Talks

Recent invitations to present my work include:

  • A keynote address to the Mindtheapp symposium at the Vienna Biocenter, 3-4 November 2016.
  • A two-day academic workshop exploring forecasting and the politics of prediction organised by the Center for Security Studies, ETH Zürich, 26-17 August 2016.
  • A talk on synthetic biology and threat assessment at a workshop on the absence of expected technological threats at the Center for Global Security, Lawrence Livermore National Lab, California, 6-8 July 2016.
  • A talk on converging technologies and emerging risks in the biological sciences to an audience of around 40 participants at the Austrian National Defence Academy in Vienna, 19-20 May 2016.
  • A talk previewing my edited collection on Biological Threats in the 21 Century on the opening day of the four-day Medical Biodefense Conference organized by the Bundeswehr Institute of Microbiology, Munich 26-29 April 2016. This was the 15th conference of its kind since they started in the 1990s, and it drew a significant international crowd of over 600 participants from more than 50 countries.
  • A two-day workshop that brought together around 40 participants from the intelligence community, academia and government to discuss and debate secrecy & intelligence, North Carolina State University, 18-19 April 2016.
  • A talk on dual use for neuroscientists and computational physicists part of the European Human Brain Project at the European Institute for Theoretical Neuroscience in Paris 10-11 March 2016.
  • A talk on the 90th anniversary of the Geneva Protocol at a BWC side event organised by the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research and the Permanent Mission of France to the Conference on Disarmament at the Palais des Nations, Geneva on 15 December 2015.  Agenda and Audio Recording
  • A talk on the promise and peril of synthetic biology to the 28 Emerging Leaders in Biosecurity at their site visit to the Defense Academy of the United Kingdom in Shrivenham 4-5 August 2015.
  • A NATO Partnership for Peace (PfP) workshop at the Alexandru Cel Bun Military Academy in Chisinau, Moldova 28-30 April 2015. I spoke about the security implications of advances in bioscience.
  • A lecture on ‘The threat of manufactured disease: The past, present & future of biological weapons’ to an audience of around 100 life scientists at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg on 18 February 2015. Video Recording
  • A one-day workshop synthetic biology jointly organised by the Polish Ministry of Science and the British Embassy in Warsaw on 25 November 2014. I spoke on political and security aspects of synthetic biology. Workshop Programme
  • A panel discussion on “Primum non nocere: Why engineer microbes to be more dangerous to humankind” at the European Centre for Disease Control’s annual ESCAIDE conference in Stockholm on 6 November 2014. Following a set of opening presentations and Q&A, the estimated 200 audience participants of field epidemiologists, microbiologists and public health professionals were asked to vote on whether gain-of-function research should be paused in the EU as it had been only two weeks earlier in the US: Survey Results. Tweets are at #ESCAIDE_DURC #ESCAIDE
  • A three-day defence and security meeting organized by Wilton Park – the UK government’s global centre for foreign policy dialogue and quiet discussion – on compliance issues with the Biological Weapons Convention on 24-26 September 2014. The invitation-only meeting brought together approx 40 participants, primarily from European and North American ministries of foreign affairs and defence, international organisations, think tanks and academia.
  • A panel discussion on ‘Bioterrorim: The threat of dual-use technologies’ at Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, on 21 March 2014 to an audience of around 100 Chatham House Members and guests from their Global Health Security and International Security Programme. Audio and Video Recordings Wired magazine covered the event with a feature titled ‘Information poses bigger bioterrorism threat than microbes.’