Issues for discussion at the 2005 Meeting of Experts of the Biological and Toxins Weapons Convention

09 June 2005

The content, promulgation and adoption of codes of conduct for scientists will be discussed at the Meeting of Experts to be held in Geneva between 13-24 June 2005 in preparation for the December 2005 Annual Meeting of the States Parties of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BTWC). Both of these Meetings will be chaired by Dr John Freeman, the UK Ambassador to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva. This paper gives brief answers to a number of issues that Dr Freeman has suggested that the States Parties might address at the Meeting of Experts.

The Society has also produced a paper on the role of codes of conduct in preventing the misuse of scientific research.

The Royal Society issued a press release highlighting these papers on 9 June 2005.