Biosecurity is a term with multiple meanings depending on the discipline, but generally refers to the securing of human life, agriculture and the environment from biological threats.
The origin of the threat can be intentional, e.g. terrorists releasing a disease agent, or unintentional, e.g. an agricultural pest transported via international trade, or a pandemic virus such as influenza.
Researchers at Imperial College have focused on several aspects, including the potential dual-use of synthetic biology, detecting and responding to disease outbreaks, and securing the food supply chain from threats.
Environmental Security and Governance Group
Expanding international trade in plants and plant materials is increasing the threat to food supplies, biodiversity and ecosystem function from plant pests, diseases and invasive pathogens. Our research looks at how we conceptualise, measure and regulate the risks to food security, biodiversity and human health from various pathogens.
MRC Centre for Outbreak Analysis and Modelling
Researchers in the MRC Centre develop new methods for analysing epidemics as they unfold, providing evidence-based epidemiological advice to policymakers and public health professionals. They also develop new methods that use routinely collected surveillance data to monitor zoonotic diseases and assess their epidemic potential.
Institute for Security Science and Technology
Within the ISST we have a small team applying machine learning techniques to the evaluation of social media posts for advanced outbreak detection. For more information on this work, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org