SABC 2018

The National Academy of Sciences of Sri Lanka (NASSL), Sri Lanka together with the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology(ICGEB) and the South Asian University (SAU) is organizing the South Asian Biotechnology Conference (SABC 2018) in Colombo Sri Lanka during March 28-30, 2018 on the theme “Biotechnology: Role in Regional Development”. The Conference is being organized in collaboration with the National Science Foundation of Sri Lanka.

The conference will provide a forum to promote cooperation, coordination and collaboration amongst SAARC countries in achieving the broad aims of the theme. SABC 2018 will focus on the development of biotechnology based products, both for the market and for the public good in the agriculture, health, environment and industry sectors and disseminate successful best practices in the SAARC region.

It will bring together these focus groups to share research and industrial experiences, academic achievements and information related to the theme and promote cooperation, coordination and collaboration amongst SAARC countries in biotechnology, thereby contributing to economic development in the countries of the region. Among the topics of the Conference are Genomics, Synthetic Biology, Bioethics, Biotechnology Policy and IPR, Big Data and Industry.

History of SABC

South Asian Biotechnology Conference (SABC) was conceived by the Faculty of Life Science and Biotechnology, South Asian University (SAU) in 2015. First meeting was held in New Delhi. It was attended by the delegates from all SAARC countries. Towards the end of the meeting, it was decided to hold SABC in other SAARC countries in order to promote the existence of SAU and create new collaborations. The second SABC 2016 conference was held in Dhaka and the third SABC 2017 in Kathmandu. Both these meetings were jointly organised by the SAU and the host country's higher educational and other bodies related to science with additional sponsorship from local and international bodies related to science and technology.

Keynote Speaker

Andrew Holmes was at the University of Cambridge from 1972-2004 and thereafter at the University of Melbourne. His research interests include the applications of synthesis to solve problems at the interface of chemistry with materials science and biology. He has made extensive contributions in the area of light emitting and photovoltaic devices, and co-founded Cambridge Display Technology to exploit the technology. In collaboration with cell biologists he has developed tools for probing the key signalling proteins that bind to inositol phospholipids in intracellular signalling processes. In May 2000 he was elected Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS). He was elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (FAA) in March 2006 and Fellow of Technological Sciences and Engineering (FTSE) in November 2006. He is President of the Australian Academy of Science. From 2000-2003 he was Chairman of the Editorial Board of Chemical Communications and he has been an Associate Editor of Organic Letters since April 2006.

Andrew Holmes