ISTR member Dr. Rachel Coombe who was a Safety Adviser at the University of Cardiff and sadly passed away earlier this month. Our website and twitter page has been changed to add a 'splash of pink', following her family’s wishes. On behalf of the Institute, the Executive Committee has also made a donation to St John's Ambulance Cardiff Central Division in her memory.

Rachel was part of the South-West, Midlands and Wales regional biosafety groups and had hosted regional biosafety meetings at Cardiff University in the past. She was a great believer in regional biosafety groups and the enormous benefits they can provide to biosafety professionals like herself. Rachel has been described by friends as someone who always had a smile and was a font of knowledge. She will be missed by all those who knew her.


ISTR Autumn Symposium 16-19 November 2021

'Engineering for Safety' Programme and registration


ISTR Online  Discussion COVID-19 26 February 2021 'Clearing the Air: Influencing the design of effective building ventilation in a post COVID world'
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ISTR virtual Symposium held 8-10 September 2020

'Don't stand so close to me - working safely in a pandemic'

Plenary session resources available



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