New volume of Integrative Risk and Security Research online: Research and Education at the Institute of Rescue Engineering and Civil Protection

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A new volume of the publication series “Integrative Risk and Security Research” gives an overview of research and education acitivites at the Institute of Rescue Engineering and Civil Protection (IRG) of the TH Köln University of Applied Sciences.
The articles are written by institute members and present insights into the wide field of rescue engineering and its theoretical, methodological and practical approaches.


All volumes of “Integrative Risk and Security Research” can be downloaded from



Workshop on Challenges and Solutions for Integrative Security Research on Feburary 5-6 2018 at TH Köln

We warmly invite you to a workshop of the BMBF graduate network “civil security” on challenges and solutions for inter- and transdiciplinary security research at TH Köln on Feburary 5-6 2018. The participation is free of charge, the application deadline is January 5.

Please find the invitiation in German below:


Dies ist eine Einladung zum 3. Workshop des Graduierten-Netzwerks „Zivile
Sicherheit“ am 5. und 6. Februar 2018 zum Thema:


Dieser Workshop richtet sich an alle Forscher*Innen der zivilen
die durch ihre Forschungsprojekte mit den Chancen, Risiken, dem Ertrag und
dem Aufwand von inter- oder transdisziplinärer Forschung in Kontakt
gekommen sind. Du kannst für Deine Forschung oder Dein Forschungsprojekt
kaum Nutzen durch Interdisziplinarität erkennen? Oder siehst Du gerade in
der interdisziplinären Ausrichtung eine Chance auf neue Erkenntnisse? Beide
Seiten sind herzlich eingeladen, denn wir wollen in diesem Workshop ein
möglichst differenziertes Bild inter- und transdisziplinärer ziviler
Sicherheitsforschung entwickeln.

Ziel des Workshops ist es, dass wir Nachwuchswissenschaftler*Innen
Herausforderungen und Lösungsansätze einer inter- und transdisziplinären
Zusammenarbeit in der Sicherheitsforschung anhand von konkreten
Themenbeispielen diskutieren. Dabei richtet sich das Augenmerk nicht nur
darauf, wie die in der Sicherheitsforschung beteiligten Stakeholder
(betroffene Bürger*innen, Behörden, privat-wirtschaftliche Betriebe, NGOs
etc.) nachhaltig miteinander kooperieren können und Ihre Interessen mit den
Erkenntnissen der verschiedenen wissenschaftlichen Disziplinen zusammen
gebracht werden können, sondern auch wie alle beteiligten Akteure über eine
Kooperation voneinander profitieren können.

Als Einstieg wird es Impulse aus dem BMBF-Projekt INTEGRAM zur Analyse der
integrierten Forschung am Beispiel der Mensch-Technik-Interaktion geben.

Datum: *05./06.02.2018*

Veranstaltungsort: *Technische Hochschule Köln*,
Ingenieurwissenschaftliches Zentrum (IWZ), Campus Deutz, Betzdorfer Str. 2,
50679 Köln

Kosten: Die Teilnahme am Workshop ist *kostenfrei*. Anreisekosten (bis 250
Euro) und etwaige Übernachtungskosten (bis 80 Euro/Person) können erstattet
werden. Es gibt am Montagabend ein gemeinsames Abendessen das jede(r)
selbst tragen muss.


Interessierte Nachwuchwissenschaftler*Innen werden gebeten, einen kurzen
*FRAGEBOGEN* über ihren wissenschaftlichen Hintergrund und ihre bisherigen
Erfahrungen in interdisziplinärer Zusammenarbeit auszufüllen. Dieser findet
sich unter:
dient der inhaltlichen Vorbereitung des Workshops sowie der Einteilung in
die thematischen Gruppendiskussionen. Die Antworten werden anonym behandelt
und nicht an Dritte weitergegeben.

Dort finde sich auch eine ausführliche Version der Einladung mit samt

Den ausgefüllten Fragebogen bitte bis 21.01.2018 an *
<>* senden.

Mit freundlichen Grüßen

die Organisatoren

Celia Norf, Lisa Broß, Marcel Vondermaßen

M.Sc. Celia Norf, Technische Hochschule Köln, Institut für
Rettungsingenieurwesen und Gefahrenabwehr

M.Sc. Lisa Broß, Universität der Bundeswehr München, Institut für

Dr. Marcel Vondermaßen, Universität Tübingen, Internationales Zentrum für
Ethik in den Wissenschaften

Risky Monday: Research at the Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW)

RiskyMonday_THW Forschung_FlyerOn Wendesday December 13th 8-9.30 pm we welcome you to a new session of the lecture series “Risky Monday”. Klaus-Dieter Büttgen, Head of Staff Unit Research of the German Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW), presents insight on the THW’s research activities in context of civil security and civil protection.

The event takes place on Dec 13th from 8-9.30 pm at the TH Köln, campus Deutz in room Raum ZW-05-1.

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Risky Monday:

RiskyMonday_Hoffmann_FlyerOn Monday December 11th we welcome you to a new session of the lecture series “Risky Monday”. Gilles Hoffmann from the Luxembourg Ministry for Foreign and European Affairs presents the telecommunication plattform which is a mobile, satellite based, telecommunications platform, created to re-establish communication (internet, phone) after a disaster, to support the coordination efforts of humanitarian organisations in the field and to contribute to saving lives during humanitarian emergencies. On the basis of exampes from the fields in Haiti 2010 and in the Philippines 2013 he discusses the importance of telecommunication for effective disaster management.

Gilles Hoffmann is the coordinator within the Luxembourg Ministry for Foreign and European Affairs  has has been involved in several mission in support of the Emergency Telecommunication Cluster; amongst others to the Philippines for the Typhoon Haiyan response, Ebola response in West Africa, and the Nepal Earthquake 2015.

The event takes place on Dec 11th from 17.30-19.00 at the TH Köln, campus Deutz in room Raum ZS-05-14a.


New volume of Integrative Risk and Security Research online: Recovery after extreme events – Lessons learned and remaining challenges in Disaster Risk Reduction

IRSR_Volume2_2017_Recovery after extreme events_Lessons learned and remaining challenges in Disaster Risk Reduction

Screenshot 2017-11-20 09.45.11Disasters such as the Indian Ocean Tsunami 2004, but also other extreme events such as cyclones, earthquakes and tsunami substantially affect the lives of many thousands of people – they are events radically and abruptly changing local circumstances and needs. At the same time they can significantly reshape global paradigms of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR). Such events also bring to light the challenges in coordinating assistance from the “global community” with all the intended and un-intended effects. Two of the most pressing questions therefore are whether the different actors have learned from the disaster and whether processes of DRR and livelihood improvements have been implemented successfully.

This volume of Integrative Risk and Security Research gathers selected papers addressing the following key questions:

  • Lessons learned: Which lessons have been learned in a way that a difference can be seen today for the livelihoods and resilience of local people in the regions affected?
  • Lessons to be Learned: Despite the body of knowledge created and reflected in a good number of lessons learned studies – what is still unsolved or needs to be emphasized?
  • Monitoring and evaluation: Which DRR measures have been perpetuated and how can they be monitored and evaluated scientifically? – Resilience effects and (unintended) side-effects: Which coping, recovery and adaptation measures are supported by the resilience paradigm and which other areas are side-lined, neglected or even contrary to the intended effects?
  • Dynamics in risk: In which cases has resilience building taken place? In which cases have vulnerabilities been shifted internally or new vulnerabilities been created? – Relocation/resettlement: How did the relocation/resettlement process of displaced people take place and what are its long-term effects?
  • Urban-rural divide: How have DRR measures in urban vs. rural areas differed and which linkages but also rifts in rehabilitation and reconstruction initiatives can be observed between the two?
  • Early warning: What is the future of Early Warning and how can important top-down information chains benefit from or be balanced with bottom-up feedback of users and affected people?

It appears that extreme disaster events spark a plethora of actions in academia, civil society, media, policy, private sector and other organisations. Tragic, as such disasters are, they offer incentives for learning, locally and globally. Lately, disaster impacts have in many cases been detracted through the application of knowledge and experience gained from previous events. However, there are still a number of challenges with regards to learning from past disasters.

Risky Monday Session: chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear warfare protection

The TH Köln University of Applied Sciences – Institute of Rescue Engineering and Civil Protection – welcomd in context of the lecture series “Risky Monday” on November 6th, 220171106_174305017 Jan Bremer from Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance (BBK) presented competences of the BBK in context of national and international chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear warfare protection.

We thank Mr. Bremer very much for this interesting presentation.

For more information please contact Celia Norf celia.norf(at)


New Sessions of Risky Monday

The TH Köln University of Applied Sciences – Institute of Rescue Engineering and Civil Protection – welcomes you to new sessions of  lecture series “Risky Monday on interdisciplinary risk and crisis management.
We invite experts from different scientific and practical fields to share their experience and to discuss respective challenges and opportunities.


Internal as well as external visitors are always very welcome!

For more information or suggestions about future topics please contact Celia Norf (celia.norf(a) and have a look at