An investigation of why and how threats of bioterrorism are being perceived in the ways that are now apparent, and of the influences of such threat perceptions on assessment of vulnerability and the consequent development of public policy.
The following description was downloaded on 18 January 2006 from the European Commission website, at http://europa.eu.int/comm/research/fp6/ssp/assrbcvul_en.htm
It is reproduced here verbatim - though in a fewrespects it is now in need of updating.
ASSRBCVUL will assess the vulnerability of European society to radiological, biological and chemical terrorist attacks and propose and evaluate countermeasures.
European countries have had long experience of dealing with terrorist attacks, including major atrocities such as the train bombings in Madrid. But since the malicious release of sarin gas in Japan and anthrax spores in the US, governments now have to face the new possibility of terrorists deploying radiological, biological or chemical (RBC) agents. Such attacks could cause extensive injury and loss of life, as well as widespread economic damage and social disruption. How vulnerable is a modern interconnected society like the European Union to such attacks? What should we do to guard against them?
OVERVIEW: The ASSRBCVUL coordination action will: ·
CONTRIBUTION TO POLICY DEVELOPMENT: Results from ASSRBCVUL are expected to:
The deliverables in this project are reports intended for a select audience. They will be delivered as follows:
DISSEMINATION Some of the project’s findings will be made available through different means, such as:
Project acronym: ASSRBCVUL
Project’s official full title: Assessment of the vulnerabilities of modern societies to terrorist acts employing radiological, biological or chemical agents with the view to assist in developing preventative and suppressive crisis management strategies
Research priority: 2.7 - civil protection
Specific webpage: Not yet available
Proposal/contract no: 502476 Start date: 01/03/04
Kick off meeting: March 2004, Madrid Completion date: 28/02/07 European
Commission scientific officer: Paul Vossen (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Coordinator: Name: Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research Abbreviated Name: TNO Address: Prins Maurits Laboratory, PO Box 45, 2280 AA Rijswijk (ZH) Country: Netherlands Tel: +31 15 284 3512 Fax: +31 15 284 3963 Website: http://www.pml.tno.nl
Partners Name: Compagnie Européenne d’Intelligence Stratégique Abbreviated Name: CEIS Country: France
Name: Centro Nacional de Biotecnologia Abbreviated Name: CSIC Country: Spain
Name: University of Sussex Abbreviated Name: UofS Country: United Kingdom
Name: EU JRC - Institute for Prospective Technological Studies Abbreviated Name: IPTS Country: Spain
Name: Swedish Defence Research Agency Abbreviated Name: FOI Country: Sweden