#Pandemiclabsafetychallenge: We have extended the deadline for applications!

Pandemic Lab Safety Challenge Deadline Extended

After careful consideration, we are excited to inform you that we have extended the deadline for the #PandemicLabSafetyChallenge to give students and researchers a bit more time to enter.

As labs across the world are in various stages of reopening, SEPTEMBER 15, is the new deadline to give all innovators and problem solvers a chance to share the tips and tricks they’ve developed for maintaining a safe lab environment.

Share the ideas that can be adopted by scientists in labs with limited resources and you could win prize hampers from Milliporesigma, Toka Bio and a chance to have your video featured on Seeding Labs Telescience video library. The grand prize winners will also receive free virtual laboratory safety training from the Laboratory Safety Institute, as well as free automated edits of a scientific text from Research Square.


Start your Pandemic Lab Safety Challenge Team


Here is how to enter:


Phase 1

Form a team of up to 4 members or enter as an individual, and submit a written description of your technique or innovation by 15 September 2021.


Phase 2

Once SANBio and Seeding Labs review committee has received all written descriptions of your technique or innovation, you will then be prompted to create and submit your video—up to 8 minutes long and in ANY LANGUAGE! (Challenge videos will be peer-reviewed by the Lab Safety Institute, and a panel of judges will choose the winners).



About the challenge

Pandemic Lab Safety Challenge is proudly brought to you by SANBio in collaboration with Seeding Labs.

With the worldwide impact of COVID-19, researchers facing a return to work have had to rapidly innovate enhanced lab safety protocols with the resources on hand.

This Challenge is designed to solicit videos that share creative solutions for lab safety in a time of COVID-19 that could be adopted by scientists in labs with limited resources, no matter where they might be.

Scientists and students are challenged to present their innovations in brief videos for our TeleScience library. Topics could include demonstrating how to safely sanitize instrumentation, or detailing how to adapt a physical lab space to implement social distancing between researchers, to name a few.

The challenge is global and open to anyone, participants include, scientists and students from the Instrumental Access network and beyond, including the SANBio community of researchers from Southern Africa. Videos will be peer-reviewed by the Lab Safety Institute.

For competition terms and conditions, please click here.