About us

Understanding Emerging Technologies – Strengthening Arms Control

The CNTR research and transfer cluster explores new military-relevant technologies and developments in the natural sciences from an interdisciplinary perspective. Our team of researchers from different disciplines investigates impacts on international security, classifies them in a scientifically sound manner and, on this basis, develops recommendations for action to strengthen arms control.

We are scientifically independent. We determine our research topics ourselves. We are committed to handling our research results responsibly. This is why we follow the recommendations for handling security-relevant research laid out by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina in our research, in addition to PRIF’s Ethics Guideline.

The project has received funding from the German Federal Foreign Office for a period of four years (January 2023 to December 2026).

The transfer of research results into politics and society is one of CNTR’s central tasks. In target group-oriented exchange formats, we engage in dialogue with stakeholders in order to identify relevant topics and needs from politics, administration, academia and civil society.

The core product is the annual CNTR Monitor, which will be published for the first time in 2024. The monitor will compile findings and recommendations on arms technology innovations and trends. Scientific expertise is thus presented to decision-makers in a manner geared to the target group and its demands.

CNTR publications are published in open access and are thus also made available to the media and the general public.

CNTR integrates technical and scientific findings and expertise into the discourse of peace and conflict research. Researchers from the natural and social sciences work closely together in two interdisciplinary and inter-institutional research groups, in line with the Recommendations for the further development of peace and conflict research by the German Science and Humanities Council (WR) formulated in 2019.

CNTR is also seeking to structurally strengthen natural science and technical peace research by establishing a professorship for natural science peace and conflict research in the Department of Physics at the Technical University of Darmstadt, which will lead the research and transfer cluster.

Our team

Knowledge Transfer Officer
Knowledge Transfer

Laura Bannan-Fischer is a Knowledge Transfer Officer at PRIF's Berlin office. She has a Master's degree in International Studies/Peace and Conflict Studies.

Laura Bannan-Fischer

Speaker
Natural and Technical Science Arms Control Research

Prof. Dr. Christopher Daase is Deputy Director at PRIF and Head of PRIF’s “International Security” research department. His research focuses on security policy, international institutions and political violence.

Christopher Daase

Head of Research Group
Chemical and Biological Weapons Control

Dr. Una Jakob is a Senior Researcher and Head of Research Group at PRIF's “International Security” research department. Her research focuses on the nonproliferation and disarmament of chemical and biological weapons as well as on biosecurity issues.

Una Jakob

Project Coordinator
Natural and Technical Science Arms Control Research

Frank Kuhn is the Project Coordinator for the Cluster for Natural and Technical Science Arms Control Research (CNTR) at PRIF. His research interests include nuclear deterrence, arms control and non-proliferation, as well as military technology and strategy.

Frank Kuhn

Head of Research Area
Arms Control Law

Prof. Dr. Thilo Marauhn is a Senior Researcher and Head of Research Group at PRIF's “International Institutions” research department. His research focuses on Public International Law as well as on International Arms Control Law.

Thilo Marauhn

Researcher
Emerging Disruptive Technologies

Dr. Thomas Reinhold is a researcher at the CNTR research group “Emerging Disruptive Technologies” at PRIF and a researcher and doctoral student at the Chair of Science and Technology for Peace and Security (PEASEC) in the Department of Computer Science at TU Darmstadt. He works on the societal impact of technology and the challenges of interaction between humans and computer systems.

Thomas Reinhold

Researcher
Chemical and Biological Weapons Control

Dr. Kadri Reis is a researcher at the CNTR research group “Chemical and Biological Weapons Control” at PRIF. Her research focuses on the nonproliferation and disarmament of chemical and biological weapons as well as on biosecurity issues.

Kadri Reis

Head of Research Group
Emerging Disruptive Technologies

Prof. Dr. Dr. Christian Reuter is Full Professor and Dean of the Department of Computer Science at Technical University of Darmstadt. His Science and Technology for Peace and Security (PEASEC) chair combines computer science with peace and security research. At the intersection of the disciplines (A) Cyber Security and Privacy, (B) Peace and Conflict Studies as well as (C) Human-Computer Interaction, he and his team specifically address (1) Peace Informatics and Technical Peace Research, (2) Crisis Informatics and Information Warfare as well as (3) Usable Safety, Security and Privacy.

Christian Reuter

Head of Research Group
Emerging Disruptive Technologies

Dr. Niklas Schörnig is a Senior Researcher and Head of Research Group at PRIF's “International Security” research department. His research focuses on emerging military technology, the future of warfare, and arms control.

Niklas Schörnig

Head of Research Group
Biological and Chemical Weapons Control

Prof. Dr. Peter R. Schreiner is University Professor, Liebig Chair, Project Director and Managing Director of the Institute of Organic Chemistry at the Justus Liebig University Giessen. His research focuses on Organocatalysis, Nanodiamonds, Reactive Intermediates, Computational Chemistry, Tunneling Studies and Dispersion.

Peter R. Schreiner

Researcher
Emerging Disruptive Technologies

Lisa Suckau is a researcher at the CNTR research group “Emerging Disruptive Technologies” at PRIF. Her research focuses on the assessment of risks and opportunities of emerging disruptive technologies and their implications for security policies and strategy.

Liska Suckau

Knowledge Transfer Officer
Knowledge Transfer

Elisabeth Waczek is a Knowledge Transfer Officer at CNTR and officer at PRIF's Press and Public Relations Department. She has a Master's degree in Philosophy.

Elisabeth Waczek

  • Solveig Albrecht | Knowledge Transfer Frankfurt
  • Lena Bühring | Coordination
  • Abdullah Kasim Korkusuz | Research Group Emerging Disruptive Technologies
  • Kristin Lang | Knowledge Transfer Berlin
  • Louise Lüdke | Research Group Biological and Chemical Weapons Control
  •  PRIF

Contact

Frank Kuhn

Project Coordinator


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