IANUS projects

Current projects

First research of the IANUS funding line in the funding initiative of the Forum for Interdisciplinary Research.

Current development within the IANUS “Dual Use” project

BMBF promotes Regional Research Centre – „Transformations of Political Violence (TraCe)“

Five Hessian research institutes are cooperating in a new joint project on transformations of political violence. How do global developments such as technologisation and climate change affect political violence? How can political violence be limited or legitimised by international institutions? How can it be interpreted and justified? These questions are tackled by the new interdisciplinary joint project „Regional Research Centre – Transformations of Political Violence (TraCe)“, which involves TU Darmstadt and several IANUS connected scientists. In total, five Hessian research institutes are working together here.

The Regional Research Centre “Transformations of Political Violence” is a cooperation project of Leibniz Institute Hessian Foundation for Peace and Conflict Research (HSFK), Goethe University Frankfurt, Justus Liebig University Giessen, Philipps University Marburg and Technical University Darmstadt. The project is an interdisciplinary research initiative funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) (duration: April 2022 – March 2026).

Dual Use in software development

“In the research project IT-Research of Concern: Evaluation of dual use risks in software development, we examine how dual use potentials in much discussed risk areas of physics, chemistry and biology are reflected and integrated in a preventive manner in order to prevent the misuse of influential technologies,” says project leader Thea Riebe.

After the systematic development of the concepts, their transferability to informatics will be examined in a second step, with special focus on their practical integration into software development.

The research project is a cooperation between the departments of informatics and philosophy, which started in January 2019 and will continue until the end of 2020. Thea Riebe M.A., PhD student and research associate at the department of “Science and Technology for Peace and Security”, PEASEC, is researching on the topics dual use, socio-technical security culture and international cyber security. www.peasec.de

PEASEC represents the informatics professorship “Science and Technology for Peace and Security” currently held by Christian Reuter. PEASEC is a member of the profile area Cyber Security (CYSEC), the Centre for Research in Security and Privacy (CRISP), IANUS Science Technology Peace, as well as the collaborative research centres CROSSING and MAKI.

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During the workshops, scientists give short lectures to allow an insight into their areas of research. In the context of this quite small format, special focus is placed on interdisciplinary exchange, sometimes with external guests invited to attend.