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Interdisciplinary Research on New Technologies and Arms Control

Cluster for Natural and Technical Science Arms Control Research

We research emerging technologies and developments in the natural sciences from an interdisciplinary perspective. Military innovations, digital warfare and disinformation influence the balance of power and create uncertainty. In order to provide impetus for arms control at the international level, it is important not only to identify emerging problems at an early stage, but also to have the technical competence to address these problems. That is why we develop scientifically sound bases for recommendations for action to strengthen arms control.

In the CNTR research and transfer cluster, researchers from the natural and social sciences work together closely. We are based at the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF), the Technical University of Darmstadt and Justus Liebig University Giessen.

CNTR is organized into two research groups:

 Emerging Disruptive Technologies Chemical and Biological Weapons Control 

These two groups generate synergies in a cross-cutting research area focused on the topics of artificial intelligence and additive manufacturing. The natural and technical science research is complemented by the research area “Arms Control Law”.

Research Topics

Project coordinator of CNTR joins Deep Cuts Project as arms control expert

Disciplines of peace and conflict research in dialog: Synergies, similarities and differences with scientific-technical peace research

First open access publication in the new series is online

Dr. Dorian Scholz gave a talk about the state of the art and future of robotics

Co-Head of the research group “Chemical and Biological Weapons Control” receives most important German funding award for his work in physical-organic chemistry

CNTR Monitor 2024

Annual Publication on Technology and Arms Control

The CNTR Monitor is an open-access publication on defense technology innovations and trends and the core product of CNTR's research. In addition to analyses of individual technologies and reports on Research & Development (R&D) activities, the Monitor highlights opportunities for political control and capacities in selected regions.

The CNTR Monitor will be published for the first time in the fall of 2024 and will primarily address policymakers, practitioners, scientists, and the interested public.

Bundesakademie für Sicherheitspolitik
Panel discussion with Thomas Reinhold, Niklas Schörnig and Liska Suckau

TU Darmstadt
Lecture of the TraCe lecture series on “Violence as a global challenge”

TU Darmstadt
Lecture of the TraCe lecture series on “Violence as a global challenge”

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