Concept

The aim of the Peace Academy is to strengthen and further develop proven strategies for crisis prevention and civil conflict resolution. The Peace Academy sees itself as an institutionalized forum for multidimensional peace research and peace policy dialogues. Civil society actors, scientists, experts and various political actors are invited to these dialogues in order to enter into an exchange and learn from each other.

Accordingly, the Peace Academy's concept for the implementation of the leitmotif "Promoting Engagement - Shaping Peace" consists of research, training, consulting and teaching services as well as public relations and networking activities.

Cooperation

 

research

bild-forschungSolution- and application-oriented research focuses on issues related to environmental and resource conflicts, crisis prevention, civil conflict resolution and peace education. Beyond Rhineland-Palatinate, the Peace Academy conducts field research mainly in West and East Africa and the USA.

qualification and education

bild-bildungThe research findings and experience are incorporated into the broad range of training, consulting and teaching services with the aim of imparting expertise in peace and conflict work. In addition to children, adolescents and adults, the courses are aimed primarily at groups of actors who are confronted with the potential for conflict and violence at work or in their social commitment.

 

networking

bild-vernetzungNetworking and cooperation are central elements of the Peace Academy. Together with numerous regional, national and international partners, the Peace Academy conducts research projects, raises third-party funds, offers events and participates in important peace research and peace policy networks.

Public relations

bild- oeffentlichkeitsarbeitIn addition to regular lecture series such as the "Landau Peace Lectures", the Peace Academy addresses a broad audience with film evenings and innovative formats such as the Poetry Peace Slam. Through its presence on social networks, its own YouTube channel and blog as well as its website, the Peace Academy provides information on current developments in peace and conflict research, addresses social challenges and offers a forum for exchange and discussion.

 

On the Origin of the Peace Academy

The Peace Academy was founded in July 2014 as a "special scientific institution" (§ 97 HochSchG) of the University of Koblenz-Landau. Its foundation goes back to an initiative of the Rhineland-Palatinate state government in 2011. According to this initiative, peace policy activities in the state are to be supported and civil and preventive strategies for conflict and crisis resolution strengthened. From its inception until 2018, the Peace Academy was sponsored and supported by a non-profit association. Since January 2019, the Peace Academy has been a central institution (§ 90 HochSchG) of the University of Koblenz-Landau.