CBRN Venice Workshop – 3-4 April 2012
The UNESCO Venice Office (UVO), the Landau Network – Centro Volta and the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) are organizing an International Workshop entitled “Higher Education and Professional Responsibility for Greater Adherence to International Standards in Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Applied Sciences and Technology in the Sub-Mediterranean Region” from 3 until 4 April 2012.
The meeting is hosted at UVO premises (Palazzo Zorzi – 4930 Castello) in Venice, Italy. The workshop is financially supported by the Italian Ministry of foreign Affairs.
Key experts and concerned stakeholders representing universities and research centres from the Mediterranean Region (Amman, Algiers, Cairo, Beirut, Rabat, Tunis, Damascus, Tripoli, Istanbul and Venice) as well as regional, multilateral and international bodies such as the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) and the UNESCO-UNITWIN MEGREC (Mediterranean Basin UNITWIN Network for Green Chemistry will address issues related to an improved culture of security and safety through “responsible science” in the fields of CBRN Applied Sciences and Technology.
The Arab Spring once again raised attention and awareness to the issues of security and risk prevention across the Mediterranean Basin. It is clear that there is a need for “responsible science” as a means for leading the way towards better understanding the opportunities and responsibilities associated to CBRN related- risks. “Responsible science” can be attained through education since it is cornerstone for the development of a culture of safety and security.
The objective of this workshop will focus on how to provide the Sub- Mediterranean Region (Sub-MR) with the most suitable tools and personnel necessary to encourage the establishment of international standards, best practices and guidance in the various CBRN fields for a sustainable and responsible development across the Region.
The workshop will also assess the needs and priorities in the Sub-MR in particular: enhancing capacity building by developing appropriate curricula; promoting professional responsibility by, improving human “responsibility” and “awareness” by diffusing codes of conduct, ethics and standards within the entire international scientific community; developing common e-learning methodologies, and how to disseminate the best CBRN practices, standards and concepts for further implementation of ad hoc action plans that can support a culture of CBRN safety and security.
It is expected that the discussions of this Workshop will generate innovative thinking to the challenges related to CBRN risks with respect on how to better promote responsible science through women and future generations. Three UNESCO-L’Oreal Women in Science Laureates (Professors Rashika EL-Ridi, Egypt; Habiba Chaabouni, Tunis and Dr Samia Elfekih, Tunis (Postdoctoral Researcher) have confirmed their participation as key note speakers at the Workshop.
UNESCO Venice Office
Landau Network-Centro Volta (LNCV)
Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO)
Head of Unit, SC Venice Office
Tel: + 39 (041) 260.15.20