Science · Peace · Security ’23
Technology and the Transformation of Political Violence
Wednesday 20.- Friday 22. September 2023
Georg-Christoph-Lichtenberg-Haus, Dieburger Str. 241, 64287 Darmstadt, Germany
Group picture from Science Peace Security '19 in Darmstadt
Science · Peace · Security '23
The (preliminary) program is available
The interdisciplinary conference, organized by TraCe in cooperation with by FONAS, examines the impact, control and design of technologies which influence peace and security. Existing approaches towards arms control need to adapt to the changing security landscape, while new civilian and military technologies are changing forms of violence and warfare. Particularly striking areas are cyber warfare and the rapid development of unmanned weapons systems. Issues of nuclear disarmament, missile technology or space weaponry, as well as chemical and biological weapons, are gaining renewed urgency. In addition to the development of new weapons systems, information technology also plays a significant role in the oppression and digital surveillance of civilians during conflicts, and in policing urban space.
Aiming to network under authoritarian actors, civil society is increasingly using social media as a resource to organize cyber protests and to fight for human rights. Apart from acute use in conflict-related contexts, many cases illustrate that technology is increasingly being used by different actors for conflict transformation and to promote peace, aiming to reduce (political) violence in the long term.
Furthermore, the geopolitics of infrastructure, e.g., (renewable) energy and climate change is an urgent topic. Infrastructures are relevant in conflicts, can be manifestations of global injustice, strategic objects in armed conflicts as well as part of a peaceful conflict transformation. Thus, the conference seeks contributions which reflect on the geopolitics of infrastructure and their role
In general, all of these issues raise the question of the regulation and proliferation of security-relevant technologies as well as their design. These aspects influence who has access to certain technologies, who can benefit or faces risk by their use.
The interdisciplinary conference Science · Peace · Security '23 aims to facilitate fruitful discussions on current and future challenges in the field of technical peace and conflict research. We seek contributions from the natural and technical sciences, the social and legal sciences, ethics and humanities.
The Science · Peace · Security conference series, maintained by FONAS (Research Network on Science, Disarmament and International Security), was launched in Darmstadt in 2019 and subsequently held in Aachen in 2021. In 2023, it will be hosted in Darmstadt again; followed by Jülich in 2025. In 2023 is co-organized as part of the research project TraCe (BMBF-funded research center "Transformations of Political Violence"), following the tradition of IANUS (natural science and technical peace research) at Technical University of Darmstadt.
Main contact: Prof. Dr. Dr. Christian Reuter, Dr. Thea Riebe, Laura Guntrum, Science and Technology for Peace and Security (PEASEC), TU Darmstadt email@example.com
(preliminary) Program 2023
We thank all authors for their submissions. The preliminary program can be found here and as a summary below. However, there may still be changes.
Wednesday, 20 Sept. 2023
- (16:00h FONAS-Annual Meeting - internal)
- 18:00h Welcome Reception
- 18:45h Keynote Prof. Mariarosaria Taddeo
- 19:45h Welcome Dinner
Thursday, 21 Sept. 2023
- 08:00h Registration
- 09:00h: Opening and Introduction
- 09:30h: Keynote Prof. Alice Mattoni
- 10:30h: Coffee Break
- 11:00h: Session I Nuclear Arms Control and Verification
- 11:00h: Session II Geopolitics of Infrastructure
- 12:00h: Lunch
- 13:30h: Session III Autonomous Systems and Human-Machine Interaction
- 13:30h: Session IV Civilian Infrastructure and Protest
- 14:30h: Poster Session and Coffee Break
- 16:00h: Workshop Thinking about the Future: Nuclear Verification in a Complex World
- 16:00h: TraCe Dialog Panel ICT4Peace
- 18:00h Guiding Tour Mathildenhöhe
- 19:30h: Conference Dinner
- 21:15h: IANUS Award Ceremony
Friday, 22 Sept. 2023
- 08:00h Registration
- 09:00h: Opening Session
- 09:15h: Session V Dual-use and Technology Assessment
- 09:15h: Session VI Cyber Operations
- 10:30h: Coffee Break
- 11:00h: Session VII Biological, Chemical and Concentional Weapons
- 11:00h: Session VIII Technology Politics and Strategies
- 12:00h: Lunch Break
- 13:30h: Panel Discussion New Military Technologies: Fundamental Challanges to the International System?
- 14:30h: Closing and Farewell
Submissions (full talks closed)
We are looking for contributions on the intersection of science, technology, peace and security, e.g. but not exclusively, on
- Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Weapons and Disarmament
- Cyber and Information Warfare, Artificial Intelligence and Unmanned Weapon Systems
- Geopolitics of Infrastructure, e.g. (Renewable) Energy and Climate Change
- (Urban) Protest and Violence, Transformation, Prevention and Forms of Violence and own research ideas thereof
To enable interactive discourse and the presentation of different stages of research, we are looking for different types of contributions:
Idea pitches (5 minutes), e.g. of early stage research ideas, with subsequent discussion: closed Talks (10-20 minutes): closed
- Posters to be presented with a 2-minute pitch and during a 90minutes interactive poster session
Ideas for panel discussions (for up to 5 already named participants) or workshops (30-90minutes): closed
Submissions for Posters consisting of the title, abstract and the authors are possible in our submission system (https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=sps23).
- All authors of accepted contributions will be allowed to submit an extended abstract or paper for the conference proceedings, which are planned to be published electronically in open access (without costs) with TUprints.
- A special issue in a peer reviewed journal of peace and conflict studies is planned.
- In order to encourage face-to-face exchange, the conference will only be held as a physical conference in Darmstadt. However, if there are difficulties (e.g. health or visa issues, etc.), we can look for possibilities for partial digital participation.