CBMTS Industry VII – 2011

The CBMTS-Industry VII, “The World Congress on CBRN Threat and Terrorism”, in coordination with the Croatian Chamber of Economy; Croatian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration; The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) The Netherlands; National Protection and Rescue Directorate, Croatia; University College of Applied Sciences in Safety, Zagreb; State Office for Radiological and Nuclear Safety, Croatia; ASA – Applied Science and Analysis, Kaneohe, Hawaii, USA, and executive organization of Journal Protection – Tectus and PerfectMeetings Zagreb, Croatia, under the auspices of the Government of Croatia was held from 10 to 15 April 2011 in Cavtat, Croatia. This was an extremely important seventh meeting in the CBMTS-Industry series, which provided a specific focus on the topic of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) terrorism and anti-terrorism matters, was the 18th meeting in the CBMTS series.

This already traditional scientific conference was organized and held in known world economic crisis, and it is intelligible that we had less number of participants as always.

More than 100 highly respected professionals and experts from 31 countries worldwide who active participated in CBMTS Industry VII were from industry, government and academic; public health and medical research professionals including primary care physicians, practitioners and veterinarians; local, regional and national laboratory representatives; first responders and HAZMAT specialists including emergency, crisis management and mitigation, and civil defence personnel; industry leaders to include scientists and engineers; and specialists in computer risk modeling and planning, training and local community interface and communications. During the Congress 72 papers were presented (63 oral and 9 poster presentations) which were included into 5 sectors and 15 sessions.

This Congress was explored the scientific, medical and policy aspects as well as the effects of terrorism on the community and the individual. We built on the base of knowledge established during the first three “World Congress on CBR Terrorism” beginning with the very prophetic “First World Congress on CBR Terrorism” in Dubrovnik from 21 to 27 April 2001. In that meeting we were provided information from those professionals charged with the task of responding immediately to crisis conditions. Their experiences proved to all of us the rationale for detailed planning and training and how this would lead to successful execution. Many of these same leaders participated once again in CBMTS-Industry VII “The World Congress on CBRN Threat and Terrorism”.