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  • 27 July 2022 16:22 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    As shared through the HASNET email system recently, the ISTR Executive Committee is pleased to announce the location and dates for our upcoming flagship event, the Autumn Symposium.

    With a theme of ‘travel and transport’ - the symposium will take place on Wednesday 23rd & Thursday 24th of November at the National Railway Museum in York.

    The event will be held in person for the first time since 2019 and include plenty of opportunities to reconnect, or connect with new colleagues. We also plan to have a livestream option available for those who won’t be able to attend in person. More details including times, topics and speakers will be announced in the next few weeks. For now though, please save the date!

    Find out more about the National Railway Museum and how to get their on their website.

  • 19 July 2022 16:20 | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    We’re moving (virtually)… the ISTR registered address (our virtual office) has changed, our new address is:

    ISTR, 124 City Road, LONDON, EC1V 2NX

    You may need to advise your accounts department of this change for their records and for future payments. All other contact details remain the same and unchanged.

  • 13 July 2022 15:28 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The abridged minutes of the EC meeting held on 23rd May are now available to view

  • 27 June 2022 14:27 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    All BSO meeting on the 28th June 2022 at 10am

    ISTR would like members to consider the following information in preparation for the All BSO meeting on the 28th June:

    1. A presentation (BPRS proposal.pdfcontaining details of the proposed BPRS accreditation scheme. This will be briefly presented on the day by Andy White, the chair of the BPRS working group, and a representative from Royal Society of Biology will be available.
    2. Answer the question (ISTR prequestion.docx) on the BPRS proposed scheme.  
    It is important that ISTR members give feedback on the proposed scheme.

    There will be a chance for questions and discussion following the presentation.

    If you are unable to attend the meeting, ISTR and BSG welcome all comments/questions/feedback via email to

    If you can attend the meeting, ISTR and BSG look forward to seeing you all (virtually) on the 28th June. 

    Meeting joining details below:

    Join Zoom Meeting

    Meeting ID: 844 1058 6250

    Passcode: 968014

  • 07 June 2022 16:27 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Abridged minutes of the EC meeting held in February 2022 are now available to view

  • 16 March 2022 16:18 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    As many of you will remember, last year our Executive Committee members chaired a webinar, working with Camfil Ltd. looking at ventilation in a post-COVID world. The webinar highlighted a need amongst the ISTR membership for help and support in understanding more about how ventilation and filtration works. A common message at the webinar was that members could often feel challenged when discussing issues with their Estates / Facilities colleagues because they didn’t necessarily have the background knowledge.

    As a result of this feedback, we set up a series of workshops to try and address some of these concerns and to empower participating members. The 3 workshops covered everything from understanding the basics of ventilation and filtration, to current and future standards relating to Air Handling Units (AHUs) and filters/filtration and on to operational standards (ACDP, GMP etc.) and some system common outline designs. 

    Following the success of the workshop series, ISTR donated £3,000 to the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, as nominated by Camfil. Find out more about the important work of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust on their website.

  • 28 January 2022 09:40 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Today, 28th January, 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 was 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.

  • 19 November 2021 14:39 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We're pleased to advise that details of how to access the recordings of the presentations are expected to be sent to registered delegates during the week commencing 22 November. 

  • 28 September 2021 12:11 | Anonymous member

    The 2021 AGM is being held online 16 November 2021, 5.30-6.30pm. Details to follow in due course.

  • 28 September 2021 10:12 | Anonymous member

    ISTR Autumn Symposium, 16-19 November 2021

    Engineering for Safety

    Following last autumn's successful online event we have appointed Open Audience to deliver this year's Autumn Symposia 'Engineering for Safety'. More details and booking arrangements.

    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 16 November 5.30-6.30pm and members are encouraged to attend.Details will follow in due course.
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