Research on civil protection
Since 2009, the German Red Cross (GRC) has been dealing with processes of social and technical change in a scientific context relevant to the tasks of the GRC in civil protection. On this website we present our research work at the interface to practice. Here you will find all information and materials on current and completed projects, our research publication series (free download) and other publications on our work.
Scientific Programme Committtee
(21.01.2019) Matthias Max, Head of Research, is an appointed member of the current Scientific Advisory Board on the "Research for Civil Security" programme. As an independent committee of experts, it advises the Federal Ministry of Education and Research on questions of civil security research. The Scientific Programme Committee consists of experts from all relevant scientific disciplines, industry, private infrastructure operators, public authorities and organisations with security and safety tasks.
Socio-spatial approach to civil protection
(18.01.2019) The English version of the publication series 6 was released at the end of the research project KOPHIS, which dealt with the strengthening of resilience of vulnerable groups in civil protection. This volume contains findings to which extent vulnerable groups of elderly people who are cared for at home and people in need of care are affected by crises, large-scale emergencies, and disasters. By combining networking and local participation, the KOPHIS research project has demonstrated a way to a more social space-oriented civil protection.
Symposium of disaster services expert advisers
17./18.11.2018 in Braunschweig: The final results of the INVOLVE project were presented on this year‘s symposium of the disaster services expert advisers. Tanja Knopp, deputy federal leader of the stand-by services, was very pleased about the gain in knowledge of the project. The resulting practical recommendations for the disaster services will now be further implemented in the association. The participants also used the results of INVOLVE at the conference to develop a national strategy for disaster services.
Publication series Volume 4 English version
(20.12.2018) At the end of the INVOLVE project, an English version of the research publication series is released: “Strengthening of Community Resilience – The German Red Cross Disaster Services. Recommendations for Action Based on Research Results”. It summarizes the main project results for an international audience. It points out central conditions for sustainable GRC disaster services in the face of societal developments in Germany and documents the viewpoint of GRC fieldworkers. Finally, recommendations for the GRC disaster services to meet future needs are presented that were developed in cooperation with GRC experts from different regional branches.