Georgios Kolliarakis

University of Frankfurt, and Cluster of Excellence “Normative Orders”

Regina Ammicht Quinn (DE)

International Centre for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities, University of Tübingen

Anders Eriksson (SE)

Swedish Defence Research Agency FOI

Ralph Hammer (AT)

Austrian Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology

Ben Hayes (UK)

Statewatch/Transnational Institute

Merle Missoweit (DE)

Fraunhofer INT




The past decade experienced a shift in the requirements for European security policies, and, by default, in the direction of security research: The blurring of external and internal threats, the convergence between ‘safety’ and ‘security’, and the proliferation of phenomena seen as threats for the European population gave rise to Civil Security as a promising political economy field, but also as a new ‘organizational ecology’ for research. The European Security Research Programme (ESRP) is in this respect an important form of proactive security policy committed to areas such as organized crime, terrorism, CBRN-detection, critical infrastructure protection and border surveillance, crisis management and societal resilience. Budgeted with more than 1.6 Bn EUR for the period 2014-2020, the ESRP aims at responding to a fast-growing international security technologies market, while adhering to the core values and principles of European treaties and declarations.

The panelists of this roundtable will discuss state-of-play and future trends in the controversial policy field of the ESRP by addressing following questions:

 - How to tackle the issue of “Dual Use”, i.e. feasibility and desirability of separating military from civilian applications of security technologies?
 - How to reconcile the promotion of high-tech innovations with ethical, privacy, and equal access concerns of the citizens, along the lines of Responsible-Research-and-Innovation policies of the European Research Area?
 - How to guarantee a balanced participation of stakeholders in defining the agenda, the implementation and monitoring of research projects, in order to make the ESRP more legitimate, and more responsive to the needs of its ultimate beneficiaries, the European citizens?
 - How to assess and evaluate the outcomes, and, most importantly, the financial and social impact, of research and development of security technologies?


Thursday 7 August 2014, 4:15 pm – 6:00 pm,

Room IG 254, IG-Farbenhaus Campus Westend