Abu Dhabi Civil Defence Authority has participated in the third edition of the scientific international conference on CBRNe (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and high-yield explosives) held in Rome, Italy. The conference was organised by University of Rome Tor Vergata and HESAR (Health Safety Environmental research association Rome), taking place from 25-29 September, discussing various topics including enhancing security and safety in dealing with hazardous materials, management, investigation, policy, training and legislation. The aim of the event was to exchange knowledge in chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive substances, and to foster an international community of experts in safety and security research.
His Excellency Brigadier Salem Abdullah bin Barrak Al Dhaheri, Acting Director-General of Abu Dhabi Civil Defence Authority, appreciated the efforts made to ensure the success of the conference and the international participation of experts representing universities and international institutions in the field of hazardous materials. He thanked the organising committee for their invitation to participate at the conference and expressed his wishes for success and achievement of the desired goals in establishing a safety and security system in dealing with hazardous materials to all attendees, speakers and committee members.
Lieutenant Colonel Dr Ibrahim Mohamed Almarzouqi, Head of Strategic Planning and Institutional Development, who led the participating delegation, emphasised Abu Dhabi Civil Defence Authority's commitment to strengthening cooperation with strategic partners on the sidelines of the conference and enhancing partnerships aimed at developing institutional capabilities.
With two of the conference's twelve scientific sessions being chaired by Abu Dhabi Civil Defence representatives, the organisation played a major role in the event. Lieutenant Colonel Dr Ibrahim Mohamed Almarzouqi, moderated the first session, which was all about CBRNe investigation and forensics. The second panel, on emergency communication and psychology, was chaired by the authority’s Advisor Dr. Amer Abbas Hussein. In addition, the Civil Defence Authority presented four research papers on improving protection against hazardous materials.
A number of senior officials from military, security, police and civil defence institutions from various countries attended the conference. Naser Al Khaja, the Chargé d'Affaires of the UAE Embassy to the Republic of Italy, and the President of University of Rome Tor Vergata also attended the conference.
Several government, academic, scientific institutions, companies and international organisations working in the field of prevention, protection, and response to chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive events participated in the conference.