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National Biodefense Science Board Meetings

Upcoming Meetings

  • TBD

Previous Meetings


  • November 30, 2023: The NBSB discussed and voted on two set of recommendations related to COVID-19 pandemic lessons; Project NextGen vaccine and therapeutic products; and disaster preparedness training. The Board is also invited key stakeholder groups to address the Board and share their ideas on issues related to current and future chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear threats, and other disaster preparedness and response matters.
  • August 28, 2023The NBSB approved the two sets of recommendations, though with some substantive additions and modifications. 


  • September 29, 2022: Public meeting of the NBSB to discussed requirements and systems to better collect, analyze, and share operational health data and to improve accessibility and resilience of virtual healthcare during a disaster.
  • March 7, 2022:  This public meeting of the NBSB  was held virtually (via Zoom) on March 7, 2022. We anticipated that the agenda would include climate change, health equity, and issues related to the public health supply chain.


  • December 16, 2021: The NBSB met in public (virtually) on December 16, 2021 from 1:00 to 4:00 PM ET to discuss high priority issues related to national public health emergency preparedness and response, as well as reviewed the draft recommendations that support the development of the next edition of the National Health Security Strategy.
  • September 28, 2021: The NBSB met in public (virtually) on September 28, 2021, from 11:00 to 1:00 p.m. Eastern time to discuss the strategy and planning for the National Special Pathogen System and other high priority issues related to national public health emergency preparedness and response.
  • May 26, 2021: The National Biodefense Science Board hosted a public teleconference to discuss new recommendations to HHS that addressed remaining public health emergency preparedness and response challenges. In light of the numerous health emergencies and disasters that have affected the United States since 2007, NBSB will continue to provide recommendations related to health emergency preparedness, response, and recovery.


  • May 13, 2020: The NBSB held the public teleconference previously scheduled for April 28, 2020 on May 13, 2020. The purpose of this teleconference is to discuss the updates from the Disaster Medicine and All Hazards Science Response Working Groups.


  • December 3, 2019: The upcoming meeting of the National Biodefense Science Board focused on an after action review of Crimson Contagion, a National Level Exercise; eastern equine encephalitis virus; accelerating the development of vaccines and therapeutics to address emerging infectious diseases; and more.
  • September 11, 2019: The purpose of the meeting was to gather information to develop expert advice provided by NBSB and guidance to the Secretary on scientific, technical, and other matters of special interest to HHS regarding current and future chemical, biological, nuclear, and radiological agents, whether naturally occurring, accidental, or deliberate.
  • June 10-11-2019: This meeting of the National Biodefense Science Board focused on early results and progress reports from four new programs that were designed to strengthen disaster health preparedness, response and recovery: the Regional Disaster Health Response System; BARDA DRIVe; ASPR’s new Incident Management Team; One Health; and the National Biodefense Strategy. As part of the evolution of the National Disaster Medical System, NBSB discussed disaster veterinary medicine and National Veterinary Response Teams. The board addressed issues facing the medical community, including disaster medicine training for community physicians and advance practice physicians and learn about ways to develop and operationalize core competencies for disaster medicine.