We are delighted to announce that thanks to an overwhelming number of abstract submissions, the program of the conference will consist of more than 50 pitches and talks as well as 18 posters. We are also proud to announce the first Plenary Talks and a High-Level Panel Discussion:

Plenary Talks:

Ambassador Marjolijn van Deelen
Special Envoy for Non-Proliferation and Disarmament, European External Action Service

Brigadier General Peter Braunstein
Director Bundeswehr Verification Center (BwVC)

Dr. Kavita Berger
Director, Board on Life Sciences, U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

Prof. Robin Geiß
Director, United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research

Prof. Frank von Hippel
Co-Founder, Program on Science & Global Security, Princeton University

Prof. Moriba Jah
Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Rosamund Lewis
World Health Emergencies Programmes, World Health Organization

Prof. Catrin Misselhorn
Department of Philosophy, University of Göttingen

Panel Discussion: Bringing Science and Politics closer Together

Ambassador Rüdiger Bohn
Deputy Federal Government Commissioner for Disarmament and Arms Control, German Foreign Office

Prof. Paolo Cotta-Ramusino
Secretary General, Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs

Prof. Lucas Kello
Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford

Dr. Patricia Lewis
Research Director, Conflict, Science & Transformation, Chatham House

Conference Format

Over the last few weeks, we put much consideration into the format of the conference. We have now come to the conclusion that despite the pandemic situation getting better in Germany and large parts of Europe, we cannot ensure that all relevant restrictions will be lifted by September. Since we want everybody to have equal access to the conference, the conference will be held online. Even though we are aware of the limitations of online conferences, we are confident to have found solutions that will allow for a great number of personal meetings and discussions.

In July, we will publish the final Book of Abstracts and open the registration for the Conference.