CSCM holds meeting in Georgia

The World Congress on CBRNE Science & Consequence Management (CSCM) held a meeting last week in Tbilisi, Georgia, as part of its chemical and biological medical treatment symposia (CBMTS) series.

Attendees explored the scientific, technical, medical, policy and consequence management aspects of CBRN threats. The meeting also focused on CBRN counterproliferation and counterterrorism issues with the goal of better understanding and acting to minimize CBRNE threats.

During 14 previous congresses held under the CBTMS series, approximately 2,000 scientists from multiple fields and military representatives from approximately 50 countries took part in the events. Previous topics included medical treatment in the event of a CBRN threat, identification of CBR substances and the protection, decontamination and evaluation of CBRN consequences.

The International Organizing Committee held the event in Tbilisi with the support of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the European Union, the Battelle Memorial Institute and the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI).

The UNICRI was tasked by the European Commission (EC) with the coordination and monitoring of 12 biosafety and biosecurity projects in the Central Asian and South Caucasus region. The CSCM program falls under the second phase of the EC's program, "Strengthening Bio-safety and Bio-security Capabilities."