Infravec2 Secure insectary training

24 Apr 2019

Interested in conducting secure insect infection studies with BSL2 and BSL3 pathogens? Infravec2 are running a five day workshop (1 – 5 July 2019) at The Pirbright Institute to train individuals on the planning, designing and conducting of such experiments. Nine spaces are available on the course, with registration, accommodation costs and a travel grant provided to all successful candidates. To find out more, or apply for a place on the course, visit

Theoretical modules will include:

  • legal framework for working with insects in biological containment laboratories (including national considerations);
  • principles of risk assessment;
  • facility design and operation;
  • good experimental design.

Practical modules will include:

  • insect rearing in dedicated non-contained insectary and in biological containment laboratories;
  • insect infection in three distinctive laboratory setups: (1) on bench, (2) using a minimum extraction glove box, (3) and using a class III biological safety cabinet;
  • sample collection, processing and interpretation of results.