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University Peace Days I: Innovation in Peace – Advances in Peace and Peace Research

10-09-2015 at 20:00 - 22:00

The University Peace Days is an initiative generously funded by the Faculty of Law of the University of Groningen since more than 30 years as an initiative to make knowledge and research in the area of peace and conflict accessible to a wider audience.
Furthermore, this initiative is supported by Globalisation Studies Groningen.

The main goal of the University Peace Days is to discuss contemporary topics and pressing issues in the field of Peace and War with the a wider public, the citizens of Groningen and beyond. The topic of this year is the ‘Innovative Ideas about Peace and War’. To make these evenings even more interesting the topic will be defied into the topic Peace on the first Thursday and the topic War on the second. On those evenings selected speakers will be present on the state of the art of conflict and peace studies and their practical implications. These TED-like talks are followed by a plenary session in which the audience gets the opportunity to pose their own critical questions for the speakers.

Dr. Ulrich Mans – ‘Big Data For Peace – Is Data the New Oil for Building Peace?’

Dr. Ulrich Mans, Director of the Peace Informatics Lab at the Centre for Innovation, Campus Den Haag, is the moderator of day 1. Dr. Mans is responsible for the development of new research approaches in the field of peace & security and sustainability. Major initiatives include the peace informatics lab and the new lynks visualization software for social networks. He holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Science from the University of Amsterdam and a MA in International Development Studies from Radboud University Nijmegen. Before joining the Centre for Innovation The Hague, Dr. Mans has worked for various organizations in the field of political transitions, including the International Crisis Group, the Clingendael Institute, the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Hague Centre for Strategic Studies (HCSS), Life and Peace Institute in Khartoum, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies in Potsdam.

Anne Kjær Riechert – ‘My Path to Peace’

Ms. Kjær Riechert is founder of the Berlin Peace Innovation Lab. She is, like few others, able to combine the best of academia, business thinking and social activism to make sustainability profitable. In order to connect the for-profit and non-profit sector Ms. Kjær Riechertfounded the Berlin Peace Innovation Lab in collaboration with Stanford University in 2013. The lab focuses on how technology is facilitating emerging and measurable social changes toward global peace. Apart from founding her own youth empowerment movement “Kids Have a Dream” in 2006, Ms. Kjær Riechert has also consulted on CSR-strategy for large multinational companies such as Coca-Cola and Samsung Electronics.

Prof. Michael Mulqueen

Gerald Schneider – ‘Making Conflict Management Work: Effective Third Party Interventions in Violent Conflicts’
Gerald Schneider, born in 1962 in Zürich, is Professor of International Politics and Executive Editor of “European Union Politics”. His main areas of research are European Union decision making, the causes and consequences of armed violence, the international political economy of financial markets, bargaining theory and conflict management.

Schneider defended his doctoral thesis at the University of Zürich in 1991, worked as post-doc at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) for two years and was an assistant professor (1992 – 1995) at the Institut universitaire de hautes études internationales in Geneva. Before joining the faculty at Konstanz in 1997, he was a Professor of Political Science at the University of Stuttgart (1996-1997), Program Director at the University of Berne (1994 – 1997) and visiting professor at Konstanz. Gerald Schneider has also been visiting scholar at Università Bocconi (Visiting Research Professor), Charles University Prague, Harvard University, University of Kobe, Sciences Po Paris (Grosser Chair) and Università Siena. He has published around 150 articles in various journals and volumes. Schneider ist a former President of the European Political Science Association (2013-2015) and Vice President of the International Studies Association (2003-2004) and has acted as Program Chair for the 50th annual convention of ISA in New York City in 2009. He has worked as a consultant and referee for numerous organizations, including the World Bank and the U.S. National Science Foundation. He has served for various selection committees of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation since 2007 and is a former member of the scientific board of the Swiss Network of International Studies.


20:00 - 22:00


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