The 14th meeting in the CBMTS series:

CBMTS - Industry V

"Fourth World Congress on Chemical, Biological and Radiological Terrorism"

Dubrovnik, Croatia
15 through 20 April 2007
with a very, very important Pre-Congress Workshop on 14/15 April on considerations across the spectrum of dual use and non-proliferation
and the
10th Anniversary of the OPCW


We are very grateful for our Sponsors; they are directly responsible for the success of the CBMTS series. We could not have reached out to the professional community in almost 100 countries without Sponsor support. We would like to thank:

The Government of Croatia and The Ministry of Defense and Ministries of Foreign Affairs
and Interior and the State Department of Protection and Rescue
The Organization for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), The Hague, Netherlands

Major Sponsors:
Petrokemija Kutina
, Croatia
Department of Defense (DoD), US
Battelle Memorial Institute, US
US Agency for International Development, US

Sponsors:
Environics Oy, Finland
Merck Santé, France
Acambis, UK/US

Co-Sponsors:
All Hazards Management (AHM), US
E-Z-EM, US
Atlas, Croatia

Sponsorship in review:
INA, Croatia
CROSCO, Croatia
CDC/DHHS, US
Emergent BioSolutions, US
EZEM Corporation, US
DIOKI, Croatia
Meridian Medical Technologies, US
HT Telecom, Croatia
Allen-Vanguard, UK
Markes International, UK
Draeger Safety, Croatia
Croatia Telecom, Croatia


Dubrovnik, Croatia. It is with pleasure that we are able to announce that the CBMTS-Industry V has been selected as the regional venue for the 10th anniversary of the coming into force (on 29 April 1997) of the Chemical Weapons Convention. As many of our members were directly involved in the pre-convention workup and in the initial and continuing CWC/OPCW programs, this celebration is of special importance to the CBMTS. The OPCW, under the leadership of Ambassador Rogelio Pfirter, has been the primary sponsor of the CBMTS science and medical programs and of the professionals from all countries that are so important to each of meetings in this long running series. With much thanks to the OPCW, the CBMTS today has had over 2500 of the world’s most recognized professionals as participants from 84 countries.

            Very fittingly, this 10th anniversary is taking place in Croatia which has always been an ardent supporter of the CWC/OPCW goals and objectives, and, in fact, hosted and helped plan and implement the very first CWC Assistex Exercise, Assistex I. We expect Ambassador Pfirter and several of his key personnel to participate. Many countries will also be sending their key officials to join in this important milestone, this 10th Anniversary Celebration. And we, the CBMTS members, look forward to helping recognize this very important 10th Anniversary.

Hotel Croatia, Cavtat - Dubrovnik

            The CBMTS-Industry V, "Fourth World Congress on Chemical, Biological and Radiological Terrorism", in coordination with the Croatian Ministry of Defense (CMOD) and the Croatian Organizing Committee, and under the auspices of the Government of Croatia, is very pleased to present this extremely important fifth meeting in the CBMTS-Industry series in Dubrovnik. This meeting, which provides a specific focus on the topic of chemical, biological, radiological (CBR) terrorism and anti-terrorism matters, is the 14th meeting in the CBMTS series. Very importantly we will also be looking at proliferation and how best to understand and take actions to minimize.

            This symposium will explore the scientific, medical and policy aspects, as well as the effects of terrorism, on the community and the individual and on each layer of infrastructure to include each echelon of government. We will build on the base of knowledge established during the first three 'World Congress on CBR Terrorism' beginning with the very prophetic First World Congress on "CBR Terrorism" in Dubrovnik from 21-27 April 2001. In that meeting we were provided information from those professionals charged with the task of responding immediately to crisis conditions. Four and one half months later on 9/11, their planning and training was put to the ultimate test. Their experiences proved to all of us the rationale for detailed planning and training and how this would lead to successful execution. Many of these same leaders will once again be with us for CBMTS-Industry V "The Fourth World Congress on CBR Terrorism".

            To again quote George Bernard Shaw "Those who seek paradise on earth should come to see Dubrovnik."

Note: This Fourth World Congress is again planning a very important pre-Congress Workshop for 14/15 April 2007, which will be open to all Congress participants. This Workshop will be centered on the 10th Anniversary of the CWC.

(Index of below paragraphs)

A. Who Should Attend
B. Call for Papers ­ Topic/Theme Areas
C. Important Dates
D. Important Numbers
E. Pre-Registration and Information
F. Abstract Submission
G. The CBMTS - Industry V E-mail Network
H. The CBMTS - Industry V Web-Sites
I. Requirements for Attendance
J. Venue
K. Host
L. Registration/Hotel Fees: (in Euros)
M. Registration Forms
N. Refund Policy
O. CBMTS Scholarships/Fellowships
P. Sponsors

Plus:
Some early Abstract Titles

A. Who Should Attend?

          Industry, government and academic professionals in science, medicine and policy; medical, public health and medical research professionals, including primary care physicians, practitioners and veterinarians; local, regional and national laboratory representatives; first responders and HAZMAT specialists including emergency, crisis management and mitigation, and civil defense personnel; industry leaders to include scientists and engineers; and specialists in computer risk modeling and planning, training and local community interface and communications.

B. Call for papers/topic and theme areas.

            Papers should cover any one or a combination of the listed baskets of topic areas, as well as related areas not listed. For 'non-listed' areas, the author will show how the subject does fit with the theme of the Congress. Please consider the theoretical as well as the practical in problem definition, preparation and response.

            The importance of individual country measures as well as local, national, regional, and international preparation and response will be of high interest to all professionals attending this "Fourth World Congress on CBR Terrorism". We must be able to distinguish between attacks from another state and a terrorist, between real and alleged terrorist attacks and between man and nature.

            The following are the listed Baskets of Topic areas:

(Please note: The subject areas, as listed, are preliminary and will be adjusted or changed as warranted by your considerations and comments. We urge all prospective CBMTS participants to once again think outside of the box - and think the unthinkable.)

•• Workshop 14-15 April 2007: Details on the 10th Anniversary CWC/OPCW Anniversary will be provided to all prospective participants.

•• Industry V: 15-20 April 2007:

C. Important Dates:

D. Important Numbers:

Note for all: On all message traffic, please include both the ASA and Croatian e-mail and/or fax addresses and it is Very Important to put the term "CBMTS IND V" in Subject line.

E. Pre-registration and information:

          Please forward at the earliest time to ASA and to Croatia, your pre-registration information to include name; organization, tel/fax and e-mail numbers, proposed paper title. The data requested are also on the CBMTS-Industry V registration form at: www.asanltr.com/wbiot2.htm.

F. Abstract Submission:

          Abstracts on above Topic Areas will be 250 words or less. Full information on the Abstract format can be found HERE, or can be located on the CBMTS-Industry V web site: http://www.asanltr.com/AbstractInfo.htm

G. The CBMTS-Industry V E-mail Network:

          For all prospective participants who would like update information on this CBMTS-Industry V meeting, please forward your preferred e-mail address for entry into the CBMTS Update network. Send your e-mail address to: cbmts@asanltr.com. Please put "CBMTS Industry V" in subject line of all messages.

H. The CBMTS - Industry V Web-Sites:

            This is the official CBMTS website. Please book mark it and visit often for updates.

            The Croatian CBMTS-Industry V support team's website will include general information on the Industry V meeting as well as specific information on Dubrovnik and the Hotel Croatia in Cavtat, and other important conference related data. These data will include visa information, customs data for import of material, information on Croatian Airlines and schedules to/from Dubrovnik. Web site location will be provided in future ASA Newsletters, as well as by the CBMTS-Industry V Update e-mail network, and links from ASA's website.

I. Requirements for Attendance:

          Participation is based primarily on abstract/paper acceptance and/or geographical representation. After abstract acceptance by CBMTS International Science Review Committee, a “Letter of Invitation” will be sent.

          Note: Because of the importance of the subject area to all countries, CBMTS-Industry V may consider accepting applicants who wish to attend without a paper. Of high importance for the Congress would be those individuals who are active in the prevention of terrorism in their own countries or at regional or international levels.

J. Venue:

          The CBMTS-Industry V will take place at the beautiful five star Hotel Croatia in Cavtat - a Dubrovnik suburb. This hotel, which sits on the Adriatic, is a short bus ride to the gates of that famous fortress city - Dubrovnik. And the CBMTS is arranging almost continuous bus service to ‘downtown’ Dubrovnik.

K. Host:

          The CBMTS-Industry V "Fourth World Congress on CBR Terrorism" will be hosted by the Government of Croatia and the Ministry of Defense and several Croatian ministries, including the Foreign Affairs, Health, Science and Technology, Industry, and Tourism.

          Mr. Igor Pokaz, Assistant Minister of Defense and Director CBMTS-Industry V and Lt. Col. Dr. Slavko Bokan M.D. with Col. Zvonko Orehovec (Ret) and the Croatian Organizing Committee, will provide the operational, planning, and administrative support that is crucial to the success of CBMTS-Industry V.

L. Registration/Hotel Fees: (in Euros)

Registration:

           Payments are accepted by credit cards Visa, Master Card, EuroCard, and American Express. Payment is also accepted via bank transfer or bank check, or by cash at registration if prior approval has been obtained.

            Look for a special announcement in a CBMTS Update that will describe the very special CBMTS-Industry V dinner and the very special OPCW 10th Anniversary  events.

Accommodations:

M: Registration Forms:

             See the ASA/CBMTS web site @ http://www.asanltr.com/cbmts/cbmts-industry/V/CBMTSINDV-Reg.htm

N: Refund Policy:

  1. Hotels: Hotels will be guaranteed upon receipt of the symposium registration fee from each individual. If an individual does not show for his hotel reservation date and has not provided at least 24 hours notice prior to the ‘no-show’, then one night hotel fee will be taken from the individual’s symposium registration fee.
  2. Registration Fees and Refunds
    1. Until 01 March 2007 = 90% refund
    2. From 01 March until 01 April 2007  = 75% refund
    3. From 01 April 2007 = no refund

O: CBMTS Scholarships/Fellowships:

           Primarily for our participants from developing countries and countries with economies in transition.  For those who meet these criteria, we need pre-registration information and an abstract title as quickly as possible and then the completed Abstract prior to 04 January - and hopefully much sooner.  These abstracts will be reviewed by the executive/science review committees. The results of this review will determine the order of precedence for submission to the OPCW and the CBMTS for financial assistance. As always for CBMTS assistance - the lesser required assistance request will be considered first.

P. Sponsors:

            Our sponsors, as always, are CBMTS members, sponsors and exhibitors. Only sponsors may exhibit materials or distribute literature on their organization. We encourage Sponsorship of CBMTS-Industry V “The Fourth World Congress”. This is the primary avenue for support of our fellow professionals from developing countries and countries with economies in transition. The Sponsorship levels are: (details available upon request)

  1. Major Sponsor
  2. Sponsor
  3. Co-Sponsor

 

From previous CBMTS meetings - our tasks remain the same. 

  1. The world seems to present even newer and more complex challenges to the CBMTS professionals with each passing meeting. These challenges include the radiological and emerging disease threats, agroterrorism, proliferation, stockpiling, emergency preparedness and so many more. And as always CBMTS will help surface and define the problems as well as help solve these myriad challenges.
  2. A quick CBMTS philosophy lesson for our new members. The CBMTS does not have “lectures” invited or otherwise. We have presentations, based on documented papers, on what the member has done, is doing and/or plans to do in the future that is of interest to the world's most experienced science and medical professionals - the CBMTS members. Many will remember this vignette from a few years ago when one of our new young members gave a presentation on a well known detector and then tried to explain the detector in detail to an older gentleman who kept asking questions. The young lad appeared a little perturbed at the series of questions until he belatedly realized he was talking to the inventor and original producer of that detector.  And that is the CBMTS - if it happened anywhere in the CBRN world, a CBMTS member was involved.
  3. And our thanks to Mr. Igor Pokaz, the Assistant MOD; Lt. Col. Slavko Bokan, M.D., CMOD; Col. Zvonko Orehovec, CMOD Colonel (Ret) and very soon to be Dr. (PhD) and to all of the super CMOD CBMTS team for their continuing efforts at making the CBMTS-Industry V the best ever.

Important Note: Col. Zvonko Orehovec and team are compiling a video CD; a visual, oral and written history of the 14 meetings in the CBMTS series. Please provide Zvonko your best memories, pictures, anedotes, video, film and other CBMTS data to be included in this CD. As you know, Zvonko is a well experienced professional in this area and this CD will be a super effort on his part with your assistance. Contact: zvonko.orehovec@zg.htnet.hr 

 

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