[April 2021] Another research article resulting from the SECCON project is published – describing the results of my research with the biobanking community. The paper “Anticipatory Governance in Biobanking: Security and Risk Management in Digital Health” argues for a security angle in the debate on governing digital health data and asks how security and risk are managed in the governance of biobanking. It presents the results of my research with BBMRIERIC, the biggest harmonisation cluster of biomedical research in Europe. The paper identifies three logics of risk in the anticipatory discourse on biobanking: data security, privacy, and data misuse. The paper reflects on current regime of governance in biobanking and suggests that to address potential challenges, such as access to biomedical data by authorities or pressures for integrating biobank data with other types of personal data, we need to expand the vocabulary and practices of anticipating “what can go wrong” – in biobanking and in digital health governance in general.

[September 2020] My new article, co-authored by Sam Weiss Evans and Matthias Leese, is now published open access in Social Studies of Science. The paper “Science, technology, security: towards critical collaboration” argues for critical engagement of STS researchers with security communities of practice and on three vignettes informed by our own experience analyses possible modes of collaboration.

[June 2020] From June 2020, I am a visiting fellow at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, working on a project on the afterlife of violent materialities.

[March 2020] My new article  Jak zkoumat gender v mezinárodní bezpečnosti? Úvod do feministických bezpečnostních studií [How to study gender in international security? An introduction to feminist security studies] co-authored by Kateřina Krulišová is published in the Czech Journal of International Relations. The paper introduces feminist security studies to the Czech audience.

[January 2020] I was invited to present my research about the absence of security discourse in the governance of big medical data at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University. My talk Good Science and Silenced Security: On Anticipatory Governance in Biobanking will be held on 27th February 2020. On 28th February, we will present at Stanford with Michal Smetana our research about the militarization of the Czech public debate on fake news and disinformation.

[January 2020] I talked with the Czech magazine A2 about the role of threat framing and negotiating the politics of security in the current international environment. The interview titled “Bezpečnost jako politikum” is available here.

[November 2019] I was invited to talk at the event 1989 in a Day: Recollections and Reflections, organized by the Institute for Human Sciences (IWM) in Vienna, and discussed Czechoslovak reflections of 1989 with the German ambassador Ralf Beste. Video recordings from the discussions and further information are available here.

Photo credit: IWM/Zsoltan Marton

[September 2019] We live in societies which like to cure societal problems with technological innovation. Online surveillance is used to fight radicalization, smart borders are supposed to help tackle “irregular migration”, and registers of medical data shall improve medical research and public health. However, innovation can also pose different risks – from ethical, legal, social, to concerns over security. How are the security concerns over governing innovation formulated and addressed, and with what implications?

On 12th November 2019, I am organizing a symposium at the IHS about “Innovation governance and security controversies“, which will discuss these topics. The symposium brings together different perspectives on security controversies related to the governance of innovation. Drawing on examples from nuclear science, life sciences, information systems and other areas, it will shed light on how security controversies in science and technology emerge and how they have been dealt with in diverse fields. Based on this, it will discuss how the governance of science, technology, and innovation can be brought closer to the society and made more inclusive.

A brief report from the symposium may be found here.

[September 2019] I participated at the annual conference of the European International Studies Association in Sofia and presented my research on anticipatory governance in biobanking.

[June 2019] Together with Matthias Leese and Sam Weiss Evans, we organized a workshop “Global reconfigurations of science, technology, and security” as a part of the European Workshops in International Studies in Krakow.

[June 2019] I participated in a workshop on “Becoming Fluent: Field Researchers in International Politics” organized by the Aberystwyth University and presented some reflections on my field work in a biodefence exercise.

[May 2019] I was invited to talk about desinformation and information warfare on Slovak TV TA3.

[May 2019] I chaired a panel at the STS Conference in Graz focusing on “Governing life sciences in the age of globalization: security, ethics, and emotions”.

[May 2019] On 13th May, I took part in a public debate with Dr. Gernot Erler, Prof. Hanns Maull and Dr. Jakub Eberle about “What Future for the Norms-Based International Order? Czech and German perspectives“, organized by the Representation of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in the Czech Republic and the Faculty of Social Sciences of the Charles University.

[February 2019] I will talk about my research at the IHS lecture on 4th March 2019. I will argue that we need to look beyond politicized cases and suggest how we might unpack “doing security” in science.

[January 2019] As a reaction to the Czech debate about disinformation and how to fight them, we wrote a commentary with Michal Smetana from the Charles University, Prague arguing against the securitization of information disorder and militarization of the public debate.

[December 2018] Together with Anna Durnova, we wrote a post on the IHS blog about climate change called The climate crisis is a social crisis. In the text we argue that our societies need to acknowledge that it might be too late to prevent the destruction of our world as we know it. Therefore, we need to strengthen not the technical but the social capacities to prevent the climate apocalypse and concentrate on solidarity and humanity.

[December 2018] Many believe that mis-/dis-information are a product of Russian information war. How does this problematization of security affect the politics of expertise? Who gains power in this ‘battle for truth’? Read our new publication “The battle for truth: mapping the network of information war experts in the Czech Republic”.

[November 2018] As a part of the 6th European Workshops in International Studies (EWIS) held Kraków, 26-29 June 2019, we organize a workshop focused at exploring the intersection of security studies and science and technology studies. If you wish to join us and discuss “Global reconfigurations of science, technology, security“, please submit your paper abstract here by 13th January 2019.

[October 2018] I will be chairing the session on Governing life science in the age of globalization: security, ethics, and emotions as a part of the STS Conference Graz, Austria (6-7 May 2019). If you are interested in exploring different controversies surrounding the current governance of life sciences, please submit your paper here by 21 January 2019.

[September 2018] I am glad to take part in the 12th EISA Pan-European Conference on International Relations, this time held 12th till 15th September in Prague. I will present papers about the prospects of analysing security controversies and about the re-making of a biodefence research centre.

[September 2018] The biggest gathering of biobanking experts, Europe Biobank Week 2018, takes place this year from 4th to 7th September in Antwerp. I will be present there and collaborate with the ELSI team of the BBMRI-ERIC platform.

[July 2018] The IHS recently launched a series IHS Spotlight in which it introduces its researchers. I am proud to be the first one to get introduced in this way. If you wish to learn more about how I arrived at the IHS with the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship, how I am getting used to the life in Vienna, my academic background and plans for the future, check out this interview.