Lecture Series: Chemical Weapons – A Very Current and Necessary Topic of Debate


Although chemical weapons have been banned internationally since 1997, they are still being used today - for example, in the attacks on Navalny and Skripal or the Syrian civil war. It is speculated that Russia may plan to use chemical weapons in the Ukraine war. This lecture series will explain what chemical weapons are, how to detect them, and what role politics play. The series concludes with a panel discussion on research related to national security. After all, chemical weapons highlight the risk that research results can sometimes be used in highly undesirable ways.

Please note that the lectures will be held in German unless otherwise noted.

Where? Hörsaal H06 | Hörsaalgebäude C.A.R.L. | Claßenstraße 11
Who? RWTHextern in cooperation with the RWTH Junior Professorship for Nuclear Verification and Disarmament and one of the research groups at the Institute of Organic Chemistry
Admission Admission is free of charge.
Registration Prior registration is not required.
Language German

Wednesday, June 7, 2023, 6pm

The Trace of Chemical Warfare Agents: Methods for the Forensic Detection of Poisoning

Prof. Harald John, Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology of the German Armed Forces


Wednesday, June 21, 2023, 6pm

The Role of Diplomacy in the Investigation of Chemical Weapons Use

Dr. Angela Kane, former United Nations High Representative for Disarmament Affairs


Wednesday, July 12, 2023, 6pm

Panel Discussion: The Chemical Weapons Ban – What Should Happen in Research and Education?

  • Moderator: Prof. Dr. Malte Göttsche, Head of the Nuclear Verification Research Group, RWTH Aachen University
  • Dr. Una Jakob, Senior Researcher, Hessian Foundation for Peace and Conflict Research
  • Prof. Dr. Saskia Nagel, Head of the Applied Ethics Research Group, RWTH Aachen University
  • Dr. Hans-Georg Weinig, Head of Department, German Chemical Society