Event | OPCW Sponsored Analytical Skills Development Course (ASDC)
The Chemical-Biological Defence Major Science and Technology Capability of DST’s Land Division conducted an Analytical Skills Development Course (ASDC) sponsored by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), The Hague, The Netherlands from 21 November to 2 December 2016 at DST's Melbourne site.
DST assisted in offering this course by BAI Scientific, Metabolomics Australia (Bio21 Institute, University of Melbourne) a National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy capability, and Agilent Technologies.
The course was for State Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) in South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations countries. The Technical Secretariat of the OPCW is currently conducting similar courses in Finland, Sweden, South Africa, Tunisia and the Netherlands.
The ASDC included a historical perspective of chemical warfare agents, technical presentations and laboratory practical exercises.
The aim of the course was to assist qualified analytical chemists, from regional States whose economies are developing or in transition, to acquire further experience and practical knowledge in analysing chemicals related to national implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention. It will enhance national capacities in these States by improving the analytical chemistry skills of personnel from industry, academic institutions, and government laboratories and to facilitate the adoption of good laboratory practices.
The final result was a broadening of the pool of human resources, and the enhancement of the analytical skills capacity of CWC Member States from which National Authorities and the OPCW Technical Secretariat can draw in the future to analyse CWC-related materials.
- Details on the ASD Course, including eligibility criteria, application form and other related information can be found in the course information document.