Innovations in Life Sciences

19 October 2020
Innovations in Life Sciences

The United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) is pleased to invite you to a webinar on Innovations in the Life Sciences and Implications for Biosecurity and Arms Control.

Rapid advances in the life sciences offer powerful applications for addressing public health challenges and advancing economic development. These advances are taking place in an evolving research, development and innovation landscape that is increasingly being populated by new actors including DIYbio community labs and biotechnology startups. While these advances and trends are fuelling the bio economy and providing novel solutions to global challenges, they pose unique biosafety and biosecurity risks. This seminar will explore technological trends and governance gaps in the life sciences and provide take-aways for arms control and disarmament.

The seminar will draw on UNIDIR’s publication on Advances in Science and Technology in the Life Sciences as well as the discussions that took place at the 2020 Innovations Dialogue. Conference materials including the video recordings and speaker presentations can be accessed here.


  • Filippa Lentzos – Senior Research Fellow, Department of Global Health & Social Medicine and the Department of War Studies, King’s College London

  • Nancy D. Connell – Senior Scholar, Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security and Professor, Department of Environmental Health and Engineering, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

  • Moderated by Giacomo Persi Paoli, Programme Lead, Security and Technology, UNIDIR


19 October, 14h30-15h45 CET, Online

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UNIDIR encourages the participation of representatives and experts working on or interested in issues pertaining to the implications of scientific and technological advances in life sciences for international peace and security.


19 October 2020