The UQ Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) consists of:

  • the main committee, which meets 3 times a year
  • a subcommittee (IBSC), which meets approximately every 6 weeks.

The subcommittee assesses all proposals for dealing with genetically modified material, hazardous biological material or potentially infectious microorganisms.

Both committees are made up of:

  • experts from throughout UQ on the many areas of biological research undertaken by UQ staff and students
  • biological safety advisors to ensure compliance with legislative and UQ requirements
  • an independent member to ensure an unbiased approach.

If you work with biological material or in areas where work with biological material is being undertaken, you need to be aware of and abide by the relevant legislation, standards, procedures and guidelines that apply to you and the work you're performing. Read the Biosafety Policy [2.40.01] for more information.

Subcommittee

Applications for approval

The subcommittee assesses all applications for dealing with genetically modified material, hazardous biological material and potentially infectious microorganisms.

Chief investigators must obtain appropriate approvals from the subcommittee before starting work.

To apply for approvals, follow the procedures for:

You must finalise your application at least 2 weeks before the next IBSC meeting date to guarantee it will be considered at that meeting.

Late submissions may be accepted at the IBSC Chair's discretion if there are extenuating circumstances.

Meeting dates and submission deadlines

Meeting date Submission deadline
15 October 2019 27 September 2019
26 November 2019 8 November 2019
28 January 2020 3 January 2020
3 March 2020 7 February 2020
14 April 2020 27 March 2020
26 May 2020 8 May 2020
7 July 2020 19 June 2020
25 August 2020 7 August 2020
6 October 2020 11 September 2020
24 November 2020 30 October 2020

Members

Name Speciality Organisational unit
Associate Professor Ulrike Kappler (Chair) Metabolic pathways School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences
Professor Elizabeth Aitken (Deputy Chair) Plant pathology School of Agriculture and Food Sciences
Ms Sophie O'Neill (Secretary) Biosafety Advisor Health, Safety and Wellness
Dr Amanda Jones Lead Biosafety Advisor Health, Safety and Wellness
Dr Victor Anggono Neural biology Queensland Brain Institute (QBI)
Professor Bernard Carroll Plant biology School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences
Dr Rowland Cobbold Veterinary public health School of Veterinary Sciences
Associate Professor Bryan Fry Evolution of venoms School of Biological Sciences
Professor Roy Hall Structure and function of flavivurses School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences
Professor Ben Hankamer Algae biotechnology Institute for Molecular Bioscience
Dr Milos Tanurdzic Plant development and genomics School of Biological Sciences
Professor Ernst Wolvetang Stem cell research Australian Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN)
Ms Susan Stephenson Independent member  
Dr Nick West Tuberculosis research School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences

Main committee

The UQ Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) is required to ensure compliance with legislation, regulations and standards, including:

The UQ IBC also acts as liaison between UQ researchers and the:

  • Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
  • Office of the Gene Technology Regulator.

Meeting dates

  • Wednesday 10 April 2019
  • Tuesday 16 July 2019
  • Wednesday 16 October 2019

Members

Name Position
Professor Alastair McEwan (Chair) Dean, Graduate School / Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research Training)
Mr Jim Carmichael (Deputy Chair) Director, Health, Safety and Wellness Division
Dr Amanda Jones (Secretary) Biosafety Advisor, Health, Safety and Wellness representative
Ms Sophie O'Neill (observer) Biosafety Advisor
Mr Kerrin Henderson (observer) Biosafety Advisor
Dr Anthony Arklay Health Services Directorate
Professor Joanne Meers Veterinary Virology, School of Veterinary Science
Professor Jimmy Botella Plant biotechnology, School Agricultural and Food Sciences
Associate Professor Ulrike Kappler  Chair, IBC Subcommittee, School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences
Mr Kevin Wathen-Dunn UQ-Biological Resources
Dr Amanda Dines Royal Brisbane Women’s Hospital
Mr Stewart Hobbs Manager Engineering Services, Property and Facilities
Dr John Kopinski Independent member, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
Dr Tim Biffin Veterinary Officer, Office of Research Ethics
Ms Nicole Makoviney Director, Research Ethics
Mr Barry Yeo Senior Mechanical Engineer, Property and Facilities

Gatton Biosecurity Advisory Committee

The Gatton Biosecurity Advisory Committee specifically considers biosafety and biosecurity issues for the Gatton campus.

Gatton staff must still apply to the UQ Institutional Biosafety Subcommittee for approvals to work with genetically modified material and potentially hazardous biological material.