The Austrian Study Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution (ASPR) was founded in September 1982 as an independent, non-profit and non-partisan organisation. The ASPR aims to contribute to the promotion of peace and peaceful conflict resolution and to the dissemination of practical ideas for peace, including its developmental and environmental aspects.
In order to carry out these tasks, the ASPR conducts and evaluates research in line with its objectives, engages in training and education, and conducts scientific courses. It also publishes several periodicals (Dialog, Friedensforum, Friedensbericht) dealing with peace issues.
Several major conferences are organised each year, including a summer academy and an annual international meeting of peace researchers on „The State of Peace“.
ASPR was the founder of the European University Center for Peace Studies (EPU), which has been renamed as European Peace University (EPU) - Private University.
A Peace Museum in Schlaining Castle has been established. In order to help to facilitate ASPR activities, ASPR set up an unique infrastructure including the Peace Library in a former synagogue, a Conference Center in Schlaining Castle, the Hotel Burg Schlaining, and Haus International, which is a student hostel.
For these and other efforts, the ASPR was awarded the UN "Peace Messenger" status in 1987, and, together with the EPU, the UNESCO-Prize for Peace Education 1995.