First Project 53 Biosafety & Biosecurity: Train the Trainer Course delivered in Kazakhstan.

Wednesday November 1st, 2017

Twelve newly trained and talented Biosafety & Biosecurity trainers will deliver the course in their respective institutes over the coming six months. The first Project 53 “Biosafety & Biosecurity: Train the Trainer Course” has been completed in Almaty, Kazakhstan. This first of six, week-long training courses in Central Asia ran from October 2nd to 6th and was hosted at the Asfendiyarov Kazakh National Medical University (KazNMU).       Prof Christopher H Logue from Public Health England (P53 Biosafety Key Expert) lead the training, supported by fellow Novel and Dangerous Pathogens trainer Dr Suzanna Hawkey. Together with a Biosecurity expert from the RIVM in the Netherlands; Dr Ingmar Jense, the team of three supported by two local trainers delivered an interactive hands-on practical three day Biosafety and Biosecurity course, followed by two days of intensive Train the trainer training. The training, facilitated by Professors Andrey Dimitrovski and Lyazzat Eraliyeva of KazNMU involved twelve participants with various experiences in biosafety and training. The trainees were selected from a range of Kazakh Institutions working with potentially biohazardous material including,  KazNMU, the Kazakh National Agricultural University, the Kazakh Scientific Centre of Quarantine and Zoonotic Diseases, Institute of Microbiology and Virology & National Centre…
Progress achieved under Work package 1 – Emergency Planning Scope

Wednesday November 1st, 2017

Project 53 activities have also turned to preparedness, response and mitigation of biological emergencies. Consortium member VERTIC is preparing a report on possible regional emergency intervention schemes for biological events, focusing on the key operating principles and practices of the Common Alert Protocol (CAP) and Civil-Military Cooperation (CIMIC). CAP is an international communication standards for public warning, designed to work for a broad range of hazards and to connect to different media, from radios and locally installed sirens to cellular phones and internet communications. Standards and best practices for Civil-Military Cooperation and Coordination are crucial to facilitate the work of military forces in operations other than war (such as disaster relief), while safeguarding humanitarian principles. Several international and regional organisations, including NATO and the UN, have produced guidance on CIMIC. VERTIC's report aims to identify areas of strength and expertise as well as common challenges among countries in Central Asia, and will highlight possible approaches for regional cooperation in the area.  VERTIC has concluded a series of initial reports on each project country's practices and institutional framework surrounding emergency readiness and response. The initial reports are confidential, and VERTIC will use them as a basis to build in-depth engagement on…
WP5 Train the Trainer Training

Wednesday September 13th, 2017

An exciting training programme developed by the Novel and Dangerous Pathogens Training team from Public Health England in the UK, supported by the EU CBRN Centres of Excellence project 53 “ ‘Strengthening the National Legal Framework and Provision of Specialized Training on Bio-Safety and Bio-Security in Central Asian Countries’” will take place this Autumn. This will see the implementation of this biosafety and biosecurity training phase of project 53 with aims of engaging an expanding networks of trainers in p53 countries and offering the opportunities to harmonise biosafety and biosecurity on a regional level in Central Asia. Between October 1st and November 24th, six training teams from Public Health England, supported by 3 teams of RIVM trainers from the Netherlands, will provide hands-on Train the Trainer (TtT) courses in Biosafety and Biosecurity to teams of National trainers from the P53 participating Countries. The objective is to provide and implement a sustainable training system for Biosafety and Biosecurity practitioners on a national and regional level. Twelve trainers from each p53 participating country (Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan) have been selected from a wide spectrum of institutions to attend the intensive week-long Biosafety and Biosecurity TtT training. This training aims…
Work Package 1 – Developed IHR and Codex Alimentarius Legislative Assessment Tools under review by NTEs

Monday August 14th, 2017

Work Package 1 – in the project “Strengthening the National Legal Framework and Provision of Specialized Training on Bio-Safety and Bio-Security in Central Asian Countries (CBRN Centres of Excellence Project 53)” – focuses on assessment and revision of national legislations and best practices in the area of biosafety and biosecurity, and, harmonization with the appropriate international regulations such as International Health Regulations (IHR), Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BTWC) and Codex Alimentarius including the area of regional emergency response with the aim of coming to a “One Health” system.   As part of Work Package 1, VERTIC’s Key Expert, Mr Scott Spence, and non- Key Expert, Dr Sonia Drobysz, have been responsible for developing legislation survey and matrix templates to assess how the project countries are implementing the international requirements of the IHR and Codex Alimentarius into their national legislation. The IHR legislation survey template, with 181 data points, has been undergoing peer review including by the project countries after translation into Dari, Mongolian and Russian.  Once their feedback is received by the end of August and incorporated into the survey template, VERTIC and the project countries will commence analyses in late 2017 and into 2018 of how the IHR…
ISTC congratulates the EU on Europe Days in Kazakhstan, participates in the Europe Projects Fair

Wednesday June 7th, 2017

ISTC PARTICIPATES IN EUROPE DAYS IN KAZAKHSTAN AND THE EUROPE PROJECTS FAIR   On 31 May 2017 in the framework of the Europe Day celebration a European classical music concert and EU Projects Fair were held in Astana. The annual event aimed to promote European values and to send a message of friendship and cooperation to the numerous friends of Europe in Kazakhstan.  Ambassador Traian Hristea, Head of the EU Delegation to Kazakhstan, and Kazakhstan Deputy Foreign Minister Roman Vassilenko delivered welcoming speeches. “This is a significant month”, said Ambassador Hristea in his remarks, “as recently the EU once more extended its support to the International Science and Technology Center based in Astana and ratified its statuary agreement. As a founder of the ISTC, the European Union has provided continued financial support for the Centre to carry out its core mission of ensuring the non-proliferation. Since 1994 we funded over 900 ISTC research projects involving thousands of scientists in the post-Soviet countries.” The event was attended by high government representatives, members of the diplomatic corps, businessmen and residents of capital city. As visitors entered the splendid new building of the Astana ballet at the foyer they saw a special exhibition…
The ISTC participates in European Union (EU) Day event

Thursday March 9th, 2017

On Thursday, 19th May 2016, the ISTC participated at the EU Day event, held in the Congress Hall, Astana (Kazakhstan) and presented details of the EU-financed Project 53, which aims to strengthen the legal framework and training on Biosafety and Biosecurity in Central Asian countries.  In attendance were H.E. Mukhtar Tleuberdi (First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan), H.E. Traian Hristea (Ambassador, Head of the EU Delegation to Kazakhstan) and Mr Kamen Velichkov (Minister Plenipotentiary EU Delegation).  They discussed the benefits of EU-funded ISTC science and technology projects in Kazakhstan and the current status of the ISTC.