Title, Name: PD Dr. Jürgen Altmann

Occupation: Researcher at TU Dortmund University

Biography: Jürgen Altmann is a physicist and peace researcher. Since 1985 he has studied scientific-technical problems of disarmament. An experimental focus is on automatic sensor systems for co-operative verification of disarmament and peace agreements and for IAEA safeguards for an underground final repository. A second focus is on military-technology assessment and preventive arms control. Major studies have dealt with laser weapons, ballistic missile defense, microsystems technology, nanotechnology, non-lethal weapons and armed uninhabited vehicles, in particular autonomous weapon systems.

Title, Name: Dr. Christian Alwardt

Occupation: Senior Scientist at the IFSH (Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy)

Biography: Christian Alwardt studied physics, business administration and international relations at the University of Hamburg and graduated in physics. He did his doctorate in natural sciences in 2015 at the University of Hamburg by carrying out a research project related to the CLISAP excellence cluster for climate research. Since 2008 he works as a scientist at the IFSH (Institute for peace research and security policy) with a focus on technology assessment, arms control and (inter-)national security issues. His research interest lies in the developments in the field of automation and digitalization of warfare, unmanned systems and missile defense. Dr. Alwardt is co-spokesman of the working group “Physics and Disarmament” of the DPG (German Physical Society). Furthermore, he is involved in the FONAS research network (Research Association for Science, Disarmament and International Security).

Title, Name: Dr. Christoph Beischl

Occupation: Research Fellow at the London Institute of Space Policy and Law (ISPL)

Biography: Christoph engages in Policy and Law research on a variety of space related topics. These topics include, among others, UK and East Asian space programmes, international space cooperation, space terminology, responsible behaviour in space, Space Safety, and the use of AI in space. His current long-term project is the creation of the ISPL Dictionary of Space Terminology. He is further a Physics Academic Visitor at Imperial College London, as well as a member of the International Institute of Space Law and the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC). He served as Co-Lead of the SGAC Space Law and Policy Project Group from 2016-2019. He holds a PhD from the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London, supervised by ISPL and supported by a scholarship of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung. His thesis examined the potential to establish an Asian Space Agency. Prior to that, he completed a Magister Artium in Political Science (Major) focusing on politics in the East Asian region, Law and Modern and Contemporary History (Minors) at the University of Munich, Germany. He is a passionate student of the Chinese language.

Title, Name: Maximilian Bertamini

Occupation: PhD candidate and research associate at the Institute for International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict (IFHV) at Ruhr-University Bochum

Biography: Maximilian Bertamini is an international lawyer specializing in general international law, legal theory and international outer space law. In his dissertation he examines the legality of property acquisition in space by states and private entities in light of the relation between sovereignty and property. His research focus and interests ­besides his PhD project include human rights and the international law of treaties. In previous publications and blog posts he dealt inter alia with the application of international humanitarian law to outer space and legal aspects regarding the use of anti-satellite-missiles. Mr. Bertamini is also a co-chair of SichTRaum’s research cluster for the sustainable use of outer space as part of the natural environment.

Title, Name: Dr.-Ing. Vitali Braun

Occupation: Space Debris Engineer at the European Space Agency’s Space Debris Office

Biography: After finishing his aerospace engineering studies in 2010, Vitali joined the team at the Institute of Aerospace Systems, Technische Universität Braunschweig, as a research associate to study the modelling of the space debris environment. In that period he worked on the development of software to facilitate risk assessments for space missions but also to study potential scenarios for the evolution of the space debris environment. Besides his support to university courses and teaching, he also began to focus on the domain of space surveillance and tracking, where he graduated with a Dr.-Ing. in 2016. Since 2015, he is working at ESA’s Space Debris Office on the continuous development of the European space debris reference model MASTER as well as the related software suite DRAMA, which is used by organisations world-wide in the compliance assessment of space missions with space debris mitigation requirements.

Title, Name: Marieluna Frank, M.A.

Occupation: Research Assistant and Ph.D. Candidate at the Chair for Global Governance, Zeppelin Universität Friedrichshafen

Biography: In her research, Marieluna Frank investigates the role of non-state actors in the high seas, outer space, and Antarctica. In this framework, she is particularly interested in sustainability, environment and intergenerational justice. Before coming to the Zeppelin University, Marieluna Frank worked as an assistant at the permanent EU Delegation to the United Nations in Geneva. Previously, she studied International Law, Human Rights and Political Science in Venice, Luxembourg and Konstanz. Her research aims to promote social discourse regarding the importance of the high seas, Antarctica, and outer space.

Title, Name: Christian Gerl

Occupation: Student of “Politics, Economics and Philosophy” (MSc PEP) at the Universität Hamburg (UHH) and Alumni of “Peace and Security Studies” (MA MPS) at the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy in Hamburg (IFSH)

Biography: Christian Gerl is currently completing his studies. Having his childish astronaut dreams in mind, he wrote his master’s thesis in the MPS program about the question how the protection of space systems can be increased in the short- and long-run in the so-called “NewSpace era”. For his second master’s thesis in the PEP program, he switched back to earth and zooms in on diplomacy as an institution in international relations. After proposing a classification scheme for the plethora of understandings about diplomacy, he developed a descriptive model (based on the institutional economics perspective) for analyzing the diplomatic field over its 5.000 years history.

Christian Gerl was previously employed as working student in the IT Security Department of one of the world’s leading container shipping liners and was office coordinator at the Academy for Conflict Transformation in the forumCPS in Cologne. He is engaged in various voluntary work, such as being regional coordinator of the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP)’s young professional branch, second chairman of the MPS Alumni Association, informal member of the European Science Diplomacy Cluster, or lead seaman on the sailtraining vessel “Roald Amundsen.”

Title, Name: Sara Hadley

Occupation: Doctoral Researcher at the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy in Hamburg (IFSH)

Biography:Sara Hadley is conducting her doctoral research on the topic of the use of satellite imagery by civil society organizations in human rights advocacy. Her previous work as a researcher at the European Space Policy Institute (ESPI) includes contributing to publications on a broad variety of topics, e.g. Japanese space policy, and the challenges of space industrial policy. She was also responsible for supporting the presidency of the European Interparliamentary Space Conference (EISC). Sara Hadley completed her studies with a Master of Science in Global Crime, Justice and Security at the University of Edinburgh. In her master thesis she specialized on security in space by analyzing the conceptualization of security in space using the examples of the United States and India. She has also completed an internship at the Foreign Office in the department for nuclear disarmament, arms control and nonproliferation.

Title, Name: Dr. Mischa Hansel

Occupation: Scientific instructor at the SEF (Development and Peace Foundation) in Bonn

Biography: Besides his work in Bonn, Mischa Hansel is Research Associate at the International Centre for Conversation in Bonn as well as lecturer at the RWTH Aachen. Prior, he was a research fellow at the DLR (German Aerospace Center) and at the universities of Aachen, Gießen and Cologne. Research visits took him to the ESPI (European Space Policy Institute) in Vienna and to the SPI (Space Policy Institute) in Washington. His research focus is on aspects of security politics regarding international technology politics (especially space and cyber security) as well as the analysis of German and Indian foreign politics.

Title, Name: Dr. Nina Klimburg-Witjes

Occupation: University assistant (post doc) at the Institute for Scientific and Technological Research at the University of Vienna

Biography: In her works on the interface of STS and critical security research she is engaging with the role of technological innovation and knowledge practices in terms of processes of securitization and security policy with focus on space technology (satellite images, space debris). She tackles the topic of the relation between industry, political institutions and users and focuses on the question of how visions of sociotechnological vulnerability could be co-produced with different security technologies. Another aspect she is working on is the interaction of new security technologies and democratic order. She currently works on a monography with the subject of the European missile “Ariane” in the context of the recent security relevance of space.

Title, Name: PD Dr. Daniel Lambach

Occupation: Heisenberg Fellow at the Research Centre Normative Orders at the University of Frankfurt. Privatdozentat the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Duisburg-Essen.

Biography: Daniel Lambach habilitated in 2016 at the University of Duisburg-Essen at the Faculty for Social Sciences after doing his doctorate at the University of Cologne.  In the course of his career he worked at INEF (Institute for Development and Peace) and the Faculty for Political Science at the University of Duisburg-Essen, the GIGA Institute for African Affairs as well as the Philipps University in Marburg. His research in the field of outer space focuses on space debris and anti-satellite-weapons. More generally, his research addresses the construction of political spaces beyond the nation-state.

Title, Name: Melissa Lantelme

Occupation: Doctoral student at the ASCENSION project (EU consortium) in cooperation with the Office national d’études et de recherches aérospatiales (ONERA Toulouse), the Ariane Space SA and the German Aerospace Center (DLR)

Biography: Melissa Lantelme studied mechanical engineering in a German-French double degree program at the KIT Karlsruhe (Institute for Technology Karlsruhe) and the INSA Lyon (Institut National de Sciences Appliquées) with a focus on space travel, fluid mechanics, hypersonic flows and the re-entry into the atmosphere. Alongside her studies she is studying the field of arms control, focusing on autonomous weapon systems, drones and space weapons. In 2020 she received a scholarship for peace and security of the United Nations in Vienna (UNODA) and participated with fellow students in a project with the topic of “Rethinking Arms Control”. She graduates in Aerothermodynamic Modelling for reusable launchers with a focus on space travel regarding hypersonic flows, thermal loads and neuronal networks. Those technical skills are the basis for the technical assessment of space warfare and hypersonic gliders which are crucial in the field of modern warfare.

Title, Name: Daniel Leichte

Occupation: Student of Peace and Security Studies at the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at Hamburg University (IFSH)

Biography: Daniel Leichte is currently writing his master’s thesis on the link between space debris, space weapons, and arms control. Prior to that, he completed his undergraduate studies in International Studies with a focus on the Middle East at Leiden University. As a member of the Young Deep Cuts Commission (Young Deep Cuts) and a CTBT-CENESS fellow, he also researches issues linked to nuclear disarmament and arms control.

Title, Name: Dr. Max Mutschler

Occupation: Senior Researcher at BICC (Bonn International Center for Conversion)

Biography: Prior to his work at BICC, Max Mutschler was researcher at SWP (German Institute for International and Security Affairs) in Berlin and at the Institute for Political Science at the University of Tübingen. His research focus is e.g. on theory and practice of arms control, international arms trade, the development of warfare through proliferation of modern military technology as well as the militarization and weaponization of space. In his book “Arms Control in Space” he engages with opportunities and limits of preventive arms control in space. In 2010, he was visiting researcher at  ESPI (European Space Policy Institute) in Vienna.

Title, Name: Prof. Dr. Götz Neuneck

Occupation: Senior Research Fellow at the IFSH (Institute for Peace research and security policy), pugwash-representative of the VDW and speaker at the task force pysics and disamarment of the German Pysics Association (DPG)

Biography: Götz Neuneck studied physics (finishing his diploma in 1984) in Düsseldorf and did his doctorate in the field of mathematics in Hamburg. He is a professor of the MINT-faculty at the University of Hamburg. He worked from 1986 to 1988 with the task force of Horst Afheldt and Carl-Friedrich von Weizsäcker at the Max-Planck-Institute, Starnberg. After his doctorate in mathematics at Hamburg University he worked as research associate at the Institute of Peace Research and Security Policy at the University of Hamburg under the lead of Egon Bahr. From 2008 to 2019 he was deputy director of the IFSH and managed the IFSH task force for arms control and new technologies. He focuses his work on nuclear arms control, verification and new technologies, especially nuclear weapons, missile defense and space armament. From 2008-2018 he was scientific head of the post grad “peace and security studies” masters at the University of Hamburg. He now is a member of the “Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs” council, Amaldi-representative at the “Union der Deutschen Akademien der Wissenschaften” and voted foreign member of the Russian and Armenian Academy of Science.

Title, Name: Dr. Philipp Olbrich

Occupation: Works in the project “FAIR Forward – Artificial Intelligence for All” at the Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

Biography: Philipp Olbrich is an advisor in the project “FAIR Forward – Artificial Intelligence for All” that is funded by the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The project focuses on an open, inclusive and sustainable development and use of Artificial Intelligence with partners in Africa and Asia. Before joining GIZ, he wrote his doctoral thesis with the title: Transparency from Space? How Non-Governmental Actors Use Satellite Imagery for Security Governance at the University of Groningen. Prior to that he worked as a research fellow at the Austrian Institute for International Politics. His research focuses on the socio-material interplay of technology and global politics. In terms of research, he is particularly interested in the governance and social consequences of the development and use of AI and space technologies incl. earth observation satellites. His research was published in academic journals such as Space Policy, International Relations of the Asia-Pacific and Science and Public Policy.

Title, Name: Dr. Delf Rothe

Occupation: Senior Researcher at the IFSH (Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy) in Hamburg

Biography: After studying political science, Delf Rothe received his PhD from the University of Hamburg with a thesis on the securitization of climate change in 2014. In two subsequent  postdoc-projects at the IFSH he engaged with practices and discourses on climate security. Delf Rothe currently leads a project funded by the German Research Foundation on the “The knowledge politics of security in the Anthropocene”. The project investigates how knowledge about (future) risks and dangers induced by man-made changes on the environment is being produced, circulated, authorized, challenged and/or politicized. A sub-project is committed to methods of satellite remote sensing – focusing on the European Earth Observation program “Copernicus” in particular.

Title, Name: Dr. Niklas Schörnig

Occupation: Senior Researcher at the Leibniz-Institute „Hessische Stiftung Friedens- und Konfliktforschung

Biography: His main research is armament dynamics triggered by new technologies and their control. A special interest of his are unmanned air vehicles (UAVs), lethal autonomous weapon systems (LAWS), the armament of space and the use of KI in the military as well as arms control. Niklas Schörnig is the coordinator of the HSFK task force „Rüstungskontrolle und Emerging Technologies” and project manager of an eCourse (EU-Non-Profileration and Disarmament eLearning Course) developed and managed by the HFSK as part of the EU Non-Profileration and Disarmament Consortium.

Name: Arne Sönnichsen, M.A.

Occupation: Research assistant and PhD student at the Chair of International Relations and Development Policy at the University of Duisburg-Essen.

Description: In his PhD thesis, Arne Sönnichsen analyzes the impact of technological innovation on ordering processes in outer space governance. As examples, he conducts research on the emergence of private space launch capabilities, the establishment of military space forces and discussions around space traffic management. Other interests of his are popular culture and politics.


Title, Name: Dr. Jürgen Scheffran

Occupation: Professor for integrative geography at the University of Hamburg and leader of the Research Group for Climate Change and Security (CLISEC) at the CEN (Centrum für Erdsystemforschung und Nachhaltigkeit). He is participator in the climate excellence cluster „Climate, Climatic Change and Society“ (CLICCS)

Biography: After studying and doing his PhD in physics, he worked in interdisciplinary research groups for environmental science and peace and conflict research at the University of Marburg, the Technical University in Darmstadt, the University of Paris (Pantheon Sorbonne), the Potsdam Institute for climate impact research at the University of Illinois in the United States. Jürgen Scheffran contributed to projects for the United Nations, the Bureau for technology assessment of the German Bundestag, the German committee for sustainability research and the expert commission of causes for migration of the German Government. Research subjects of his are climate security, environmental migration and resource conflicts; Nexus Water-Food-Energy supply and relationships between urban and rural environments, sustainability, complex systems and models; technology impact research, arms control and international peace. For approximately four decades he has been investigating the connection between nuclear weapons, missiles, missile defense, satellites and the dual-use of space travel.

Title, Name: Dr. David Shim (Dr. phil. University of Hamburg, Germany)

Tätigkeit: Senior Lecturer and Master Program Coordinator at the Department of International Relations and International Organization of the University of Groningen and visiting researcher at the Chair of International Politics and Conflict Studies of the Bundeswehr University Munich 

Beschreibung: David is interested in the visual and spatial dimension of global politics and works at the intersection of International Relations, Geography and Area Studies. David’s work on different visual media – comics, film, photography, satellite imagery – has contributed to the study of visual politics in the field of International Relations. He has translated some of his research activities into teaching practice on his blog Visual Global Politcs. His work appeared in International Political SociologyGeoforum, International Relations of the Asia-Pacific and Review of International Studies. His book Visual Politics and North Korea is available at Routledge. David is also member of the editorial board of the Korea Journal.


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