FORT COLLINS, COLORADO, USA - 2015 Course Information

The 12th Annual Biosafety and Biosecurity Training Course will be held July 9–16, 2015, at the Hilton Hotel, Fort Collins, Colorado.
The Course is directed by Dr. Robert P. Ellis.        Course Program         Hotel Reservations

Partnering with the Elizabeth R. Griffin Foundation – "Safer Together"

NOTICE: The 2015 BBTC Program has been approved for the (ABSA) American Biological Safety Association Certification Maintenance Points (CM Pts) for biosafety professionals.

(Casual Dress recommended)

Topics include the following:

Animal Session: July 9 and 10, will be animal oriented. Topics to be covered include large animal ABSL–2 and –3 facilities design, containment and management; Laboratory animal ABSL–2 and –3 facilities design, containment and management; Veterinary hospital, clinic, and farm and ranch Biosecurity [infection control]; Non–Human Primate Biosafety; and Select Agent inspection preparations.

General Session: July 11, 13, and the morning of the 14, will be general Biosafety and Biosecurity. Topics to be covered include rDNA/Synthetic NA (recombinant DNA) Guidelines; Risk assessment; Entity specific inspection and audit preparations and responses; Select Agent regulations and recent changes (Tier 1), administration, and inspection preparations; Design and management of insectaries; HEPA filters and biosafety cabinet certification; BSL–2 and BSL–3 Building Design and Operations; Synthetic Biology. July 11 is Hawaiian shirt day, so bring your favorite Hawaiian shirt to wear.

Optional for all attendees: Sunday, July 12, will be open for your enjoyment of the Fort Collins and Rocky Mountain National Park areas.

Plant Session: July 14 afternoon, 15, and 16 morning, will be plant oriented: Greenhouse design and management; Regulations and permit procedures; Containment of recombinant plants; Infectious disease research with plants; Biopharmaceuticals; Plant disease diagnostic lab network; Diseases of crops; and Select Agent inspection preparations. We will finish with lunch at noon Thursday, the 16th.

Participants include individuals from universities, private industry, and government. Disciplines represented include biosafety, laboratory designers, laboratory management, program managers, veterinarians, vivarium management, maintenance and engineering, and facility operations.


Course Instructors – Animal SessionGeneral SessionPlant Session

2015 Program       Course Learning Objectives/Outcomes

2015 Registration and Payment Information

The cost for the course is:

Animal and general sessions: $1900
Plant and general sessions: $1900
Complete training course, July 9–16, 2015: $2100

Registration includes, dinners July 10 (Animal and General Sessions, and Complete Course registrants), and/or July 14 (Plant Sessions and Complete Course registrants), lunches, and breaks, and all course material. A class photo and certificate will be given to all who complete the course.
We anticipate full enrollment, so make your course and hotel reservations early.

Payment by check or Payment by credit card information is found on the registration form.
Please complete the registration form now to secure your position in the course, even if you are making payment on–site at the meeting. All registration fees must be paid in advance of attendance to the course sessions.

REFUND POLICY: Registration fee full refund less 5%, if requested within 45 days of annual meeting; 50% refund from 44 – 22 days before annual meeting; no refund if requested 21 days or less before annual meeting.

2015 Hotel Reservations

The BBTC 2015 Hilton Fort Collins room rates are (tentatively) $114 for single or double, $10 for each additional person in a room, and $134 for a suite. The cutoff date for hotel reservations is June 26, 2015. The hotel phone number is 970–482–2626. Call the hotel to reserve your special group room rate under the group/block name of "Biosafety and Biosecurity Training", or use the following on-line custom Biosafety & Biosecurity Room Reservation link:
Link to on-line custom room reservation.

It is a 1 ½ to 2 hour drive from Denver International Airport, and is almost all interstate. Here is map information from DIA to Fort Collins and the Hilton Fort Collins. Take Hwy 470 North to I–25. Take I–25 North to the Fort Collins area and take the Prospect Rd. exit. Go West 4.5 miles on Prospect to the intersection of Prospect and Centre Avenue.


Shuttle bus transportation between DIA and Fort Collins: SuperShuttle or GreenRide

CONTACT US: Please direct questions to me at or 970–491–8268.