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New Article published

The freshly published special issue of Sicherheit und Frieden (Security and Peace) presents interdisciplinary contributions to peace research based on the conference SCIENCE-PEACE-SECURITY’19. One submission was also contributed by ISR-scientists.

The article  „Towards a Prospective Assessment of the Power and Impact of Novel Invasive Environmental Biotechnologies“ by Johannes L. Frieß, Bernd Giese, Anna Rössing und Gunnar Jeremias examines new biotechnologies, namely Gene Drives und Horizontal Environmental Genetic Alteration Agents, which exceed classical GMO applications.  The contribution preliminarily explores the suitability of the regulatory governance framework with regard to conflicts that might arise from benevolent or hostile application.

Report on Advanced Materials online

The interim report of our project on advanced materials in cooperation with Ökopol GmbH on behalf of the German Environment Agency is published:

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The report describes activities within the project “Advanced materials – Thematic conferences: Assessment of needs to act on chemical safety” to provide discussion input on approaches to describe, cluster and prioritize advanced materials. Furthermore, the report proposes a set of criteria to assess the relevance of advanced materials regarding chemical safety.

Even though the theoretical part is successfully finished, the project will go on conducting two more conferences for knowledge exchange within the field of advanced materials. The second thematic conference is just in process by conducting two online conferences: At June 16th, the first part was held with great success including about 100 participants and interesting discussions. The second part will be held at September 15th.

Article in “Natur und Landschaft”

Our article in “Natur und Landschaft”, a journal edited by the german federal agency for nature conservation, has now been published in the  issue of May 2020 .

“A radical shift in biotechnology: Leap out of the laboratory into nature” in a generally understandable way highlights the difficulties associated with the new genetic engineering methods for modifying populations in nature, not only in terms of risks but also in terms of risk assessment, risk management and monitoring.

The article can be requested from the authors via ResearchGate.