Education at the Alva Myrdal Centre for Nuclear Disarmament

AMC organises courses about nuclear disarmament that are part of regular university teaching as well as independent specialised courses. The priorities in terms of education are to offer and present both an advanced PhD course in technical nuclear verification of nuclear disarmament with a focus on applied nuclear physics with additional cross-disciplinary elements, as well as an undergraduate course on nuclear weapons and disarmament.

In addition to these efforts, AMC together with Sipri and Odessa Center for Nonproliferation organises the Armament and Disarmament Summer School, a course and networking opportunity for the next generation of academics, researchers, opinion leaders and policymakers in the field of disarmament, non-proliferation and arms control, aimed to support and reinvigorate disarmament education activities.

Armament and Disarmament Summer School

The Armament and Disarmament Summer School is offered by the Alva Myrdal Centre for Nuclear Disarmament in collaboration with SIPRI and the Odesa Center for Nonproliferation (OdCNP). The Summer School is a course and networking opportunity for the next generation of professionals in the field of disarmament, non-proliferation and arms control. The Summer School consists of a five-day programme of in-person lectures, seminars, and training workshops on armament and disarmament matters that aims to develop knowledge and skills and motivate and empower emerging specialists to expand their expertise in these critical issues and beyond. 

What the course features

The course features a variety of opportunities and activities, including:  

  • Lectures and discussions on Armament and Disarmament by leading experts in the field; 
  • Skills building workshops and training sessions; 
  • Visits to institutions working on issues in the field of Armament and Disarmament.

The Summer School seeks to contribute to global efforts to create a community of professional like-minded peace researchers and practitioners from around the world, striving to shape and promote a secure, peaceful and sustainable future. 

We are now welcoming applications to this year's Summer School, taking place 26-30 August 2024. Deadline for applications is 2 April. Learn more and submit your application via the Apply now button below. 

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Undergraduate course: Nuclear Weapons and Disarmament

The course is offered by the Department of Peace and Conflict Research and aims to engage students in key issues surrounding nuclear weapons and disarmament. Examples of questions covered in the course are: What are the basic principles of nuclear physics and what can help us understand what nuclear weapons are and how they can be detected? How have current non-proliferation and disarmament treaties developed historically? How are such treaties negotiated and what does successful monitoring of treaties entail? The course has an interdisciplinary approach and contains interactive seminars and simulation games. The course awards 7.5 credits and will be offered daytime during the Autumn term 2023 and in the evenings during the Spring term 2024.

Find out more and apply to the course here: Nuclear Weapons and Disarmament - Uppsala University, Sweden (uu.se)

PhD course: Verification of nuclear test explosions

The course was offered by the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Uppsala University in collaboration with the Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI) during the autumn 2022.

 The aims of the course were for participants to be able to:

  • Account for treaties and verification regimes governing nuclear weapons;
  • Identify remote signatures from nuclear explosions and account for techniques used to detect such signatures;
  • Perform basic analysis of seismic events in order to discriminate explosions from earthquakes;
  • Account for processes that give rise to atmospheric radioactivity and techniques used to measure it;
  • Analyse data of atmospheric radioactivity in order to discriminate between natural sources, contributions from civil nuclear power and nuclear test explosions;
  • Perform calculations of particle diffusions in the atmosphere using dedicated software tools; and
  • Perform a cross-disciplinary analysis of a nuclear test explosion scenario, where incoming information is analysed and evaluated using statistical analysis.
Last modified: 2024-03-01