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VeSPoTecVerification in a complex and unpredictable world: social, political and technical processes is a regional research consortium. Its mission is to build bridges between the natural and social sciences to strengthen and advance the knowledge on verification in the context of peace and conflict research. The consortium will be the starting point of a new center for peace research in the metropolitan region of the Rhineland. The center aims to further advance the research field by taking an integrated interdisciplinary approach to nuclear verification processes in the context of non-proliferation, arms control and disarmament.

The consortium will also develop specific approaches to current verification challenges. The practicability of the results will be ensured by concrete verification exercises in cooperation with practice partners. The results will be communicated to decision makers, international organizations, and the public.

VeSPoTec is a cooperation between the RWTH Aachen University (Institute of Physics/Prof. Malte Göttsche, Human Technology Center/Prof. Stefan Böschen, and Institute for Political Science/Prof. Ralph Rotte), the Forschungszentrum Jülich (Institute for Nuclear Waste Management/Dr. Irmgard Niemeyer) and the University of Duisburg-Essen (Institute for Political Science/Dr. Carmen Wunderlich).

Associated partners include the University of Vienna and the Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation (VCDNP).

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VeSPoTec is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).