14.03.2012 - UNESCO Office in Venice

Higher Education and Professional Responsibility in CBRN Applied Sciences and Technology on the agenda in April at the Venice Workshop

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Organized by the UNESCO Venice Office, together with the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) and the Landau Network - Centro Volta, under the patronage of HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan of Jordan with the support of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Workshop on “Higher Education and Professional Responsibility in CBRN Applied Sciences and Technology Across the Sub-Mediterranean Region" will enhance a better integration of all the key stakeholders in the process of developing a “responsible science”.

Through this meeting, the organizers have the ambition to jointly promote a culture of safety and security in the field of CBRN applied sciences and technology among universities and the scientific community within the Sub-Mediterranean Region. Among a wide range of participants, representatives from the Sub-Mediterranean and Euro-Asiatic Universities (Amman, Algiers, Cairo, Beirut, Rabat, Tunis, Tripoli, Trieste, and Istanbul) will take part in this meeting. Also, regional networks like the UNESCO-UNITWIN MEGREC (the Mediterranean Basin Network for Green Chemistry, coordinated by the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice) have also been scheduled onto the agenda of this upcoming event.

The workshop will focus on how to provide the Sub-Mediterranean Region 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. As well as assessing the needs and priorities in the Sub-Mediterranean Region, the Workshop aims also at enhancing capacity building by developing appropriate curricula; promoting professional responsibility by improving human “responsibility” and “awareness”  through the diffusion of codes of conduct, ethics and standards within the entire international scientific community; disseminating best CBRN practices 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 on the challenges related to CBRN risks with respect to how to better promote responsible science through women and future generations. Two Laureates and one international fellow of UNESCO-L'ORÉAL Women in Science (Rashika EL-Ridi, Egypt; Habiba Chaabouni and Samia Elfekih, Tunisia) have confirmed their participation as keynote speakers at the Workshop.

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