Biological Weapons Convention – Preparatory Committee

Side events

Side Events

Tuesday 26 April

Royal Society and the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP): Round Table Event to Explore Options for the S&T Review Process within the BTWC -- 10.00 to 17.30, Room XXVII

The Russian Federation: Strengthening the Biological Weapons Convention -- 13.00 to 15.00, Room XXV

1. Russian side event: Mobile Biomedical Units and Scientific Advisory Committee

2. Russian presentation slides "The experience of operating specialized mobile anti-epidemic units of Rospotrebnadzor (Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights and Human Wellbeing"

3. Operationalising mobile biomedical units to deliver protection against biological weapons, investigate their alleged use, and to suppress epidemics of various etiology

4. Proposal for the establishment of a Scientific Advisory Committee

Wednesday 27 April

The United States of America: Discussion of U.S Proposals for Post Review Conference Work -- 09.00 to 10.00, Room XXV

The European Union: Launch of the New EU Council Decision in Support of the BWC -- 13.00 to 15.00, Room XXIII

Preparatory Committee 8 - 12 August 2016

Monday, 8 August 2016

Ukraine: Supporting Effective BWC Implementation: Education, Outreach, and Policy Adviсe, 13:30 to 15.00, Room XXII


Serhiy Komisarenko, Academician-Secretary of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (NASU) and Palladin Institute of Biochemistry of the NASU, Ukraine

Jo Husbands, Scholar, U.S. National Academy of Sciences, USA

Welcome and Introductions by the Co-Chairs


Awareness Raising & Education on Biosafety & Biosecurity in Ukraine: 2011-2016 Review

Professor Serhiy Komisarenko, Academician-Secretary of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (NASU), Palladin Institute of Biochemistry of the NASU, Ukraine

Understanding of BTWC by Academia in Developing Countries: The Example of Pakistan

Dr. Zabta ýKhan Shinwari, Secretary General, Pakistan Academy of Sciences and Chairman (Department of Biotechnology), Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan

Biosecurity and Nonproliferartion Fellowship: Perspectives for Mali

Dr. Kadiatou Dao, Research Assistant, Mali National Institute of Public Health Research and Deputy Secretary General, Malian Association for Biosafety and Biosecurity

EASAC Report on Gain of Function: Experimental Applications Relating to Potentially Pandemic Pathogens

Professor Bert Rimaý, School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences, Queen`s University, Belfast, UK and European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC)

Contributions of IAP and Its Biosecurity Working Group to the BWC

Dr. Peter McGrath, Coordinator , IAP for Science & IAP for Health and The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), Trieste, Italy

Q&A Session

Concluding Remarks by the Co-Chair

Biotechnology Innovation Organization: Partnering with Industry: Key Considerations for National Public Health Preparedness Planning,13:00 to 15:00, Room XXIII

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Russian Federation: Establishing mobile biomedical units under the BWC: a multipurpose capability to strengthen collective security under the Convention and pursue its humanitarian mandate. 13:00 to 15:00, Room XXII

Opening Remarks

Russian Federation Working Paper


Wednesday, 10 August 2016

University of Pennsylvania: Promoting Norms through Knowledge: Roles and Mechanisms for Science and Technology Review in the BTWC. 13:00 to 15:00, Room XXII


- Nicholas Greig Evans, Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Massachusetts Lowell

- Megan Joan Palmer, Senior Research Scholar and William J. Perry Fellow in International Security, Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC), Stanford University

- Piers Millett, Principal, Biosecure

Thursday, 11 August 2016

The Harvard Sussex Program on Chemical and Biological Weapons: Options for Article X. 13:00 to 15:00, Room XXII

Speakers: James Revill and Caitriona McLeish