CBRN CoE Project 18

Short name: CBRN CoE Project 18
Title: International Network of Universities and Institutes for Raising Awareness on Dual-use concerns in Bio-technology
Geographical Scope: International
Participating Countries: Albania, Cambodia, Croatia, Democratic Republic of Congo, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (fYRoM), Gabon, Georgia, Iraq, Jordan, Lao PDR, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mauritania, Moldova, Morocco, Pakistan, the Philippines, Senegal, Serbia, Singapore, Thailand, Tunisia, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia 
Duration: 24 months
Role: Partner
Consortium Leader:  Landau Network – Centro Volta (LNCV)
Contracting Authority: EU Commission with the support of UNICRI


OBJECTIVES
1.Improve cooperation through the sharing of international standards and good laboratory practices
2.Develop a sustainable network of universities and research institutes to reinforce a culture of bio-safety and bio-security
3.Raise awareness on dual-use concerns in bio-technology among researchers, scientists, academics technicians and students
4.Foster the exchange of information, dissemination of knowledge, transfer of best practice and design of joint initiatives.

ACTIVITIES
The project aims at reinforcing a culture of bio-safety and bio-security by raising awareness on dual-use concerns in bio- technology among universities and research
institutes. It has laid grounds for promoting the development of a network of universities and research institutes at the national and regional level in the different regions of the
world, including Africa, Asia and Europe. While the project envisages the preparation of educational and informational material for dissemination throughout this network, it also seeks to foster cooperation, exchange and sharing of educational and informational resources among the members of the network and the development of multidisciplinary scientific cooperation opportunities. It is expected that 300 students and young researchers from participating universities and institutes in the countries involved in the project, being the key target group, will acquire knowledge of dual-use concerns in biotechnology by the end of the project in December 2014.
In 2013, a web-page and learning web platform has been launched to facilitate the dissemination of the educational material and the development of the network. Both can be accessed at the following addresses:

www.landaunetwork.org
www.landaunetwork.org/index.php/eu-cbrn-coe-project-18/

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