[ASC-media] Fenner public lecture series - Bioterrorism

Mona Akbari Mona.Akbari at science.org.au
Mon Feb 28 00:32:35 CET 2011

Dear Asc'ers

This is a friendly reminder about tomorrow's public lecture at the Academy of Science in Canberra by Professor Ian Ramshaw on Bioterrorism - please find details below.

Please remember that this public lecture will also be available for live web streaming from http://science.org.au/events/publiclectures/fs/index.html starting at 6 pm tomorrow evening.


Mona Akbari
Communications Officer
Australian Academy of Science
PO Box 783, Canberra, ACT, 2601
Telephone: 6201 9452
Academy Mobile: 0447 679 612


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


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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