Language selection


2021 BSL4ZNet International Conference

Banner for the 2021 BSL4ZNet International Conference

Preparing and responding to new post-pandemic challenges

September 23 to October 14, 2021
Virtual conference


The Biosafety Level 4 Zoonotic Laboratory Network (BSL4ZNet) organized a series of virtual sessions from September 23 to October 14, 2021. The sessions featured keynote speakers, expert panelists and a moderated dialogue with questions and answers.

BSL4ZNet is an international network of members from 5 countries, and members have agreed that the working language of the network is English. As a result, the 2021 International Conference was delivered in English.

In accordance with the Government of Canada's Policy on Official Languages, all supporting communications and services provided by the CFIA for the public will be available in both official languages.


During the COVID-19 pandemic, global collaborations have been critical in driving science forward. As part of the COVID-19 rapid collaborative response established by the BSL4ZNet, a COVID-19 International Symposium was held in August and September 2020.

The time has come to leverage this experience and collaboration to navigate the challenges of a post-pandemic era. In line with this, the overarching theme for the 2021 BSL4ZNet International Conference was "Preparing and responding to new post-pandemic challenges". The conference took place virtually from September 23 to October 14, 2021.


Registration for the 2021 BSL4ZNet International Conference is now closed.


The 2021 BSL4ZNet International Conference was organized into 4 thematic sessions focused on the post-pandemic era and driving science forward.

  1. Emerging and re-emerging pathogens on Thursday, September 23, 2021
  2. BSL3 and BSL4 biosafety and biosecurity: international perspectives on Wednesday, September 29, 2021
  3. One Health Perspectives on Thursday, October 7, 2021
  4. Zoonotic outbreaks and pandemics: science policy and science diplomacy perspectives on Thursday, October 14, 2021

The conference featured 4 keynote speakers, 15 panel sessions, and over 50 expert panelists from around the world. Our diverse line-up of international keynote speakers and panelists included scientific experts and leading science professionals from government, academia, industry and non-profit organizations. They work in the areas of research, emerging and re-emerging bio-threats laboratory management, biosafety and biosecurity, science diplomacy and policy. They brought their knowledge, expertise and collaborative spirit to the conference. Participants heard and engaged in discussions on how to leverage the experience of the COVID-19 pandemic, and other zoonotic outbreaks, through reflections and lessons learned to navigate a post-pandemic era.

Details on each session, including agendas, topics, keynote speakers and expert panelists, are available on the registration portal. This virtual event included live discussions, networking opportunities as well as an engaging and inclusive environment for dialogue.

Recordings of all the conference sessions are available to registered participants on the event portal.

Contact BSL4ZNet

Questions? Contact for more information.

Date modified: