Summer School of Disaster Preparedness

The Risk and Crisis Management Team is chairing the Disaster Preparedness Summer School from September 7th to 9th under the main topic “Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Relief in the Event of a Pandemic”. In this context, antwortING GmbH, Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe and Malteser Hilfsdienst have provided 19 students of different disciplines and universities from Germany with hands-on questions. The participants work in individual groups on solution proposals and concepts for four topics, which they present at the end and discuss with the practitioners.

The following topics are currently being worked on:

  • Deployment of (mostly volunteer) disaster control units in the event of a pandemic. What additional equipment and training is required? How can such events be practiced?
  • How will the pandemic affect other areas besides disaster relief and welfare organizations (e.g. outpatient care, day care centers)?
  • How can the effects of a brief introduction of spontaneous helpers in pandemics be measured in activities (e.g. on health and safety at work)? How should an exercise be structured, which indicators should be collected?
  • How will the everyday life of emergency response change beyond the peak of the crisis (e.g. videoconferencing, home office, digitalization surge, …)?

The organization team, consisting of (from left) Chris Hetkämper, Daniel Beckers and Johanne Kaufmann, coordinates the digital Summer School locally from the Cologne University of Applied Sciences in compliance with the Corona protection measures.

Risky Monday on May 18 cancelled

Due to the coronavirus we unfortunately also need to cancel the third Risky Monday session of this new semester on May 18th with Dominik Hohnbaum from ASB as our guest. We hope to offer an alternative session with him soon!

Thanks for understanding!

Resilient Flood Risk Management: Explanation video published

In context of the DAAD Alumni Seminar 2019 on Resilient Flood Risk Management we published an animated explanation video, summarizing the main seminar’s findings. It argues that flood risk management only works if the following aspects are integrated:

Technical Protection + Sustainability + Societal Transformation.

More information on the seminar you can find at:

The seminar’s protocol you can find at:

WAKE Workshop: Communication & Knowledge Management

On Jan 21-22 the TH Köln organized a two-days expert workshop in context of the WAKE research project. Together with 20 experts from science and civil protection organisations we discussed the challenges of communication and knowledge management during the refugee crisis 2015/2016 and developed a wide range of solutions to ensure effective communication and knowledge transfer within and between organisations.

We thank all participants for their great input!


More information on the WAKE-project and the workshop results you can find at:

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