News & Event
A roundtable on a Science Advisory Process for the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BTWC), April 2016 – report
In April 2016, on behalf of the IAP, the UK Royal Society, Polish Academy of Sciences and US National Academy of Sciences convened a roundtable on a Science Advisory Process for the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BTWC). The event bought together technical experts, science advice practitioners and key stakeholders from 13 countries. It took place on the margins of the April Preparatory Committee meeting (PrepCom) of the 8th Review Conference of the BTWC.
Developments in science and technology that impact the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention
On 16 December 2015, the InterAcademy Panel (IAP), the global network of science academies, published, in partnership with the Royal Society, the US National Academy of Sciences and the Polish Academy of Science, a review of scientific and technological developments that have implications for the UN Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BWC). The review, available to download from http://iapbwg.pan.pl/index.php/reports, was presented at a side event at the Meeting of the States Parties to the BWC in Geneva, Switzerland. It ensures that the most up to date scientific advice in the area of biosciences is available to assist policy makers in preparing for the 8th BWC Review Conference, which takes in place December 2016.
16 September 2015 - The IAP BWG meeting
The IAP Biosecurity Working Group Meeting took place on 16 September 2015 in Warsaw.
The minutes of the meeting is attached here.
The IAP BWG workshop “Advances in Design and Use of Microbial Production Systems: A Workshop for the BWC Community” Geneva, 9 August 2015
On 9 August 2015 in Geneva prof. Słomski and about 40 participants took part in the workshop “Advances in Design and Use of Microbial Production Systems” organised by the IAP Biosecurity Working Group. The meeting concerned the microbial systems that can be used to produce therapeutic proteins, as well as chemical particles, such as medicaments and biofuels. Implementing production based on bioprocesses will further develop thanks to the progress being made in genetic engineering and the possibility to transfer the metabolic pathways among living organisms.
Summary of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Trends Symposium - 13-15 September 2015, Warsaw, Poland
13-15 September 2015, Warsaw, Poland
The Trends Symposium brought together scientists, government and security experts from 30 countries around the world to discuss cutting-edge science and technology with a potential impact for biosecurity. The Trends Symposium was supported by IAP – the global network of science academies, the Royal Society, the US National Academies of Sciences (NAS) and the Polish Academy of Sciences.