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18 February 2013
On 18 February 2013, the Royal Society held a seminar at the headquarters of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to inform preparations for the third Review Conference of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) taking place in April 2013. The seminar discussed the implications for the CWC of convergent trends in science and technology (S&T) as identified in Royal Society’s 2012 report, Brain Waves 3: Neuroscience, conflict and security. Three case studies were profiled: incapacitating chemical agents, synthetic biology, and nanotechnology. The seminar brought together leading scientists, policy experts, diplomats and senior officials, including the OPCW Director-General.
This project is led by a Steering Group, made up of experts in neuroscience, psychology, philosophy and governance. Professor Colin Blakemore FRS is the chair of the Steering Group.
The Chemical Weapons Conventionheld February 2012
Neuroscience and the law (module 4)published in December 2011
Neuroscience, conflict and security(module 3)published February 2012
Neuroscience: implications for education and lifelong learning (module 2)published in February 2011
Neuroscience, society and policy (module 1)published in January 2011
Project details and Steering Groupannounced in April 2010
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