DAAD Alumni Seminar 2019: Protocol

The protocol of our DAAD Alumni Seminar 2019 on resilient flood risk management is now online.

It addesses the three seminar’s guiding questions:

  1. What is the relevance of the concept of resilience within flood risk management? Is there already evidence that in specific fields it does provide novel insights, concepts, methods or applications?
  2. How can resilience be applied in the area of flood risk assessments?
  3. What are important gaps in the flood risk management approach?


Thank you very much to everyone for contributing and sharing!

More information on the seminar itself you can find at https://riskncrisis.wordpress.com/events/alumni-seminars/alumni-seminar-2019-resilient-flood-risk-management/

New Risky Monday session: Forest fire in Lübtheen in July 2019

For Jan 13th 2020 (3.30-5pm) the Institute of Rescue Engineering and Civil Protection invites you to a new Risky Monday session at the TH Köln. We welcome Thomas Schmidt from the Fachdienst Brand-und Katastrophenschutz in the county Ludwigslust Parchim. He discusses the disaster operation on the former military area Lübtheen in July 2019 from a non-police hazard control perspective.Schmidt_Risky Monday_FlyerMore information you can find here: Schmidt_Risky Monday_Flyer

New Risky Monday session: Cooperation between civil society and public officials in context of risk management

For Dec 2nd (2-3.30pm) the Institute of Rescue Engineering and Civil Protection invites you to a new Risky Monday session at the TH Köln. We welcome Thomas Kahlix from the Citizens’ Initiative Flood Köln-Rodenkirchen. He discusses the potentials and challenges of the cooperation between civil society and public officials in context of flood risk management.

More information you can find here: Kahlix_Risky Monday_FlyerKahlix_Risky Monday_Flyer

New Risky Monday Sessions

Also in the new semester new sessions of the interdisciplianry lecture series “Risky Monday” of the TH Köln take place – we look forward to welcome also external visitors.

If you have any questions dont hesitate to contact Celia Norf, celia.norf(at)th-koeln.de

RiskyMondayFlyer_Übersicht_19WSRiskyMondayFlyer_Übersicht_19WSOn Nov 25th we start with Dr. Christoph Lamers from the Institut der Feuerwehr Nordrhein-Westfalen Münster (fire brigade institute of North Rhine-Westphalia Münster). He introduces the different perspectives of  staff work at fire brigades. More information you can find here:  Lamers_Risky Monday_Flyer

Lamers_Risky Monday_Flyer

Joint interdisciplinary findings on Flood Risk and Resilience Management

In our DAAD Alumni Seminar Oct14-18 in Cologne, we jointly identified common themes and challenges in Flood Risk Management related to resilience. Despite the diversity of more than 14 countries in four continents and the different transdisciplinary backgrounds, an amazing number of shared current and on-going challenges and opportunities have been identified, that are relevant for those working on the policy-research-practice nexus:

a. Buffer zonation – Governance and social groups
b. Case / city comparisons
c. Community resilience / social vulnerability
d. Evacuation and behaviour/experience
e. Inclusion / participation
f. Integration of urban planning and DRM/FRM
g. Evacuation / Warning
h. Environmental and DRM issues
i. Interchanging hazards – droughts and floods, etc.
j. Measures benefitial for multiple hazards or daily usages (rainwater harvesting)
k. Megaprojects
l. Mountain regions
m. Rain water and flood/storm water harvesting
n. River training and long term monitoring
o. Transboundary co-operation
p. Translation of scientific knowledge into evaluation
q. Urban growth
r. Waste management and drainage
The following slide shows the different contributions in terms of skills but also research interests the participants identified during the seminar. Several papers will be prepared according to different audiences to be addressed; policy briefs, opinion, review and case study research articles.
See more information on our website

Glossary: Knowledge Management in Civil Protection

Screenshot 2019-08-19 12.51.34This new glossary by Norf, Tiller und Fekete (2019) introduces and presents the main terms and concepts of knowledge management and their relevance for civil protection.

It is part of the WAKE research project (https://wake-project.eu) that develops recommendations for the implementation and improvement of a systematic knowledge management in civil protection, with special focus on the refugee crisis in 2015/2016.

It is available at https://cos.bibl.th-koeln.de/frontdoor/deliver/index/docId/848/file/IRSR_Vol1_2019_GlossarWissensmanagementBevSch.pdf.