Outbreaks, most dramatically illustrated by the COVID-19 pandemic, highlight the impact that biologicals can have on society. Although we rarely encounter such extreme cases, the same principles for addressing biological risks are relevant for applications in life sciences and biotechnology. During this training, participants will identify specific risks that are presented by biologicals, how to assess them and how to select proper management techniques. This will be done against a background of legal requirements and resources that are relevant for conducting R&D in a state-of-the-art environment.

This course will be taught by Patrick Rudelsheim, PhD, General Partner of Perseus BVBA, a service company focused on biosafety and related regulatory requirements, which he founded in 2003.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, participants will be able to...

  • identify biological material that may pose specific risks,
  • understand the difference between known hazards and uncertainty,
  • conduct a basic risk assessment,
  • identify protective measures and understand the need for proper use
  • appreciate that activities must comply with the relevant legal background


An important part of preparing for any further professional step is becoming (more) aware of the competences you have developed and/or want to develop. In the current workshop, the following competences from the UHasselt competency overview are actively dealt with:

  • interpersonal competences:
    • stakeholder awareness
  • personal effectiveness:
    • responsibility
  • intellectual competences:
    • risk management
    • critical judgement


For whom?

  • PhD students of the Doctoral School of Health & Life Sciences and Sciences & Technology

When and where?

  • October 18, 2021 - 13:30-16:30
  • campus Diepenbeek, building D, room C105


  • Registration has been closed since September 20, 2021
  • As places are limited, registering does not automatically imply that you will be able to participate. You will be notified by email in due time.
  • Please cancel your registration at least one week in advance in case you cannot make it (cf. cancellation & no-show policy).

Acknowledged as?

  • DS H&LS: category 'scientific skills' - half a course on technical skills
  • DS S&T: category 'teaching' - module on professionalization