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Workshop on Higher Education and Professional Responsibility in CBRN Applied Sciences and Technology across the Sub-Mediterranean Region ...

Workshop on Higher Education and Professional Responsibility in CBRN Applied Sciences and Technology across the Sub-Mediterranean Region
3-4 April 2012. Palazzo Zorzi, Venice
Session 1. Status - Culture of Safety and Security and Responsible Science

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    Education and Outreach: towards Whom and at What Level? [Djafer Benachour, University of Setif, Algeria] Education and Outreach: towards Whom and at What Level? [Djafer Benachour, University of Setif, Algeria] Presentation Transcript

    • « EDUCATION AND OUTREACH : OPCWTOWARDS WHOM AND AT WHAT LEVEL ? » Djafer BENACHOUR Member of the SAB/OPCW and Chairman of the TWGEO Professor of Industrial Chemistry , Ferhat ABBAS University Address: Laboratoire des Matériaux Polymères Multiphasiques (LMPMP), Faculté de Technologie, Université Ferhat ABBAS, 19000 SETIF (ALGERIE) e-mail: diafer.benachour@nasr-dz.org UNESCO VENICE OFFICE , April 3 , 2012 1
    • 2011 : INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF CHEMISTRY Celebrated in most algerian universities OPCWOn this occasion, the Algerian Ambassador in The Hague requestedthe organization of a one-day seminar on the Convention of ChemicalWeapons (CWC) and the Organization for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons(OPCW).----> Algerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs ----> OPCW National Authority in Algeria ---->Algerian SAB Member----> 4th International Seminar on Chemistry, Ecole Militaire Polytechnique, Bordj-el Bahri (Alger) March 29-30, 2011. ----> March 31st, 2011 : seminar on CWC, OPCW and SAB activities UNESCO VENICE OFFICE , April 3 , 2012 2
    • March 31st, 2011 : seminar on CWC, OPCW and SAB activities OPCW-CWC and OPCW : presented by an OPCW representative-Import/Export of Chemicals : presented by the National Authority- SAB activities : presented by myself as SAB member Seminar Participants : Military officiels and EMP personnels; University researchers; postgraduate students; industrials… + representatives of the Algerian Customs and Insurance compagnies .Question: why such attendees ?Answer : all are concerned and/or involved in chemistry/chemicals UNESCO VENICE OFFICE , April 3 , 2012 3
    • « MISSIONS ET ACTIVITES DU CONSEIL SCIENTIFIQUE CONSULTATIF (SAB) AU SEIN DE L’ORGANISATION POUR OPCWL’INTERDICTION DES ARMES CHIMIQUES (OPCW)ET RETOMBEES DES NANOTECHNOLOGIES SURLES ARMES CHIMIQUES ET LES TERMES DE LA CONVENTION DE L’OPCW » Prof. Djafer BENACHOUR (Membre du SAB ) Laboratoire des Matériaux Polymères Multiphasiques (LMPMP) Département « Génie des Procédés », Faculté de Technologie Université Ferhat ABBAS, 19000 SETIF (ALGERIE) e-mail: diafer.benachour@nasr-dz.org et: lmpmp@univ-setif.dz EMP – Bordj el Bahri, 31 Mars 2011 4
    • HOW DID I GET INVOLVED IN EDUCATION AND OUTREACH IN CHEMISTRY? OPCWEDUCATION : - 30 year of teaching and research in chemistry and chemical engineering. - Involved in several local and national and international panels in charge of academic curricula and research projectsOUTREACH : becoming a member of SAB/OPCW I was astonished how little was know about the CWC within the algerian chemistry community…… and my strong interest for ‘Education and Outreach’ was so evident that my SAB colleagues proposed me to chair the TWGEO ! UNESCO VENICE OFFICE , April 3 , 2012 5
    • OPCWFIRST TYPE OF EDUCATION AND OUTREACH ACADEMIC UNESCO VENICE OFFICE , April 3 , 2012 6
    • EXAMPLE OF AN EDUCATION PROGRAM IN CHEMISTRY OPCWINSTITUTION: Colleges and UniversitiesOBJECTIVE: ‘’’ To educate students on the basics and fundamentals of chemistry and related fields’ as well as the fabrication of different chemicals’Actions : three major chemistry degrees (Bachelor, Master and Ph.D.) in different chemical fields (organic, physical, analytical, polymers, biochemistry, environmental, computational, …), with academic as well as applied options.First answers to the questions raised initialy :Toward whom ? ----> Students .At what level ? ----> University (graduate and postgraduate levels). UNESCO VENICE OFFICE , April 3 , 2012 7
    • EXAMPLE OF AN OUTREACH PROGRAM IN CHEMISTRY OPCWINSTITUTION: MIT (BOSTON, USA), Developed in 1988OBJECTIVE: ‘’’ To bring the excitement of chemistry to high school students in the greater Boston area’’Actions : 10-20 schools are visited each year (>1000 students). Students’ interest in chemistry is stimulated through the demonstration of the relevance of chemistry in everyday life. 50 minute presentation (polymers, naturally occuring compounds, temperature, pression and light) followed by a question and answer session.Second answers to the questions raised initialy :Toward whom ? ----> Students .At what level ? ----> High school. UNESCO VENICE OFFICE , April 3 , 2012 8
    • OPCWSECOND TYPE OF EDUCATION AND OUTREACH PROFESSIONAL UNESCO VENICE OFFICE , April 3 , 2012 9
    • EXAMPLE OF JOINT EDUCATION AND OUTREACH PROGRAM IN CHEMISTRY OPCWINSTITUTION: Specialized workshops and training schoolsOBJECTIVE: ‘To give specific skills and training to qualified and interested persons in given topics relevant to chemistry’.Actions : educational programs combined with applied and professional training. Special sessions on specific sides of chemistry and chemical technologies … Participants to these workshops are expected to dissiminate their acquired knowledge and share their experience back.Answers to questions raised initialy :Toward whom ? ----> Targeted groups .At what level ? ----> Different levels. UNESCO VENICE OFFICE , April 3 , 2012 10
    • OPCWTHIRD TYPE OF EDUCATION AND OUTREACH ACADEMIC /PROFESSIONAL UNESCO VENICE OFFICE , April 3 , 2012 11
    • EXAMPLE OF JOINT EDUCATION AND OUTREACH PROGRAM IN CHEMISTRY OPCWINSTITUTION: IUPAC/OPCWOBJECTIVE: ‘Ethical aspects of chemistry: general principles, code of practice, conduct and responsibilityActions : preparation of useful chemicals. Educational programs oriented towards chemists (academic), chemical engineers, and industrials (professional) Diffusion of informations for the public opinion.Other answers to the questions raised initialy :Toward whom ? ----> Students , teachers, technicians, engineers and managers.At what level ? ----> Different levels. UNESCO VENICE OFFICE , April 3 , 2012 12
    • OPCWFOURTH TYPE OF EDUCATION AND OUTREACH INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTIONS UNESCO VENICE OFFICE , April 3 , 2012 13
    • EXAMPLE OF JOINT EDUCATION AND OUTREACH PROGRAM IN CHEMISTRY OPCWINSTITUTION: TWGEO of the SAB/OPCWOBJECTIVE: to reach a better awareness on the mis-uses of chemicals and the risks of chemical weapons through education and outreach expertise in S&T relevant to the CWC.Actions : establish state-of-art tools and techniques for education and outreach; public and media affairs; science and technology research and education policy; perspectives from the industrial chemistry…Other answers to the questions raised initialy :Toward whom ? ----> targeted community (experts) .At what level ? ----> International institutions. UNESCO VENICE OFFICE , April 3 , 2012 14
    • EXAMPLE OF JOINT EDUCATION AND OUTREACH PROGRAM IN CHEMISTRY OPCWTheTWGEO of the SAB/OPCW has set the following program:1: find ways to raise awareness of the CWC in the education sector, through: a) the developments of teaching materials b) promoting faculty development and student exchange c) promoting chemistry education.2: proposals for how the OPCW could contribute towards expanding and promoting a culture of RESPONSABILITY in the scientific community3: allow the OPCW to build relationships with other international organisations, professional associations, networks…4: sustainable ways in which the OPCW can take forward its education and outreach activities once the TWGEO completes its work. UNESCO VENICE OFFICE , April 3 , 2012 15
    • FIRST CONCLUSIONS and ANSWERS OPCW•TOWARDS WHOM ? ----> Different targets : students, teachers, researchers, professionnels, general public… 2) AT WHAT LEVELS ? ----> Different levels: high scholl, college, university, post-university.… But are these the appropriates targets ? Are they the only ones ?… Are they other levels to begin with ? Other means of information diffusion about CBRN ?NEW QUESTIONS: - Who should be responsible ? - Who should be involved ? - Who should be concerned ? for/in/by the Education and Outreach initiatives UNESCO VENICE OFFICE , April 3 , 2012 16
    • SHOULD THE MEDIA BE USED ? OPCW-TELEVISION :-NEWSPAPERS AND MAGAZINES :-INTERNET AND ELCTRONIC PLATFORMS …YES BECAUSE ONE PICTURE IS OFTEN WORTH MORE THAN 1000 WORDS … UNESCO VENICE OFFICE , April 3 , 2012 17
    • OPCWUNESCO VENICE OFFICE , April 3 , 2012 18
    • OPCWUNESCO VENICE OFFICE , April 3 , 2012 19
    • OPCWUNESCO VENICE OFFICE , April 3 , 2012 20
    • OPCWUNESCO VENICE OFFICE , April 3 , 2012 21
    • UNFORTUNATELY WE WILL CONTINUE TO SEE SUCH A SIGN OPCW UNESCO VENICE OFFICE , April 3 , 2012 22
    • OPCWBUT WE SURELY CAN LIVE WITHOUT THIS SIGN UNESCO VENICE OFFICE , April 3 , 2012 23
    • OPCW LAST ANSWERS:WE ARE ALL INVOLVED , CONCERNED AND RESPONSIBLE…SO…LET US EDUCATE AND REACH OUT ALL AND EVERYONE IN ORDER TO LIVE IN A WORLD FREE OF CBRN DANGERS… UNESCO VENICE OFFICE , April 3 , 2012 24
    • VERY LAST COMMENT NANOTECHNOLOGY… OPCWNanotechnology experts claim and expect that at thenano-metric boundaries between Physics, Biology andChemistry will be ignored ! … thus many challenges arewaiting us, such as new directions for Education andOutreach…Isn’t time for C & B & R & N to work together, closelyand hand in hand ? Because CBRN concerns are becoming slowly but surely a whole and single ‘package’ THANK YOU FOR YOUR ATTENTION ! UNESCO VENICE OFFICE , April 3 , 2012 25