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Global Forum on Scientific Advances Important to the BWC

Global Forum on Scientific Advances Important to the BWC

FIRST ANNUAL:

Global Forum on Scientific Advances Important to the
Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention

Geneva, Switzerland
Palais des Nations, Room XXIV
December 3, 2018

Held in Conjunction with the 2018 Meeting of State Parties to the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention

The first annual Global Forum on Scientific Advances Important to the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention, hosted by the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, will address rapidly emerging advancements in biology and biotechnology and their impact on bioweapons nonproliferation policy. The daylong event on December 3 in Geneva, Switzerland, immediately precedes the 2018 Meeting of States Parties (MSP) to the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BWC). Members of States Parties’ delegations and others in Geneva registered for the MSP are encouraged to attend.

This event will feature expert panel and speaker discussions on current and future biological capabilities relevant to the BWC, including potential for misuse and opportunities to boost efforts to prevent biological weapons development and strengthen bioweapons nonproliferation norms. The Global Forum will facilitate engagement between scientists and policymakers, bringing leading-edge biological scientists from around the world to speak with BWC delegations and other stakeholders about how new biotechnology tools and approaches might pose new risks and explore new solutions for existing and emerging biological weapons challenges.

In addition, the Global Forum will emphasize the importance of engaging the scientific community and private sector to support bioweapons nonproliferation norms, policies, and programs.

The event is free. Breakfast, lunch, and other refreshments will be provided for attendees. A reception will follow the event.

Registration

Please register for the Global Forum and provide your contact information at the link below. We will send you updates on the agenda and other relevant details about the event.

 

Guests must register for the MSP in order to attend the Global Forum. For more information, visit the 2018 MSP page on unog.ch.

Contact

Those who have questions or need more information may email Dr. Gigi Gronvall, senior scholar at the Center, at ggronvall@jhu.edu.

 

Provisional Agenda

Monday, December 3, 2018

Palais des Nations, Room XXIV


0900Check-in & Catered Breakfast
0930Welcome Remarks
His Excellency Ambassador Ljupco Gjorgjinski, Chargé d’Affaires of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Chairman of the 2018 Meeting of the States Parties to the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention with introduction by Gigi Gronvall, Senior Scholar, Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security
0945Session #1:
The Cutting Edge of Biology: What is the Current State of Capabilities and What are the Impacts on the BWC?

Moderator:
  • Gigi Gronvall, Senior Scholar, Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security
Panelists:
  • Zhang Weiwen, Professor, Laboratory of Synthetic Microbiology, School of Chemical Engineering, Tianjin University, China
  • Faisal Khan, Director, Institute of Integrative Bioscience, CECOS University, Pakistan
  • Lucas Cespedes, Consultant, SENAI Institute of Innovation Management, Brazil
  • Patrick Boyle, Head of Design, Ginkgo Bioworks, United States of America
1100Coffee/Tea Break
1130Session #2:
What are the current and historical approaches to addressing advancements in science & technology and their impact on the BWC?

Moderator:
  • Anita Cicero, Deputy Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security
Panelists:
  • Jo Husbands, Senior Project Director, Board of Life Sciences, US National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
  • Lela Bakanidze, Chair, Board of Directors, International Federation of Biosafety Associations, Georgia
  • Piers Millett, Director of Safety and Security, International Genetically Engineered Machines Competition (iGEM), and Senior Research Fellow, Future of Humanity Institute, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
1230Catered Lunch
1330Keynote Address
Jason Matheny, Former Director, Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), Office of the Director of National Intelligence, United States of America
1440Session #3:
Looking to the Future: What capabilities can we expect of advanced biology that could play a positive or negative role in the BWC and bioweapons nonproliferation norms?

Moderator:
  • Gigi Gronvall, Senior Scholar, Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security
Panelists:
  • Vitor Pinheiro, Associate Professor, Rega Institute for Medical Research, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
  • James Diggans, Director, Bioinformatics and Biosecurity, Twist Bioscience, United States of America
  • Poh Chueh Loo, Associate Professor, National University of Singapore
1540Coffee/Tea Break
1610Session #4:
How to Leverage Science and Technology to Strengthen the BWC?

Moderator:
  • Zalini Yunus, Science & Technology Research Institute for Defence, Ministry of Defence, Malaysia
Panelists:
  • Oshiorenoya Agabi, Founder and CEO, Koniku Inc., Nigeria
  • Daniel Feakes, Chief, Biological & Toxin Weapons Convention Implementation Support Unit
  • Filippa Lentzos, Senior Research Fellow, Kings College London, United Kingdom
  • Vlada Pashynska, Senior Specialist & Project Coordinator, Science & Technology Centre Ukraine
1725Closing Remarks on Importance of Continued Dialogue
Gigi Gronvall, Senior Scholar, Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security
1730Closing Reception