OPCW hosts higher education event

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) hosted its annual Day of Excellence event on June 20 for the higher education sector in the Netherlands.

Day of Excellence, which was organized by the Sirius Programme and ScienceGuide, attracted approximately 100 participants from universities and other schools throughout the Netherlands for discussions on excellence in higher education. Ahmet uzumcu, the director-general of the OPCW, delivered the opening remarks for the event.

uzumcu explained the main activities and objectives of the OPCW because many participants were visiting the organization for the first time.

"The challenge for those of us involved in disarmament and non-proliferation, is to make responsible science - science that at all times constrains its potential to harm, and proactively engages on global issues - an integral professional trait for all of its practitioners around the world," uzumcu said. "This bottom-up approach must, therefore, start early - in high school or before."

OPCW officials and other experts presented educational materials on the Chemical Weapons Convention to use in classrooms. Attendees also observed an interactive display of analytical instruments and equipment used by OPCW inspectors.

uzumcu welcomed Jet Bussemaker, the minister of Education, Culture and Science of the Netherlands, who visited for the occasion.

The OPCW said the event allowed the organization to reach out to an important stakeholder community and explore future outreach and education initiatives.