Development of e-Learning Courses for CBRN Risk Mitigation


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CBRN-CoE-Project 10

The project is part of the European Union (EU) Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear (CBRN) Centres of Excellence (CoE) Risk Mitigation Initiative (EU CBRN CoE) aiming at mitigating CBRN risks of criminal, accidental or natural origin by promoting cooperation and improving coordination and preparedness at national and regional levels.

The EU CBRN CoE Risk Mitigation Initiative is a European Union initiative jointly implemented by the EU Directorate General (DG) Development and Cooperation – EuropeAid (DEVCO), the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC), the European External Action Service (EEAS) and the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI). The EU CBRN CoE is developed by the European Union through the EU Instrument for Stability with a budget of 95 million Euros for 2009 – 2013.

The aim of Project 10 is to develop an online training course consisting of 7 training modules to be used as a tool to promote a campaign to raise awareness on CBRN risk mitigation. The CBRN course online, created by The James Martin Center for Non-Proliferation Studies (CNS), will address the following topics.

Course Topics

  • Module 1: Introduction to CBRN and Chemical Weapons
  • Module 2: Nuclear and Radiological Weapons
  • Module 3: Biohazards–Natural and Deliberately Caused Diseases
  • Module 4: Biosecurity and Biosafety–Preventing Biological Warfare and Terrorism
  • Module 5: Export Controls and CBRN
  • Module 6: CBRN Risk Assessment and Management
  • Module 7: Identifying an Event: Case Study and Analysis

The course materials will be designed in accordance with recognized best practices in adult and online pedagogy. The course will exploit innovations in information technology and social networking, to include interactive exercises, dynamic media, video presentations, user-generated content, additional references and resources, and links to related information and online courses. The CBRN online course will be used as part of a broader awareness campaign.


  • Coordinators: The President and Fellows of Middlebury College, The James Martin Center for Non-Proliferation Studies (CNS)
  • Project period: January 2013 – January 2015
  • Budget: 400,000 Euro

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