Higher Education and Professional Responsibility in CBRN Applied Sciences and Technology Across the Sub-Mediterranean Region

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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.

While Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) - focused Applied Sciences and Technology lie at the heart of overall human welfare, ethical and other related issues should also be taken into consideration.

The interdisciplinary nature of new technologies, combined with steadily increasing accessibility, has opened the path to new challenges. Therefore, efforts in improving human "responsibility" and "awareness" by diffusing codes of conduct, ethics and international standards within the whole scientific community are crucial in supporting sustainable development.


Opening Session

  • “Luigi Sacco” University Hospital [Maria Rita Gismondo, Director of the Clinical Microbiology Laboratory, and, University of Milan, Italy]  Open

Keynote Address

  • HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan [President of El Hassan Science City and the Royal Scientific Society, Jordan] - message  Open

Session 1. Status - Culture of Safety and Security and Responsible Science

  • Reports on Progress since BBIC-2007 and Preparation for BBIC-2013 [Nisreen AL-Hmoud, President of BBIC 2011, Royal Scientific Society, Jordan]   Open
  • Implementing Best Practices and Training [Zeinab Saad, Lebanese University, Lebanon]  Open
  • Empowering the Next Generation of Scientists [Anwar Nasim, Former Science Adviser, COMSTECH and Zabta Khan Shinwari, Quaid-i-Azam University, Pakistan] Open
  • Science and Social Responsibility [John Crowley, UNESCO SHS, France]   Open
  • Biotechnology for Health and Food Security [Najat Mokhtar, Hassan II Academy of S&T, Morocco] Open  

Session 2. Science and Society - Identifying Priorities and New Technologies Challenges

  • State of the Future and Advancing Technologies [José Cordeiro Millennium Project and Singularity University, Venezuela/USA] Open
  • Education and Outreach: towards Whom and at What Level? [Djafer Benachour, University of Setif, Algeria]  Open
  • Advances in Biodetection Technologies [Huseyin Avni Öktem, METU, Turkey]  (Call conference)
  • Nanotechnology: Network Monitoring System for Water Pollution in Tunisia [Mohamed Ben Hassine, Tunisia]  Open
  • Challenges and Opportunities to establish Nuclear Safety Practices within the Sub-Mediterranean Region [Mahmoud Nasreddine, Lebanon]   Open

Session 3. Inspiring Initiatives and Scientific Cooperation

  • Greening Chemistry - MEGREC Objectives and Activities [Pietro Tundo, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Italy]  Open
  • Cooperation is Required for Schistosomiasis Vaccine Production and Implementation [Rashika EL-Ridi, L’Oréal-UNESCO Laureate 2010, Egypt] Open
  • Importance of Ethics, Bio-security and Good Practices for Better Scientific Collaboration [Hechmi Louzir, Institut Pasteur de Tunis, Tunisia] Open
  • Enhancing Scientific Cooperation Within and Beyond Borders [Mohamed EL-Faham, CSSP, Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Egypt]  Open
  • ISIS Euro-Mediterranean Master [Isabelle Perroteau, University of Turin, Italy] Open
  • Caravane Bio [Mohammed Benbouida, AMBS, Morocco] Open

Session 4. Future Directions - Higher Education and Responsible Science

  • Autonomy and Advice: Preparing and Encouraging Young Scientists to be involved into Decision Making Process [Khammar Farida, The University of Science and Technology - Houari Boumediene, Algeria] Open
  • Technoparks: Scientific and Technological Platform for a Better Dissemination of Biosecurity and Global Safety Culture in Tunisia [Abdelwahed Ghorbel, Biotechnology Center of Borj-Cédria, Tunisia]   Open
  • Building Trust and Joining Efforts for a Sustainable Stability in the Sub-Mediterranean Region [Arslan Chikhaoui, Nord-Sud Ventures, Algeria]  Open
  • Biotechnology in Food and Agriculture; the Biosafety Issues [Tarek Alfalah, University of Tripoli, Libya]  Open
  • Towards Expo 2015: Monitoring Biosafety and Biosecurity of GMO [Maria Rita Gismondo, Zabta Khan Shinwari, Riccardo Redaelli (LNCV, Italy) and Maurizio Martellini]  Open
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