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 experiences and to discuss respective challenges and opportunities.
“Risky Monday” takes place on a regular basis at the TH Köln University of Applied Sciences, campus Deutz. Due to the current situation, the events take place online via Zoom.
Internal as well as external visitors are always very welcome!
For more information or suggestions about future topics please contact Johanne Kaufmann (johanne_sophia.kaufmann (at) th-koeln.de) or Peter Priesmeier (peter.priesmeier (at) th-koeln.de).
FOR THIS SEMESTER NEW SESSIONS WILL TAKE PLACE:
Please have a closer look at some of the former sessions:
Session: Practitioner-centered Assessment of Socio-technical Innovations in Crisis Management: Insights from the DRIVER+ Demonstration Project
In our second online session on April 12th, Adam Widera from the University of Muenster presented the DRIVER+ project. He is the managing director of the ERCIS Competence Center for Crisis Management and a member of the research group Information Systems & Supply Chain Management. He was the coordinator of the DRIVER+ project at the University of Muenster. His research areas cover modeling, simulation, and performance measurement in humanitarian logistics and crisis management as well as the design and evaluation of information systems for humanitarians.
The aim of the EU-funded DRIVER+ project has been to accelerate capability development and crisis management innovation by delivering these main outputs to the European crisis management community:
- The pan-European Test-bed consisting of the Trial Guidance Methodology (TGM), a Trial Guidance Tool (TGT) supporting the TGM application as well as an appropriate Test-bed Technical Infrastructure (TTI) enabling the simulation of a crisis environment including the connection of the innovative solutions and the respective legacy systems.
- The Portfolio of Solutions (PoS) covering innovative crisis management solutions at different technology readiness levels, according to a well-structured taxonomy of crisis management functions and gaps.
- The Crisis Management Innovation Network Europe (CMINE) enhancing the shared understanding of crisis management in Europe.
- You can find the presentation here: DRIVER+@Risky Monday
To learn more about DRIVER+ use one of the following links: https://www.driver-project.eu/
Trial guidance methodology handbook: https://tgm.ercis.org/
Example Trial in the Netherlands (video): https://tgm.ercis.org/example-trials/example-trial-3-/-nl/example-trial-3-/-nl-preperation
Portfolio of CDM Gaps, Solutions and Trials: https://pos.driver-project.eu/de
Session: THW SEEBA operation after the explosion in the port of Beirut (Lebanon)
On the 4th August 2020, a heavy explosion shook the port of Beirut (Lebanon) causing severe damage to large parts of the port and the directly adjacent city center. An urban search and rescue rapid response unit (SEEBA) from the THW (German Federal Agency for Technical Relief) got deployed to the incident site with a 50-member Medium Urban Search and Rescue Team. Their task was to support the local authorities in the search for people and to carry out the assessment of building damage. Mr. Hünnemeyer Weber, as Squad Leader Rescue of the SEEBA, reports first-hand about the several days of operation on site. Mr. Hünnemeyer Weber, also a Rescue Engineer, looks back on over 15 years of voluntary service experience in the THW and has been in charge of THW’s personal protective equipment on a full-time basis for about 2 years in the THW headquarters in Bonn (Germany).
Session: Research at the THW
On 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
Iran 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
On 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
On 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 Sweden
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
Christoph 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)
Beate 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 Waterways 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 the 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
The 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
On 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)
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
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
On 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
On 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
On 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
On 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
On 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 . Johannes 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
On 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. Germany 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.
Session: Security issues in context of foreign operations
On 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
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
In 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
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
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
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
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
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 “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