About the Research Group for Biological Arms Control

The Research Group for Biological Arms Control at the University of Hamburg aims to contribute, through innovative research and outreach activities, to the universal prevention of biological weapons development, production and use. The focus of activities is twofold. Firstly, the Research Group contributes to preventing the erosion of the universal bioweapons prohibition by opposing norm-harming activities. Secondly, it develops new concepts and instruments for monitoring bioweapon relevant activities and for verifying and enforcing compliance with the norm against bioweapons.

The Research Group is also involved in teaching and education activities at the University of Hamburg and elsewhere. Among other things we offer internships. For more information please see here.

BWPP Monitor 2.0

The new BWPP Monitor 2.0 is now online!

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The HRG Trade Monitor is online.


The Research Group was founded in August 2003 by Dr. Jan van Aken, Sunshine Project Germany, with support from Prof. Regine Kollek, Research Group for Biotechnology, Society and the Environment (BIOGUM) at the University of Hamburg, and Prof. Götz Neuneck, Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy Hamburg (IFSH). From its foundation until July 2006 the Research Group was hosted by Prof. Regine Kollek and BIOGUM.

Since August 2006, the Research Group is part of the Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker Centre for Science and Peace Research (ZNF), led by Prof. Dr. Gerald Kirchner.

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