The Asan Institute for Policy Studies co-hosted with the American Association for the Advancement of Science a workshop titled “Science and Technology to Prevent and Respond to CBRN Disasters: U.S. and South Korean Perspectives” from January 22-23, 2013 in Washington, D.C.
Presentations were given by numerous S&T and CBRN experts including Craig Vanderwagen, former Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Richard T. Cupitt, U.S. UNSCR 1540 Coordinator at the U.S. Department of State, Peter Jutro, Deputy Director for Science and Policy at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Ken Buesseler, Senior Scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and Whang Jooho, professor at Kyung Hee University.
Panels composed of government officials and academic scholars discussed the roles of Science & Technology, as a part of national and international security, in preventing and remediating CBRN disasters. The speakers analyzed major CBRN incident experiences and the follow-ups. They also debated how S&T cooperation can be achieved, with a special focus on international cooperation on the basis of UN Security Council resolution 1540. Participants emphasized the importance of spreading security awareness, education to the students at their early stage of career as a scientist, and strategic communication among the S&T community as well as with the general public and policy makers.
Finally, in a special session on the Fukushima Disaster, the participants dealt with the environmental effects due to the accident and made recommendations to mitigate them. Although there were agreements and disagreements on the actual effect of the accident and the application of standards, there was a consensus among the participants that measures taken by the government should be data-based and transparent in order to ensure public trust, in case of a similar disaster in the future.
Date/Time: January 22-23, 2014/ (Day 1) 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, (Day 2) 9:00 – 10:30 AM
Place: Auditorium (2F), AAAS, Washington D.C.
*in alphabetical order
Kavita Berger Associate Director, Center for Science, Technology, and Security Policy, AAAS
Ken Buesseler Senior Scientist, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
CHO Kun-Woo Principal Resercher, Korea Institute of Nuclear Safety
CHOI Kang Vice President for Research, The Asan Institute for Policy Studies
Richard Cupitt U.S. UNSCR 1540 Coordinator, U.S. Department of State
Diane DiEuliis Deputy Direct for Policy, ASPR Office, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
GO Myong-Hyun Director, Center for Risk, Information, and Social Policy, The Asan Institute for Policy Studies
Tom Inglesby CEO and Director, UPMC Center for Health and Security
Peter Jutro Deputy Director for Science and Policy, U.S. Environment Protection Agency
SangDon Lee Research Environmental Scientist, U.S. Environment Protection Agency
LIM Sang-beom Counsellor, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Korea to the UN, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea
Philip X. Navin Jr. Director, Division of Emergency Operations, CPC
Norman P. Neureiter Director, Center for Science, Technology, and Security Policy, AAAS
Kenneth A. Oye Director, Program on Emerging Technologies, MIT
PARK Jiyoung Director, Science and Technology Policy Center, The Asan Institute for Policy Studies
SHIN Chang-Hoon Director, Nuclear Policy and Technology Center, The Asan Institute for Policy Studies
Craig Vanderwagen Former Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
WHANG Jooho Professor, Department of Nuclear Engineering, Kyung Hee University