At the height of the Cold War, the US National Academy of Sciences (NAS) founded the Committee on International Security and Armament Control (CISAC) in 1980 under the leadership of W.K.H. Panofsky. Eight years later, the Vice-President of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei Prof. Eduardo Amaldi took it upon himself to initiate a European version of the Committee, founding the Working Group on International Security and Arms Control (SICA) in 1988, whose meetings were renamed the Amaldi Conferences after his death.
Supported by numerous science academies and learned societies from around the world, the Amaldi Conferences act as an international forum for scientists researching matters of disarmament and national security. Germany is represented at the conferences by up to ten scientists nominated by the Union.
Since the Conferences were founded, two have taken place in Germany upon the invitation of the Union of German Academies: in 1992 at the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Arts, and in 1999 at the Academy of Sciences and Literature in Mainz.
As the Amaldi Conferences funding from the Italian government expired in 2005, there are no further conferences at present. However, a working group at the Hamburg Academy of Sciences and Arts is currently developing a plan for their continuation in future.
Representative of the Union of German Academies:
Prof. Dr Götz Neuneck
Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy, Hamburg