1 May 2011

Moving forward: Trends in science and technology and the future of the Biological Weapons Convention

Katherine Bowman

Katherine Bowman is a senior program officer with the Board on Life Sciences of the National Research Council (NRC) of the US National Academy of Sciences (NAS). She manages studies and activities...


Kathryn Hughes

Kathryn Hughes is a program officer with the Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology (BCST) supporting scientific and technical advisory committees working in the areas of chemistry and chemical...


Jo L. Husbands

Jo L. Husbands is a scholar and senior project director with the NRC’s Board on Life Sciences, where she manages studies and projects to help mitigate the risks of the misuse of scientific...

Developments in science and technology are potentially relevant to the scope of the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC), as well as to its operation and implementation. At the upcoming Seventh Review Conference in December this year, three basic trends are likely to play a part: the rapid pace of relevant advances in science and technology; the global diffusion of science and technology research and its applications; and the breadth of fields now engaged in the “life sciences.” Continued engagement of the scientific community, the authors write, will be important for monitoring ongoing developments in science and technology and for contributing to assessments on the implications of these developments for the BWC. Sustained engagement will enable the Convention to anticipate and respond more effectively to the challenges and opportunities offered by the continuing advances in science and technology.