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Science and Technology to Prevent and Respond to CBRN Disasters

1200 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, DC

The workshop will focus on prevention and remediation of chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear disasters that could occur either through accidental (caused by, for example, facility problems, personnel issues, a natural disaster, or some combination of events) or intentional means.

Discussions will involve various scientific disciplines including the behavioral and environmental sciences.

Day One Agenda

8:30am - 9:00am

Registration & Morning Refreshments

9:00am - 9:15am               

Welcoming Remarks (Asan Vice President & Alan Leshner, American Association for the Advancement of Science)

9:15am - 10:45am             

Session 1: Science and Technology as a Solution to CBRN Disasters - This session is intended to be a high-level introduction to the workshop. Speakers will describe the roles that S&T and scientific cooperation play in preventing and remediating disasters caused by chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear agents.

11:00am - 12:30pm          

Session 2: Preventing CBRN Disasters caused by Harmful Use of Beneficial Science and Technology - This session will focus on different ways in which the S&T communities could prevent the use of beneficial and/or legitimate scientific knowledge to cause harm. Speakers will discuss the contributions that behavioural sciences (i.e., in personnel security and/or scientific responsibility) and the broader scientific community (e.g., through technical, physical, or behavioural solutions) could have on preventing harmful use of scientific knowledge and materials. Because the general topic of “dual use” is not a new problem, speakers will not be asked to focus on the existential concept.                                                            

12:30pm - 1:30pm

Lunch & Networking Session

1:30pm -3:00pm               

Session 3: Preventing CBRN Disasters and UNSCR1540 - This session will be have two keynote speakers who will discuss the role of S&T and scientific

3:45pm – 4:45pm             

Session 4: Remediating CBRN Disasters through Science and Technology - This session will focus on the role that S&T and science cooperation could play in responding to and remediating CBRN disasters. Speakers will discuss the contributions of the environmental and health communities to mitigating the effects of the release of chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear agents, recognizing that the role of these disciplines varies based on the agent and release method.


Concluding Remarks (Asan Vice President & AAAS Representative)


Light Refreshments


Ken Buesseler, Woods Holes Oceanographic Institution
Cho Kun-Woo, Korea Institute of Nuclear Safety
Choi Kang, The Asan Institute for Policy Studies
Richard Cupitt, U.S. Department of State
Diane DiEuliis, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Go Myong-Hyun, The Asan Institute for Policy Studies
Thomas Inglesby, UPMC Center for Health Security
Peter Jutro, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Lim Sang-beom, ROK Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Phillip Navin, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Kenneth Oye, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Park Jiyoung, The Asan Institute for Policy Studies
Shin Chang-Hoon, The Asan Institute for Policy Studies
Craig Vanderwagen, Martin, Blanck & Associates
Whang Jooho, Kyung Hee University