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Workshop on medical treatment and decontamination of chemical agents following terrorist attack
A NATO-sponsored workshop was held in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine, from 25-28 January, to examine medical and decontamination responses to terrorist attack by chemical agent. The aim of the workshop was to recommend scientific approaches and practical means for dealing with chemical agent casualties following a terrorist attack, with emphasis on improving the medical treatment and decontamination methods.
Heading off nuclear proliferation and protecting the environment: Dismantling Russian nuclear submarines

Developing a road map for dismantling old nuclear attack and cruise missile submarines belonging to Russia’s Pacific fleet was the aim of a NATO-sponsored Advanced Research Workshop held in Vladivostok, from 17 to 18 March.

NATO hosts meeting of the Environment and Security Initiative
A board meeting of the Environment and Security Initiative (ENVSEC) took place at NATO HQ on 23 March. Representatives of NATO, which is associated to ENVSEC through the Public Diplomacy Division, met with representatives of the three international organisations involved in this Initiative – the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).
From Science to Business
Due to an unexpected overwhelming interest from the scientific community, the organisers have encountered several administrative problems. In order to give all interested parties the best service and to make the workshop a real success, NATO and STCU have decided to postpone the event, originally scheduled for 25 and 26 May 2005, until the autumn of this year.
Fighting terrorism in the liberal state
How can decision-makers in liberal democracies take the necessary measures to fight terrorism without restricting civil liberties and human rights? This dilemma that liberal democracies face nowadays was the core of an Advanced Research Workshop co-directed in Konstanz (Germany) on 15-16 April 2005 by Prof Wilhelm Kempf of the University of Konstanz and Dr Samuel Peleg of Netanya College in Israel.
NATO-Algeria joint efforts to promote earthquake safety
Improving the earthquake safety of public buildings in the Maghreb region’ was the topic of the Advanced Research Workshop that took place in Algiers, Algeria, from 22 to 24 May 2005. Proposed by the NATO Public Diplomacy Division to the Algerian Ministry of Land Planning and Environment and jointly organised, this workshop is an example of civil co-operation between NATO and Algeria, which is a member of NATO’s Mediterranean Dialogue. Given the devastating earthquake that hit the country on 21 May 2003, earthquake safety is a crucial issue for Algeria.
NATO Science Committee goes to Russia
The NATO-Russia Council (NRC) Science Committee met in St. Petersburg, in the Russian Federation, on 13-14 June 2005. On 13 June, the NRC Science Committee visited the Khlopin Radium Institute, and received briefings and demonstrations of Explosives Detection Technology. In its 14 June session, the NRC Science Committee took stock of the co-operative activities in the framework of the Security through Science (STS) programme.
Assisting Turkey in earthquake-preparedness
The successful completion of a Science for Peace (SfP) project on “Seismic Assessment and Rehabilitation of Existing Buildings” was marked by a closing workshop held in Istanbul, Turkey, from 30 May to 1 June 2005. The project is one of a number of earthquake studies aimed at increasing earthquake-preparedness and people’s safety, which were recommended by a working group set up by the NATO Science Committee to support Turkey, in the wake of the two destructive earthquakes the country suffered in 1999.
NATO-Ukraine scientific and environmental cooperation
The annual meeting of the Joint NATO-Ukraine Working Group for Scientific and Environmental Cooperation took place in Kyiv, Ukraine, on 27 May 2005. Organised in the framework of the Annual Target Plan (ATP) for Ukraine, the meeting was co-chaired by Prof A. Gurzhiy, First Deputy Minister for Education and Science in Ukraine, and NATO Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy Jean Fournet. Participants included representatives from several Ukrainian ministries, including those for education and science, defence, environment and natural resources, and healthcare.
NATO Forum on Energy Security
The NATO Forum on Energy Security will take place in Prague, Czech Republic, from 3 to 5 November 2005. The Forum will provide a platform for interaction between the security and defence community and science and technologies companies, as well as oil, gas and electricity producers, in order to discuss the global threats and challenges to the integrity of the world's energy system.
Melange disposal project to be launched in Azerbaijan
Visiting Baku, Azerbaijan, on 18 November 2005, NATO’s Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia, Robert Simmons, announced that NATO would launch a melange disposal project in Azerbaijan in June 2006. Melange is a highly toxic rocket-fuel oxidiser formerly used by Warsaw Pact countries. Melange storage tanks are progressively deteriorating, due to the corrosive properties of this component. The high risk of leaks represents a serious threat to the environment and public health.
CCMS Plenary Session in NRC Format
A CCMS Plenary Session in NRC Format was held at NATO HQ in Brussels, on 7-8 April 2005.
Environmental Aspects of Military Compounds
Austria and The Netherlands have offered to organise a CCMS workshop on "Environmental Aspects of Military Compounds” in Vienna, Austria. The general idea of the workshop is to discuss the experiences with different environmental aspects that occur while building and operating a military field camp or compound.