Talks & Keynotes

Recent invitations to present my work include:

  • A workshop on near-term releases of GM viruses into the environment hosted by Max Planck Society, 1 August 2019, Geneva
  • A workshop on ‘Regulating defense and security AI technologies: Options beyond traditional arms control’ hosted by CIFAR and UNIDIR, 15-16 July 2019, Toronto
  • A workshop on security and emerging synthetic biology threats sponsored by NATO’s science for peace and security programme and hosted by EPFL, 7-10 July 2019, Lausanne
  • A conference on ‘risk’ hosted by Leopoldina, 4-6 July 2019, Berlin
  • A panel discussion on ‘strategy and bioengineering’ hosted by the Austrian National Defence Academy, 26 June 2019, Vienna
  • A workshop on ‘Managing future security: Prospects for transatlantic cooperation’ hosted by the Council on Foreign Relations with the European Union Institute for Security Studies, 7-8 June 2019, Paris
  • A panel discussion on ‘Computer-generated genome: The first step to artificial life?’, ETH, 27 May 2019, Zürich
  • A workshop on ‘CBW and the public sphere’ hosted by the Universities of Kent, UCL and Sussex and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, 1-3 May 2019, Canterbury
  • A conference on ‘Capturing technology. Rethinking arms control’ hosted by the German Federal Foreign Office, 14 March 2019, Berlin
  • A workshop on ‘The intersection of machine learning and genetic engineering: What should be our check list for society and state as we blast off?’ hosted by Ditchley Park, 7-9 Feb 2019, Ditchley Park
  • A conference on ‘Global forum on scientific advances important to the BWC’ hosted by Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, 3 Dec 2018, United Nations, Geneva
  • A workshop on ‘Powerful actors, high impact bio-threats’ hosted by Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, NTI, and Future of Humanity Institute Oxford, 7-9 Nov 2018, Wilton Park
  • A workshop on Russian-EU biosecurity cooperation hosted by the St Petersburg State University, 1-2 Nov 2018, St Petersburg
  • A workshop on ‘Responsible innovation and building interdisciplinary teams’ hosted by Google DeepMind, 23 October 2018, London
  • A workshop on ‘New technology as a hurdle to, and an enabler, of verification in arms control’ hosted by the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF), 21-22 Sept 2018, Frankfurt
  • A panel discussion on ‘Bio plus X’ at the Stockholm Security Conference ‘Emerging technologies’, hosted by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), 19-20 Sept 2018, Stockholm
  • A keynote at ‘Convergence’ conference, hosted by the Swiss Ministry of Defence, 11-14 Sept 2018, Spiez
  • A panel discussion at the Geneva Dialogue on the Secretary-General’s Agenda for Disarmament, hosted by United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA), UN Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) and the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) 27 June 2018, Geneva
  • A  keynote at synthetic biology summer school,  25 June 2018, Oxford
  • A workshop on ‘Governance of research in the life science with dual use potential’ hosted by the InterAcademy Partnership, 11-13 June 2018, Zagreb
  • A keynote on ‘The threat of manufactured disease’ at NBC 2018 symposium on CBRNE threats, 4-7 June 2018, Rovaniemi
  • A policy seminar on the Human Brain Project and dual use, 22 March 2018, Brussels
  • A workshop on arms control and S&T developments, hosted by Article 36 , 8-9 March 2018, Berkshire
  • A panel discussion on ‘Working methods in disarmament diplomacy (part 1): Consensus’, hosted by the Geneva Disarmament Platform, 30 Nov 2017, Geneva Agenda
  • A keynote on ‘21st century biological threats’, Alfried Krupp Wissenschaftskolleg, 2 Nov 2017, Greifswald Programme
  • A keynote at conference on ‘Global biosecurity challenges: Problems and solutions,’ organised by the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Russian Health Protection Agency, 1 Nov 2017, Sochi Programme
  • A workshop on ‘Assessing the security implications of genome editing technology,’ hosted by the Volkswagen Stiftung and National Academies of Sciences, 12 Oct 2017, Hannover Programme and workshop report
  • A lecture on ‘The dual use dilemma in the life sciences’ at ETH, 27 Sept 2017, Zürich
  • A keynote on ‘Synthetic biology and biosecurity’ at the EUSynBioS symposium, 1 Sept 2017, Madrid
  • A keynote on ‘Biological threats in the 21st century’ at the Congress of Microbiology, hosted by Tehran University of Medical Sciences, 30 Aug 2017, Tehran
  • A lecture on the BWC and biological research hosted by the Razi Institute, 28 Aug 2017, Tehran
  • A panel discussion on ‘Dangerous experiments, lab safety failures: Is our coverage meeting the challenges?’ at the European Conference for Science Journalists, 29 June 2017, Copenhagen
  • A panel discussion on ‘Medicine & strategy’ at the Austrian National Defence Academy, 28 June 2017, Vienna
  • A lecture on ’21st Century biological threats’ hosted by the European Centre for Disease Control, 31 May 2017, Stockholm
  • A lecture on ‘Future biological threats’ at the Portuguese Ministry of Defence Land Command, 19 May 2017, Lisbon
  • A keynote to the Mindtheapp symposium at the Vienna Biocenter, 3-4 Nov 2016, Vienna
  • A workshop on forecasting and the politics of prediction hosted by the Center for Security Studies, ETH , 26-27 Aug 2016, Zürich
  • A workshop on the absence of expected technological threats hosted by the Center for Global Security, 6-8 July 2016, Lawrence Livermore National Lab
  • A panel discussion on converging technologies and emerging risks in the biological sciences hosted by the Austrian National Defence Academy, 19-20 May 2016, Vienna
  • A keynote to the Medical Biodefense Conference organized by the Bundeswehr Institute of Microbiology, 26-29 April 2016, Munich
  • A workshop on secrecy and intelligence, North Carolina State University, 18-19 April 2016, Raleigh, North Carolina
  • A workshop on dual use and the Human Brain Project hosted by the European Institute for Theoretical Neuroscience, 10-11 March 2016, Paris
  • A symposium on the 90th anniversary of the Geneva Protocol hosted by the UN Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) and the Permanent Mission of France to the Conference on Disarmament, 15 Dec 2015, Palais des Nations, Geneva Agenda and Audio Recording
  • A workshop hosted by King’s and the Emerging Leaders in Biosecurity Fellowship, 4-5 Aug 2015, Defense Academy of the United Kingdom in Shrivenham
  • A workshop hosted by the NATO Partnership for Peace, 28-30 April 2015, Alexandru Cel Bun Military Academy in Chisinau, Moldova
  • A lecture hosted by the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), 18 Feb 2015, Heidelberg Video Recording
  • A workshop  jointly hosted by the Polish Ministry of Science and the British Embassy, 25 Nov 2014, Warsaw 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, 6 Nov 2014, Stockholm Tweets are at #ESCAIDE_DURC #ESCAIDE
  • A workshop on compliance issues with the Biological Weapons Convention, on 24-26 Sept 2014, Wilton Park
  • A panel discussion on ‘Bioterrorim: The threat of dual-use technologies’ hosted by Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, 21 March 2014, London Audio and Video Recordings Wired magazine covered the event with a feature titled ‘Information poses bigger bioterrorism threat than microbes.’
  • A panel discussion at the EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Conference,  30 Sept – 1 Oct 2013, Brussels Transcript and Audio Recording