New Risky Monday Session: Love Parade disaster 2010

On Feb 25th  we welcome Lothar Schneid to a new session of the lecture series “Risky Monday”. Lothar Schneid presents insights on the Love Parade disaster in Duisburg in 2010 and how this disaster influenced planning processes in context of visitor, event and crowd safety and security.

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The lecture takes place on Feb 25th, 6-8pm at the TH Köln, Campus Deutz, room ZN-04-01.

External visitors are always welcome.


From Cape Town to Bonn – Building Resilient Cities – the Role of Re/insurance

Yesterday`s lecturer, Junaid Seria, Global Head of Governance, R&D at SCOR from SCOR, presented on the wide range of water scarcity problems experienced in Cape Town, South Africa, after recurring drought years. Interconnections leading to water scarcity, knock-on effects of water shortages and even limitations of back-up measures were illustrated. One major insight was that in such a multi-facetted crisis, a key leverage and turning was how this crisis could be managed mainly by people changing water consumption behavior. Insurance as a mechanism for risk transfer was presented as a rather new resilience measure for cities, but also serving as a trigger for raising risk awareness. The interconnection between science and practice in this topic lies in data for risk analyses and new methods in demand and under development.


Call for abstracts – German Geography Congress

We are hosting two sessions at the German Geography Congress in Kiel, Sept. 25-30. 2019. The Call for abstracts is open until January 25th.
You can find more information about the sessions here and submit entries here.

Urban-Rural Infrastructure Interdependencies – Flows of people, services and disaster risks. (both Englisch or German language submissions are welcome)
It will gather studies working on the broad range of infrastructure services and their incentives for integrative and sustainable urban-regional development and risk reduction. Contributions to studies on urban-rural interconnections of infrastructure services are invited, to outline specific gaps and demands for further research on the exchanges and flows of people, services and risks.
Guiding questions for this session:
– Which are innovations and possible breaks with traditional lines of research in geography?
– Which incentives are provided by recent work on critical infrastructure resilience, disaster risk reduction, sustainable development or others?
– Apart from purely conceptual considerations, which empirical studies provide insights on urban-rural systems and their interdependencies?
– How can cities and rural areas (together) improve their resilience to cascading effects and complex emergencies?

Wie betroffen sind wir von Naturgefahren? Vulnerabilität mehrdimensional betrachtet. (German language submission welcome)
Vulnerabilitätsforschung vermag es, dezidiert auf Wechselwirkungen und Rückkoppelungen von Schadensanfälligkeiten einzugehen, jedoch werden noch immer „soziale“ wie „physische“ Faktoren zu selten in der Geographie integriert.

New Risky Monday Session: Research at the THW

On Dec 6th 2018 we welcomed Klaus-Dieter Büttgen to a new session of the lecture series “Risky Monday”. Klaus-Dieter Büttgen, since 2014 head of THW’s research section, introduced the research structure and activities of the Technisches Hilfswerk (THW) and presented insights to the current projects „Radar- Warn- und Informationssystem“ (RAWIS) and „Bau Europäischer Konsortien für Sicherheit“ (BERKos).

We thank him very much for this interesting presentation.



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!