Implementing Biosecurity Education: Approaches, Resources and Programmes

TitleImplementing Biosecurity Education: Approaches, Resources and Programmes
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsMinehata, M, Sture, J, Shinomiya, N, Whitby, S
JournalScience and Engineering Ethics
Pagination1473 - 1486
Date Published12/2013
ISSN Number1471-5546
KeywordsENGINEERING , Instructional Methods , SCIENCE , Train-the-Trainer Materials
AbstractThis paper aims to present possible approaches, resources and programmes to introduce the topic of biosecurity to life scientists and engineers at the higher education level. Firstly, we summarise key findings from a number of international surveys on biosecurity education that have been carried out in the United States, Europe, Israel and the Asia–Pacific region. Secondly, we describe the development of our openly-accessible education resource, illustrating the scope and content of these materials. Thirdly, we report on actual cases of biosecurity education that have been implemented. These include achievements in and lessons derived from the implementation of biosecurity education at the National Defense Medical College in Japan. These experiences are followed by presentation of the expert-level “Train-the-Trainer” programmes subsequently launched by the University of Bradford in the United Kingdom. These examples will help readers to understand how educators can enhance their own understanding about biosecurity issues and how they can then disseminate their knowledge through development of their own customised, relevantly-targeted and stage-tailored education programmes within their own life science communities. By providing these examples, we argue that education for life scientists, policy-makers and other stakeholders about social responsibility on dual-use issues is easily achievable and need not be expensive, time-consuming or over-burdening. We suggest that recurring classes or courses be held at appropriate times during educational programmes to accommodate the developing expertise and advancing learning stages of students.
Short TitleSci Eng Ethics
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