Trends in Science and Technology Relevant to the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention
SUMMARY OF AN INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP
October 31 to November 3, 2010
Convened in cooperation with
Katherine Bowman, Kathryn Hughes, Jo L. Husbands, James Revill, and Benjamin Rusek, Rapporteurs
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PREFACE AND ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
The summary presented here provides the rapporteurs’ factual synopsis of plenary presentations delivered at the workshop Trends in Science and Technology Relevant to the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention, held 31 October – 3 November, 2010 at the Institute of Biophysics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and convened under the auspices of IAP – The Global Network of Science Academies, the International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (IUBMB), the International Union of Microbiological Societies (IUMS), the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and the U.S. National Academies. It does not necessarily reflect the views of members of the Committee on Trends in Science and Technology Relevant to the Biological Weapons Convention: An International Workshop or the National Research Council.
This workshop summary has been reviewed in draft form by individuals chosen for their diverse perspectives and technical expertise, in accordance with procedures approved by the NRC's Report Review Committee. The purpose of this independent review is to provide candid and critical comments that will assist the institution in making its published summary as sound as possible and to ensure that the summary meets institutional standards for objectivity, evidence, and responsiveness to the study charge. The review comments and draft manuscript remain confidential to protect the integrity of the deliberative process. We wish to thank the following individuals for their review of this workshop summary:
Ronald Atlas, University of Louisville, United States
Lorna Miller, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, United Kingdom
Kathryn Nixdorff, Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany
Although the reviewers listed above have provided many constructive comments and suggestions, they did not see the final draft of the workshop summary before its release. The review of this report was overseen by James LeDuc, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Appointed by the National Research Council, he was responsible for making certain that an independent examination of this summary was carried out in accordance with institutional procedures and that all review comments were carefully considered. Responsibility for the final content of this summary rests entirely with the authors and the institution.
The rapporteurs particularly wish to thank the plenary speakers of the workshop, who were provided with the opportunity to review and comment on the brief factual summaries of their presentations.