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ISTR Autumn Symposia, 21-22 November 2023

  • 21 November 2023
  • 10:30
  • 22 November 2023
  • 15:00
  • Albert Hall Conference Centre North Circus Street Nottingham NG1 5AA and National Justice Museum High Pavement Nottingham NG1 1HN

After Brexit: the status of EU law in the UK during transition and beyond - ALBA


‘What are you on about? …demystifying regulatory changes’

Tuesday 21st - Wednesday 22nd November 2023

In a post-Brexit legislative environment this year's symposium will focus on regulatory changes in health and safety and what they currently mean for us in the workplace.

Bringing members and guests together in the Albert Hall Conference Centre, Nottingham's we will hold our autumn symposium in the city for the first time. Speakers will join us from higher education, private and public sectors. Topics will include recent legislative changes, learning from the regulators, the challenge of Artificial Intelligence and matching sustainability with safety requirements.

Shire Hall, National Justice MuseumKeeping with the legislative theme of the Symposium we will host a drinks reception and Symposium Dinner in the splendid surroundings of the Shire Hall and Grand Jury Room at the National Justice Museum in the City on the first evening.

Provisional Programme (full details to follow)

Tuesday 21st Nov

10:30 – Symposium opens to delegates; registration, refreshments and networking

12:00 – Lunch (provided)

13:00 – Welcome and Introduction - Andy Minnis, ISTR Chair

13:05 Session 1 “Regulators and regulatory updates”

HSE’s current strategy and relevant sector update - Kerstin Voelz, HSE Specialist Inspector.

Health & Safety prosecutions and legislative changes. - Chris Baranowski, Partner – Head of Regulatory – Safety Health & Environment at DAC Beachcroft Claims Limited.


14:30 – Break and refreshments

15:00 Session 2 “Sector experience with regulators”

Experiences with regulators and the changing regulatory focus in recent years -Joe Brannigan, Head of Estates Health and Safety, University of Edinburgh.

When regulations misalign - Lauren Crawley, Health Safety and Biological Safety Manager, Oxford Biomedica.

Experiences of interactions with the HSE whilst working at The Pirbright Institute - Sarah Gold, HSBS Adviser & Deputy Site Biological Safety Adviser, The Pirbright Institute


16:15 - Update on ISTR membership of the Biosafety Strategic Leadership Group (BSLG) with opportunity for Q&A

16:25 - Wrap up of Day 1 - Andy Minnis, ISTR Chair

16:30 – Finish

19:00 – Drinks reception and dinner, at the National Justice Museum

Wednesday 22nd Nov:

09:30Symposium opens to delegates

10:00 – Welcome and Introduction - Andy Minnis, ISTR Chair

10:05 Session 1  “Standards and guidance”

Standards, where do they fit in? Using ISO 35001:2019 Biorisk management for laboratories and other related organisations - Heather Sheeley, Independent Consultant

Hasmap updates and alignment to ISO 45001 - Scott Trim, Director of Health, Safety and Business Continuity, Aston University.


11:15 – Break, refreshments

11:45 Session 2 

A rise in molecular filtration demand, allied with new standards - Chris Hews, Business Development Manager, Camfil.


12:20 – Lunch (provided)

13:30 – Session 3 “H&S and Artificial Intelligence”.

Implications of AI on the occupational health and safety profession - Andy Minnis, ISTR Chair, with ChatGPT.

Introduction to AI, principles & areas of application - Dr Loic Lannelongue, Research Associate in Biomedical Data Science, Department of Public Health and Primary Care, University of Cambridge School of Medicine.


14:30 – Plenary session; Facilitated group discussion (‘hive mind’) on topics covered during the symposium..

15:15 – Wrap up and preview of 2024 events

15:30 – Close

* 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

Symposium Venue: Albert Hall Conference Centre, North Circus Street, Nottingham NG1 5AA

Drinks reception and Symposium Dinner: National Justice Museum, High Pavement, Nottingham NG1 1HN

Tickets: The Symposium ticket includes attendance at the 2-day symposium with lunch and refreshments during the symposium on both days. 

Members can purchase an inclusive ticket to attend the 2-day Symposium, plus the Drinks Reception and Symposium Dinner at a preferential rate or attend the 2-day Symposium only.

Non-members are also welcome and can purchase an inclusive ticket to attend the 2-day Symposium, Drinks Reception and Symposium Dinner or attend the 2-day Symposium only,

Tickets are available for delegates who wish to bring a guest to the Drinks reception and Symposium Dinner.

Payment options: Online payment by card is the preferred payment method. Purchase orders are accepted but please remember to select this option when booking and upload a copy of your purchase order at the time of booking to secure your place and avoid disappointment. 

Accommodation: Is NOT INCLUDED in the ticket price. Delegates are advised to make their own accommodation arrangements directly at one of the many venues available in the area. See Hotels in Nottingham City Centre - Visit Nottinghamshire (visit-nottinghamshire.co.uk)

Final details and refunds:  Bookings close on Friday 10 November to meet the catering requirements of both venues. Refunds for cancellations or non-attendance cannot be made after this date. If a delegate cannot attend, a colleague may take their place. Contact istr-eventssecretary@istr.org.uk to discuss. Any refund will be subject to a £25 administration charge.


For travel to the Albert Hall and parking arrangements visit Albert Hall Conference Centre Nottingham - Finding Us, Directions and Accommodation (alberthallnottingham.co.uk)

Directions to The National Justice Museum can be found at Plan your visit | National Justice Museum