From March 18-20 NSSPI Director Dr. William Charlton participated in the CTBTO Academic Forum in Vienna, Austria. Focused on education related to the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT), the forum was organized by the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) as part of their Capacity Development Initiative and intended for academics engaged and interested in CTBT education as well as broader disarmament and non-proliferation topics. The purpose of the forum was to build upon the dialogue of a previous seminar held last summer by assessing lessons learned, identifying methods of integrating CTBT-related topics into existing policy or science-based academic curricula, and convening group activities aimed at developing modules and educational resources to further the aforementioned objectives.
Based in Vienna, the CTBTO was founded in 1966 and is tasked with promoting the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, which aims to ban nuclear explosions by all nations, and building up the verification regime for the implementation of the treaty. The CBTO’s Capacity Development Initiative is focused on expanding the pool of CTBT stakeholders within academic and research institutions around the globe.