This page contains links to resources which may facilitate national implementation of the Biological Weapons Convention. Items are included as a service to States Parties and their inclusion does not imply endorsement. The views and opinions in the publications are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the ISU or States Parties. The ISU is not responsible for the content of third party websites.
EU Non-Proliferation Consortium's e-learning module on biological weapons
The e-learning units were launched in 2017; minor updates take place on an on-going basis.
Basic Certificates are awarded on completion of the first five Learning Units, and a Comprehensive Certificate is awarded on completion of all fifteen Learning Units.
The learning unit aims to introduce students to the technical, historical, political and legal dimensions of biological weapons.
On completion, students will have a basic understanding of:
- the technical foundations of biological weapons
- historical biological weapons programmes
- the nature of bioterrorism
- the political context
- the international legal framework
The EU Non-Proliferation Consortium's e-learning module on biological weapons is available at https://nonproliferation-elearning.eu/learningunits/biological-weapons/
EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament eLearning Course
The Consortium also has a much broader set of e-learning units on arms control and disarmament available at https://nonproliferation-elearning.eu
"Biosecurity for the Next Generation: Responding to biological risks in the 21st century"
In conjunction with Bath University and funded by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Biosecure has developed a massive open online course on biosecurity for life science students. The course is free to join and can be accessed via the FutureLearn
Spread over six weeks, the course is specifically designed to provide students and young professionals in the biosciences, bioengineering and security sectors with a comprehensive understanding of:
- the biosecurity challenges inherent in the life sciences
- local, national and international responses to these biological risks
- the role and contribution of biological scientists and engineers in making sure that science and technology is used safely and securely
All course materials, including videos, quizzes and case studies, are free to download and share, and can be incorporated into university courses as either standard teaching tools or the course can be used as part of a flipped learning approach.
Registration for the course can be found here: www.futurelearn.com/courses/biosecurity
. The course will also run on additional dates throughout the year.
Preventing Biological Threats: What You Can Do:
A Guide to Biological Security Issues and How to Address Them
Edited by Simon Whitby, Tatyana Novossiolova, Gerald Walther and Malcolm Dando
|This publication was produced by the Bradford Disarmament Research Centre and first published in December 2015. It is intended to raise awareness and knowledge of biological security for everyone active in the life sciences, ranging from those engaged in research to those engaged in management and policy-making, both nationally and internationally. A key objective of this book is to provide university life-science lecturers and students with a resource to enhance university biosecurity education around the world. |
The 21 chapters, by a range of leading international experts, are organised into six sections, built around a central focus on the responsibilities of scientists for biosecurity, and serve to give a proper context for understanding what is at stake in the coming decades. This book is intended to contribute to an understanding of the problems of wider biological security beyond the laboratory door, and the less familiar aspects of responsible scientific conduct.
The accompanying Biological Security Education Handbook (available below) combines teaching material with an active team-based learning approach to empower educators, students and practitioners as they begin to engage with biological security. It aims to supplement this Guide by providing its users with tips and insights into how to implement its content in different educational settings.
This book was funded by the Global Partnership Programmes of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) Canada and the United Kingdom, and is available to download and use free of charge. The Spanish translation of the Guide was produced as a courtesy by the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The full text of Preventing Biological Threats: What You Can Do
is available here in English, French and Russian.
Preventing Biological Threats: What You Can Do
Prévenir les menaces biologiques: ce que vous pouvez faire
Предотвращение биологических угроз: Что можно сделать
Biological Security Education Handbook:
The Power of Team-Based Learning
This publication was produced by the Bradford Disarmament Research Centre and first published in January 2016. This book is available to download and use free of charge. This book was funded through the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) Canada and the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence (MOD). The Spanish translation of the Handbook was produced as a courtesy by the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The full text of Biological Security Education Handbook: The Power of Team-Based Learning
is available here in the following languages:
An efficient and practical approach to Biosecurity
Danish Centre for Biosecurity and Biopreparedness
This book was created by the Danish Centre for Biosecurity and Biopreparedness
- Denmark's National Biosecurity Agency - as an aid to those countries that are still in the process of establishing national biosecurity systems. The book was supported through a collaboration between the CBB and the Danish ministries of defence, foreign affairs and health. The aim of the book is to draw upon Denmark's experiences with biosecurity to suggest an efficient and practical model that other countries can use - in whole or in part - as a blueprint for establishing or improving their own biosecurity systems.
The book is available in both English
versions from the CBB website.
The Dutch Biosecurity Office
has developed two toolkits that can be helpful to provide an indication of the current level of biosecurity. These toolkits are intended for organisations that work with biological agents or come into regular contact with them. Both toolkits were developed in collaboration with a multidisciplinary expert group on biosecurity.
The Self-scan Toolkit is available in Dutch
and the Vulnerability Scan is available in Dutch
The Dutch Biosecurity Office has produced a short video (see below) which explains biosecurity management by introducing eight elements of biosecurity, the so called ‘biosecurity pillars’, to provide insight and guidance to improve biosecurity within your organisation. The eight pillars of biosecurity are - awareness, personnel reliability, transport security, information security, accountability for materials, response, management, and physical measures. This film is useful for persons that are directly or indirectly involved in handling dangerous pathogens and high risk biological material.