International Engagement Responsible Bioscience for a Safe and Secure Society Workshop Two
CSTSP hosted a second meeting in collaboration with the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR) on 13-17 March 2011 to examine national priorities to which existing biological research and biotechnology can contribute, the scientific capacity needed to address national priorities, and mechanisms (via development or through collaboration) by which countries can gain needed capacities. The meeting brought together scientists from fourteen BMENA countries (Afghanistan, Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Pakistan, Qatar, Tunisia, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen), the United Kingdom and the United States. In preparation for the meeting, meeting participants were asked a series of questions about national priorities, existing research capacity to address those priorities, and current programs to educate scientists about bioethics, biosafety, and biosecurity principles. The meeting also began to explore common principles in bioethics, biosafety, and biosecurity to facilitate international scientific collaboration and address social concerns about the conduct of biological scientists.