Workshop on Policy and Diplomacy for Scientists: Introduction to Responsible Research Practices in Chemical and Biochemical Sciences

Trieste, Italy

9 – 13 September 2019


The objective of the workshop is to raise awareness among young scientists on the policy and diplomacy aspects that are related to the use of chemicals in various scientific disciplines, including chemistry, biochemistry, biotechnology, and other related fields. In particular, scientists will be updated on the Chemical Weapons Convention and other international treaties and regulatory tools governing the transfer and use of chemicals. Aspects related to sustainability, ethics, and responsibility in research practices, as well as safety and security norms and standards in science, will also be addressed. The ultimate goal of the event will be to bridge the gap between scientists and policymakers and to promote the adoption of responsible and sustainable practices by scientists in low- and middle-income Member States of the OPCW.


The five-day workshop will include theoretical lectures and interactive sessions on the following topics:

  • the work of international organisations in the promotion and control of the science and technology (S&T) and industrial activities in chemical and biochemical sciences, and related regulations imposed by the international treaties;
  • the impact of developments in S&T on international security and on the implementation of international treaties;
  • science advice and science diplomacy;
  • the concept of sustainability in industrial and research activities;
  • issues related to the multiple uses of science;
  • ethics in science and responsible research practices; and
  • a study tour on a selected topic.

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