Centre for Security and Society

The Centre for Security and Society (CSS) is an interdisciplinary research centre of the University of Freiburg that focuses on issues of technological, juridical, sociological, ethical and political security. Building on previous successful collaboration between various institutes and disciplines, the CSS officially started its work in November 2009. By acquiring some € 10 million third-party research funds since its foundation, it has since become a European leader in its field.


The CSS hosts research projects funded by the EU, the BMBF and other agencies, emphasising transdisciplinary research.

CSS Academic Members

The Centre Academic Members are more than 40 established scholars from five faculties of the University of Freiburg as well as associated members.

CSS Research Team

The CSS Research Team includes Doctoral and Post-Doctoral Research Fellows working on various projects at this Centre. Research groups are led by CSS Associated Members.

New Project: TRESSPASS

The goal of TRESSPASS is to develop, demonstrate and validate a single cohesive risk-based border management concept for air, maritime and land border crossing points.

New Project: HITD

The project's goal is to develop an integrated and automated system for detecting hidden weapons and bombs. It is a combination of terahertz technology and other optical sensors integrated into a detector. 

New Project: SIKET

The aim of the project is to develop suggestions for improving security concepts for railway tunnels on the basis of scientific analyses and by means of evaluating simulations of escape systems and smoke distribution.


Announcement: Prolongation of the Security Research Dialogue at the CSS

The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research has assigned the “Supporting office to the Security Research Dialogue” (www.sifo-dialog.de) to...

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Article: "Flexible Borders"

On the developments concerning the European Border Surveillance System EUROSUR.

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New Executive Director of the CSS

As of October 1st, Prof. Dr. Ralf Poscher has stepped down as CSS Executive Director after five very successful years, in order to become Dean of the...

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Announcement: Lecture on "Tendencies in Public Civil Security Law"

Prof. Dr. Ralf Poscher, University of Freiburg, will speak in Freiburg on October 15, 2018

within the SERIOR Graduate Academy lecture series

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Announcement: NeTIRail-INFRA successfully completed

The NeTIRail-INFRA project (Needs Tailored Interoperable Railway) has been successfully completed

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Announcement: Lecture (in German) on "Grenzen des Pragmatismus: Behördenversagen als Sicherheitsrisiko"

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Seibel, University of Konstanz, will speak in Freiburg on May 8, 2018

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Announcement: Lecture by Dr. Jens Hälterlein at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) in Boston

Dr. Jens Hälterlein will speak about "Smart CCTV. Combining STS with criminology and surveillance studies".

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