On February 7th, Christiane Stephan from our team at IRG participated at the 6. Stuttgarter Runder Tisch “Forschung im Bevölkerungsschutz” at the Fraunhofer Institute IAO.
The event addressed the possibilities and practices of involvement of civil society into crisis management. Two workshops addressed this complex topic from different angles: While in workshop I the challenges and potentials of integrating spontaneous unaffiliated volunteers into crisis management were addressed, workshop II discussed possible solutions of maintaining ambulant systems for people in need of medical support in times of crisis.
In the event it was possible to build up and intensify the exchange between researchers and practitioners from different ongoing research projects in Germany. This included the two projects presented by Fraunhofer IAO, KOKOS and KOPHIS, but also a range of other projects, among them KIRMin and the research network BigWa, both led by IRG at TH Köln.
We are looking forward to a continuous exchange of ideas and approaches for the involvement of civil society into crisis management in the future, facing the challenges of dynamic change in our societies and building up trustful relations among all actors involved.