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Coinciding with the CTBT’s tenth anniversary, the CTBTO held a scientific symposium entitled "CTBT: Synergies with Science, 1996-2006 and Beyond" in August/September 2006 in Vienna in conjunction with the Austrian Foreign Ministry.
The symposium was opened with addresses by Hans Winkler, State Secretary, Austrian Federal Ministry for Foreign Affairs, and CTBTO Executive Secretary Tibor Tóth. The keynote speaker was Mohammed ElBaradei, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency. Other guest speakers included the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Disarmament Affairs, Nobuaki Tanaka, and Wolfgang Hoffmann, the former Executive Secretary of the CTBTO.
The aim of the symposium was to encourage increased interaction amongst the scientific community worldwide, the CTBTO and States Signatories to the Treaty in order to build global capacity in science and technology fields related to the activities of the CTBTO.
Discussions at the symposium included subjects ranging from Earth imaging to data mining. Other topics included the development of new analysis methods and procedures to increase the understanding of infrasound observations, large data volumes, and new tools to compute and understand wave propagation, as well as an improved understanding of earthquake sources.
The CTBTO convenes various seminars and symposia to emphasize the civil and scientific uses of the verification regime’s technologies.
The symposium also emphasized the role the verification technologies could play in improving early warning systems for tsunamis, volcanoes and disastrous chemical explosions, as well as tropical cyclones. It concluded by confirming that the interaction between the CTBTO and the scientific community had been further strengthened by many of the new ideas expounded. It concluded that continuing to stay abreast of new advances in science and technology would certainly be useful to the global verification regime.
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