CITRIS/CSE talk on Science and the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons

Dr. Ola Dahlman

Monday, March 8
4:00 p.m.
Banatao Auditorium, 3rd floor, Sutardja Dai Hall, UC Berkeley

How can science support efforts to reduce and eventually eliminate nuclear weapons and strengthen non-proliferation? Science and scientists have been engaged in support of many security building and arms control and disarmament efforts within different political and administrative frames. The Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) is an
interesting example; What can we learn from the S&T work leading up to the CTBT and from the implementation of its verification regime? How can these experiences help us devise a long term process to engage the scientific community to support and underpin efforts on nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation? How can we integrate across sciences and how do we analyze, exploit and interpret the large amount of data and information that will be involved? How would we establish a dialogue between the political process and the scientific? Many issues at the beginning of a long journey that may start here in California.

Dr. Ola Dahlman, former Deputy Director-General of Sweden’s Defense
Research Institute, chaired the Group of Scientific Experts at the
standing Conference on Disarmament in Geneva from 1982 to 1996 and the
Technical Working Group of the UN Comprehensive Test Ban Test Ban
Treaty Organization (CTBTO
) from 1996 to 2006. He is a principal
architect of the International Monitoring System, the verification arm
of the CTBT.

As always, these talks are free, open to the public and broadcast live on-line at mms:// the day and time of the event. Questions can be sent via Yahoo IM to username: citrisevents.