The first meeting in May investigated laboratory safety and security, forward-looking security concerns related to advances in science and technology, as well as opportunities to improve security through scientific and social research.
It was attended by a wide range of stakeholders including scientists, industry representatives, research institution representatives as well as regulators.
Executive Board Member Cathy Day attended in her role as Head of University Health, Safety & Environment at Bath whilst Clive Parkinson attended as the former Chair of USHA.
The meeting was called primarily to address Home Office concerns over chemical and biological weapons security aligned to the national anti-terrorist strategy. Due to the increasing involvement of scientific institutions, innovative ideas were discussed with the aim of ensuring that researchers consider the misuse potential of their research; how findings are disseminated; and how this contributes to local, regional and national policy development.