The InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) has joined forces with the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB), The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) and the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) to host a course on 'Science Diplomacy.' This international initiative will take place on 4 to 5 March 2024.
The course will take place at the TWAS headquarters in Trieste, Italy and aims at advancing knowledge and skills in the fields of virus detection, biosecurity and the intersection of science and diplomacy. It is intended as a global contribution to increase efforts in capacity-building.
During the 1.5-day workshop, participants will engage in briefings and a tabletop exercise, delving into science and diplomacy topics related to biosecurity and the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC).
Comprehensive Learning Experience:
The course's second phase, hosted at the ICGEB headquarters, will feature theoretical sessions and lectures on 'Virus Detection and Biosecurity'.by renowned international experts. Covering a spectrum of topics including virology, diagnostic procedures, epidemiology, public health, surveillance, antiviral therapy, vaccines and biosecurity, participants are set to gain a comprehensive understanding of the challenges and advancements in these critical areas.
Notably, the training at the ICGEB includes hands-on practical sessions, where participants will apply molecular assay techniques for virus detection and explore the application of next-generation sequencing methods in real-world scenarios. This practical approach ensures that participants not only grasp theoretical concepts but also acquire the practical skills necessary for effective virus detection in the field.
By bringing together experts, institutions and the IAP's influential role, this collaborative course not only strengthens international cooperation but also addresses pressing global challenges in virus detection and biosecurity. Trieste opens its doors to this dynamic gathering of minds, setting the stage for a future where science, diplomacy and biosecurity harmoniously converge.
Criteria for selection of sponsored fellows:
- Early/mid-career scientists (preferably 40 years or younger);
- Female applicants are encouraged to apply and will be given priority;
- Research and wider engagement related to virology, microbiology and infectious disease;
- Demonstrated background in molecular biology is essential to get full benefit of the practical sessions;
- Only applicants from the countries in the DAC list of ODA recipients will be considered.
Selected participants will receive financial support for air travel, daily subsistence allowance in accordance with the United Nations regulations and visa expenses.
Documents to be provided by applicants: a motivation letter outlining the specific interest to attend and a CV demonstrating the relevant background. Participants are encouraged to have a valid national passport when applying for the course and necessary authorization for participation at the course.