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Scientific Freedom and Scientific Responsibility

The Joint Committee on the Handling of Security-Relevant Research was established by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the Leopoldina to raise awareness amongst researchers of dual-use issues in security-relevant research and to further develop and foster both a responsible approach to security-relevant research and self-governance within the research community. The Committee advances the implementation of the recommendations on “Scientific Freedom and Scientific Responsibility” issued by the DFG and Leopoldina. The work of the Joint Committee is focussed on promoting the establishment of Committees for Ethics in Security-Relevant Research at the individual German research institutions and on guiding their work. The Joint Committee provides assistance in dealing with questions on related issues and serves as a platform to share experience.

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Contact persons and committees

Overview of the contact persons and committees for ethics in security-relevant research

Publications on the topic

Publications of the DFG and Leopoldina on the topic of security-relevant research

Conferences and workshops on the topic

The Joint Committee regularly organises conferences and workshops on the benefits and risks of research.

Education and Teaching

Anchoring the topic of security-relevant research in teaching and other initiatives

Topics and case studies

Information on selected security-relevant research themes and case studies

Legal framework and grant

Security relevant research in Germany is subject to a number of legal purpose.



Joint Committee on the Handling of Security-Relevant Research, DFG and Leopoldina

Office c/o ABC Business Center (4. OG)
Friedrichstraße 79
10117 Berlin

Dr. Johannes Fritsch

Dr. Johannes Fritsch

Head of the Office

phone: +49 (0) 160 9121 2676
email: johannes.fritsch@leopoldina.org


Project Coordinator

email: gemeinsamer-ausschuss@leopoldina.org

Dr. Anita Krätzner-Ebert

Dr. Anita Krätzner-Ebert

Scientific Officer

phone: +49 (0) 175 293 3935
email: anita.kraetzner-ebert@leopoldina.org

Dr. Katarina Timofeev

Contact at the German Research Foundation

phone: +49 (0) 228 - 885 2989
fax: +49 (0) 228 - 885 713 320
email: dual-use@dfg.de