University of Hamburg – Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker Centre for Science and Peace Research

ZNF (Germany)

The Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker Centre for Science and Peace Research is an interdisciplinary institution at the University of Hamburg, Germany and was founded in 2006. One of the main research areas of ZNF is verification and monitoring of international treaties.  The Research Group on Nuclear Weapons and Arms control focuses, among others, on the development of methods for the global monitoring of special atmospheric noble gases (krypton-85 and radio-xenon) for nuclear safeguards and the CTBT verification regime. The Research Group for Biological Weapons Control develops new concepts and instruments for monitoring bioweapon relevant activities and for verifying and enforcing compliance with the norm against bioweapons.Besides its research agenda, ZNF integrates aspects of peace research into the work of the Faculty of Mathematics, Informatics and Natural Sciences as well as contributing scientific expertise to existing peace-related research and teaching of all departments of the University of Hamburg.

Contact information

University of Hamburg – Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker Centre for Science and Peace Research – ZNF

Beim Schlump 83
20144 Hamburg

Tel: +49 40 42838 – 4335
Fax: +49 40 42838 – 3052
Website: http://www.znf.uni-hamburg.de/
Mail: znf@uni-hamburg.de

The team

Contacts Resume Speciality
Dr Gunnar Jeremias

Head of the Interdisciplinary Research Group for the Analysis of  Biological Risks (INFABRI) and the subsidiary Research Group for  Biological Arms Control

gunnar.jeremias@uni-hamburg.de

Gunnar Jeremias is head of the Interdisciplinary Research Group for the Analysis of  Biological Risks (INFABRI) and the subsidiary Research Group for  Biological Arms Control at ZNF.
Gunnar studied political science, biology and law, holds a post  gradual MA in Peace and Security Studies and a PhD in political  sciences. His core area of research is the governance of risk related
technology – especially in biotechnology. He is also involved in projects on the conceptualization of OSI based compliance monitoring  for the Bioweapons Convention (BWC), biosecurity, and on the
confidence building measures mechanism in the BWC. He teaches on  bioethics and the nexus of biology and peace research. Before he
started working for the Research Group Gunnar conducted a number of  research projects in the area of bioethics and worked as a researcher  for Greenpeace.
  • Monitoring and verification of arms control treaties.
  • Biological Weapons Convention
  • Non-Governmental Organisations in Treaty Verification Confidence Building Measures
  • Open source data in compliance monitoring
Martin B. Kalinowski
Director
Tel: +49 40 42838-2870
Martin.Kalinowski@uni-hamburg.de
Martin B. Kalinowski is Professor for Science and Peace Research and founding director of the ZNF. He holds a PhD in nuclear physics (1997) dealing with international tritium control. Between 1998 and 2005 he worked for the Provisional Technical Secretariat of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization in Vienna, Austria. His research agenda deals with novel measurement technologies as well as nuclear and meteorological modelling of atmospheric radioactivity as a means to detect clandestine nuclear activities such as plutonium separation and nuclear testing.
  • Treaty Verification
  • Nuclear Non-Proliferation and disarmament
  • Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty
  • Climate change and Security