How is NATO improving the quality of human life? One of our top scientists, Dr Deniz Beten, explains.
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In this episode, Dr Deniz Beten, Senior Advisor to the NATO Science for Peace and Security (SPS) Programme, discusses how NATO is helping to improve the quality of human life. Through SPS, NATO enhances public safety, providing training and a forum for scientists to tackle the security issues that matter most to Allied states.
--SOUNDBITE—(ENGLISH) Dr Deniz Beten, Senior Advisor to the NATO Science for Peace and Security Programme
“NATO improves the quality of human life through the application of science and technology.
Scientists from NATO’s Science for Peace and Security Programme, or SPS, work on ways to tackle emerging security challenges such as cyber attacks and the threat posed by chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear weapons, to help counter the threats we face in modern society.
For example, NATO has done a lot of research into how to detect explosives, particularly in subway stations, and today there are detection systems which are used in several countries for public safety in the fight against terrorism.
The SPS started 60 years ago following the launch of the first satellite into orbit. And in the past decade it has trained nearly 6,000 young scientists and has completed more than 160 research and development projects, aimed at tackling immediate threats such as explosives and mine detection.
In the future NATO will continue to provide a unique forum, where scientists from different countries can share their experience and knowledge to improve security in the civilian sector.
In order to address emerging threats and challenges, it’s essential to encourage international cooperation, develop technologies that counter these threats and to anticipate the impact of the next generation of technologies on the security landscape.”
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