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Brian Balmer speaks at UN

7 August 2014

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Picture: Professor Brian Balmer (left) at the UN meeting.

On 6th August, Professor Brian Balmer spoke at the annual Meeting of Experts, convened to discuss developments relevant to the Biological and Toxins Weapons Convention (BTWC).   The international meeting was held at the United Nations, Palais des Nations in Geneva and was attended by delegations from States Parties to the Convention as well as members of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs).    Prof Balmer spoke at a morning 'side event', "Can we learn from history? The Past and Future Implications of Scientific Developments for the BTWC", with nearly 100 people in the audience.  His talk, on the history of concerns that genetic engineering might be applied to make biological weapons, was based on research undertaken as part of an 18-month Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funded project, 'The Formulation and Non-Formulation of Security Concerns'.   In the sessions, his collaborators on the project (Prof Brian. Rappert, Exeter University, Dr Chandré Gould, Institute for Security Research, South Africa; Prof Malcolm Dando, Bradford University; and Dr Sam Evans, Berkeley University) also spoke about their research.

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