Research and development in the GRC
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 ongoing and completed projects, our research publication series (free download) and other publications on our work.
Visit at the BRC
(28.02.2019) The Bavarian Red Cross (BRC) invited staff members of the Unit Research in Civil Protection to visit Munich, Miesbach and Garmisch-Partenkirchen to conduct interviews regarding the snow disaster in Bavaria in January 2019. Supported by the coordinator of security research Uwe Kippnich we talked to various volunteers and employees of the BRC in order to gain insight into coping with this extreme event with special consideration of vulnerable people. The findings will be published in our research publication series.
Closing Event KOPHIS
23./24.01.2019 in Tübingen: The research project KOPHIS successfully ended with the closing event “Disaster management and care”. The high number of participants from the fields of disaster management, care and welfare showed great interest within and beyond the Red Cross: Around 80 people took part in the conference and enriched the discussion with their feedback and questions. Various panels on the topics of resilience, self-sufficiency and people in need of care in disaster management were important components of the event. The importance of KOPHIS for the German Red Cross was made clear in the keynote speech by Dr. Volkmar Schön, Vice President of the German Red Cross. The participation and positive speech on the project results by Sabine ten Hagen-Knauer, head of the safety research department, from the BMBF as a funding source was particularly pleasing. The closing panel under the topic "Strengthened contexts - and now?" with Ulrike Würth, Federal Leader of Welfare and Social Work of the DRK, and Tanja Knopp, Federal Deputy Leader of the Stand-by Services of the DRK was of large interest and completed the event.
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.