Recognizing that capacity building is the main driver of development, MESIS offers technical training to a wide range of experts from government and civil society. CBRN safety and security normally require an investment in sophisticated equipment and systems that at times be costly but the human element is the key determinant of their performance.
Seeing as how MESIS promotes a whole of government and civil society approach to addressing CRBN risks its training programs also focus on a variety of stakeholders including policy planners, crisis management officials, first responders, customs, academia and from private industries such as pharmaceutical companies.
MESIS works to links experts across the region with each other and with those outside of the region to exchange insights into best practices and discuss technical challenges they may face. MESIS also supports the professional development of regional experts by supporting their research and proposal development and facilitating their participation in international conferences.
MESIS also develops collaborative projects across the region with a view to raise capacity, build confidence and increase transparency. For instance, MESIS has established a project over ten years ago to develop and raise standards for Arab laboratories working in the field of radiation measurement. This has laid the basis for increased data reliability and data sharing.
MESIS has a state-of-the-art-facility where innovative training can be offered including simulation-based training, table-top exercises and testing of new technologies. Technology plays an important role in most of MESIS’s training activities and the Technical Display Area showcases some of the tools that have been used in previous workshops or those that support concepts that MESIS has promoted.