Members of VeSPoTec participated in the RWTH science night. Besides discussing the interdisciplinary approach to nuclear verification research, the members invited the visitors to participate in a nuclear dismantlement exercise (“Delicious Dismantlement Exercise”) to try a cookie dismantlement themselves and learn about the processes behind nuclear disarmament verification.
The public event series “Living with the bomb“, co-organized by VeSPoTec and University of Duisburg-Essen, started with a kick-off lecture and discussion with Malte Göttsche and Carmen Wunderlich entitled “The bomb for beginners”.
Malte Göttsche and Sophie Kretzschmar participated as experts in the parliamentary evening on “nuclear dangers”, organized by the German Physical Society, where they discussed with members of the German parliament and their staff and were available to their questions on current developments in nuclear arms control and verification.
Lukas Rademacher held a presentation at the 40th anniversary Wissenschaft & Frieden (science & peace) symposium on “How do you verify nuclear disarmament?”.
At the bi-annual conference Science-Peace-Security, VeSPoTec was present with two contributions: A presentation by Sophie Kretzschmar on “Reconstructing nuclear histories – a field study” and a workshop by the whole VeSPoTec consortium entitled “Thinking about the future: Nuclear verification in a complex world”.
Sophie Kretzschmar gave an overview on the VeSPoTec consortium at the Alva Myrdal Center cross-disciplinary conference entitled “Nuclear verification research: bringing together social and natural sciences”.
23.05.2023 – 25.05.2023
At the Joint INMM and ESARDA Annual Meeting 2023 in Vienna, Linda Ostermann presented a paper on „Verification Regimes: Challenges of Knowing and Deciding within Knowledge Infrastructures“, while Sophie Kretzschmar presented first insights into how documentation of a past nuclear programm can be used for verification.
The conference paper presented by Linda Ostermann, co-authored with Julian Schäfer, Malte Göttsche and Stefan Böschen, discusses what knowledge infrastructures of nuclear verification are and why knowledge production should be understood as embedded in knowledge infrastructures. It also explores what factors potentially limit knowledge in nuclear verification and what research steps are needed to further understand knowledge infrastructures.
The ideas presented by Sophie Kretzschmar are based on an initial research visit to Karlsruhe, Germany, where the NVD team had access to the archives of two former civil nuclear reactors that operated between the 1960s and 1980s.
The corresponding conference paper „Reconstructing nuclear histories: a field study“, co-authored with Malte Göttsche, will be available with the conference proceedings.
Sheffield, United Kingdom
Leonardo Bandarra gave an invited lecture at the University of Sheffield entitled: “Dismantling the bomb: working on nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament”.
27.04.2023 – 30.04.2023
At the Inaugural Conference of Harvard Belfer Center’s Working Group “Beyond Nuclear Deterrence”, Leonardo Bandarra gave a presentation entitled “Verify to Trust, Distrust to Dissuade” and participated in the G7 Hiroshima Summit Related Event “Rethinking Nuclear Deterrence — Approached for Moving Beyond”.
Julian Schäfer and Linda Ostermann have been elected as two of four new spokespersons of the young researchers of the German Association for Peace and Conflict Studies (AFK) for the next two years (2023-2025). The whole VeSPoTec-Team wishes to congratulate!
In addition, Linda Ostermann and Julian Schäfer each gave a presentation on interdisciplinarity in peace and conflict studies. In his contribution, Julian Schäfer emphasized the boundary object as an enabler or framework for interdisciplinary knowledge production in peace and conflict research, while Linda Ostermann dealt with the opportunities and challenges of integrating social and natural science peace and conflict research, both referring to their previous experiences in the VeSPoTec project.
Dr. Kretzschmar presented VeSPoTec with its integrated-interdisciplinary approach at the 86th Annual Conference of the DPG (DPG Spring Meeting, SMuK) in Dresden. The presentation was given in the Physics and Disarmament group.
The abstract of the talk can be found here.
Julian Schäfer and Linda Ostermann gave a presentation at the Joint Technical Meeting oft the ESARDA VTM and INMM OSGI working groups. They presented their first thoughts on the analysis of knowledge infrastructures within verification regimes to a diverse audience of technical experts.
Prof. Göttsche got awarded with the Nuclear-Free Future Award (NFF) 2022 in the category Solutions.
The NFF is honoring people worldwide who are working for a future free of nuclear power and nuclear weapons since 1998.
The official NFF announcement can be found here.
26.10.2022 – 28.10.2022
Leonardo Bandarra held a presentation, entitled “Centripetal Forces of Change: Dependence Theory, Institutional Bargaining, and Periphery-Driven Ordering in Nuclear Politics”, at the conference “The Complexity of Nuclear Order(ing)”, funded by the German Peace Studies Association (AFK).
New York, USA
01.08.2022 – 26.08.2022
Members of the VeSPoTec team attended the 2020 NPT RevCon. They participated in discussions about the role of verification on global non-proliferation and disarmament regime.
21.07.2022 – 23.07.2022
Members of the VeSPoTec team attended the first TPNW MSP. They participated in discussions about the role of verification for a global non-proliferation and disarmament regime.
“A new research consortium in peace research. The RWTH is coordinating an interdisciplinary research project with the aim of building trust in nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation […].”
You can find the full press release here in German and English.