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Wednesday, 02 April 2014

Conversion Studies for a more peaceful world—BICC turns 20

BICC is celebrating its 20th anniversary on 2 April 2014. It is one of the leading peace and conflict research institutes in Germany and was founded in 1994 on the initiative of the then UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and the former Minister President of NRW, Johannes Rau, in Bonn.

BICC staff

20 years ago, BICC was founded with the support of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) as a not-for-profit organization and has since then received core funding by the State. “In the past 20 years, BICC has developed into one of the leading addresses of peace and conflict research in Germany; its knowledge is in demand both in Germany and abroad,” stresses Svenja Schulze, NRW Minister for Innovation, Science and Research. “The institute stands for applied, interdisciplinary research of a high academic standard and is a valuable asset for the research landscape of North Rhine-Westphalia. I wish BICC continued success in its important work!,” the Minister adds.

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier also congratulates BICC on its successful work: “For years now, the Bonn International Center for Conversion has done excellent work in fields such as civil crisis prevention, disarmament, and reintegration. With its expertise, BICC is an important partner of the German Foreign Office.”

Congratulations on its 20th anniversary have also been extended by Hans Blix, former Director of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and former Head of the United Nations Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission who has been accompanying BICC for many years, the Mayor of Bonn Jürgen Nimptsch and Jakob Rhyner, Director United Nations University.

Representatives from national and international peace research institutes, such as Professor Tilmann Brück, Director SIPRI (Stockholm Institute for Peace Research), Kristian Berg-Harpviken, Director PRIO (Peace Research Institute Oslo) as well as the editors of the German annual Peace Report 2014 (Friedensgutachten) also congratulated BICC.

Please find the full text of the press release at

Conversion Studies for a more peaceful world—BICC turns 20 (pdf, in English)

Konversionsforschung für eine friedlichere Welt – Das BICC wird 20 (pdf, in German)