Upcoming Events

18. & 19. November 2020 Virtual project workshop of the University of Applied Sciences Cologne and the German Federal Agency for Technical Relief: Databases, e-learning and social media – (How) Can the exchange and configuration of knowledge in civil protection be fostered?

23.-27. February 2021 IV ISA Forum of Sociology, Porto Alegre, Brasil

Panel: Daniel F. Lorenz/Cordula Dittmer: At the Intersection of International Humanitarian Aid and National Disaster Management: Processes, Structures and Practices from a Sociological Perspective, RC39 Sociology of Disasters,

Presentation: Cordula Dittmer/Daniel F. Lorenz: Disaster Management, Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid the context of Displacement in Europe”, Displacement and Relocation: A Spotlight on Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons, RC39 Sociology of Disasters

Past Events

14. May 2020 Project-internal virtual workshop

21. April 2020 Milestone/Project meeting

27.-28. February 2020 SIKOMI milestone and practical workhop, Wuppertal

26.-27. February 2020 Workshop: Training (in civil protection), Leipzig

19. February 2020 Presentation of the new German SPHERE handbook

17. February 2020 Workshop: Possibilities and Limits of Current Anticipatory Approaches for Displacement/Migration and Disasters, Berlin Download Programm

30.-31. January 2020 Workshop: Cooperation at the Border – Conditions, Potentials and Challenges of Cooperation in Border Area in the Refugee Crisis, Berlin

21.-22. January 2020 Workshop: Communication and knowledge management, Cologne

26.-27. November 2019 Workshop: Ad-hoc accommodation for a large number of people, Bonn

23. November 2019 Workshop: Learning from refugee aid: Opportunities through voluntary work, Berlin

4.-5. November 2019 Project Meeting, Berlin

17.-18. October 2019 DRU poster presentation at Humanitarian Congress, Berlin

The DRU will present the results of the Greek case study “The Emergency Support Instrument in Greece and Its Implications for the Humanitarian System” at a poster presentation at the Humanitarian Congress ( from 17-18 October 2019 in Berlin.

28.-29. October 2019 Fachtagung Katastrophenvorsorge, Berlin

Workshop „Cooperation and knowledge management in the example of the refugee situation 2015/2016“ by GRC in cooperation with Bergische Universität Wuppertal from the research project SiKoMi

20.-23. August 2019 14th Conference of the European Sociological Association, Manchester, UK

Paper: Cordula Dittmer/Daniel F. Lorenz: International Humanitarian Aid Operations in the Protracted Refugee and Migration Crisis in Greece since 2015, RN08 – Disaster, Conflict and Social Crisis

16.-18. July 2019 Participation at the “International SIGHT Workshop and Ideation Camp on Technical Support in Refugee Crises”, at the Ruhr University Bochum (RUB) Germany

The Ruhr university in collaboration with SIGHT Groups from Germany, Egypt and Columbia organized  from 16.-18.07.2019 a workshop in which young engineers form all around the world were brought together to discuss possible technical options for emergency relief and to support refugees  facing new circumstances in their new host-countries. As part of the opening of the international Workshop Merle Medick of the Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW) presented a Keynote relating  project WAKE. The talk focused on the Refugee situation 2015/2016 and the operational support given by THW. The local section of THW in Bochum supported this by presenting some of the agency´s vehicles and equipment to the 70 international workshop guests.

3. July 2019 DRU Carries Out Quick-Response Research in the Emergency Shelter Lübtheen during Forest Fire

On July 3, 2019, the DRU carried out a quick-response research in the emergency shelter Lübtheen, district Ludwigslust Parchim, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. The forest fire, which had been burning for days on heavily ammunition-polluted soil, led to the evacuation of 650 people from four villages. In the emergency shelter in Lübtheen, interviews were conducted with relief personnel (e.g. fire brigades, German Red Cross, Malteser Hilfsdienst, Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund) in order to find out whether experiences from the refugee situation 2015/16 had been incorporated into the construction and operation of the emergency shelter.

Quelle: KFS

Quelle: KFS

Quelle: KFS

27.-28. Juni 2019 Fachdialog Sicherheitsforschung, Berlin, Germany

Annette Händlmeyer (German Red Cross – GRC) and Cordula Dittmer (DRU) presented the joint project poster at the Fachdialog Sicherheitforschung “Diversity of Security – Social Dimensions of Security Research”, which took place on 27 and 28 June 2019 in the Harnack House in Berlin, Germany.

Quelle: Cordula Dittmer, KFS

10.-12. June 2019 NEEDS 2019, Uppsala, Sweden

Panel: Patricia Schütte (Public Safety and Emergency Management, Bergische Universität Wuppertal) (SIKOMI) & Cordula Dittmer (Disaster Research Unit (DRU), Berlin) (WAKE): Institutional learning in times of increased refugee movements and humanitarian crises,

Paper: Cordula Dittmer/Daniel F. Lorenz: Frictions between INGOs, National Authorities and the EU in the Refugee and Migrant Crisis in Greece

6.-7. May 2019 Research Workshop HybOrg in Konstanz, Germany

Quelle: Florian Roth, ETH Zürich

On the 6th and 7th of May 2019, Celia Norf and Petra Tiller of the Technical University Cologne (TH Köln) took part in a research workshop as part of the joint project HybOrg of the University of Konstanz, the LMU Munich and the ETH Zurich. Together with other academics from different disciplines, as well as practitioners from administration and civil society, they discussed research experiences in the field of integration and migration and presented initial findings from WAKE. The workshop also provided a good opportunity to establish contacts in the field of knowledge management and its role in managing refugee situations.

8. May 2019 Agenda-Setting Workshop in Berlin, Germany

2.-3. April 2019 Project Meeting in Bonn, Germany

Quelle: Daniel F. Lorenz, KFS

Our first project meeting took place in Bonn and was organized by our project partner Technical Relief Agency (THW). We discussed the first results of the analysis of practices, experiences and challenges made by the different disaster management organisations in dealing with the refugee and migrant crisis. The DRU presented some insights from the field research in Greece and of the historical analysis of previous refugee crisis situations in Germany, dealt with by disaster management organisations.

28. Jan – 11. Feb 2019 Field Research Greece (Disaster Research Unit)

Quelle: Daniel F. Lorenz, KFS

12.-13. November 2018 Kick-Off Berlin

Quelle: Daniel F. Lorenz, KFS