Spiez CONVERGENCE 2016
Workshop 6 - 8 September 2016
In 2014 under the title Spiez CONVERGENCE, the Swiss Government started a workshop series focusing on advances in chemical and biological sciences. The series is dedicated to informing participants about significant scientific developments and to serve as forum for expert discussions. The objective of this workshop series is to identify developments in chemistry and biology which may at some point have implications for the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) and the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC).
Sponsored by the Swiss Government and organised by Spiez Laboratory, the second edition of Spiez CONVERGENCE will be held at Spiez, Switzerland, from 5 - 8 September 2016.
We are delighted that the OPCW Director-General, H.E. Ambassador, Mr. Ahmet Üzümcü has agreed to open our workshop.
Spiez CONVERGENCE 2016 intends to inform participants about latest advances on chemistry making biology and biology making chemistry, as well as the adoption of such advances by the bio-technology and chemical industries. Participants will discuss how such developments may affect production technologies for toxic chemicals, toxins and microorganisms and assess potential implications for chemical and biological arms control.
The program for 2016 focuses on:
- Genome editing, writing genomes and industrial applications
- Synthesis, modification, large molecules
- OMICS, big data, DNA memory
- Additive manufacturing
- DNA origami
- Tacit knowledge and democratisation of biology
Head of Chemistry