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The BWC Global Forum: Biotech, Biosecurity & Beyond

The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security is hosting a podcast, The BWC Global Forum: Biotech, Biosecurity & Beyond, to support BWC States Parties, policymakers and policy experts, and scientists understand advancements in biology and biotechnology and their impact on the Biological & Toxin Weapons Convention (BWC).

This effort originated as The Global Forum on Scientific Advancements Important to the BWC, which consisted of full-day workshops held in conjunction with the BWC Meetings of States Parties. The workshops provided a platform to facilitate engagement between BWC delegates, technical experts, and other stakeholders on the opportunities and risks associated with emerging and future biological capabilities.

In this new iteration, the Global Forum takes the form of a podcast in order to provide a permanent and growing repository of information on emerging S&T capabilities by directly engaging with technical experts. Our hosts interview some of the world's foremost experts across the broad scope of biology and biotechnology to identify and investigate emerging capabilities and future trends and consider their potential impact on the BWC itself and biological weapons nonproliferation policy and practice. As it has from the beginning, the Global Forum's primary goal is to inform BWC delegations, stakeholders, and frontline scientists on how emerging biology and biotechnology relate to their work, including potential risks and benefits associated with the BWC.

The BWC Global Forum: Biotech, Biosecurity & Beyond podcast debuted to coincide with the 9th BWC Review Conference, held November 28-December 16, 2022, in Geneva, Switzerland. This effort will continue through the 2023-27 BWC Intersessional Period.




Episode #5: Recorded on location at the UN Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, during the 9th BWC Review Conference

  • Dr. James Revill, Head, WMD & Space Security Programmes, UN Institute for Disarmament Research
  • Dr. Anna Laura Ross, Unit Head, Emerging Technologies, Research Prioritization & Support, World Health Organization
  • Dr. Leifan Wang, Assistant Professor, Center for Biosafety Research & Strategy, Tianjin University

Episode 5 is currently in production and will be posted soon.


Project team: Gigi Kwik Gronvall, PhD; Michael Montague, PhD; Amanda Kobokovich, MPH; Rachel Vahey, MHS; Matthew Shearer, MPH

Project supported by: Open Philanthropy Project



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