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ISTR Online Autumn Symposia and AGM, 16-19 November 2021

  • 16 November 2021
  • 19 November 2021
  • 4 sessions
  • 16 November 2021, 14:45 17:00 (GMT)
  • 17 November 2021, 14:45 17:00 (GMT)
  • 18 November 2021, 14:45 17:00 (GMT)
  • 19 November 2021, 14:45 17:00 (GMT)
  • Online


  • For members wishing to attend the AGM and/or the Quiz only.
    There is no charge however, when registering you will be asked for a payment method. Select 'Online by card'. Your card details are not taken and registration proceeds.
  • For ISTR members attending a single afternoon Session only.
  • For ISTR members attending any two afternoon sessions
  • For ISTR members attending up to four afternoon Sessions
  • For non-members attending a single afternoon Session only.
  • For non-members attending any two afternoon sessions
  • For non-members attending any three afternoon Sessions
  • For non-members attending all afternoon Sessions (50% discount on fourth session)


and AGM

Engineering for Safety

Tuesday 16th - Friday 19th November 2021

(Choose the sessions you wish to attend, special rates available)

ISTR Annual General Meeting
Tuesday 16th November 17.30 - 18.30 

Social Events
Wednesday 17th November 18.30 - Quiz
Thursday 18th November 18.30 - Gin Tasting

Following last autumn's successful online event we have appointed Open Audience to deliver this year's Autumn Symposia. Book now to secure your place.

Engineering for Safety is wide-ranging topic and our programme reflects this. Our keynote presentation discusses the past, present and future containment of biological agents. While other speakers cover the challenges of ensuring the safe operation of aging or historical equipment, right through to the challenges of responding to the current Covid pandemic, including an insight into the HSE's role in this.  

The rise of task automation presents safety challenges as does monitoring and controlling airborne contaminants in a large teaching suite. Also we will hear about examples of collaborative working with non-safety professionals across an organisation in order to maintain a safe working environment. Whatever your discipline there will be opportunities to expand your knowledge and apply this to your own work situation.  

In addition, the ISTR Annual General Meeting will take place on Tuesday and members are encouraged to attend.

Social events:
ISTR recognises the importance of meeting others and we have planned
two events to facilitate this:
Wednesday - ISTR Quiz (click to join) again hosted by ISTR's own Egghead (included in ticket cost).
ThursdayVirtual Gin Tasting and discover the science of gin distilling.(Cost £29.99 - separate booking required)

There will also be an opportunity to meet Exhibitors as they hold either virtual presentations (between 12-1.30pm) or drop-in discussions. Details of how to take part in these will be provided.     


Session 1: Tuesday 16 November

 14:45  Welcome and introductions
 15:00 Keynote presentation: 
Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow - a retrospective account of containment and control of biological agents 
Heather Sheeley, Independent Consultant
 15:50  Break
 16:00 Working together (H&S, FM & Engineers) to enhance process control. 
Richard Allen, Wellcome Sanger Institute
 16:25  Break
 16:30 HSE’s role in the response to COVID-19
John Bell, Health and Safety Executive
 17:00  End of formal presentations
 17:30  Annual General Meeting

Session 2: Wednesday 17 November

 14:45  Welcome and introductions
 15:00 Moving from manual to automatic pipettes
Jenny Morgenstern, Kymab Ltd
 15:50  Break
 16:00 Under the lens – a snapshot of safety challenges in an historic industry
Lindsey Campbell, Harman Technology
 16:25  Break
 16:30 Biohazard awareness training for engineers
Sarah Gold, The Pirbright Institute
 17:00  End of formal presentations
 18:30 Social Event - Quiz - hosted by ISTR's Egghead, Beth Webster

Session 3: Thursday 18 November

 14:45  Welcome and introductions
 15:00 Controlling exposure of formaldehyde and phenol in an Anatomy Suite 
Elaine Armstrong, University of Manchester
 15:50  Break
 16:00 The MDC Lighthouse Laboratory – shining a light on covid testing 
Tanya Aspinall, The Medicines Discovery Catapult
 16:25  Break
 16:30 The Lighthouse Experience: Ensuring Safety and Quality While Scaling-up PCR to Meet the Pandemic
Harper van Steenhouse, Glasgow Lighthouse Lab
 17:00  End of formal presentations
 18:30 Social Event - Virtual Gin Tasting and the science of gin distilling by the Cotswold Distillery (£29.99 - separate registration required)

Session 4: Friday 19 November

 14:45  Welcome and introductions

Automated Sample Preparation Driving greater productivity and data integrity.
Ewan Grant, Beckman Coulter

 15:50  Break
 16:00 Automation in the malaria laboratory. 
Liam Prestwood, Wellcome Sanger Institute
 16:25  Break
 16:30 Application of functional safety to the biosafety industry. 
Jaspreet Chana, Engineering Safety Consultants Ltd
 17:00  End of formal presentations

* Please note that while the programme is accurate when circulated, it is always possible that a speaker may not be able to attend on the day, in which case an alternative speaker will be provided

Venue: Online, delivered by Open Audience

Price: From £40 per session

Final details and refunds:  Bookings close on Monday 8th November. Refunds for cancellations will incur a £25 administration charge. Please contact istr-eventssecretary@istr.org.uk to arrange.