The Next Generation

CTBT education activities and resources focus on building and maintaining the necessary awareness and capacity in the technical, scientific, legal and political aspects of the Treaty and its verification regime.

By offering specialized education courses and utilizing online learning and new media, the CTBTO is expanding the pool of expertise beyond the traditional stakeholders and increasing active engagement on the critical issues underpinning the Treaty. Moreover, CTBT educational courses and e-learning activities provide enhanced opportunities for the wider community to participate in strengthening and effectively implementing the Treaty and its multilaterally established verification regime.

This approach increases awareness and stimulates understanding of the Treaty in order to promote its entry into force and universalization.

Financial Support

The CTBTO would like to highlight the generous contributions provided by the European Union and the Kingdom of Norway toward the educational and outreach activities of the CTBTO. Without such substantial contributions, these initiatives would not be possible. Through their generous contributions, the European Union and the Kingdom of Norway demonstrate a shared vision with the CTBTO to train and educate the next generation of experts on the CTBT.


A core element of the CTBTO's educational resources includes a robust and interactive e-learning platform, that features issue specific modules, quizzes and other Treaty-related resources. All open CTBT courses are live streamed and archived for online viewing.

CTBTO on iTunes U (University)

CTBTO iTunes UThe CTBTO has taken the next step in connecting with the public online and promoting open education by launching a brand new iTunes U page. The page allows iTunes users (supports Windows and Mac, as well as iOS mobile devices) to browse and download free video, audio and PDF files of briefings, lectures and presentations by CTBTO staff and leading experts on the policy, legal, technical and scientific aspects of the CTBT and its verification technologies.

Statements and Articles

Highlight on the Advanced Science Course on the CTBT Verification Technologies (

Statement by HE Michael Spindelegger, Vice Chancellor and Foreign Minister of Austria (Delivered to 2011 Advanced Science Course Participants)

Statement by HE Werner Druml, Ambassador, Head of the Department of International Conferences and International Organizations in Vienna, Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs of the Republic of Austria (Delivered to 2011 Advanced Science Course Participants)

Statement by HE Nils Daag, Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Sweden to the Preparatory Commission for the CTBTO (Delivered to 2011 Advanced Science Course Participants)

"Indonesia's CTBT Step" by Yogesh Joshi (2011 Advanced Science Course participant)


2016 Science and Diplomacy for Peace and Security Symposium

The symposium "Science and Diplomacy for Peace and Security: The [email protected]" from 25 January to 4 February 2016 comprised online e-learning modules and a two-week long live seminar-style symposium. Topics included the CTBT's role in the nuclear non-proliferation regime, multilateral arms control and verification, and the announced nuclear tests by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. 

A simulation exercise enabled participants to apply concepts and ideas discussed during the symposium. Participants who completed all required coursework and assignments received a Certificate of Successful Completion.

2015 Academic Forum

As a part of the Science and Technology 2015 Conference (SnT2015), the 2015 CTBT Academic Forum was held on 26 June 2015 at the Hofburg Palace, Vienna. The Academic Forum is part of the CTBTO's integrated capacity building programme, aimed at inspiring the next generation of experts in all aspects of the CTBT.

The Academic Forum was a results-oriented, interactive event for academics already engaged in, or interested in, CTBT education. The purpose of the Forum was to identify ways to integrate CTBT-related topics into existing policy or science-based academic curricula and to develop educational resources to further this objective. The Academic Forum also explored opportunities for academics to engage in research related to the CTBT, such as joint research and the use of verification technologies and data for civil and scientific applications, legal and policy research opportunities related to the Treaty, and technology foresight.

Participants involved in CTBT education were also encouraged to submit an abstract for poster presentation reflecting on their experience of bringing CTBT-related topics into their own educational activities.

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Course Media

Listen to what course participants at the Intensive Policy Course (16 - 20 July), "Multilateral Verification, Collective Security: The Contribution of the CTBT", had to say about their experience.

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