July 18th | Lahore, Pakistan
In collaboration with the University of the Punjab, HSP co-hosted a workshop on dual-use research of concern (DURC) where 40 PhD students engaged in DURC case study and risk assessment discussions and conceptualized how DURC concepts relate to their own research projects. This event is part of a larger HSP-supported initiative seeking to assess graduate students’ attitudes and awareness of DURC. The ongoing initiative stems from a proposal that Samreen Sarwar, a 2015 Futures Fellow and now technical advisor, developed at the 2015 Health Security Futures Fellowship Training Institute, a weeklong launch to a yearlong fellowship that partnered students from Pakistan, Iraq, and the United States to develop and implement innovative, local health security projects. Last year, she led a pilot survey among the university’s microbiology and molecular genetics graduate students to identify gaps in the understanding and application of DURC concepts, the results of which were used to design this workshop.