Risky Monday

The Institute of Rescue Engineering and Civil Protection of the TH Köln University of Applied Sciences started in November 2014 a new lecture series 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.

“Risky Monday” takes place on a regulary basis at the TH Köln University of Applied Sciences, campus Deutz.

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)th-koeln.de).

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FOR THIS SEMESTER NEW SESSIONS WILL TAKE PLACE:

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Please have a closer look at some of the former sessions:

Session: Research at the THW

RiskyMonday_Büttgen_FlyerOn Dec 6th 2018 we welcomed Klaus-Dieter Büttgen to a new session of the lecture series “Risky Monday”. Klaus-Dieter Büttgen, since 2014 head of THW’s research section, introduced the research structure and activities of the Technisches Hilfswerk (THW) and presented insights to the current projects „Radar- Warn- und Informationssystem“ (RAWIS) and „Bau Europäischer Konsortien für Sicherheit“ (BERKos). We thank him very much for this interesting presentation. RiskyMonday_Büttgen_Flyer

Session: Recent natural disasters in Iran

RiskyMonday_Khankeh_FlyerIran is prone to different kinds of disaster and it ranks as one of the most disaste prone country in the world. On 12th November 2017 at 21:48 local time, an earthquake with a moment magnitude of 7.3 struck Ezgeleh, Kermanshah Province, Iran. It is estimated that 600 to 700 people were killed and more than 15,000 were injured. The recent earthquake happened again in Kermanshah on 25th November 2018 with a magnitude of 6.0 and killed at least two people and injured more than 700. This unfortunate event gives pause to re-examine, and thereby improve, Iran’s disaster planning, preparedness, mitigation, and program responses. Prof. Hamidreza Khankeh, Vice chancellor of National Emergency Medical Organization Iran, and Dr. Juliet Roudini, Post-doc Candidate in Disaster Psychology presented challenges and achievements concering these two recent disasters in Iran. We thank both of them very much for this interesting presentation. RiskyMonday_Khankeh_Flyer

Session: Minimum standards in humanitarian response

RiskyMonday_Hoffmann_FlyerOn Dec 3rd we welcomed Dr. Oliver Hoffmann from the Johanniter International Assistance to a new session of the lecture series “Risky Monday”. Dr. Hoffmann introduces the Sphere Handbook which focusses minimum standards in humanitarian  response in the areas of water supply, sanitation and hygiene promotion (WASH), food security and nutrition, shelter and settlement and health. It is one of the most recognized tools for ensuring the quality of humanitarian response. We thank him very much for this interesting presentation. RiskyMonday_Hoffmann_Flyer

Session: Evaluating German development cooperation in context of Agenda 2030

RiskyMonday_Kaplan_FlyerOn Nov 27th we welcomed Dr. Marcus Kaplan from the German Institute for Development Evaluation (DEval) to a new session of the lecture series “Risky Monday”. Dr. Kaplan introdudes the various working fields at DEval which supports the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and is mandated to evaluate the performance of German development cooperation interventions. We thank him very much for this interesting presentation. RiskyMonday_Kaplan_Flyer

Session: Space-based technologies in disaster risk reduction

In a new session of the lecture series “Risky Monday” Juan Carlos Villagrán de León, Head of Office of the United Nations Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UN-SPIDER), gave an overview of the main tasks of UN-SPIDER and the use of space-based technologies in disaster risk reduction, preparedness and emergency response. The flyer and the presentation are available upon request. We thank him very much for this very interesting presentation.

Session: Identification and prioritisation of Critical Infrastructures in SwedenRiskyMonday_Grosse_Flyer

Christine Große from the Mid Sweden University presented insights on the identification and prioritisation of Critical Infrastructures in Sweden. We thank her very much for this very interesting presentation. RiskyMonday_Grosse_Flyer

Session: Verbandes der Feuerwehren in NRW

RiskyMonday_Schöneborn-FlyerChristoph Schöneborn from the association of fire departments in NRW presented the various working fields of this assocation and how it represents the interests of the fire departments towards politics, administration and the media. We thank him very much for this very interesting presentation. RiskyMonday_Schöneborn-Flyer

Session: The Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA)

RiskyMonday_BKA_FlyerBeate Ehret and Thomas Awe from the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) presented the main task of the central police agency in Germany in coordinating crime suppression at national and international level. A special focus will be on the challenges of digitalisation and the high importance of IT-knowledge in the context of cybercrime and the protection of systems. We thank them very much for this very interesting presentation. RiskyMonday_BKA_Flyer

Session: Infrastructure management for federal waterways

Heike Schmidt-Bäumler from the Federal RiskyMonday_Schmidt-Bäumler_FlyerWaterways Engineering and Research Institute (BAW) presented on Monday, May 28t 2018 approaches for infrastructure management for federal waterways. We thank her very much for this very interesting presentation. RiskyMonday_Schmidt-Bäumler_Flyer

Session: telecommunication plattform emergency.lu

On Monday December 11th 2017 we welcomed  Gilles Hoffmann from the Luxembourg Ministry for Foreign and European Affairs who presented RiskyMonday_Hoffmann_Flyerthe telecommunication plattform emergency.lu. 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 discussed the importance of telecommunication for effective disaster management. Gilles Hoffmann is the emergency.lu 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. We thank him very much for this very interesting presentation. RiskyMonday_Hoffmann_Flyer

Session: Challenges of international Humanitarian Aid

RiskyMonday_Flyer_Altheim_19062017The TH Köln welcomed on June 19, 2017 Christoph Altheim, Branddirektor in the Division of International Operation of the Technisches Hilfswerk. He presented the THW´s and his experience on establishing the refugee camps in Jordan and the challenges of international humanitarian aids. We thank Mr. Altheim very much for this interesting insights. You can find his presentation here. RiskyMonday_Flyer_Altheim_19062017

Session: Terror risks at events

Screenshot 2017-08-14 14.41.44On May 29th 2017 the Institute of Rescue Engineering and Civil Protection presented in a panel discussion regarding the “Terror risks at events”. Mr. Buschhoff und Mr. Scherer, teaching staff members in the  group of Event Safety,  discussed various aspects of the difficulties of technical systems for maintaining safety in dynamic systems. Background of the discussion was also the terror attack in Manchester on  May 23th 17. We thank both of them very much for this very interesting discussion. RiskyMonday_29517

Session: Research at the Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance (BBK)

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On April 10th 2017 Dr. Karsten Michael from the Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance (BBK) introduced the research strategy of the BBK and presented insights on the development of research needs in cooperation with other actors in the field of civil protection works. We thank him very much for his very interesting presentation. RiskyMonday_BBKMichael

Session: Coordiantion Center NOAH on after care and support for German victims and their relatives
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On Januar 23th 2017 Tobias Hahn from the Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance (BBK) introduced the Coordiantion Center NOAH on after care and support for German victims and their relatives who are affected abroad and respective task and challenges. We thank him very much for this very interesting presentation. riskymonday_hahn_flyer

Session : Water Shortage and Water Harvesting in Jordan

riskymonday_brilmayerbakti_flyerOn January 16th 2017 Barbara Sophia Brilmayer Bakti, PhD student at Heidelberg University and  research associate at the Institute of Geography, University of Cologne, presented insights on a research project regarding water shortage and water harvesting in Jordan. Due to e.g. climate change the method of water harvesting attracts wide interest in regard to handling limited water resources in sensitive regions. We thank her very much for this very interesting presentation. riskymonday_brilmayerbakti_flyer

Session: World Humanitarian Summit 2016 & Core Humanitarian Standards

On December 12th 2016 Peter Goxharaj presented insights on the World Humanitarian Summit 2016 in Istanbul and  introduced the Core Humanitarian Standard on Quality and Accountability (CHS) that aims to improve the quality and effectiveness of humanitarian action. Peter Goxharaj is Senior Programe Officer for Rapid Deployment Units and Foreign Operations of the Technical Emergency Service (THW) in Bonn. He is working full-time for the THW since 1992 and has taken part in more than 30 operations in more than 15 countries as head of mission and expert for capacity building. We thank him very much for this very interesting presentation. The flyer and the presentation are available upon request.

Session: Rhine-Erft District: Responsibilities of an administrative district in the field of rescue service and fire and civil protection

riskymonday_rhein-erft-kreis_flyerOn October 24th 2016 Sabine Obermöller, head of department in the Rhine-Erft district, presented insights on tasks and responsibilities of an administrative district in the field of rescue service and fire and civil protection. We thank her very much for this very interesting presentation. riskymonday_rhein-erft-kreis_flyer

Session: Humanitarian Aid

RiskyMonday_Medair_FlyerOn May 23rd 2016 the national coordinator of Medair in Germany Romy Schneider lectured on the role of modern technologies in the field of humanitarian aid and presented practical examples that illustrate challenges and opportunities of these technologies for emergency relief and recovery. We thank her very much for this very interesting presentation. You can find her flyer and presentation here; RiskyMonday_Medair_Flyer

Session: Safety Technology

RiskyMonday_DrägerSafety_FlyerOn Monday, April 25th 2016 Magnus Magnusson und Martin Nesemann from Dräger Safety AG & Co. KGaA presented insights into the field of safety technology with special regard to rental and safety services. Via practical examples they illustrated technical and logistical challenges as well as opportunities for effective security measures for heavy engineering industries. We thank both very much for this very interesting presentation. RiskyMonday_DrägerSafety_Flyer

Session: Water Security

RiskyMonday_Fischer_FlyerOn Monday, April 4th   2016 we welcomed Dipl.-Ing. Peter Fischer from the Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance (BBK). He lectured on the protection of the water supply, including ensuring drinking water security in case of extreme events. We thank him very much for this very interesting presentation. RiskyMonday_Fischer_Flyer

Session: The social construction of risk

On January 12th 2016, we welcomed Prof. Dr. Johannes Hamhaber  – Vice Director of the Institute for Technology and Resources Management in the Tropics and Subtropics (ITT) at TH Köln . RiskyMonday_Hamhaber_FlyerJohannes Hamhaber lectured on the social construction of risk: Risk and related concepts are perceived and defined differently across the relevant stakeholder groups, such as between experts versus affected population. Social sciences provide explanatory value by understanding risk as a social construction, leading to a better understanding not only of different group’s responses to risks and events but also regarding the stakeholders’ interactions, cooperation and conflicts. You can find his presentation here: Risky Monday Hamhaber. We thank him very much for this very interesting presentation. RiskyMonday_Hamhaber_Flyer

Session: Accomodation of refugess in Kerpen

RiskyMonday_Grass_FlyerOn December 7th 2015 presented insights on the accomodation of refugess in the city of Kerpen. Wolfgang Grass gave important first-hand insight into the professional procedures of civil protection on the level of municipal administration in Kerpen and current challenges of the city concerning the accommodation of refugees. The presentation corresponded to a range of urgent questions and challenges in many municipalities around Germany in arranging the accommodation and assistance for a high number of refugees within a short period of time. Mr. Grass is Chief Fire Officer and Executive Director of the Office for Fire Protecion, Rescue Service and Civil Protection in the city of Kerpen. Since the inception of the committee for extraordinary events in Kerpen in 1994 he holds the leading position. Moreover, Mr. Grass is a technical expert for fire safety and leading planner for visitor´s safety (TH Köln). We thank him very much for this very interesting presentation. RiskyMonday_Grass_Flyer

Session: Civil Protection in Poland

On Novbember 16th 2015 Jolanta Żółnowska from the Main School of Fire Service in Warsaw first introduced teaching and learning approaches at her institution. Then she lectured on civil protection structures and measures in Poland and outlined differences and commonalities between Poland and Germany. We thank her very much for these very interesting presentations. The flyer and the presentation are available upon request.

Session: Going Abroad

On June 29nd 2015 the “Risky Monday” focused on going abroad. First, Alice Piel from the CUAS-International Office informed about going abroad for a university semester or an internship and about potential ways of funding their stay. Second, IRG-student Merle Medick presented her experience in Kerala, India where she compared the emergency medical services in urban and rural areas in the context of her bachelor thesis.
We thank Alice Piel and Merle Medick very much for these very interesting presentations. The flyer and the presentation are available upon request.

Session: I.S.A.R. Germany

On June 22nd 2015 Mareike Illing from I.S.A.R. GeRiskyMonday_Illing_Flyerrmany presented insights about her work as liason officer and project coordinator for international disaster relief and search and rescue, e.g. in Haiti, Nepal and the Philippines at I.S.A.R. Germany.

You can find her presentation here. We thank Mareike Illing very much for this very interesting presentation. RiskyMonday_Illing_Flyer

Session: Security issues in context of foreign operations

RiskyMonday_Goxharaj_FlyerOn June 1st 2015 Peter Goxharaj lectured on security issues while planning and implementing foreign operations by the Technical Emergency Service (THW). Security is often associated with terror and war, but already during daily routines certain issues pose a risk to the emergency management team and need to be considered. Peter Goxharaj is Senior Programe Officer for Rapid Deployment Units and Foreign Operations of the Technical Emergency Service (THW) in Bonn. He is working full-time for the THW since 1992 and has taken part in more than 30 operations in more than 15 countries as head of mission and expert for capacity building. You can find his presentation here. We thank Peter Goxharaj very much for this very interesting presentation. RiskyMonday_Goxharaj_Flyer

Session: Game Changers – events that change the risk landscape

On May 18th 2015 Robert Bell lectured on “Game Changers – events that change the risk landscape“. He presented incidents that completely changed the way an industry or globally how we see particular risks such as the Piper Alpha 1988, the Bradford City stadion fire in 1985 and the Buncefield fire in 2005. Robert Bell is a risk and disaster management professional with 15 years’ experience in the field of Resilience. Rob has a background in emergency planning and response with local government planning for and responding to major events. Rob is currently working for the University of Kingston in London.We thank Robert Bell very much for this very interesting presentation.

The flyer and his presentation are available upon request.

Session: Risk Governance

RiskyMonday_Prokopf_Flyer On April 20th 2015 Christine Prokopf lectured on risk governance on the basis of the different conceptions of risks. To illustrate the differences in risk perceptions she presented three diverse governance perspectives and took the example of flood risk management as a basis for discussion. Christine Prokopf is research fellow and coordinator for the french-german study programme “International and European Governance” at Münster University. Please find here her presentation. We thank Christine Prokopf very much for this very interesting presentation. RiskyMonday_Prokopf_Flyer

Session: Humanitarian aid of the THW in Kurdistan – Iraq

Risky Monday_Meenen_FlyerIn a new session of the “Risky Monday” Gerrit Meenen lectured on humanitarian aid of the German Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW) in Kurdistan – Iraq and presented insights from his work on site. Mr. Meenen is Manager of Operations at Germany’s Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW). Please have a look here for more information on his presentation. We thank Gerrit Meenen very much for this very interesting presentation. Risky Monday_Meenen_Flyer

Session: Psychosocial assistance in fire departments

RiskyMonday_Petrich_Flyer In the sixth session of Risky Monday we invited M.A. Nadja Petrich to lecture on risks and chances of psychosocial assistance in fire departments. Nadja Petrich is social worker and works in a voluntary capacity as psychosocial assistant. The lecture is a result of an ongoing collaboration between the Faculty of Applied Social Sciences and the Faculty of Process Engineering, Energy and Mechanical Systems of the Cologne University of Applied Sciences. Please find here her presentation. We thank Nadja Petrich very much for this very interesting presentation. RiskyMonday_Petrich_Flyer

Session: Disaster Resilience in Chiapas, Mexico – Different perspectives & strategies in a tense political context

RiskyMonday_Grinda_Flyer The Institute of Rescue Engineering and Civil Protection welcomed Dipl.-Geogr. Christiane Grinda to a new session of “Risky Monday”. She lectured on „Disaster Resilience in Chiapas, Mexico – Different perspectives & strategies in a tense political context“ and presented her field work in Chiapas, Mexico but also introduced local civil protection institutions. Christiane Grinda is research associate at the Cologne University of Applied Sciences and doctoral student of Prof. Dr. Detlef Müller-Mahn at the Department of Geography of the University of Bonn. Please find here her presentation. We thank Christiane Grinda very much for this very interesting presentation. RiskyMonday_Grinda_Flyer

Session: Disaster Prepardness in International Cooperation – Practical Examples

IRG_RiskyMonday_Poschmann_Flyer In the fourth session of “Risky Monday” the Institute of Rescue Engineering and Civil Protection – Cologne University of Applied Sciences welcomed Christian Poschmann from the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) who lectured on “Disaster Prepardness in International Cooperation – Practical Examples”. We thank Christian Poschmann very much for this very interesting presentation. RiskyMonday_Poschmann_Flyer

Session: Excursion to Brussels and Paris

Paris_Brüssel_Flyer In the third session of “Risky Monday” by the Institute of Rescue Engineering and Civil Protection – Cologne University of Applied Sciences in December 2014, students introduced their experiences during our excursion to Brussels and Paris this summer where we visited the “Direction de la Prévention et de la Protection” in Paris and the “Emergency Response Coordination Centre (ERCC)”of the European Commission in Brussels. Thanks very much to everyone who contributed. International Monday_Flyer

Session: Humanitarian Organisations and Climate Change Adaptation

IRG_RiskyMonday_RosenowWilliams_Flyer At the second session of the new lecture series “Risky Monday”, presented by the Institute of Rescue Engineering and Civil Protection – Cologne University of Applied Sciences, we were very happy to welcome Dr. Kerstin Rosenow-Williams. In her lecture on “Humanitarian Organisations and Climate Change Adaptation” she analyzed the link between humanitarian aid and climate change and presented reasons for humanitarian organisations to engage with the topic of climate change. Morevoer, she presented her field work in Thailand with Care International. Dr. Kerstin Rosenow-Williams is Postdoctoral Researcher at the Institute for International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict (IFHV) at the Ruhr University Bochum. Please find here her presentation. We thank Dr. Kerstin Rosenow-Williams very much for this very interesting presentation. RiskyMonday_RosenowWilliams_Flyer

Session: Medical disaster relief in the aftermath of typhoon “Haiyan” on the Philippines

 At the first session of the new lecture series flyer“Risky Monday”, presented by the Institute of Rescue Engineering and Civil Protection – Cologne University of Applied Sciences, we were pleased to welcome Thomas Lindemann. As member of Johanniter International Assistance he presented his experience in the aftermath of typhoon “Haiyan” on the Philippines. Besides an introduction to the structure of Johanniter International Assistance and its humanitarian aid strategy, Thomas Lindemann illustrated the procedure of medical disaster relief on-site. Please find here his presentation. We thank Thomas Lindemann very much for this very interesting presentation. RiskyMonday_Lindemann_Flyer

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