Malte Göttsche Joins CNTR

Malte Göttsche

Malte Göttsche, Photo: Martin Braun

CNTR establishes professorship for Peace Research in Natural Sciences and new research group

Nuclear arms control, verification and disarma­ment require physical expertise; changing political circum­stances and new technologies bring new challenges. In order to strengthen basic research and policy advice at the interface between physics and peace and conflict research, CNTR has established a professor­ship for Peace Research in Natural Sciences at TU Darmstadt. The newly created professor­ship will now be filled by Prof. Dr. Malte Göttsche as of June. Göttsche will also head the new research group “Science for Nuclear Diplomacy” at PRIF, which will be the third research group to complement the CNTR project. Together with Prof. Dr. Christopher Daase, he will act as CNTR speaker.

A new com­petence centre is being created along with the professor­ship and the research group that will contribute techno­logical expertise to the dialogue with politics and society. PRIF and TU Darmstadt are thus intensi­fy­ing their existing cooper­ation and at the same time creating career oppor­tunities for early career researchers in the field of inter­disciplinary peace and conflict research. With the appoint­ment of Malte Göttsche, a recognized expert in the field of physical peace and conflict research and nuclear arms control has been recruited.

Malte Göttsche will remain Assistant Professor of Nuclear Verifi­cation and Disarma­ment at RWTH Aachen University until the end of May. There he heads the BMBF-funded joint project VeSPoTec, which conducts inter­discipli­nary research on verification and nuclear arms control. Work on this project is also to be continued in Darmstadt and Frankfurt. Prior to this, he was a research associate at Princeton University. With his research into nuclear archaeology – funded in Aachen by a Freigeist Fellowship of the Volkswagen Foundation – he has made a significant contribution to the further development of verification methods. This innovative approach helps to establish whether a country has actually declared its entire stockpiles of weapons-grade material. Malte Göttsche was awarded the Nuclear-Free Future Award in 2022. He participated in the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings 2019 and was a member of Junges Kolleg of the NRW Academy of Sciences and Arts. 

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