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9.15 - 10.00 Greeting from Prof. Gerald Kirchner & Introductions
10.00 - 12.00 Workgroups I
13.00 - 14.00 Lecture from Prof. Uwe Voigt (Universität Augsburg) on the topic of interdisciplinary work.
14.00 - 14.30 Exchange to interdisciplinary teaching in the committee (A. Redlich/M.Kohler)
14.45 - 16.45 Small groups II
17.00 Closing in the committee
On the 1.12.2012 the summer excursion "Politics and Peace 2012" from the Peace Education Initiative was presented with an award for innovation and excellence in teaching in the field of Psychology under the category "Modules, Curricula, Courses of Study". The excursion was planned and lead by Prof. Angelika Dörfler-Dierken (Theology), Prof. Hartwig Spitzer (Physics) und Prof. Alexander Redlich (Psychology), and took students to Berlin and Strausberg. There they visited various governmental offices and nongovernmental organizations and had the opportunity to speak with Educational Outreach Officers in the Bundeswehr, as well as with faculty members of the Bundeswehr's institutes for social sciences.
On the 1st of December 2012, the Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker Centre for Science and Peace Research (ZNF) of the University of Hamburg welcomed Prof. Dr. Gerald Kirchner as its new head professor. Kirchner is an expert in protection against radiation, the effects of radionuclides on the environment, nuclear emergency preparedness and response, soil physics and the physics of nuclear reactors. Prof. Dr. Kirchner will act as a replacement for Prof. Dr. Martin B. Kalinowski for the next 2 and a half years. Prof. Dr. Martin B. Kalinowski announced on 01.04.2012 that he would be taking a three year leave of absence from the University of Hamburg, in order to act as head of »Capacity Building and Training« at the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) in Vienna.
Up until present Gerald Kirchner lead the division »Strahlenschutz und Umwelt« ("protection against radiation and its effects on the environment") in the Bundesamt für Strahlenschutz (BfS) (the federal office for protection against radiation). In this capacity, he was responsible for the creation of a cooperation agreement with the University of Hamburg in 2008. The collaboration involved the identification of radioactive trace elements with the goal of monitoring radioactivity in the environment, and in the context of the international Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT). Emphasis is on the continuous monitoring of atmospheric concentration of radioactive noble gas isotopes Krypton-85 and Xenon-133, both of which are products of nuclear fission, be it within a nuclear reactor, or due to the explosion of a nuclear bomb.
Gerald Kirchner was also in charge of the German laboratory in Freiburg that was responsible for the atmospheric trace element analysis necessary for inspections conducted under the CTBT. One of the research emphases at the ZNF also deals with the analysis of trace elements in the atmosphere, with the goal of discovering illicit plutonium production.
After obtaining his degree in physics at the University of Münster, Gerald Kirchner earned a doctorate in 1986 at the University of Bremen in the field of nuclear reactor physics. In 1998, he received his habilitation, also at the University of Bremen, in the field of "Environmental Physics". His research dealt with dynamic natural and artificial radioactive trace elements in terrestrial ecosystems.
Next to his function as private lecturer, Kirchner also lead the state measurement site for radioactivity in Bremen until 2001, and was a member of the radioactivity protection commission (Strahlenschutzkommission, SSK), and was head of the "Radioecology" committee of the SSK.
Gerald Kirchner has been a member of the German Delegation of the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR) since 2000.
Within the framework of a seminar about Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker, the ZNF received a visit from Dr. Hermann Rudolf Franz. As the youngest founding member of the German Association of Scientists (Vereinigung Deutscher Wissenschaflter) and member of the Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker Gesellschaft e.V. "Wissen und Verantwortung" ("Knowledge and Responsibility"), he lead the way for CFvW.
"Wissen und Verantwortung"
Iran's nuclear program presents a potential threat but resolution will be extremely difficult because of the deep distrust between Iran and the rest of the world, particularly the United States.US concern about Iran are not new, going back a half century to the reign of the Shah.This talk will review some of the history of US-Iranian nuclear confrontation and suggest some possible paths for moving forward.
Even after the recent New START arms control treaty, the United States and Russia still own the overwhelming majority of the world's nuclear weapons and these two nations must lead the way toward further reductions. As numbers of weapons decline, concern about strategic stability increases. The next step in arms control must address more than the numbers of weapons but must constrain their deployment, characteristics, and alert rates, all of which will constrain the missions of nuclear weapons. This lecture will outline the types of changes that will allow a stabile transition to much lower numbers of nuclear weapons.
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The series of events commemorating the 100th birthday of Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker continues in the second half of the year.
On September 21 and 22, the Philosophy Association in cooperation with the Department of Philosophy of the University of Hamburg and the Federation of German Scientists (VDW) will conduct a conference on the topic "Political responsibility in a globalized world" at the University of Hamburg. VDW Chairman Prof. Dr. Ulrich Bartosch and Prof. Dr. Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker, among others, will be the key speakers.
See corresponding Programm.
Ivan Oelrich, Ph.D. (Arlington, Virginia) is a renowned expert on U.S. foreign policy. He has researched extensively on technology and verification of arms control. Oelrich worked for the Institute for Defense Analyses, Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment and the Defense Threat Reduction Agency. He was a lecturer at Georgetown University and the Johns Hopkins University. He has been a member of the Federation of American Scientists (FAS) since 2002. Oelrich is Visiting Professor at ZNF in Hamburg until the end of September 2012.
During his stay, Ivan Oelrich will give two public lectures in Hamburg, to which we cordially invite everyone.