The regional research consortium VeSPoTecVerification in a complex and unpredictable world: social, political and technical processes is a cooperation between the RWTH Aachen University, the Forschungszentrum Jülich and the University of Duisburg-Essen.
Associated partners include the University of Vienna and the Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation (VCDNP).
VeSPoTec is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

What is Verification?

Verification is the process of gathering and analysing information to assess whether other parties comply with their commitments. This way, it allows to build confidence and ensures an effective implementation of international agreements.

Our Mission

VeSPoTec’s mission is to build bridges between the natural and social sciences to strengthen and advance the knowledge on verification in the context of peace and conflict research. 

VeSPoTec Team Members at SPS23 in Darmstadt.

Why an interdisciplinary approach?

Given the complexity and dynamics of the challenge of nuclear verification, the interaction of different disciplinary perspectives is indispensable for understanding the phenomenon and for developing sustainable and applicable solutions.
The specificity of the project therefore lies in the synergy of inter- and transdisciplinary work among the partners with their complementary foci on natural, social, political and cultural sciences as well as practice.


VeSPoTec at the AMC Annual Conference 2024

By Julian Schäfer. Dr. Sophie Kretzschmar, Dr. Leonardo Bandarra, Lukas Rademacher and Julian Schäfer from VeSPoTec participated in the AMC Annual Conference Reinvigorating Nuclear Disarmament in Uppsala, Sweden from the 18-19 June 2024. Organized by the Alva Myrdal Centre for Nuclear Disarmament, the event aimed to foster collaboration and innovative solutions to advance nuclear disarmament. Thus, the conference gathered experts from various disciplines to discuss the urgent need for renewed efforts in arms control and non-proliferation amidst a

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Game Theory and Verification

By Andreas Dürholt. Game Theory is a mathematical discipline to analyze strategic interaction between two or more players. In general, strategic considerations exists for thousands of years (see for instance, Sun Tzu). But Game Theory as a discipline was officially developed by John von Neumann und Oscar Morgenstern in the 1940s’, although its economic predecessors go back to previous centuries. However, Game Theory has developed from classical Game Theory to many different intertwining sub-disciplines (e.g., Evolutionary Game Theory, Algorithmic

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NEW PUBLICATION: “We’re Taking Back the Narrative”. An Interview with Benetick Kabua Maddison, of the Marshallese Educational Initiative

By Julian Schäfer. Since the film ‘Oppenheimer’ at the latest, nuclear weapons and their eminent dangers have once again become the focus of public attention. The film impressively demonstrates the almost unimaginably destructive effects of even a comparatively small nuclear weapon such as ‘the Gadget’. However, the film barely touches on the devastating long-term effects that weapons of this kind have on the people and environment affected. After the Second World War, the United States of America carried out 67 nuclear tests in the Republic

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Principal Investigators

Dr. Irmgard Niemeyer
Nuclear Waste Management (IEK-6)
Forschungszentrum Jülich

Prof. Dr. Ralph Rotte
International Relations
RWTH Aachen

Dr. Carmen Wunderlich
Institute of Political Science
University Duisburg-Essen

Managing Director

Administrative Assistant

Melanie Baumann
Human Technology Center
RWTH Aachen

Scientific Staff

Student Assistants

Lena Herholz, B.A.
Institute of Political Science
University Duisburg-Essen

Pia Stickeler, B.A.
Nuclear Verification and Disarmament
RWTH Aachen

Further Partners

Dr. Anna Weichselbraun
Scientific Partner
University Vienna

Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation
Practical Partner
Contact: Elena Sokova

Advisory Board

 Dr. Hassan Elbahtimy
Centre for Science and Security Studies, King’s College

Dr. Angela Kane
Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation (VCDNP)

Dr. Marco Marzo
Brazilian-Argentine Agency for Accounting and Control of Nuclear Materials (ABACC)

Dr. Pavel Podvig
UN Institute for Disarmament Research

Laura Rockwood
Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-proliferation (VCDNP)

Amy Woolf
Royal United Services Institute


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VeSpoTec participates at IPDNV's 10 Years of Progress celebration

Geneva, Switzerland

26.06.2024 – 27.06.2024

Dr. Niemeyer presented a poster on VeSPoTec at IPDNV’s 10 Years of Progress celebration in Geneva.

Inaugural lecture of Malte Göttsche at TU Darmstadt

Darmstadt, Germany

Prof. Göttsche during his inaugural lecture.


Prof. Malte Göttsche held his inaugural lecture on June 28, 2024 at TU Darmstadt. Concepts of scientific peace reasearch and recent work of Prof. Göttsche and his group was introduced to a broad audience of students, professors and interested citizens. The lecture was completed by a discussion with Prof. Göttsche and the audience about questions of verification, compliance and responsibilities of scientists regarding the (mis)use of their research. 
The lecture falls in line with Prof. Göttsche’s appointment as professor at TU Darmstadt and the assumption of the position as speaker of the CNTR project at PRIF, Frankfurt.

Call for Applications: VeSPoTec Winter School

Duisburg, Germany


We are pleased to announce the open call for participants for our VeSPoTec Winter School taking place from 10 to 14 February 2025 in Duisburg, Germany.
For further information please contact Lena Herholz or Dr. Leonardo Bandarra.

VeSpoTec participates at AMC Annual Conference

Uppsala, Sweden

Members of VeSPoTec and NVD at the AMC Annual Conference 2024.

18.06.2024 – 19.06.2024

Members of VeSPoTec participated in the annual conference of the Alva Myrdal Center in Uppsala, Sweden, which took place on June 18-19.
Dr. Kretzschmar presented different perspectives on nuclear archaeology, while Mr. Rademacher was part of the panel “Multidisciplinary approaches to disarmament and non-proliferation” and representative of the consortium. Furthermore, Dr. Bandarra presented the challenges and opportunities of irreversible nuclear disarmament at the IAEA, while Mr. Schäfer participated in the panel “Instrumentation for Treaty Verification” and presented his perspective on technology, knowledge and verification.

VeSpoTec participates at BISA 2024 Conference

Birmingham, United Kingdom

Dr. Bandarra during his presentation.

04.06.2024 – 07.06.2024

Members of VeSPoTec took part in the BISA 2024 conference, which brings together international specialists in the field of international studies.
Dr. Wunderlich discussed “Clusters of normative meanings-in-use as sites of contestation” while Dr. Bandarra presented his findings on “A Cognitive Framework for Why Countries Establish Non-Nuclear or Deterrence-Based Security Orders”.

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