- Biosecurity & Dual Use Education: Materials, Modules and Resources
In recent years, a number of initiatives have been undertaken pertinent
to dual use and biosecurity education:
- As part of its “Biotechnology,
Weapons and Humanity” appeal, the International
Committee of the Red Cross has produced a document titled Preventing
Hostile Use of the Life Sciences: From Ethics and Law to Best Practice
to provide principles to promote awareness of the humanitarian norms against
the hostile use of the life sciences.
- The Institute on Global Conflict and
Cooperation within the University
of California run a two week summer
course for graduate students and junior professionals examining the
threat of bioterrorism.
- The World Health Organization has
issues laboratory guidance for biosecurity titled Biorisk
Management: Laboratory Biosecurity Guidance.
- Sandia National Laboratories in
the US has an International
Biological Threat Reduction program intended for practitioners in
the life sciences aimed at minimizing biological risks from research.
- The Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation produced an online
educational program titled “Biosecurity:
Risks, Responses, and Responsibilities”.
- The Southeast Regional Center of Excellence
for Biodefense and Emerging Infections (SECREB) has established an
online module ("The
Dual-Use Dilemma in Biological Research") intended for those
engaged in biological research.
- The Federation of American
Scientists has produced a series of on-line
educational modules designed to increase awareness of biosecurity
and promote enhanced self-regulation by scientists.
- The Stockholm International Peace Research
Institute, the Free University Brussels,
and the International Relations and
Security Network have developed an education
module about the non-proliferation of chemical and biological weapons.
- The Nuclear Threat Initiative has
complied a listing
of university and institute courses taught with material relevant to the
problem of biological weapons.
- Middlebury College convened
annual workshop for those studying nuclear, chemical and biological
weapons to develop curriculum and course syllabus with special respect
to non-proliferation, in May 2006.
American Association for the Advancement of Science has created a web resource related to ‘dual use' issues in the life sciences.
In relation to chemical weapons, the International
Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry commissioned an educational web
site in 2007 about the mutliple uses