Biosecurity: Upgrading the Web of Prevention

13 February 2008

Professor Malcolm Dando

Professor, International Security, Department of Peace Sudies, University of Bradford, UK

In this lecture Professor Dando reviews international control of the biotechnology revolution, the threat of deliberate disease - from biowarfare, bioterrorism, and the possible misuse of benignly intended civil research. He looks at the recent history of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention and the emphasis on in-depth implementation of the Convention including codes of conduct and education for life scientists. Professor Dando argues that there is much evidence that life scientists know very little about these issues. There is a wider question of how this prohibition regime might be strengthened. He asks, could the education of life scientists be improved though the development of appropriate education modules?

Broad Topics: Medicine and Life Science

Sub-topics: Biological Sciences, Law, Justice & Law Enforcement

Areas: ANU College of Medicine and Health Sciences



Lecture (MP3, 23.5 MB) HH:MM:SS=01:07:05

Professor Malcolm Dando

Malcolm Dando initially trained as a biologist and after post-doctoral research in the USA he held UK Ministry of Defence Fellowships in Operational Research before moving to Bradford in 1979. He worked on nuclear arms control through the 1980s and after the first Gulf War he turned his attention to the questions of how the revolution in the life sciences might produce new possibilities for biological weapons and how the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention might be strengthened. His recent publications include Deadly Cultures: Biological Weapons Since 1945 (Harvard University Press, 2006), which he edited with Mark Wheelis and Lajos Rozsa.

Part of the 2008 Toyota-ANU Public Lecture Series

Part of the 2008 Toyota-ANU Public Lecture Series