This handbook aims to complement initiatives to further education about the social, ethical, security, and legal implications of cutting-edge biotechnology. The handbook combines teaching material on biological security with an active learning approach – Team-Based Learning (TBL). Team-Based Learning uses a sequence of individual work, group work, and immediate feedback to create a motivational framework, shifting the focus from conveying concepts by the instructor to the application of concepts by student teams. Using this approach, the book walks users through contextual information on biosecurity, bioterrorism, natural disease outbreaks, dual use, scientific and technological developments, partnerships between science and law enforcement, and interagency communication. Several case studies on biosecurity implementation are also provided, focusing on Jordan, South Africa, and Canada.
This book was written by Tatyana Novossiolova for the University of Bradford and published by the Bradford Disarmament Research Center in 2016. The resource is openly available as an English PDF on the University website. The handbook is intended to empower students, educators, and practitioners by supplementing the Guide “Preventing Biological Threats: What You Can Do” and providing users with guidance on implementing biosafe practices in different educational settings. This project was funded through the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) Canada and the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence (MOD).