The course reflects the programme’s aims of examining the multiple dimensions of global security, identifying and analysing transformative technologies, and using insights from neuroscience to further our understanding of international affairs. The course’s fundamental premise is that we need new paradigms to understand, prepare for and respond to current and future global challenges.
This course is composed of three modules
The course is structured around three major topics in the international security field.
The Future of Outer Space Security - Day 1 - will cover outer space security, multilateral space governance, and both the traditional and emerging actors in this field.
Transformative Technologies and the Future of Global Security - Day 2 - will explore transformative technologies, their security ramifications, and the ethical challenges that they pose.
Neurophilosophy of Global Security - Day 3 - will be dedicated to the neurophilosophy of global security, examining how recent developments in neuroscience shed light on human nature, and can help us to better comprehend individual and state behaviour.
The three modules of the course can be followed separately or together.
List of Speakers 2021 Symposium
Monday September 1st: Outer Space Security
- 09:30 – 10:00 : Keynote address : Space Governance
- 10:30 – 11:00 : Keynote address : Space Security
- 11:00 – 11:30 : Space Debris
- 14:00 – 14:30 : Threats against Space Systems
- 14:30 – 15:00 : Militarization of Outer Space and the New Space Forces
- 15:00 – 15:30: Space Power and Policy
- 16:00 – 16:30: Space Exploration, Moon and Mars
- Dr Alain Dupas, International Expert, Aerospace & High Technology Sectors, Paris, France
Tuesday September 2nd: Transformative Technology and the Future of Global Security
- Keynote address: Cybersecurity, Surveillance and Civil Liberties
- 08:45 – 09:00: Registration and welcome
- 09:00 – 09.30: Introduction and Overview: Transformative Technologies and the Future of Global Security
- Professor Nayef Al-Rodhan, GCSP and University of Oxford
- 09:30 – 10:00: Keynote address: Cybersecurity, Surveillance and Civil Liberties (TBC)
- Dr. Lennart Maschmeyer, Senior Researcher, the Center for Security Studies, Zurich, Switzerland
- 10:30 – 11:00: Big Data
- 11:00 – 11:30: Synthetic Biology
- 14:00 – 14:30: Virtual and Augmented Reality
- Professor Marc Pollefeys, ETHZ
- 14:30 – 15:00: Autonomous Weapons
- 15:00 – 15:30: Hypersonic Missiles
- 16:00 – 16:30: Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning
Wednesday September 3rd: Neurophilosophy of Global Security
- 09:30 – 10:00: Keynote address: Neuroethics and Neurophilosophy
- Professor Gerrit Glas, Professor of Philosophy of Neuroscience, VU University, Amsterdam, Netherlands
- 10:30 – 11:00: Neuroscience of Morality
- Dr David Gallardo-Pujol, Associate Professor, University of Barcelona, Spain
- 11:00 – 11:30: Neuroscience of Torture
- Professor Shane O‘Mara, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
- 14:00 – 14:30: Neuroscience of Diplomacy
- Dr Marcus Holmes, Associate Professor of Government, College of William & Mary, USA
- 14:30 – 15:00: Neuroscience of Identity and Culture
- Professor Georg Northoff, University of Ottawa, Canada
- 15:00 – 15:30: Neuroscience of Emotions
- Professor Joseph LeDoux, Center for Neural Science, New York University, USA
- 16:00 – 16:30: Neuroscience of Conflict
- Dr William Casebeer, Director of the Beyond Conflict Innovation Lab, Boston, USA
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
The Symposium is designed for officials from governments and international organisations, as well as members of the security and defence policy planning and the intelligence communities. This course is also relevant to representatives from the private sector and nongovernmental organisations, journalists, and anyone with a professional interest in understanding future international security challenges.
1 module: CHF 250 2 modules: CHF 400 3 modules: CHF 600
Apply one month before the course start date to qualify for a 15% discount.
GCSP Alumni can benefit of special conditions.
Special discount for GCSP Alumni. Connect to MyGCSP for details.