Günter Povoden graduated in chemical engineering at the University of Technology in Graz. He is currently the Head of the Chemistry and Development Section of the CBRN Defence School of the Austrian Armed Forces. He has delivered lectures on CBRNe and environmental protection in several international fora, including the Medical University of Vienna and NATO’s JCBRN Centre of Excellence. He was a EU Governance Project expert on the development of regional Centres of Excellence to mitigate CBRN threats. He has participated in international missions to manage CBRNe hazards on behalf of the Austrian Forces Disaster Relief Unit and of the European Union Civil Protection Team.