Conference Support Programme

Guideline and Application Form

Objectives

The Conference Support Programme is aimed at providing financial support for organising conferences, workshops and seminars on special topics relevant to the Chemical Weapons Convention. Support is provided to institutions or recognised scientific organisations of the Member States so as to:

  • enable scientists and engineers and other technical personnel who are citizens of Member States whose economies are developing to participate as resource persons or otherwise in international conferences, seminars or workshops in fields related to the peaceful application of chemistry, and
  • enable similar scientific personnel from other Member States to attend, as resource persons, in such conferences, seminars or workshops.

The Secretariat does not provide support directly to individual wishing to participate at such conferences. The forms of support include travel grants and core grants to cover certain administrative costs of organising the conference.

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the aim of this programme?
In line with subparagraph 2(b) of Article XI of the Convention, this programme is aimed at facilitating the fullest possible exchange of scientific and technical information relating to the development and application of chemistry for purposes not prohibited under the Convention.

2. Who is eligible for support?
Institutions or recognised scientific organisations of the Member States may apply for support under the programme so as to:

  • enable scientists and engineers and other technical personnel who are citizens of Member States whose economies are developing to participate as resource persons or otherwise in international conferences, seminars or workshops in fields related to the peaceful application of chemistry, and
  • enable similar scientific personnel from other Member States to attend, as resource persons, in such conferences, seminars or workshops.

3. What are the forms of support?

  • travel grants for participants and resource persons whose contributions (e.g. a paper or a poster) the organising institution considers would be sufficiently important to warrant such support; and/or
  • some core administration costs to cover the publication of conference proceedings, translation of the proceedings into one of the official languages of the Organisation, etc.

4. What scientific fields are supported?
These include the following:

  • natural products chemistry
  • analytical chemistry including environmental analysis
  • biochemistry
  • green chemistry
  • physical chemistry
  • chemical and technological aspects of the destruction of toxic materials
  • risk assessment
  • communication and management with respect to toxic chemicals
  • environmental chemistry and clinical and occupational toxicology
  • prophylaxis and treatment of intoxications
  • hazard waste management
  • education in chemistry
  • chemical laboratory capacity-building and network
  • other fields of chemistry for purposes which are not prohibited under the Convention.

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Contact information

Mr Farid Tata
International Cooperation Branch,
International Cooperation and Assistance Division
tel +31 70 416 3807
fax +31 70 416 3279
icb@opcw.org

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