The event was opened with a reception by the Lord Mayor during which Edelgard Bulmahn, the vice president of the German Parliament, and the members of the statutory bodies signed the city’s “Golden Book”. The festivities began in the Hall of Peace in the historic town hall, the same place where the foundation board started their work in late April 2001.

The event was opened with a reception by the Lord Mayor during which Edelgard Bulmahn, the vice president of the German Parliament, and the members of the statutory bodies signed the city’s “Golden Book”. The festivities began in the Hall of Peace in the historic town hall, the same place where the foundation board started their work in late April 2001.

Grisert goldenes BuchLord Mayor Wolfgang Griesert emphasized in his welcoming address, that the foundation against the background of a growing number of violent conflicts worldwide did not suffer from a lack of current topics. The city had gladly received the foundation 15 years ago in Osnabrück. It developed to be a nationwide visible institution of the city of peace. A better financial support for the DSF in the future would be preferable.

Stefan Müller, the parliamentarian state secretary for the federal minister of education and research, introduced himself not only as the representative of the founder but also as the newly elected chairmen of the foundation board. The DSF had been able to present visible accomplishments in the past 15 years of its funding activities, for example the funding of sustainable study- and research structures or the development of a distinguished system of project funding. However, it was facing new challenges from now on.

In average the foundation had provided funding amounting to one million euro for the peace and conflict research every year since its establishment. The peace and conflict research, today more than ever, faced the great challenge to find answers for urging sociopolitical questions in the field of peace and security, as well as making scientific knowledge and expertise available for the political practice. Herein lay one of the new great tasks that the foundation will devote itself to more in the future: to combine the existing knowledge and make it available. The modernization of the foundation charter was an important step to put the foundation into the position to successfully fulfill its function in the future.

eb rednerpult plenumThe main speaker of the event to celebrate the existence of the DSF since 15 years was the vice president of the German parliament Edelgard Buhlman who, as former minister of education and science, had played a relevant role in the establishment of the foundation. In her speech she emphasized the great value of peace that should not be taken for granted, but instead needed to be gained and redesigned over and over again.

The world had changed its face within the last few years and politics hadn’t been prepared or knew appropriate solutions. Military means could only be the ultima ratio and in the best case create conditions for peace-processes. Rather, different instruments were needed to meet the complex challenges. Politics had already reacted to these changed framework conditions, for example through fundamental adjustments, as shown by the example of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. To do this, politics to a large degree are depending on expertise and scientific consultation, not only to develop a better understanding of the sources of violence and the dynamics of conflict, but also to allow taking action at an early stage and therefore raise the effectiveness of the chosen instruments. The vice president of the German Parliament therefore invited the peace-and conflict research to intensify the exchange and dialogue with different political actors. However, science could only achieve this through independent and critical analysis of peace and security related political problems. Hereto the foundation had to date made a great and visible contribution. Further on the statutory reform was welcomed as it allowed the DSF to dedicate more of its time and effort to knowledge transfer in the future. To enable the foundation to achieve its demanding goals, a significant raise of its capital resources would be appropriate.

The newly elected chair of the foundation board, state secretary Stefan Müller, gave an official farewell to five members of the foundation board who won’t be part of the body in the future and thanked them for their committed participation. He especially acknowledged the work of the previous chair of the foundation board, Prof. Dr. Michael Brzoska, who statutory withdrew from the board after ten years of membership. Michael Brzoska had made important position of points during his term of office, including the development of a new funding concept and the initiation of the now concluded reform of the constitution.

At the end of the evening, the new chair of the executive board, Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schneckener,
conducted a panel discussion with vice president Edelgard Buhlman and Thomas Silberhorn, the parliamentarian state secretary for the federal minister for Economic Cooperation and Development. The impact of the most recent crises on the German foreign politics and the development cooperation as well as the question of the priority objectives of the parliament and the federal government concerning peace and security politics were the main focus of the discussion. With regards to the future knowledge transfer by the foundation, Ulrich Schneckener, lead the discussion towards the field of scientific policy consulting and enquired about political needs and expectations concerning the future cooperation.

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Informationen zur Teilnahme des Vorstands-Vorsitzenden an Kick-off conference


Veranstaltungen der Stiftung:


Workshop der Stiftung und Fachsymposion von DSF und FONAS in Berlin


Transferveranstaltungen im Rahmen des Projektes „Salafismus in Deutschland. Forschungsstand und Wissenstransfer“


15 Jahre Deutsche Stiftung Friedensforschung

Veranstaltung aus Anlass des 15jährigen Bestehens der Stiftung
10. März 2016, 18 Uhr, Friedenssaal des historischen Rathauses der Stadt Osnabrück

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Stiftungseigene Veröffentlichungen




Handbook on Sustainability Transition and Sustainable Peace
Herausgeber: Brauch, H.G., Oswald Spring, Ú., Grin, J., Scheffran, J. (Eds.) 
Springer 2016




"Auslandseinsätze evaluieren. Wie lässt sich Orientierungswissen zu humanitären Interventionen gewinnen?" von Matthias Dembinski und Thorsten Gromes, HSKF-Report Nr. 8/2016



Peacebuilding in Crisis
Rethinking Paradigms and Practices of Transnational Cooperation
Edited by Tobias Debiel, Thomas Held, Ulrich Schneckener
Routledge 2016

neueste Rezension in: Wissenschaft und Frieden 3/2016, S. 55-56





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Friedensgutachten 2017



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Frieden lernen mit Reportagen