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Final Meeting of EU CBRN CoE Project 3 – “Knowledge development and transfer of best practice on biosafety, biosecurity and biorisk management”

 
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Como, 06/04/2015 – The Insubria Center on International Security is delighted to announce the successful completion of the EU CBRN CoE Project 3 “Knowledge development and transfer of best practice on biosafety, biosecurity and biorisk management” marked by the Final Meeting, held in Como (Italy), from March, 30 to April, 1 2015.

The meeting, attended by the National Experts of the four Centres of Excellence Initiative Regions involved in the project (African Atlantic Façade – North Africa – South East Europe, the Southern Caucasus, Moldova and Ukraine – South East Asia) and by several project implementing partners, provided a final opportunity  within the project for networking and best practice sharing, along with an evaluation of the work conducted throughout the project.

The meeting was divided into several sessions, both scientific and plenary, in order to discuss in depth the scientific aspects linked to the development of knowledge on biosafety, biosecurity and biorisk management among the partner countries, as well as looking at the didactic and organizational aspects of the project – assessing the courses structure and possible future improvements.

The first day of the meeting, March 30 2015, was opened by the Vice Rector of the University of Insubria and ICIS President Prof. Giuseppe Colangelo and the Scientific Director, Prof. Maurizio Martellini. After this, the morning session was devoted to the discussion of future perspectives arising out of the lessons learned with the national Experts from South East Europe, the Southern Caucasus, Moldova and Ukraine – South East Asia (for a total of 23 experts from 14 countries). During the afternoon, participants debated the importance of knowledge dissemination at national and regional level and positive/negative aspects of national trainings.

The second day continued where the first day had left off, with the additional presence of seven experts from Algeria and Tunisia (North Africa) in the morning. During the afternoon, three Gabonese experts, from the African Atlantic Façade, together with the experts from the North African partner countries, discussed several case studies concerning laboratory biorisk management and emergency preparedness. In order to meet the linguistic requirements of these participants, the whole afternoon session was held in French.

The third and final meeting day was dedicated to a common plenary session bringing together all the experts from all the partner countries of the project. The main topic discussed was the sustainability, both scientifically and practically of the project implementation: what are the challenges for biorisk management? How the Project 3 could produce sustainable outcomes? The experts were required to debate these questions informed by professional and academic backgrounds, as well as taking into account country priorities and development perspectives. The final discussion was contributed to by UNICRI representatives, who provided input into the discussion from a strategic perspective.

The EU CBRN CoE Initiative is funded by the European Commission and implemented in cooperation with the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) and the European Commission Joint Research Center (JRC). The European External Action Service is also involved in the follow-up of the initiative. The initiative is developed with the technical support of relevant international and regional organisations, the EU Member States and other stakeholders, through coherent and effective cooperation at the national, regional and international level. The initiative involves 49 countries in 8 regions of the world.

For more information:

CBRN Centres of Excellence website:

http://www.cbrn-coe.eu/

European Commission, Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace website:

http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/fpi/what-we-do/instrument_contributing_to_stability_and_peace_en.htm  

 

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