New Risky Monday session: Recent natural disasters in Iran

The IRG warmly welcomes you to a new session of the lecture series „Risky Monday” on interdisciplinary risk and crisis management.

Iran is prone to different kinds of disaster and it ranks as one of the most disaste prone country in the world. On 12th November 2017 at 21:48 local time, an earthquake with a moment magnitude of 7.3 struck Ezgeleh, Kermanshah Province, Iran. It is estimated that 600 to 700 people were killed and more than 15,000 were injured. The recent earthquake happened again in Kermanshah on 25th November 2018 with a magnitude of 6.0 and killed at least two people and injured more than 700. This unfortunate event gives pause to re-examine, and thereby improve, Iran’s disaster planning, preparedness, mitigation, and program responses.
Prof. Hamidreza Khankeh, Vice chancellor of National Emergency Medical Organization Iran, and Dr. Juliet Roudini, Post-doc Candidate in Disaster Psychology will present challenges and achievements concering these two recent disasters in Iran.RiskyMonday_Khankeh_Flyer

The lecture takes place on Dec 4rd, 2-6pm, at the TH Köln in Deutz in room Hörsaal 7.




New Risky Monday session: Minimum standards in humanitarian response

On Dec 3rd we welcome Dr. Oliver Hoffmann from the Johanniter International Assistance to a new session of the lecture series “Risky Monday”. Dr. Hoffmann introduces the Sphere Handbook which focusses minimum standards in humanitarian  response in the areas of water supply, sanitation and hygiene promotion (WASH), food security and nutrition, shelter and settlement and health. It is one of the most recognized tools for ensuring the quality of humanitarian response.

The lecture takes place on Dec 3rd, 5.30-7pm, at the TH Köln in Deutz in room ZS-05-14a.RiskyMonday_Hoffmann_FlyerRiskyMonday_Hoffmann_Flyer

External visitors are always welcome!

BKA Autumn Conference 2018

The team of “Risk, Crisis and Disaster – Research and Education” of the TH Köln attended the BKA Autumn Conference 2018 in Wiesbaden. This year’s conference of the Federal Criminal Police Office focused on digital transformation and it’s influence on police and security authorities worldwilde. IMG_2242

We thank the BKA for the invitation and this very interesting conference!


New Risky Monday session: Evaluating German development cooperation in context of Agenda 2030

On Nov 27th we welcome Dr. Marcus Kaplan from the German Institute for Development Evaluation (DEval) to a new session of the lecture series “Risky Monday”. Dr. Kaplan introdudes the various working fields at DEval which supports the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and is mandated to evaluate the performance of German development cooperation interventions.

The lecture takes place on Nov 27th, 2-4pm, at the TH Köln in Deutz in room Hörsaal 7.

External visitors are always welcome!



Kick-off of BMBF research project WAKE

The kick-off meeting of the BMBF research project “Knowledge management for systematic learning civil protection” (WAKE) took place a the FU Berlin on Nov 13-14.

The refugee situation 2015/2016 revealed the relevance of migration also for German civil protection. For coping with this situation authorities and organizations with security tasks (BOS various and until now non-formalised knowledge bases that were enriched with practical experience throughout the whole situation. The new interdisciplinary research project WAKE – “Migration-related knowledge management for future civil protection” at the Institute of Rescue Engineering and Civil Protection (IRG) at the TH Köln aims at systematically collecting these informal knowledge stocks and to make them available and applicable for future civil protection scenarios. Therefore, WAKE develops a valid knowledge management system for a systematic learning future civil protection that is adapted to the respective organizational knowledge management cultures.

This three-years-project is funded by the German Ministry for Research and Education (BMBF) in context of the program “Research for civil security 2012-2017” and the IRG collaborates with project partners from the Katastrophenforschungsstelle (KFS) at the Freien Universität Berlin, the German Red Cross (DRK), the Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW) and the Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe as well as a set of associate partners, amongst others the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) and the European Network on the Development of Volunteering (ENDOV).


Risky Monday session on space-based technologies in disaster risk reduction


In a new session of the lecture series “Risky Monday” Juan Carlos Villagrán de León, Head of Office of the United Nations Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UN-SPIDER), gave an overview of the main tasks of UN-SPIDER and the use of space-based technologies in disaster risk reduction, preparedness and emergency response.

We thank him very much for this very interesting presentation. For further information please contact Celia Norf at celia.norf(at)


Upcoming Sessions of “Risky Monday”

We look forward to welcome also external visitors to the upcoming sessions of the “Risky Monday”:

Nov 6th: Juan Carlos Villagrán de León (UNOOSA / UN-SPIDER) – “Use of space-based technologies in disaster risk reduction, preparedness and emergency response”

Nov 27th: Marcus Kaplan (DEval) – “Evaluation of the performance of German development cooperation interventions.”