FBI Academic Biosecurity Workshop

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FBI Academic Biosecurity Workshop

  • Date:
    February 23 10:00 AM-2:00 PM
    UAB Hill University Center Ballrooms ABCD
    Organized By:
    Occupational Health and Safety


    ​Biosecurity includes a range of topics that require the collaboration and coordination of a diverse set of stakeholders.  The range of topics discussed in this workshop includes international and domestic terrorism, cyber security, protection of intellectual property/proprietary information, dual-use research, workplace violence, security challenges with the rapid advances in research and technology innovations, and insider-threat mitigation.  Relationships between the scientific and security communities must be built on trust and understanding in order to develop effective, sensible mitigation strategies, communication pathways, and policies to meet these challenges.
    Workshop Goal: 
    Improve cooperation among law enforcement agencies and research institutions to mitigate potential biosecurity issues that may affect public health and safety

    • Identify biosecurity roles and responsibilities of law enforcement agencies
    • Identify biosecurity roles and responsibilities of research institutions
    • Identify benefits and potential obstacles to improve cooperation among law enforcement agencies and research institutions regarding biosecurity
    • Identify methods of improving communications among biosecurity stakeholders
    Biosecurity stakeholders will use a multi-sector approach to develop and institute mechanisms to mitigate internal and external risks and threats.  Those mechanisms will be based on effective use of resources and shared responsibilities.  And the mechanisms will be effective to mitigate real not perceived risks balancing security with scientific freedom and the need for research and innovation. 
    10:00 Introductory/Welcoming Remarks
    10:15 Biosecurity Overview Presentation
    11:45 Break to purchase lunch at food court
    12:15 Table Top Exercise (Breakout Group Discussions)
    1:45 Wrap-up and Closing
    2:00 Workshop Ends
    Registration:  Space is limited, so registration is required.  Please fill out the attached registration form and submit to Donna Williamson before Ferbuary 14, 2017.
  • Hill Student Center
    1400 University Blvd