Governance of Dual Use Research in the Life Sciences: An International Workshop

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM), in cooperation with the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP), the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, and the Croatian Society for Biosafety and Biosecurity convened an international workshop to discuss strategies to promote sustained global dialogue and increased common understandings of the essential elements of governance for research in the life sciences that raises potential biosecurity concerns and dual use issues.

 

Plenary and working group sessions focused on:

  • Mapping the current landscape of dual use governance activities across the life cycle of research, including formal legal and policy measures, self-governance measures undertaken by the scientific community, and education and outreach.
  • Discussing what has worked and not worked, lessons learned, and gaps and opportunities.
  • Considering goals for improving governance of dual use research, and potential actions for the short-, medium-, and longer term to achieve them.

 

Workshop

The workshop “Governance of Dual Use Research in the Life Sciences: Advancing Global Consensus on Research Oversight” was held June 10-13, 2018 at the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts and brought together approximately 70 participants from 30 countries and 5 international organizations. A brief InterAcademy Partnership bulletin on the workshop describes the event. The workshop featured substantial time in breakout sessions, as well as speaker presentations:

 

In advance of the workshop, a half-day discussion was held in Washington, DC as a forum to obtain ideas and views on governance of dual use life sciences research from additional U.S. experts in academic, government, and nonprofit organizations who have been active in addressing dual use concerns. Their many insights informed the workshop planning and conversations.

Proceedings
The workshop proceedings and a brief proceedings Highlights have been published by the National Academies Press.
Planning Committees

Workshop Planning Committee

Sue Meek, Ph.D., Chair
Sue Meek and Associates, Australia

R. Alta Charo, J.D.
University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA 

Baruch Fischhoff, Ph.D.
Carnegie Mellon University, USA

Michele Garfinkle, Ph.D.
EMBO, Germany 

Alexander (Sasha) Kagansky, Ph.D.
Far Eastern Federal University, Russia

Alemka Markotic, M.D., Ph.D.
University Hospital for Infectious Diseases Zagreb, Catholic University of Croatia, and Medical Faculty, University of Rijeka, Croatia

M. Iqbal Parker, Ph.D.
University of Cape Town, South Africa

Alejandra G. Suárez, Ph.D.
Instituto de Química Rosario – CONICET, Argentina

Herawati Sudoyo, M.D., Ph.D.
Eijkman Institute for Molecular Biology, Indonesia

Local Organizing Committee

Alemka Markotić, M.D., Ph.D.
University Hospital for Infectious Diseases Zagreb, Catholic University of Croatia, and Medical Faculty, University of Rijeka

Ljiljana Žmak, M.D., Ph.D.
Croatian Institute of Public Health and School of Medicine, University of Zagreb

Nevenka Jakopović
Croatian Society for Biosafety and Biosecurity

Jelena Đukić
Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts

Iva Posavec
O-Tours PCO d.o.o.

U.S. National Academies Staff

Katie Bowman, Ph.D.
Senior Program Officer, Board on Life Sciences

Jo Husbands, Ph.D.
Scholar, Board on Life Sciences

Aanika Senn
Senior Program Assistant, Board on Life Sciences

Tracy Kambara
Mirzayan Fellow, Board on Life Sciences (spring 2018)

Collaborative and Liaison Organizations 

The Interacademy Partnership (IAP)

Peter McGrath, Ph.D.
Coordinator, IAP

European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC)

Robin Fears, Ph.D.
Programme Director, EASAC

This activity is generously supported by the Open Philanthropy Project, a donor advised fund of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation