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Welcome to GO4BSB
The German Online Platform for Biosecurity & Biosafety (GO4BSB) is the e-learning platform of the projects of the German Biosecurity Programme. The Programme was launched in 2013 by the Federal Foreign Office under the auspices of the G7 Global Partnership against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction.

Who we are

GO4BSB is a project of the German Biosecurity Programme and is a collaborative initiative of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the Bundeswehr Institute for Microbiology (IMB), the Friedrich-Loeffler-Institute, Island of Riems (FLI), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, and is coordinated by the Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine (BNITM).

More information on the partner institutes and the German Biosecurity Programme can be found here:

Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine (BNITM)

Bundeswehr Institute for Microbiology (IMB)

Friedrich Loeffler Institut, Federal Research Institute for Animal Health (FLI)

Robert Koch Institute (RKI)

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

German Biosecurity Programme

 

What we do

GO4BSB has been established to support the projects of the German Biosecurity Programme. It contributes to the overarching Programme aim of raising awareness and minimising risks associated with highly pathogenic agents by:

  • Raising awareness about biological risks, including the potential misuse of pathogens, toxins, biosecurity-sensitive information and technology
  • Providing e-learning tools and materials, which enable learning about responsible conduct in the life sciences and management of biological risks
  • Enabling interdisciplinary scientific exchange

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GO4BSB COVID-19 Digital Initiative

The aims of the "GO4BSB COVID-19 Digital Initiative” are  (1) to raise awareness of the scientific basis of SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 among the partners of the German Biosecurity Programme and (2) to offer partners orientation and decision-making support by:

  • providing e-learning tools and materials on SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19
  • enabling scientific exchange
  • compiling and structuring available information on scientific findings and best practices
  • enabling an exchange of expertise.

The Initiative is a collaborative effort by the Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine, Bundeswehr Institute of Microbiology, Friedrich Loeffler Institut, Federal Research Institute for Animal Health, Robert Koch Institute, and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH

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News

Know your pathogens – Eurasian Online Symposium on Biological Health Hazards (11/4/2021) - In these times of a pandemic, it becomes clear how important it is to have a close meshwork of biosurveillance on naturally occurring pathogens in countries. Awareness and preparedness help to monitor the spread of pathogens, identify spontaneous outbreaks among humans and livestock and limit the spread of the disease in a timely manner. This ...continue reading "Know your pathogens – Eurasian Online Symposium on Biological Health Hazards"
Joint Action against zoonoses – The activities of the Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut in Sub-Saharan Africa in the framework of the German Biosecurity Programme (7/7/2021) - Emerging infectious diseases are playing an increasingly important role in today's (global) world. More than half of these diseases have their origin in an animal reservoir and can be transmitted to humans as zoonotic diseases. People who depend on livestock for their livelihood and have close daily contact with their animals are particularly vulnerable. Especially ...continue reading "Joint Action against zoonoses – The activities of the Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut in Sub-Saharan Africa in the framework of the German Biosecurity Programme"
Enhancing biosecurity with digital and virtual tools – German institutions meet up to share best practices (6/17/2021) - In the German Biosecurity Programme, digital and virtual methods and tools have always been used for some of the activities carried out with various partner countries. Nevertheless, travel restrictions and limited possibilities to meet in person due to the COVID-19 pandemic have increased the need for digital solutions in order to keep up the project ...continue reading "Enhancing biosecurity with digital and virtual tools – German institutions meet up to share best practices"
Virtual symposium: Kazakh and German scientists discuss current issues on Covid-19 and other zoonoses (5/11/2021) - New findings on the COVID-19 pandemic as well as on the growing spread of orthohantavirus and early summer meningoencephalitis in Germany and Kazakhstan - these were the most important topics of the two-day virtual symposium on 21. and 22. April, which was jointly organised by the Institute of Microbiology of the German Armed Forces (IMB) ...continue reading "Virtual symposium: Kazakh and German scientists discuss current issues on Covid-19 and other zoonoses"

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