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Symposium 'Improving biosecurity'

The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Netherlands Biosecurity Office organized a symposium about improving biosecurity and dual use considerations in the research chain: from grant application to publication. The symposium was hold in the Trippenhuis of the KNAW (Kloveniersburgwal 29) on the 5th of October 2016.

Life science research results may be misused by malicious parties, thereby posing a biosecurity risk. This is referred to as the dual-use aspect of research. A familiar example that prompted a debate about dual-use was a paper on the H5N1 bird flu virus in 2011, published in Science. The symposium will focus on striking the right balance between mitigating the risks and creating freedom for innovative scientific research. The working language is English.


  • Jos van der Meer, Radboud UMC - KNAW advice on dual use research policy in The Netherlands. Download presentation
  • Robin Fears, European Academies Science Advisory Council - Gain of function research: advice from EASAC. Download presentation
  • John-Erik Stig Hansen, Danish Centre for Biosecurity and Biopreparedness - Biosecurity regulation of dual use technology. Download presentation
  • Rik Bleijs, Biosecurity Office, RIVM - Dual-use considerations in the research chain: from grant application to publication. Download presentation
  • Ron Fouchier, Erasmus MC - Biosecurity and dual use; a virologist’s perspective. Download presentation
  • Kees Jan Steenhoek, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs - Biological agents: non-proliferation and export controls. Download presentation