A team of 25 students and several staff members from the Institute of Rescue Engineering and Civil Protection (IRG) at TH Köln including Prof. Alexander Fekete have carried out an excursion to Kiel and Hamburg from June 7-9, 2016. The main goal was to get a first-hand impression of civil protection and disaster prevention in science, practice and in governance structures in the North of Germany.
It allowed to link topics discussed in the courses at the IRG with practical challenges and strategies in a geographic region in Germany, which is of high economic and strategic importance. The topics discussed comprised storm surges and dike control at German coasts and the Elbe River, logistics of large harbours and canals as well as the resilience of the electric grid system and other critical infrastructures in a large city like Hamburg.
Besides the visits to the Ministry of Interior of Schleswig Holstein in Kiel as well as Hamburg Port Authority and Hamburg Wasser, this excursion enabled a direct exchange with the staff and students of the courses Rescue Engineering and Hazard Control at HAW Hamburg. Students and lecturers from both Cologne and Hamburg were able to exchange ideas on challenges of civil protection today and the demands for related professional and scientific education and research at universities for the future.
The team of IRG at TH Köln gives thanks to all the visited institutions and experts in Kiel and Hamburg as well as to the students, who actively participated and shaped this excursion.
For further information on the excursion, please contact Christiane Grinda (christiane.grinda(at)th-koeln.de).