29.03.2012 - UNESCO Office in Venice

Responsible science for a secure and safe society

The UNESCO Venice Office, the Landau Network – Centro Volta and the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) are organizing an International Workshop entitled “Higher Education and Professional Responsibility for Greater Adherence to International Standards in Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Applied Sciences and Technology in the Sub-Mediterranean Region” from 3 until 4 April 2012. The meeting is hosted at UVO premises (Palazzo Zorzi – 4930 Castello) in Venice, Italy. The workshop is financially supported by the Italian Ministry of foreign Affairs.

Key experts and concerned stakeholders representing universities and research centres from the Mediterranean Region (Amman, Algiers, Cairo, Beirut, Rabat, Tunis, Damascus, Tripoli, Istanbul and Venice) as well as regional, multilateral and international bodies such as the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) and the UNESCO-UNITWIN MEGREC (Mediterranean Basin UNITWIN Network for Green Chemistry will address issues related to an improved culture of security and safety through “responsible science” in the fields of CBRN Applied Sciences and Technology.

The Arab Spring once again raised attention and awareness to the issues of security and risk prevention across the Mediterranean Basin. It is clear that there is a need for “responsible science” as a means for leading the way towards better understanding the opportunities and responsibilities associated to CBRN related risks. “Responsible science” can be attained through education since it is cornerstone for the development of a culture of safety and security.

Author(s): UNESCO Venice Media Advisory N°2012-01

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