[ASC-media] Fenner public lecture series - Bioterrorism

Mona Akbari Mona.Akbari at science.org.au
Tue Feb 15 23:50:18 CET 2011


Dear Asc'ers

The Australian Academy of Science is delighted to invite you to the March public lecture by Professor Ian Ramshaw on Bioterrorism - please find details below. Please note that the Academy's public lectures will also now be available for live web streaming from http://science.org.au/events/publiclectures/fs/index.html for those who cannot attend in person. The live stream will start at 6 pm on 1 March.

Kind regards

Mona Akbari
Communications Officer
Australian Academy of Science
PO Box 783, Canberra, ACT, 2601
Telephone: 6201 9452
Academy Mobile: 0447 679 612
www.science.org.au<http://www.science.org.au>

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Bioterrorism: Who do we need to fear the most, the terrorist or the research scientist?<http://science.org.au/events/publiclectures/fs/ramshaw.html>

An Australian Academy of Science public lecture series on Fenner's Science Today and Tomorrow



Professor Ian Ramshaw
Director, National Centre for Biosecurity
Group Leader, Vaccine Immunology Group, John Curtin School of Medical Research, Australian National University



International concern about biological weapons has increased significantly, particularly since the anthrax attacks of 2001 in the United States. Biotechnology research has great potential to benefit health and agriculture, but questions arise as to whether it might aid the deliberate spread of disease. Traditional concerns about laboratory biosafety are being increasingly complemented by growing attention to biosecurity practices within and outside of laboratories. In Australia, this is reflected in the Security-Sensitive Biological Agents (SSBA) scheme introduced in 2009. Beyond legal regulations, ethical questions remain including what novel threats might stem from life science research, whether and how scientists should contribute to national defence, and whether some lines of investigation are too contentious to pursue.



Topics discussed in the presentation will include the 'dual use dilemma', communication of research results, oversight of experiments, the funding of research, the responsibilities of scientists and other biosecurity stakeholders, and examples of various national and international measures being implemented or considered.


Tuesday 1 March 2011, 6-7 pm
Refreshments from 5.30 pm
Shine Dome, Gordon Street, Canberra
Free entry and parking

RSVP is not essential but would assist with catering
Contact: eleanor.paynter at science.org.au<mailto:eleanor.paynter at science.org.au> or 6201 9453



Biography

Ian Ramshaw completed his PhD at the Australian National University (ANU) in 1973 and developed a research career in immunology. He has worked on the development of vaccines for infectious diseases such as HIV and Dengue Fever, and has taken two vaccines through to clinical trials. He is currently Director of the National Centre for Biosecurity<http://biosecurity.edu.au/index.php>. The Centre is a joint venture between the ANU and the University of Sydney, and was established to facilitate greater academic engagement with biosecurity challenges facing Australia, Asia, and the world.

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