Science and Technology Center in Ukraine. STCU Experience in the Conversion of Former Weapon Scientists in the Biosafety Area. Michel Zayet, Deputy Executive Director (European Union), 27-29 May 2013, Kyiv, Ukraine. Prevent the Spread of WMD Expertise from Former Soviet Military Scientists
Deputy Executive Director (European Union),
27-29 May 2013, Kyiv, Ukraine
from Former Soviet Military Scientists
Engagement: Assist Azeri, Georgian, Moldavian, Ukrainian and Uzbek scientists and technicians (formerly involved in WMD and their means of delivery) in their integration into the international community via collaborative research activities.
Transition to Self-Sustainability: Assist these former WMD scientists in transitioning to peaceful, self-sustaining civilian research work that contributes to the economic development of their countries, finds solutions to national/international S&T problems, and builds successful research groups.Our Mission
1991 – Ukraine Gains its Independence
1993 – STCU Established as an Inter-Governmental Organization By Ukraine, Canada, Sweden and the USA
1995 – STCU Begins Operations
1997 – Uzbekistan Accedes to STCU
1998 – European Union Replaces Sweden as an STCU Governing and Funding Party
1998 – Georgia Accedes to STCU
2003 – STCU Surpasses $100 Million USD in Total Project Funding
2003 – Azerbaijan Accedes to STCU
2004 – Moldova Accedes to STCU
Number of Projects:
Project Funding (Euro equiv, approx):
Support Activities (Euro equiv, approx):
Projects with EU:
Projects are implemented in the framework of the EU CBRN CoE Initiative by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) and the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI), under the aegis of European Commission’s Directorate General for Development and Cooperation - EuropeAid (DG DEVCO) and the European External Action Service (EEAS).
STRATEGIC GOAL - promote sustainable knowledge development and transfer of best practice through the model “train the trainers”.
South East Asia
African Atlantic Façade
South East Europe, the Caucasus, Moldova and Ukraine;
Establish, document, implement and maintain a bio-risk management system in accordance with the requirements of the Laboratory bio-risk management standard (ISO 15190 CWA 15793)
Provide for and reinforce the sharing and transfer of best practices on bio safety/bio-security management
Develop a sustainable training system applicable to a broad range of countries and government structures.
Improve regional inter-agency cooperation and harmonization with international bio-safety/bio-security standards.
Analysis of local situation
Identification and selection of national experts
Organization and implementation of regional training and results evaluation
Organization and implementation of local training and results evaluation
PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION PERIOD: January 2013 - December 2014 (2 years)CBRN CoEProject 03 KNOWLEDGE DEVELOPMENT AND TRANSFER OF BEST PRACTICE On BIO-SAFETY/BIO-SECURITY/BIO-RISK MANAGEMENT
LEAD PARTNER ICIS - “Insubria Center on International Security” of the University of Insubria, Italy
Comparison and know-how sharing of legislations and regulations in the field of biosafety, biosecurity and laboratory management systems
Setting up accreditation guides for case studies in South East Asia
South East Asia
South East Europe
Fight against unintendedrelease - BioSafetyInfection
Fight against intendedrelease - BioSecurityLoss
first step is to collect and study relevant B&B legislations (National and International)
“20 Criteria” for Biosafety& Biosecurity
Collection of all regulations/laws for each Partner Country (PC)
Joint Assessment of the overlap between EU&PC legislatives bodies in close partnership with Western Balkans experts
Introduction of Management System
PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION PERIOD: September 2013 - August 2014 (2 years)CBRN CoEProject 07 Guidelines, procedures and standardization on Bio-safety, bio-security and bio-risk management
LEAD PARTNER FEI - “France Expertise Internationale», France
Biotechnology, Agricultural Sciences and Medicine is one of the leading STCU projects areaSTCU Regular and Partner Projects by Disciplines
STCU funded 345 projects in Bio-area
More than two thousand scientists and specialists involved in Biological Weapon related
investigations in Soviet Union times have been redirected by engaging in the STCU projects.
In the context of the main non-proliferation and threat reduction mission and understanding the extremely importance of international cooperation in Biosafety&Biosecurity in the modern global word the STCU enhances efforts in this area and declares the activity in Biosafety&Biosecurity as prior.
“ the leading STCU projects areaBio-safety and bio-security improvement at the Ukrainian Anti-Plague Station (UAPS) in Simferopol” – one of the most prior STCU current projects
The European Union (EU) has decided to finance the project “Bio-safety and bio-security improvement at the Ukrainian Anti -Plague Station (UAPS) in Simferopol” in the framework of the Contribution agreement between the EU and STCU from 22 November 2010 in response to the request of the Government of Ukraine as for the support from the EU to enhance bio-safety and biosecurity and prevent the contamination and spread of dangerous infectious pathogens in Ukraine.
The project was started on 1st of August 2011 and the total project budget is of 4 millions EUR.
STCU project 9800 “UAPS - Securing Existing Facility to Improve Biosecurity Level”
- Large-scale reconstruction of the existing UAPS facility has been carried out on a budget of 200,000 EUR to provide physical protection of the National Strains Collection and UAPS territory, and to implement the modern international requirements in biosecurity including video surveillance and access control systems at the Station.
UAPS entrance and bordering before reconstruction.
The established bordering premises walls.
Securing existing Ukrainian Anti-Plague Station facility the leading STCU projects area
Controlled access to the reference collection room and metal cabinets for collection storage.
Installed video surveillance cameras
Metal compartments for lab consumables storage
In the near future will be launched the New Facilities Conceptual Design tender.