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Preventing Biological Threats: What You Can Do

Published: Wed 16 Mar 2016
Preventing Biological Threats: What You Can Do

The University of Bradford has developed two authoritative books on biological security education. The books, which are aimed at lecturers and undergraduates studying life science courses, are freely available as educational tools designed to assist students, faculty members, researchers and professionals in developing a better understanding of biological security issues in the twenty-first century and how they can be addressed.

The project is has been jointly funded by the Governments of Canada and the UK under the Global Partnership against the Spread of Weapons of Mass Destruction. 

The new books produced by disarmament experts at Bradford and from around the world are designed to help scientists understand how their important, benignly-intended work may be misused by others in a hostile way, and give them guidance on how they can prevent this.

The first book titled ‘Preventing Biological Threats: What you can do’ provides an overview of the potential biological threats from States and sub-State groups and what States, organisations, scientists, and the international community as a whole are doing, and can do, to deal with such threats. The second book, ‘Biological Security Education Handbook: The Power of Team-Based Learning’ seeks to facilitate the dissemination of training content by offering guidance on how to design Team-Based Learning seminars and training courses, in order to involve groups of scientists at all levels in discussion of these issues and what can be done to prevent the potential threats.       

Among the key contributors to the Project are the US National Academy of Sciences, Royal Scientific Society – Jordan, International Federation of Biosafety Associations, Centre for Biosecurity and Preparedness – Denmark, Public Health Agency of Canada, US Federal Bureau of Investigation, Jordanian Armed Forces, Royal Medical Society – Jordan, Ministry of Health – Jordan, and INTERPOL. The list of contributors further features prominent disarmament experts, practitioners, and academics.

The books are freely available online on the Guide to Biological Security Issues page. The respective Appendices contain relevant additional guiding material and resources. An Arabic version of the Guide to Biological Security Issues and How to Address Them will be made available soon. Versions in other languages are under development. 

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