Analyze IQ Limited (www.AnalyzeIQ.com) is an SME based on Galway, Ireland, established in 2008 as a spin-out from the National University of Ireland Galway. The company develops and sells advanced, patent-protected analysis software and associated services that enable commercial labs, academic researchers, and integrated system providers to organise and analyze all types of spectroscopic and other sensor data, rapidly and accurately. The company’s products use a unique model-driven paradigm for data analysis, featuring proprietary new data mining techniques that have been specifically designed for sensor data analysis, that are quicker and more accurate than traditional analysis methods. Analyze IQ’s technologies can be configured for use on embedded computers, desktop computers and cloud-based systems, and are designed so that expert knowledge can be “packaged and deployed” for use in automatic monitoring, as well as by field operators who need rapid yes/no answers for decision support. The company’s products are used in applications as diverse as healthcare, petrochemical, law enforcement, civilian security, pharmaceutical, academic, regulatory agencies and other organizations.
Dr. Michael Madden
Michael co-founded Analyze IQ Limited, and the company spun out of research he led in the National University of Ireland, Galway, where he has held a tenured academic position since 2000.
Director of Markets & Support
Martha has been involved in Analyze IQ Ltd since its inception. Prior to that, she worked in marketing and management roles in multinational companies ThermoKing and MCS Kenny Wood Group.
AWE plays a crucial role in national defence by providing and maintaining warheads for Trident, the UK’s nuclear deterrent. The company has been at the forefront of the UK nuclear deterrence programme for more than 60 years, providing innovative solutions to national nuclear security and supporting Continuous At Sea Deterrence.
CBRNe World magazine, published bi-monthly by Falcon Communications Ltd, serves the information needs of professionals around the world charged with planning for or responding to a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear or explosives (CBRNE) threat or incident.
Editorial Director - Gwyn Winfield has been writing on CBRNE issues for over thirteen years, he is acknowledged as the world’s leading journalistic authority on chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defence. Gwyn has also produced and/or chaired CBRN conferences, spoken at a number of CBRN conferences (both Nato countries and beyond), written for defence and homeland security magazines and national newspapers, presented a BBC documentary on the state of UK readiness for a CBRN attack and co-authored a book on terrorism.He leads the UK office, provides content and support to the consultancy team and is the leader for the two FP7 EC projects that Falcon Communications are involved in - IFREACT and GIFT.
Claudine Weeks – Marketing Communications Manager. Claudine has been working in the media and communications industry for the past 22 years across the public sector, and has experience of content marketing, editorial, social media, event management, PR and e-marketing campaigns. Claudine’s experience within the emergency services sector has included taking part in major international exercises, as well as dealing with media crisis management on scenes. Claudine is the newest member of the growing Falcon team.
“ Commissariat à l’énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives (CEA) is a French organization, organized in 4 divisions : nuclear energy, military applications and global security, fundamental research (material sciences and life sciences) and technological research (micro-nanotechnologies, systems integration and software intensive systems, new technologies for energy). A transversal Direction (Direction Security and Non-proliferation) has been created inside CEA in 2006 to coordinate the various actions of CEA in the domain of global security. The major topics are the support to the authorities in the fight against the terrorism, the numerous R&D actions within a national inter-ministerial CBRN-E program for better threat detection and identification, the various projects for the protection of critical infrastructures and of information and communication systems.”
URL : www.cea.fr
Michel Gatulle has been working in CEA for almost twenty five years. His domains of interest have been ranging from fundamental physics and modelisation in various domains, to scientific expertises and technical management of projects. He is now partly involved in the management in the Non-proliferation program.
The mission of the JRC Institute for Transuranium Elements (JRC-ITU) is to provide the scientific foundation for the protection of European citizens against risks associated with the handling and storage of highly radioactive material. JRC-ITU’s prime objectives are to serve as a reference centre for basic actinide research, to contribute to an effective safety and safeguards system for the nuclear fuel cycle, and to study technological and medical applications of radionuclides/actinides.
Dr. Erich Hrnecek
Eric Hrnecek has more than 15 years of experience in radiochemistry and nuclear measuring techniques. Working since 2006 as Scientific/Technical Project Officer in the ITU Nuclear Safeguards & Forensics unit, he is involved in nuclear forensics and EUSECTRA training activities.
Eticas Research & Consulting is a Spain-based SME working on the social, ethical and social impact of security policy, innovation and technology development, and the interaction between changing societal values, engineering possibilities and fundamental rights. Founded in 2012, its contribution focuses on the analysis of the contextual factors that can and should guide technological development and implementation, with a particular emphasis on understanding broader contextual issues linked to trust and acceptability, compliance with the legal context, social externalities and ethical issues at large. Eticas’ main area of expertise and contribution to consortia is the understanding and analysis of the national and regional legal framework applicable to surveillance and security technology, the identification of weaknesses or breach-of-rights instances in the development and implementation of security policy and the assessment and promotion of the inclusion of privacy, social and ethical concerns in the design of security technology and policy practice.
The partners at Eticas come from both research institutions and the private industry and constitute a multidisciplinary team with vast experience in public security. They have worked as consultants for governments and public and private bodies, and have been involved in the development of security policy, police training, analyses of the legal, social and ethical impacts of new technology, privacy impact assessments (PIA), data protection audits, implementations of large-scale hardware and software engineering projects, research and development of new technologies, development of strategies for innovation, and the creation of networks of co-operation between industry, research centres and end-users. They all share a willingness to contribute to a society in which people are at the centre of innovation and technological development.
Dr. Gemma Galdon Clavell is a policy analyst working on surveillance, social, legal and ethical impacts of technology, smart cities, privacy, security policy, resilience and policing. She is a founding partner at Eticas Research & Consulting and a researcher at the Universitat de Barcelona’s Sociology Department. She completed her PhD on surveillance, security and urban policy in early 2012 at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, where she also received an MSc in Policy Management, and was later appointed Director of the Security Policy Programme at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC). Previously, she worked at the Transnational Institute, the United Nations’ Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and the Catalan Institute for Public Security. She teaches topics related to her research at several foreign universities, mainly in Latin America, and is a member of the IDRC-funded Latin American Surveillance Studies Network. Additionally, she is a member of the international advisory board of Privacy International and a regular analyst on TV, radio and print media. Her recent academic publications tackle issues related to the proliferation of surveillance in urban settings, urban security policy and community safety, security and mega events, the relationship between privacy and technology and smart cities.
Javier Warleta Alcina has an Industrial Engineering degree from the University of Seville and over twenty years’ experience in the development and implementation of large-scale ICT projects in multinational companies like Indra and Telvent. He is an expert in technologies and markets, with a deep understanding of the inherent complexity of large projects, the possibilities and limits of technology and the needs of both the market and industry. In the field of security, he has participated in flagship projects for the Ministry of Interior of Spain, namely the deployment of the Spanish electronic ID card and the border management systems VDF and ABC. Within the scope of European R&D projects, he has participated in the conceptualization and management of projects such as GLOBE, PERSEUS and ABC4EU, among others. He served as the company representative for both Telvent and Indra in the European Organisation for Security.
The Food and Environment Research Agency (Fera) has over 900 staff and a turnover of over 80 million euros. Fera is an Executive Agency of UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). The agency carries out forensics research in support of the UK Home Office CAST including the National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA). Fera specialises in providing robust scientific evidence, rigorous analysis and expert advice to government, international organisations and the private sector, in order to support and develop a sustainable and secure food chain, a healthy natural environment, and to protect the global community from biological and chemical risks.
Team Leader, Biotechnology & Molecular Genetics Team. Responsible for team budgets, delivery of projects to time and budget and the development of science in the areas of molecular biology, food authenticity, GM, bioterrorism and plant health. She has been involved in the EU Cropbioterror project and EU PLANTFOODSEC and in Defra funded projects assessing UK vulnerability to agroterrorism. She is an EU expert on European Commission project EuropeAid/128284/C/SER/multi Lot 2, Support for Bio-safety & Bio-Security led by FRANCE COOPÉRATION INTERNATIONALE - missions to Algeria, Morocco. She will provide management of the FERA contribution.
Coordinator of contingency response projects within FERA. He manages a team of multi-disciplinary scientists providing immediate analytical support to customers with specialist requirements and to a forensically compliant standard. Along with establishment of contingency response plans for internal and external use based on sound scientific and crisis management principles, he is also engaged in development and application of hazardous sample handling procedures. His team are trained to handle very infectious pathogens and very toxic (CWC Schedule 1) chemicals. He will take part in the Security Panel and WP5.
Dr Hez Hird is a senior molecular biologist at Fera and has been involved in the research and development of DNA based solutions for a variety of forensic, food and wildlife applications. She runs the forensic facility which is UKAS accredited and which performs work for the Home office Centre for Applied Science and Technology and the National DNA database. She has recently completed an MSc in Forensic Science at Teesside University.
FOI’s main role is to pursue research and the development of methods and technologies plus investigative work for the Swedish Armed Forces. FOI is the largest combined defence and national security research organisation in Sweden. FOI’s know-how developing research is chiefly undertaken in closely connected research commissions from the Swedish Armed Forces and in certain grant funded projects from the Swedish Ministries of Defence and Foreign Affairs. The defence and security know-how that FOI has built up can also be applied on behalf of other clients. FOI works with authorities, companies and also with international clients, primarily in the defence sector.
Martin Nygren (PhD) is a Deputy Research Director and a Project Manager at the Swedish Defence Research Agency with more than 20 years’ experience in the field of chemistry and forensics.
Mona Byström (BSc) is a Senior Scientist at the Swedish Defence Research Agency with 33 years’ experience in microbiology and molecular research, focusing on identification of dangerous pathogens under BSL3 conditions.
Crister Åstot (MSc, PhD) is a Senior Scientist at the Swedish Defence Research Agency, Dept. of CBRN Defence and Security with 14 years’ experience in chemical analysis of threat agents as CWA and toxins.
Petter Lindgren (BSc) is a Scientist at the Swedish Defence Research Agency with 4years’ experience in statistics and bioinformatics with a background from THE pharmaceutical industry.
Björn Sandström (PhD) has worked at FOI for more than 30 years. He holds a PhD in radiation biology and is an assistant professor in experimental clinical chemistry. His current work at FOI often concerns radiological and nuclear threat assessments in a CBRN context. A particular research interest of his is illegal handling or trafficking of RN materials. He is involved with RN forensics at the international level as a member of the Nuclear Forensics Working Group in the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism (GICNT) and the International Technical Working Group on nuclear forensics (ITWG).
LQC is a small, specialist Spanish OEM operating since 1998 in La Escala, close to Barcelona on the Costa Brava.
LQC (www.lqc.es) :
- Designs and manufactures custom instrumentation in the fields of:
- Industrial process control and electronics
- Optical spectroscopy and metrology
- Radiological protection
- Produces and sells through distributors worldwide its own RadAl™-1 line of (gamma) radiation monitors/alarms (radal.com)
- Distributes in Spain
- Radiation detectors (SE International, Berkeley Nucleonics)
- Optical spectrometers and equipment (Ocean Optics, Optometrics)
In its design and development activities LQC acts as a fabless integrator relying on the contribution of a large pool of HW and SW designers, and delegating production to ISO9000 certified electronic assemblers.
Holds a doctoral degree in photochemistry from Bologna University and spent his early years in academic research (ITU/KFK/D, FSU/FL/USA, CNRS/FR, CEA/FR) in nuclear fuel reprocessing and studying the chemistry of the actinide elements. He moved to industry (Sandoz-MBT/ES, Hanna/RI/USA, NRC/PA/USA, Nomadics/OK/USA) to engage in instrumentation design, working extensively on commercial and military sensors and instrumentation for nuclear and radiological materials and chemical agents.
He came back to Europe and started his own company, LQC, in Spain in 1998.
M Squared Lasers develops and manufactures next-generation diode-pumped solid-state (DPSS) lasers and related systems. The company expertise spans CW to fs, and from DUV to THz. It has longstanding experience and demonstrated success in delivering innovative solid-state laser products, meeting challenging customer application requirements, and delivering the highest levels of customer service and support.
M Squared’s URL is: http://www.m2lasers.com/
Dr James Bain
Dr James Bain plays a key role in M Squared’s Innovation Business Unit, having led 25+ EU and nationally funded research projects. Prior to joining M Squared he worked as a spectroscopist, investigating aero engine diagnostics with The University of Strathclyde and Rolls-Royce plc, having previously studied at The University of St Andrews and The Georgia Institute of Technology.
Dr Keith Ruxton
Dr Keith Ruxton joined M Squared as an applications engineer in 2010. His current research work includes hyperspectral imaging and spectroscopic techniques using mid/long-wave infrared sources. Dr Ruxton is a member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology and has authored/co-authored 24 journal papers and conference proceedings.
NANObiz Ltd. Co. is a SME and technology company located in Middle East Technical University (METU) Science Park, Ankara, Turkey. NANObiz has products and current R&D operations on homeland security and CBRN; focusing on biosensors, biological and chemical detection & decontamination and early warning systems.
Company has an interdisiplinary human resources consisting of 15 full time researchers ; having Phd or Msc from different disciplines. NANObiz is an ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 17025 certified company. NANObiz has also both NATO and National Level Facility Security Certificates.
Hüseyin Avni ÖKTEM, GIFT
Technical Coordinator, Professor of Molecular Biology. Currently acts as CTO inNANObiz. More than 15 years of experience in bio-sensing and molecular diagnosis.
Zeynep Öktem, GIFT Project Coordinator. Senior System & Business Analyst. CEO of NANObiz. Degree on Business Administration. Conducting MSc. On International Relations-EU Integration. Professional experience as system & business analyst, expertise on financial & administrative management, technology transfer for 22 years.
Yiğit Aksoy, PhD., from Dresden Technical University and the Max-Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics. Senior researcher on molecular biology. Experience in molecular diagnostics with particular interest in nanoparticles and nucleic acid based technologies.
Ayşegül Öktem, Project Assistant & Junior Researcher. Studying Molecular Biology and Genetics, lab experience on molecular cloning, algal tissue culture and PCR based techniques.
Ohan Temurcu, MSc., Senior Researcher on electric & electronics and embedded software development. Acts as R&D Electronic Design Responsible at NANObiz. More than 20 years of experience in both analogue and digital design. Special working areas include transducers, sensors, data collection and wired/wireless communication.
Yusuf Altuntaş, BSc Computer Engineering. Senior Researcher on software development, experienced on early warning systems and M2M communication.
The Netherlands Forensic Institute (NFI) is an agency of the Ministry of Security and Justice and is situated in The Hague, The Netherlands. It is the preferred supplier of forensic investigations and forensic consultancy for the national police forces, Law Enforcement agencies and criminal courts, including the International Criminal Court. On a yearly basis over 200 000 exhibits and samples are examined in more than 80 000 cases.
In addition to its core business of forensic case examination, the NFI invests in research and development in the forensic domain and contributes to forensic education with the NFI Academy. The NFI Academy delivers dedicated courses to amongst others universities, the national police academy and post graduate programmes for prosecutors, attorneys and judges. Since 2007, seven departments collaborate in a nationally funded CBRN programme envisioning the preparation and technical development necessary for a forensic response to CBRN incidents. Subjects included are for example:
- research strategies and techniques to find the source and identity of biological, chemical and radiological agents;
- the search for decontamination methods that do not destroy forensic traces (e.g. DNA
contact traces, fingerprints);
- the establishment and training of an operational forensic CBRN team;
- expertise and knowledge dissemination for partners in the law enforcement chain of
- supply; and,
- the design of mass casualty DNA identification software.
Ed van Zalen
Programme Manager CBRN, Coordinator FP7-GIFT
Graduated at the University of Utrecht in analytical chemistry, specialized on environmental methods.
He joined the Netherlands Forensic Institute in May 1991 and since 2008 as Programme Manager CBRN. The CBRN programme is focused on both the development of CBRN forensic methods as well as international cooperation working on this subject with organizations such as IAEA, INTERPOL, EUROPOL and OPCW. Recently Van Zalen has led the development of “Forensics in Nuclear Security” for the Dutch-led gift basket for the Nuclear Security Summit 2014 in The Hague.
Matthijs Zuidberg, MSc
Forensic Scientist CBRN
Matthijs Zuidberg obtained his bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and his master’s degree in Life Sciences with specialization Forensic Sciences in 2007.
In 2007 he started working at the Netherlands Forensic Institute (NFI).
From 2009 up till now he is participating in the CRBN-E programme of the NFI. His work focuses on chem-bio decontamination methods and the persistence of forensic trace material after decontamination. As a result he is a forensic scientist with extensive knowledge and expertise on Chemical Warfare Agents and Toxic Industrial Chemicals, on a wide variety of decontamination methods and on the persistence of forensic trace material. The same work made him participate in GIFT-WP4.
Forensic Investigator on environmental crime
Govert Verstappen a chemical engineer educated at the Technical University of Eindhoven and the Wageningen University with specialization environmental pollution. After fourteen years working on water pollution issues he changed jobs and started working at to the NFI in 2004. He is a forensic expert on environmental crime, waste materials and (industrial) incidents with toxic chemicals. From 2007 until now he is a member of the NFI CBRN response team and a specialist on chemical warfare agents and toxic industrial chemicals. In 2015 he participated in the EU-project Miracle.
Irene O’Sullivan, MSc
- Undergraduate in Archaeology in Ireland
- MSc in Forensic Archaeology in the UK
- Originally began my professional international career as a forensic archaeologist with the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) - 2000
- Trained and worked as a crime scene investigator (SOCO) with a UK police force – 2001-2003
- One of three forensic advisors in Iraq, UK Ministry of Foreign Affairs - 2003-2004
- Project Manager, International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) - 2005-2007
- Forensic Expert, United Nations International Independent Investigation Commission (UNIIIC), Lebanon - 2007-2008
- Senior International Forensic Advisor/Scientific Support Co-ordinator (International casework), NFI since December 2008
- Module Co-ordinator (Complex Crime Scenes), Masters in Forensic Science, University of Amsterdan, since October 2011
Current Position – Senior Forensic Advisor/Scientific Support Co-ordinator (International Cases), Netherlands Forensic Institute, Ministry of Security and Justice, The Netherlands. Also Co-ordinator of the Complex Crime Scene module of the Masters in Forensic Science at the University of Amsterdam. At present I am working as one of two Senior Forensic Advisors at the Netherlands Forensic Institute (NFI), working solely on international cases i.e. those investigations relating to non-Dutch nationals in the Netherlands, or cases/incidents involving Dutch nationals overseas. The NFI is also the principal forensic provider to the International Tribunals based in The Netherlands. My role is to not only to be the point of contact between the NFI and the outside agencies, but also to provide scientific and forensic advice to these agencies.: advising on evidence selection, methods of investigation, manner of investigation particularly in relation to multi-disciplinary investigations where more than one area of expertise. The job also involves acting as Team Leader when the NFI has been asked to provide a crime scene investigation team abroad.
As the co-ordinator of the Complex Crime Scene Module of the Masters in Forensic Science at the University of Amsterdam, I am responsible for the teaching curricula (module design, delivery and guest lectures) of the module. The module is a compulsory module of the Masters program and there is an intake of 20-25 students annually.
Evert Korthagen studied environmental chemistry at the University of Amsterdam, and did additional training on the subjects of occupational health and safety and health physics. He has worked at the Netherlands Forensic Institute for more than twenty years, first at the department of environmental criminalistics, and later as an explosives expert. Since 2003, the Netherlands Forensic Institute has been preparing for forensic investigation of terrorist CBRN attacks. Evert has been involved in these activities, both as an expert on explosives and radiological agents as in the role of safety advisor. From 2013, he has been cooperating with Ed van Zalen in coordinating the NFI CBRN activities.
Since January 1, 2015, the Swedish National Laboratory of Forensic Science - SKL and the major forensic laboratories within the police force in Sweden have formed the Swedish National Forensic Centre (NFC) as a part of the Swedish Police Authority. NFC has an overall responsibility for the entire forensic process “from crime scene to court“, regarding methods, quality assurance, research and development as well as education etc.
- NFC’s principal task is to carry out investigations in criminal cases on behalf of the judicial authorities (police, prosecutors and courts) and NFC is financed through subvention.
- NFC has a staff with guaranteed specialist experience in their own areas. Most of them have academic qualifications, supplemented by extensive in-house training.
- NFC holds ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation for the majority of the investigation that are carried out and ISO/IEC 17020 accreditation for the fire scene investigations.
- Number of employees: approximately 400.
- Number of assignments: over 100 000 per year.
Håkan is working as an operational expert at the Swedish National Forensic Centre (NFC). He works with operational planning and has a long experience in the field of Question Documents and Information Technology. He participates and represents NFC in several CBRNE exercises and projects with focus on decontamination and safe analyses of documents such as passports, ID-cards and different IT-related materials.
Jessica Elmendal Haage
Jessica is working as a Forensic Expert in Fingerprints at the Swedish National Forensic Centre (NFC). In her work she develops fingerprints, participates in different projects and she is also active in education at NFC (training of for instance crime scene investigators, prosecutors and judges).
Mirja Lenz Torbjörnsson
Mirja is working as a forensic advisor at the Swedish National Forensic Centre (NFC). She is the coordinator and advisor for forensic investigations at NFC in severe and serious crime investigations. She also works with different projects concerning CBRNE contaminated materials as participant and project leader. She has a background as an analytical chemist working with drugs of abuse at the Drug unit at NFC
Helena is working as a Forensic Expert at the Swedish National Forensic Centre (NFC). She works with serious crimes at the Biology unit, which means that she communicates with and writes reports to the police and the prosecutors in the cases she is responsible for. She also works with different projects concerning CBRNE contaminated materials. Finally she is responsible for the training regarding DNA, of for instance crime scene investigators, prosecutors and judges.
Anders is forensic specialist in statistics and evidence evaluation at the Swedish National Forensic Centre (NFC). He works with development of strategies and models for evidence evaluation, training of forensic experts and end-users (crime scene officers, prosecutors, judges and defense attorneys) and takes occasionally part in the evidence evaluation in complex casework. Anders is involved in a number of CBRNE-projects funded by MSB with focus on the evaluation of the outcomes from analyses of chemical and biological agents suspected to be part of an attack towards the society. He is further engaged by The International Atomic Energy Agency to assist in evaluative and statistical aspects of food safety issues. Anders is member of a European network of forensic statisticians taking part in different projects (funded by The European Union) and examination of students and trainees.
Cecilia is working as a project coordinator at the Swedish National Forensic Centre (NFC) which means that she participates and represents NFC within different projects, both nationally and internationally. In her work, she is responsible for the communication with collaboration partners and the financiers and she supports the forensics that are actively working in the different projects. She is also responsible for writing applications, project reports as well as budget prognoses.
The NICC is a federal scientific institute within the Belgian Department of Justice, where research is conducted for the detection of offenders and the construction of the proof on one hand, and research that strives for a better knowledge of criminal phenomena and the possible approach to criminal problems on the other hand. The first part is the mission of the Department of Criminalistics, the second facet is the domain of the Department of Criminology. To execute the expert tasks of the Department of Criminalistics in the most efficient way, the NICC participates in state-of-the-art forensic research and development. These projects can involve partnerships with other forensic laboratories, police laboratories, university laboratories and industry partners where appropriate.
The web site of the NICC can be found at www.nicc.fgov.be.
Dr. Bart NYS
Besides having been a forensic expert in the field of gunshot residue analysis for the last 20 years, Dr. Nys also fulfils the function of NICC Research Coordinator. His mission in this function is the organisation and facilitation of research projects in which the institute is involved as organiser and/or partner. In this respect he will monitor the project’s progress and function as the contact person for GIFT until a dedicated co-worker will be appointed at the time the NICC’s work in GIFT begins in Work Package 7.
The R&D Department of RAMEM was created with the objective to start up activities focused on the development and commercialization of high added value aerosol and chemical instrumentation and equipment, based on Ion Mobility Spectrometry for three main purposes:
1) Detection of traces of chemical species like explosives and drugs
2) Detection and analysis Nanoparticles
3) Determination of size for Nano-bio-particles.
RAMEM develops and sells stand-alone modules as well as fully automated systems for the detection and analysis of particulate species for use in nanotechnology, chemical analysis industries, security and defence (explosives, chemical warfare agents, drugs), air quality control (pollutants, nanoparticles, bioaerosols), and process and product quality control in food chemistry.
As a result of the intensive R&D effort and activity during the last decade, RAMEM has deposited four patents and has applied for five more patents which are currently under examination. Moreover, the company has launched a European trademark (IONER®) under which aerosol and chemical detection equipment is commercialized. As current technology and products developed at RAMEM are based on the mobility analysis method for the classification of charged species, the IONER® portfolio includes instruments for gas and liquid ionization and nanoparticle charging, Differential Mobility Analyzers (DMAs) of planar geometry, electrospray sources (ESI), electrometers capable to measure electrical currents as small as one femtoamper and up to four orders of magnitude dynamic range, modules for the control and measurement of air and aerosol sampling flow rates, and high voltage supplies.
RAMEM is member of the Spanish Standardization Organization (AENOR) for the Work Group Nanotechnology, AEN/GET15: “Nanotechnology”.
Silvia López Vidal: RAMEM´s R&D Manager. PhD in Chemistry. PhD focused in several analytical techniques regarding food chemistry. “Use and comparison of vanguard and rearguard physicochemical analytical methods for agricultural and food samples”. Experience in method development and validation using HPLC and Capillary Electrophoresis (CE) in the control quality of pharmaceuticals. Development and optimization of Differential Mobility Analyzers, an enhanced type of IMS. Development of sampling strategies for the determination of traces of explosives and Chemical Warfare Agents. Coordination of Software Development with inclusion of instrument control, data analysis, multivariate analysis and remote sending of the data to a central server. Planning of experimental strategies for the positive detection and identification of explosives and CWA in external validation tests by the Spanish army
The Netherlands National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) is a governmental research and knowledge institute providing policy support, measurement results and crisis response services to Dutch ministries and authorities. RIVM is a recognised centre of expertise in the fields of health, infectious diseases, nutrition and food safety, environment, safety and security.
RIVM works to prevent and control outbreaks of infectious diseases, radiological, nuclear, biological and chemical incidents. RIVM promotes public health and consumer safety, and helps to protect the quality of the environment. RIVM collects and collates knowledge and information from various sources, both national and international. RIVM applies this knowledge, and places it at the disposal of policy makers, researchers, regulatory authorities and the general public.
Dr. Lars P. Roobol (born 1966) received an M.Sc. in experimental physics (1989) and in mathematics (1992) from the university of Leiden, the Netherlands. He earned his Ph.D. in physics in 1993, also in Leiden. After working at a Dutch cyclotron institute for 5 years, he became the manager of the Hot Cell Laboratories in Petten, the Netherlands, where he first came into contact with security and safeguards. Also, he worked at the AMC, the Academic Hospital of Amsterdam, which plays a pivotal role in the CBRN infrastructure of that region. It was there that he became a top level Radiation Protection Expert. Since 2011, Dr. Roobol is head of the department of Measuring and Monitoring of the RIVM. From 2013 on, he is also the chair of the Nuclear Detection Working Group of the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism, and the chair of the Dutch norm committee on radiation measurements.
Majid Farahmand is a senior scientist at the Centre for Environmental Safety and Security of the National Institute of Public Health and the Environment (RIVM). He studied experimental physics at the University of Utrecht and obtained his PhD at the Interfaculty Reactor Institute (IRI), Delft University of Technology. He is the project officer for the RIVM regarding the GIFT project.
His main topics include radiation detection instrumentation and measurement, nuclear forensics, CBRN, environmental monitoring, micro- and nanodosimetry, and the management and coordination of (EU Framework) projects. He is also the radiation protection officer of his centre.
Pepijn studied environmental technology at Wageningen University in the Netherlands. In 2001 he started to work for the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) in the Netherlands as a researcher in the field of drinking water. He researched various other subjects as well and progressively has been focusing more and more on environmental emergencies. His current department is involved in the handling of environmental emergencies in the Netherlands. This includes field-sampling and on-site analysis in case of emergencies such as fire's and indoor air quality problems. This also includes CBRN type of incidents (including suspicious objects). Pepijn is the project leader of the CBRN sampling team of the institute.
Dr. den outer studied physics at the University of Utrecht and did his PhD at the University of Amsterdam. In 1997, he joined the Laboratory of radiation research of RIVM and has been part of the nuclear response organisation ever since. He participated with a Dutch consortium of Centres of Excellence in the UNICRI funded projects Inter-Agency CBRN Response Programme and Integrated Multi-perspective Methodology to Assess Risks of CBRN Misuse (2013-2014).
He works at RIVM as a senior scientist since 1997, where he assists the Dutch radiation inspectorate. As a Scientific Expert he’s participating in international organizations (CTBTO, GICNT). He works in close cooperation with NFI in setting up nuclear forensics capabilities between the two institutes since 2009.
Dr. Saskia Rutjes is working at the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), the Netherlands since 2003. Saskia participated as a post-doctoral researcher/ project manager in various national and international projects in the field of food and environmental microbiology, such as projects on laboratory hygiene in contained use laboratories, the control of foodborne viruses in the food supply chain, and the detection of (high-risk) pathogenic microorganisms in complex matrices such as environmental samples. Currently, she is project coordinator of CBRN-research projects to improve preparedness and response in case of CBRN related incidents. She also works in the biosecurity office that facilitates in the development of a Dutch biosecurity regime.
Dr. Willemijn Lodder is working at the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) in the Netherlands. Willemijn started working at the RIVM in 1995, after obtaining her PhD at the University of Utrecht (project: “The role of water in human picornavirus transmission”) she remained working as a researcher in food and environmental microbiology.
RMA / DLD
The Royal Military Academy (RMA) is the University of the Belgian Defence. The RMA-Patrimony is the legal entity that is responsible for research coordination and funding. The Department of Chemistry is part of the Polytechnic faculty and is responsible for the coordination of all research activities in the field of CBRNE in the Belgian Defence.
The DLD (Belgian Defence Laboratories) has acquired a high degree of expertise in the CBRN area. In fact, The CBRN Department of DLD is involved in a large range of activities, from the risk analysis, to the protection and decontamination techniques, passing by detection, sampling and identification of CBRN agents. With the Federal Orientation Laboratory, DLD is also responsible for the reception and the CBRN-screening of all suspicious packages that are found in Belgium. Moreover, DLD is responsible for carrying out technological research, market surveys and purchase evaluation in the domain of CBRN equipment. As part of the Belgian Defence CBRN POOL together with the RMA, DLD participates under the coordination of the RMA (all staff members of DLD working on this project are all enlisted as scientific collaborators of the RMA).
Peter Lodewyckx, PhD, MSc Engr
(Facilitator) is a military professor at the Chemistry Department of the Royal Military Academy and current Vice Rector Education and Research. His research interests are in the domain of CBRN Defence with a focus on the chemical protection by liquid and vapour filtration.
Katleen De Meulenaere, MSc Chem, MBA, (Scientific Project Leader) is the Technical Manager of the CBRN Department of the Belgian Defence Laboratories (DLD), responsible for the coordination and the general and scientific management. Moreover she is the Belgian Head of Delegation for the NATO PPSG (Physical Protection Sub-Group) and she is the scientific advisor for the Belgian Head of Delegation of the NATO JCBRND-CDG (Joint CBRN Capability Development Group). She is also involved in different National scientific study programs in the field of CBRN and is involved in the scientific education of CBRN specialists inside the Belgian Defence.
Benoit Augustyns, PhD is the Head of the Belgian Federal Orientation Laboratory (FOL), part of the CBRN Department of DLD. Keeping the forensic aspects in mind, he developed the procedures for the reception, screening, treatment and decontamination, of the CBRN suspicious packages found on Belgian territory.
He is involved in scientific research programs on mixed CBR samples.
Moreover he is a member of the NATO DIMP SIT (Detection; Identification, Monitoring Panel - Sampling & Identification Team).
Dirk Van Rompaey, MSc Chem Engr is a member of the CBRN Protection and Decontamination Laboratory of DLD. He is a member of the Belgian National Pool of CBRN specialists in operational and homeland security matters. He is an expert in the SIBCRA teams that are responsible for sampling, detection and identifications of CBRNE agents and also for the collection of forensic evidence in CBRN contaminated areas.
He is also involved in the elaboration of realistic CBRN scenarios in the field and in organizing training sessions in the laboratory. Moreover he is a participant in the NATO HMP (Hazard Management Panel).
Space Applications Services (SpaceApps) is an independent Belgian SME founded in 1987, with a subsidiary in Houston, USA. The company’s aim is to research and develop innovative systems, solutions and products and provide services to the aerospace and security markets and related industries. Our activities cover manned and unmanned spacecraft, launch/re-entry vehicles, homeland security, defense, emergency/crisis management support, Augmented Reality applications, robotics, and a wide range of information systems.
SpaceApps relevant project experience is based on its participation to the following FP7-SEC projects:
- FORLAB (Forensic analysis of an explosion or an unexploded IED).
- CRISIS (Critical Incident Management Training System using an Interactive Simulation
- ICARUS (Integrated Components for Assisted Rescue and Unmanned Search Operations).
- SEABILLA (Sea Border Surveillance).
Mr. DePauw has a Master of Science in Computer Sciences (Applied Mathematics). He more than 30 years of technical and commercial experience related to Aerospace, Aeronautics, Defence and ICT. He has extensive experience in Aerospace, Aeronautics, ICT, Security Research and Defence related business development and marketing activities and has been responsible for the planning, management, exploitation and dissemination of multiple European Commission Framework Programme Research and Technological Development projects as well as industrial projects for stakeholders organizations in the Aerospace, Aeronautics, Defence and ICT market areas. He has been responsible for Space Applications Services’ involvement in multiple Security related EU projects (e.g. SEABILLA, FORLAB). Responsible for Space Applications Services’ Marketing and Business Development activities.
Nicolae Mihalache has a Masters Degree in Computer Science, Operating Systems and Parallel Computing from the University of Bucharest (Faculty of Mathematics). He is presently involved in the FORLAB project. He supports the implementation of the Belgian (B-USOC) and Erasmus control centres. This support includes development and integration of custom payload monitoring and control software, integration of different payload engineering models and software simulators within Erasmus and B-USOC, and preparing and performing tests.
Adrian Tucker has a degree in Computer Studies from the University of Derby, UK.
He has 9 years of experience as an IT professional, including system administration and software development and has wider experience with web technologies/
He was the author of the Command and Control Centre requirements and concept deliverable for the European-wide FORLAB post-blast investigation project, incorporating feedback and requirements from large organization partners and national police bodies.
STUK is the national authority in radiation and nuclear safety. STUK is also a national research centre and the national contact point for emergency preparedness in radiological and nuclear emergencies as well as a provider of expert services related to radiation measurements. The staff is about 350 persons. STUK has been involved as a partner or as a coordinator in more than 60 EU research projects.
At national level, STUK provides operational expert assistance to law enforcement authorities regarding prevention of, detection of and response to nuclear and radiological terrorism. STUK carries out control of domestic radioactive sources. In nuclear safeguards, STUK is responsible on control of nuclear materials, including transport. Together with the Customs STUK is involved in preventing illicit trafficking of nuclear materials.
STUK has direct contacts with the emergency response centres in Finland. Co-operation with the local authorities, including rescue and police, is routinely exercised. STUK is involved in national CBRN expert networks.
The everyday co-operation includes 24-hour duty system, tests and emergency exercises. For radiological infield measurements STUK has developed a mobile laboratory and a small size backpack version of it. In addition to local data storage and analysis these instruments send the recorded radiation and position information in real time to STUK’s reach-back centre. Databases and automatic analysis algorithms handle and process the massive amount of information provided by several field units in real time 1-(4 s delay).
Dr. Harri Toivonen is a Leading Expert
of STUK and has more than 30 y experience in various fields of radiation and nuclear safety, security and radiation measurements. His special expertise is nuclear security, mobile measurements including expert support (reachback), emergency preparedness, countrywide real-time spectroscopic monitoring networks, spectrum analysis, mathematical modeling, simulations, development of advanced spectrum analysis codes (alpha and gamma). He is Chairman of ESARDA Working Group for Novel Approaches and Technologies (NA/NT) since 2010. He has worked as an Evaluation Officer in Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban-Treaty Organization, CTBTO in 1997-2002.
Dr. Kari Peräjärvi is a Head of Security Technology laboratory of STUK and has more than 15 y experience in nuclear physics with more than 100 scientific publications. In addition to STUK Dr. Peräjärvi has been working in Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (California, USA), CERN/ISOLDE (Switzerland), University of Helsinki and University of Jyväskylä.
Currently Dr. Peräjärvi is also appointed as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Jyväskylä.
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Ing. D.P.W. (Duurt) Alkema (1959) earned his bachelor degree i
n organic and polymer chemistry at ‘van ‘t Hoff Instituut’ Rotterdam in 1986. Till 1998 he worked for TNO-Plastics and Rubber Research Institute in the field of organic synthesis and development of biodegradable polymers. From 1998 – 2003 he worked at DSM Desotech as project leader ‘Accelerated ageing’ to determine long term ageing behaviour, yellowing, etc. of UV curable coatings. From 2004 he works for TNO CBRN Protection on the development of polymers with enhanced properties and organic synthesis.
MSc. I.C.L. (Ingrid) Bastings (1970) joint TNO in 1997, having a master’s degree in Business Management. She started working in the Operational Analysis Department with a focus on the appliance of qualitative Operational Research (OR) techniques. Since 2001 Ingrid Bastings is predominantly putting her Soft OA skills into practice in the context of CBRN-studies: generating and analyzing scenarios, assessing effects of CBRN-incidents and evaluating aspects of the CBRN-passive defense system. Currently she is working as senior consultant in the Military Operations department of TNO, and is involved in CBRN-projects for as well military as civil first responders and EU.
A. (Alex) Fidder (1960) earned his bachelor degree in organic chemistry and is working as a senior research assistant in the research group CBRN Protection with over thirty years of experience in handling and synthesizing toxic and/or radioactive labeled compounds. He is also involved in diagnosis/dosimetry of exposure to chemical warfare agents.
Ing. (Rutger) Gaasbeek (1979) earned his bachelor degree in technical physics, at the Rijswijk Technical College in 2004. While working as a scientist with TNO he conducted research on airflows in gasmasks with the focus on the characterization of various types of carbons used in all types of collective and individual protective equipment. In 2006 Rutger focused his attention on threat analyses of CBRN materials. A typical analysis would determine the severity of a threat posed by various types of actors, based on their capabilities. Rutger participated in a number of projects related to threat and risk assessment for institutions like the EDA, NATO, the Dutch MOD and the office of internal affairs. Furthermore Rutger has substantial experience in the use of prediction models like Comis, HPAC and RAP. Currently Rutger is responsible for the performance of threat analysis and risk assessments within the CBRN protection department of TNO.
Ing. M. (Marco) van Grol (1987) earned his bachelor degree in organic Chemistry in 2010. After graduating he started to work at the TNO CBRN protection department and is involved in projects like synthesis of new drug candidates for nerve agent poisoning treatment, synthesis of reference peptides and custom synthesis projects.
Ing. T. (Tomas) van Groningen (1990)
earned his bachelor degree in analytical Chemistry in 2012 and started to work at the TNO CBRN Protection Department directly after graduation as a research technician. His working area is in the GC-MS (EI and CI), air sampling and sample preparation work field.
Dr. M.C. (Martijn) de Koning (1975) is a Research scientist at the TNO CBRN Protection Department of TNO with a background in synthetic bio-organic chemistry. As a project leader and/or subject expert he is involved in various projects ranging throughout the CBRN domain, such as design, synthesis and evaluation of new drug candidates for nerve agent poisoning treatment and decontamination studies of chemical- and biological warfare agents as well as toxic industrial chemicals.
Dr. J.P. (Jan) Langenberg (1958), PhD, PharmD, ERT, is senior consultant for CBRN defence and toxicological issues at the Department of CBRN Protection. He joined TNO in 1986. He was in involved in a study on the resilience of Dutch governmental organizations and institutions against CBRN-terrorism and was system integrator of ‘Innovative Measures for Protection against CBRN Terrorism (IMPACT)’ (PASR).
Ing. J.A. (Jeroen) van der Meer (1984) earned his bachelor degree in analytical Chemistry in 2006 and started to work at the TNO CBRN Protection Department directly after graduation as a research technician. He started working on development of advanced analytical methods for bio sample analysis. Recently the focus was more on field able instruments and detection of CWA. As project manager he runs project in the field of national safety and is a TNO representative at the Dutch Army CBRN division.
S.A. (Stephanie) Meulenbelt (1986) received her MA (2010) in Criminology from Utrecht University, the Netherlands, and her LLM (2011) in International Law and World Order from the University of Reading, UK. After finishing her work at the Netherlands Institute of Human Rights, where she conducted research on transitional justice and victims’ role in international criminal trials, she joined the Office of Special Projects of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (early 2012), where she contributed to projects relating to chemical safety and security. Thereafter, she joined the TNO CBRN Protection Department to research various security and defence related topics and contribute to the implementation of several projects in the framework of the EU CBRN Risk Mitigation Centres of Excellence Initiative as well as projects for the Dutch Ministry of Defence.
Dr. Ir. M.S. (Maarten) Nieuwenhuizen (1954) is a Senior CBRN Consultant at the TNO CBRN Protection Department. His interests cover the whole range of CBRN(E) defence and counterterrorism. He is and was involved in many EU and EDA CBRN related research projects. On top of being a partner he coordinated ‘Assessment of the vulnerabilities of modern societies to terrorist acts employing radiological, biological or chemical agents with the view to assist in developing preventive and suppressive crisis management strategies (ASSRBCVUL)’ (FP6), ‘Innovative Measures for Protection against CBRN Terrorism (IMPACT)’ (PASR), and ‘Demonstration of counterterrorism system-of-systems against CBRNE phase 1 (DECOTESSC1)’ (FP7). The latter demo phase I project was dealing with a gap analysis of the CBRNE system-of-systems as a whole.
Dr. D. (Daan) Noort (1965) obtained a PhD in organic chemistry at the University of Leiden, The Netherlands, in 1992. In 1992 he joined the Research Group Chemical Toxicology of the TNO Prins Maurits Laboratory (nowadays part of TNO Defense, Security and Safety – CBRN Protection department). He is inter alia involved in projects concerning diagnosis and dosimetry of exposure to xenobiotics, e.g., TICs and CWA, and in development of chemical attribution signatures of CWA. He is a member of the OPCW Temporary Working Group on Verification. He is author and co-author of > 80 peer-reviewed papers.
Ing. D. (Debora) van der Riet (1978) earned her bachelor degree in Analytical Chemistry (Rotterdam). She works as a research technician at the CBRN Protection Department of TNO since 2004 and her main working area is the LC-MS analysis of chemical agents and related compounds.
L.P.J. (Leo) de Reuver (1959) earned his degree in analytical chemistry and joined TNO in 1980 as research technician. He is currently working in the TNO CBRN Protection Department. He is involved in projects concerning water purification, contamination control, decontamination, testing of (CWA) detection devices and GC-analysis. Since 1999 the main working area is the GC-MS analysis of chemical agents and related compounds.
M.Sc. R.A. (Ron) Rumley-van Gurp (1961) earned his Masters degree in Chemical Technology from Delft University of Technology (1986) with a major in Synthetic Organic Chemistry. In 1987 he started at TNO, initially as a synthetic chemist specializing in organoelement chemistry. His work has eventually extended to the totality of CBRN protection and risk evaluation, using quantitative modeling and simulation techniques.
Dr. M.J. (Marcel) van der Schans (1966) works at the TNO CBRN Protection Department since 1997 and has become an expert on (bio)analysis of chemical warfare agents and toxicokinetics of nerve agents. Recently he became principal investigator in the Detection Identification Monitoring (C-DIM) research area. He manages several research projects in testing and evaluating novel chemical detection and identification systems. He is also responsible for reporting in the OPCW proficiency test and is identification leader in a quick response team for chemical incidents in the Netherlands.
Ing. W.E.T. (Helma) Spruit (1970) earned her bachelor degree in Analytical Chemistry in 1991. She started her work at the TNO CBRN Protection Department in the development of hyphenated two dimensional GC techniques for the trace analysis of CWA’s and sample clean up. In 1997 she became project manager and since then has lead projects related to a wide variety of research area’s amongst others: agent fate, determination of physical chemical properties, custom syntheses, C-DIM, projects for the Dutch and foreign MoDs and organizations such as DTRA, CDC and OPCW and more recently EDA, Unicri and EU related projects.
PhD. E.R. (Elwin) Verheij (1963) obtained his M.Sc. degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences at Leiden University (1988) with a major in Biotechnological Production of Therapeutic Substances using plant cell cultures. In 1993 he received his Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from Leiden University on the topic of combining liquid chromatography with mass spectrometric detection (LC-MS). In the same year he started working at TNO. The focus of his work has been on (bio)analytical applications of LC-MS and GC-MS.
Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork (Tyndall-UCC) is one of Europe's leading research centres, specialising in ICT hardware research, commercialisation of technology and the education of next generation researchers. Established with a mission to support industry and academia in driving research to market it is the largest research facility of its type in Ireland. Tyndall-UCC has a critical mass of over 460 researchers, engineers, students and support staff focused on quality research and the commercialisation of technology through industry collaboration, IP licensing and spinout generation. Research done at the institute addresses key challenges in the areas of Communications, Energy, Health, Security and the Environment through its technologies which span the range “from atoms to systems”. Core activities are built around centres in the areas of photonics, microsystems and micro-nanoelectronics, backed by strong expertise in theory, modelling and design and a highly flexible wafer fabrication capability in Si CMOS, III-V’s and MEMS. Hosting the only full CMOS, Micro-Electronic-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) and III-V Wafer Semiconductor fabrication facilities and services in Ireland, Tyndall-UCC is capable of prototyping new product opportunities for its target industries. It has an established reputation for successful participation in EU research programmes (FP4-FP7) providing an important conduit for ICT excellence to Irish and European industry.
Dr Eric Moore
Eric Moore has over thirteen years’ experience in the development and application of biosensor technology. He received his B.Sc. in Chemistry from the National University of Ireland Cork in 1994, graduated with a M.Sc. in 2001 and he went on to receive his PhD in Analytical Chemistry in 2003 under the supervision of Prof. G.G. Guilbault. Dr Moore heads an independent research group at University College Cork focused on bio/sensing and separation and is also an Academic member within the Life Science Interface group at Tyndall National Institute. He has participation in a number of R&D projects supported by the E.U. and National funding. His current principle research activities are focused on developing integrated bio/sensor platforms, surface attachment chemistry, electrochemical analysis and micro-fluidics.
Michelle Fitzgerald has over three years’ experience in the area of cell culture. She received her B.Sc. in Biochemistry from the National University of Ireland Cork in 2008 and received her HDip in Food Science and Technology in 2009. Ms Fitzgerald currently works as a research assistant within the Life Science Interface group at Tyndall National Institute. Her current principle research activities are focused on cell- based biosensors using Electric Cell-substrate Impedance Sensing (ECIS).
Ms Xi Cao
Xi Cao has over five years’ experience in the study of chemistry. She received her B.Eng. in Applied Chemistry from the Beijing Technology and Business University in 2013, will graduates with a M.Sc. in 2015, and has just started her PhD study in Analytical Chemistry under the supervision of Dr. Eric Moore. Ms Cao is currently a PhD student within the Life Science Interface group at Tyndall National Institute. Her current principle research activity is focused on developing of an integrated forensic toolbox that can be deployed in case of forensic investigation at CBRN incident scenes.