Veronica Borrett appointed to Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons scientific advisory body

January 14 / 127

Dr Veronica Borrett, General Manager Bio21 Institute
Dr Veronica Borrett, General Manager Bio21 Institute

Dr Veronica Borrett, Bio21 Institute General Manager, has been appointed to the prestigious Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Scientific Advisory Board (SAB).

The OPCW is the implementing body of the United Nations Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC). It received the 2013 Noble Peace Prize for its extensive efforts to eliminate chemical weapons.

 The Chemical Weapons Convention started in 1997 and has 190 Member States, who are working together to achieve a world free from chemical weapons. 


Dr Borrett said she was honoured by the appointment and was privileged to be a part of this expert body of international advisors.


 “My role as a member of the OPCW SAB is a great opportunity to contribute to this important forum,” she said.

The role of the SAB is to provide independent advice to the Director-General in the areas of science and technology and can establish working groups comprising experts on specific scientific issues which are relevant to the CWC, such as the evolution of scientific research and the convergence of disciplines. 

Dr Borrett’s career has included senior roles in national security, serving on national and international advisory panels. Prior to joining the Bio21 Institute, Dr Borrett’s extensive research career with the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) included research and development of analysis methods relevant to the verification of alleged use of chemical warfare agents. Dr Borrett has a PhD in Chemistry and a Masters in Science from La Trobe University.


Bio21 Institute Director, Professor Tony Bacic praised Dr Borrett’s appointment.


“Dr Borrett’s appointment to this international role with the OPCW is a reflection of her high international scientific and operational standing in the field. It is also a testament to the outstanding ambassador that she is for the Bio21 Institute and the University of Melbourne.”


Dr Borrett’s appointment is for three years.





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