National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
See Front Matter for description.
The InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) is a global network of more than 130 national and regional academies of science and medicine. Under IAP, the member academies work together to support the special role of science in efforts to seek solutions to address the world’s most challenging problems. In particular, IAP harnesses the expertise of the world’s scientific, medical, and engineering leaders to advance sound policies, improve public health, promote excellence in science education, and achieve other critical development goals.
One of the areas in which IAP undertakes projects and programmes is biotechnology and biosecurity. IAP created a Biosecurity Working Group in 2004 to bring the scientific and international communities together to develop responses to dual use issues in the life sciences and promote responsible research practices. It also undertakes ad hoc and collaborative activities addressing dual use and biosecurity issues. See http://www.interacademies.org.
Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts
The main tasks of the Academy have been defined in Article 3 of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts Act as follows:
- The Academy promotes and organizes scientific research and encourages the application of the findings of this research, develops artistic and cultural activities, and is concerned with Croatian cultural heritage and its affirmation throughout the world;
- It publishes the results of scientific research and artistic creation; and
- It makes proposals and gives its opinion on the promotion of sciences and arts in the fields which are of special importance to the Republic of Croatia.
The Croatian Academy’s scientific and artistic activities are carried out through its nine departments, as well as through its scientific councils and committees, and scientific and research units (institutes). The Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts collaborates with other academies of sciences and arts, universities, scientific institutions, state bodies, and cultural and other institutions, as well as with individual scholars and artists from Croatia and abroad. See http://info.hazu.hr/en/about_academy/primary_tasks.
Croatian Society for Biosafety and Biosecurity
The Croatian Society for Biosafety and Biosecurity (CSBB) was launched in 2014 with the aim of introducing a strategically important society involved in national biosafety and biosecurity issues. It is conceived as a nonprofit organization with the main objective to provide a platform for addressing and resolving issues related to biosecurity and biosafety at national and international levels. In addition to doctors from different fields, primarily infectious diseases, microbiology, and epidemiology, and experts in public health, it assembles a multidisciplinary scientific, medical, and academic community, including the pharmaceutical sector, veterinarians, biologists, and forensic field specialists. CSBB understands the importance of connecting different scientific fields on the principles of the “One Health Initiative.” The cooperation between different experts is organized through international projects, conferences, and various forms of training. Moreover, a very important role of the CSBB resides in the technical expertise regarding the design of containment
laboratories for dangerous infectious agents. This national society also brings together experts in the fields of regulatory affairs, national security, and other related professions with the main goal of improving national and international biosecurity and biosafety. See http://www.hdbib.hr/index_en.html.
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