The Biosecurity Office visits meetings and events to increase biosecurity awareness and share knowledge. We recently contributed to Safety Week at Erasmus MC and provided a guest lecture at the Royal Military Academy in Breda. We will also have an information stand at the Scientific Spring Meeting of the KNVM.

Safety Week took place in the first week of March at Erasmus MC. There was an information market where safety was discussed from different angles. In addition to biological safety, attention was paid to occupational safety, social safety and radiation. Biological Safety Officers (BSO) from Erasmus MC explained biological safety to employees and the public. The Biosecurity Office was present with awareness material to also explain the biosecurity and dual-use aspects of research.

At the end of March, the Biosecurity Office gave a lecture on the awareness campaigns surrounding dual-use to students of the Royal Military Academy in Breda. Within the training “Managing organizations for compliance and integrity” (CIIMT 4), attention is also paid to increasing awareness of compliance and integrity. The students were very enthusiastic to see the parallels with the activities of the Biosecurity Office.

On April 9 and 10, the Biosecurity Office will be present with an information stand during the Scientific Spring Meeting of the Royal Dutch Society for Microbiology in the Papendal conference center in Arnhem. A parallel symposium will take place on April 10, organized for microbiology bachelor's and master's students. Maybe we'll meet each other!