Challenges and Opportunities for Education About Dual Use by National Research Council, Division on Earth and Life

By National Research Council, Division on Earth and Life Studies, Board on Life Sciences, Committee on Education on Dual Use Issues in the Life Sciences

The demanding situations and possibilities for schooling approximately twin Use matters within the existence Sciences workshop used to be held to have interaction the lifestyles sciences neighborhood at the specific protection matters on the topic of learn with twin use strength. greater than 60 members from virtually 30 international locations took half and integrated training existence scientists, bioethics and biosecurity practitioners, and specialists within the layout of academic courses. The workshop sought to spot a baseline approximately (1) the level to which twin use matters are at the moment being integrated in postsecondary schooling (undergraduate and postgraduate) within the existence sciences; (2) in what contexts that schooling is going on (e.g., in formal coursework, casual settings, as stand-alone matters or a part of extra basic education, and in what fields); and (3) what on-line academic fabrics addressing study within the lifestyles sciences with twin use power exist already.

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2008). Building on and acknowledging the importance of what has been learned to improve undergraduate biology education, over 500 life sciences educators and administrators gathered in Washington, DC, in July 2009 for the AAAS Vision and Change in Undergraduate Biology Education summit, calling for relevant, outcome-oriented, active biology learning focused on deep conceptual understanding in student-centered environments with ongo­ ing feedback and assessment (Woodin, Carter, and Fletcher 2010; Brewer and Smith, in press).

All rights reserved. Oversight, education, awareness raising, and adoption and/or devel­ opment of codes of conduct with the aim of preventing misuse in the context of advances in bio-science and bio-technology research with the potential of use for purposes prohibited by the Convention. A number of international scientific organizations were invited to make formal presentations to the plenary sessions in 2005 and 2008. There were also opportunities for informal sessions and personal interactions.

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