Security- and Environmentally-relevant Research

In the preamble of our constitution, it is stated that the members and associates of the university consider in research and teaching their joint responsibility for the consequences and possible misuse of scientific knowledge. In their research, they are committed to the peaceful coexistence of people and the preservation of the natural foundations of life.

The Senate of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena established the “Committee for Security- and Environmentally Relevant Research” (KSUF).

Objectives of the Committee for Security- and Environmentally-relevant Research

Safety and environmental risks exist in particular in scientific work that can be assumed to generate knowledge, products or technologies that can be misused directly by third parties. In the area of ​​tension between the freedom of science and the responsibility of research, the KSUF provides help through advice and assessment on these safety and environmental protection goals.

In addition, the committee promotes awareness-raising for safety and environmental aspects of research within the Friedrich Schiller University. There are also risks associated with free research. These result primarily from the risk that research results can be misused (so-called dual-use problem).

On the website of the Joint Committee of the DFG and Leopoldina you will find additional information on dealing with security-relevant research.

Assessment of planned research projects and procedures

Further information on the assessment of planned research projects can be found in the key questions on the assessment of projects in the context of safety- and environmentally-relevant research [pdf, 259 kb].

Regulations for the procedure of the committee are laid down in the guideline of the committee for security- and environmentally-relevant research.

Members of the committee

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Prof. Dr. Claudia Hammerschmidt
Prof. Dr. Carsten Ronning
Prof. Dr. Stefan Schuster

Prof. Dr. Michael Wermke (deputy member)
Prof. Dr. Thomas Kleinlein (deputy member)
Prof. Dr. Peter Walgenbach (deputy member)
Prof. Dr. Stefan Schweinberger (deputy member)
Prof. Dr. Björn Schmalfuß (deputy member)
Prof. Dr. Lothar Wondraczek (deputy member)
Prof. Dr. André Scherag (deputy member)

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Mareike Hillebrand

Dr. Luisa Conti (deputy member)
apl. Prof. Dr. Ignacio Rubio (deputy member)

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Tjorben Matthes


The committee takes its decisions in German. Therefore, these are only provided in German. For researchers who are not native German speakers, a legally non-binding translation of the decision is included in the letter by which they are informed about the committee's decision.

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