Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, Porton Down

2. Emplacement de l’installation (indiquer l’adresse et les coordonnées géographiques)
Dstl, Porton Down, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP4 0JQ

The geographical location is shown in the file attached as Figure 2.  (G13 Access Road, centre of south boundary, Latitude 50° 07-N, Longitude 01° 40-W.)

3. Superficie des secteurs de laboratoire, par niveau de confinement
BL 4 , 335.00 m2
BL 3 , 1.050.00 m2
BL 2 , 1.600.00 m2
Superficie totale des laboratoires (m(2))
N/A

4. Organigramme de chaque installation

(viii) Décrire brièvement la politique adoptée en matière de publication dans l’installation.

Staff at Dstl are encouraged to publish their work in the scientific literature.

(ix) Fournir une liste des documents et rapports accessibles au public qui portent sur les travaux publiés au cours des douze mois écoulés (indiquer les auteurs, les titres et les références complètes).

Listed in Annex file attached. In addition, all recent Dstl publications are listed at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/access-defence-science-and-technology-research.

Remarques

Personnel numbers given represent the numbers of staff involved in the biological defence research and development programmes. Further information on the total number of staff on site is as follows:

The organisational structure of Dstl is shown in the file attached as Figure 1. The facility provides research for all aspects of defence, including CBR. The total number of Dstl staff at Porton Down on 8th February 2021 was 2684 civilians (2577 permanent and 127 temporary) and 6 military. The civilian staff fall into the following categories:

Administration: 225

Engineers: 181

Managerial: 269

Professional: 298

Scientific: 1401

Technical: 310

TOTAL: 2684

Military personnel: 6

           

5. Décrire succinctement les travaux sur la défense biologique réalisés dans l’installation, y compris le(s) type(s) de micro-organismes(9) et/ou toxines étudiés, et résumer les études en plein air sur les aérosols biologiques.

The work of Dstl, Porton Down has been reported under Question 1 of Forms A Part 2 (ii).  Projects currently underway include:

  • The assessment of the hazard posed by micro-organisms and toxins when used by an aggressor as BW.
  • Research into systems to facilitate collection, detection, warning, and identification of BW agents. This work includes the evaluation of collection and detection systems in outdoor studies using microbiological simulants and research into the composition of naturally occurring biological aerosols.
  • Research to establish the protection afforded by materials and CBRN defence equipment against BW agents. This work includes the evaluation of military equipment both in the laboratory and in outdoor studies using microbiological simulants.
  • Research into formulations and techniques for decontaminating microbiologically contaminated equipment using suitable simulants.
  • Rapid identification of micro-organisms and toxins by the use of monoclonal antibodies and gene probes.
  • Studies on the mechanism of action and treatment of toxins.
  • Therapies for bacterial and viral infections.
  • Studies on the mechanisms of pathogenicity of viruses and bacteria and the development of improved vaccines.

(9) Notamment les virus et prions.