Establishing an International Code of Conduct for Biological Scientists
October 31, 2018
3:00 PM—4:30 PM HKT (UTC + 8)
Beijing
Although the development of biotechnologies has brought notable economic and health benefits for the global population, scientists working in this field could also cause large-scale harm, such as by creating and releasing toxic pathogens, without proper training and oversight. International efforts to mitigate potential threats, such as the Biological Weapons Convention, have so far proven to be of limited effectiveness in preventing the misuse of these emergent technologies. That is why a widely supported international code of conduct for experts working on sensitive biotechnologies would help reduce mismanagement and foster safety regulations across the world.
Li Bin moderated a discussion on how the international community can work together on guidelines to govern behaviors and avert risks in the biotechnology field.
DISCUSSION HIGHLIGHTS
LI BIN
Li Bin is a senior fellow working jointly in the Nuclear Policy Program and the Asia Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. A physicist and expert on nuclear disarmament, his research focuses on China’s nuclear and arms control policy and on U.S.-Chinese nuclear relations.
YANG YI
Yang Yi is secretary general of the China Arms Control and Disarmament Association.
ELAD POPOVICH
Elad Popovich is a visiting professor in the Department of International Relations at Tsinghua University.
YANG XIAO
Yang Xiao is a research fellow at the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations.
XUE YANG
Xue Yang is an assistant professor and research fellow at the Center of Biosafety Research and Strategy at Tianjin University.
ZHANG WEIWEN
Zhang Weiwen is professor of microbiology and biochemical engineering and director of the Laboratory of Synthetic Microbiology at Tianjin University.
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