VERTIC’s Verification and Monitoring Programme has completed two workshops aimed at gathering views on a prospective Group of Scientific Experts for Nuclear Disarmament Verification (GSE-NDV). The programme held the first workshop, for European states, in Vienna, Austria, on 11 and 12 April 2017. The second workshop, for African countries, was held outside Pretoria, South Africa, on 19 and 20 April 2017.
Katherine Tajer participates in the International Nuclear Safeguards Engagement Program (INSEP): Sub-regional Workshop for SQP Countries.
Scott Spence, Programme Director for National Implementation, participated in the Workshop in Support of BWC Action Extended Assistance Programmes, which took place in Geneva on 29 March.
Scott Spence, Programme Director for National Implementation, participated in the 7th Annual International Symposium on "Biosecurity and Biosafety: Future Trends and Solutions" in Milan, Italy during 22-24 March.
On 10 March, Andreas Persbo, Executive Director, had his article 'Compliance science: the CTBT's global verification system' published in The Nonproliferation Review.
On 17 March, Andreas Persbo, Executive Director, ventured over to Kings College London to deliver a lecture on 'Verification: Theory, practices and technology.'
VERTIC’s Director for National Implementation, Scott Spence, participated in a number of meetings, during 26 January through 3 February, under Project 53 of the EU CBRN Risk Mitigation Centres of Excellence Initiative: “Strengthening The National Legal Framework and Provision of Specialized Training on Bio-Safety and Bio-Security in Central Asian Countries”.
In this issue, Maӱlis David, Ekaterina Konovalova, and Clarisse Bertherat consider the outcome of the Biological Weapons Convention Eighth Review Conference that took place in November last year.
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An article titled "Shifting the Focus from Annual Outreach Activities to Official Visits to States", by VERTIC's Programme Director for National Implementation, Scott Spence, was published in the Winter 2016 (Issue 11) edition of the 1540 Compass.