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The Threat of Terrorism: The Place of Science

The RSE's Bruce Preller Prize Lecture, this time awarded to Professor Keith O'Nions FRS, Director General of Research Councils, Office of Science and Technology, for his work in the field of Earth Sciences.

Rapid advances in science and technology are increasingly available globally with great social and economic benefits. However, in the wrong hands they emerge as threats to society of a form we have not previously had to counter. This poses the immediate difficulty of balancing the benefits and disbenefits of regulating the flow of technology and know-how around the world. There is an ongoing need to identify threats posed by new advances such as in biotechnology and nanotechnology. But our response to these and existing know-how must cover the much broader domain of intelligence, diplomacy, military and civil contingency.


Professor Sir Keith O'Nions | talks | www


Date and Time:

6 September 2004 at 5:30 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



The Royal Society of Edinburgh
22-26 George Street
0131 240 5000

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