Multi Hazards

Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Dealing with Crises


The registration takes place via RWTH Online and is possible until September 30th. Further information about the registration process can be found in our FAQ.

All students can register for one module. You can specify two preferences. Please use the numbers “1” and “2”. If you have not been assigned a place in the project after the end of the assignment and are still interested in participating, please contact sibel.yildirim[@]ipw.rwth-aachen.de directly.

(If you have any problems with the registration or with RWTHonline, please contact Mrs. Sibel Yildirim (IPW), also stating your matriculation number: sibel.yildirim@ipw.rwth-aachen.de)

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Academic Responsibility

Ann-Kristin Winkens, M. Sc.
Gender and Diversity in Engineering Research Group (GDI)
RWTH Achen
Jens Reinert, M. Sc.

Institute of Hydraulic Engineering and Water Resources Management (IWW)
RWTH Aachen

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Frank Kemper

Center for Wind and Earthquake Engineering (CWE)
RWTH Aachen

Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Holger Schüttrumpf

Institute of Hydraulic Engineering and Water Resources Management (IWW)
RWTH Aachen

Univ.-Prof. Dr. phil. Carmen Leicht-Scholten
Gender and Diversity in Engineering Research Group (GDI)
RWTH Aachen

Contact Person





Tuesday, 18:30-20:00 Uhr


In person and individual sessions exclusively via Zoom

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With regard to increasing natural disasters, such as floods and earthquakes, innovative, sustainable and resilient approaches to solutions are required that strengthen the adaptability of socio-technical systems and infrastructures. In order to develop such approaches, competencies are necessary that enable students as future “change agents” to deal with uncertainty and complexity. This requires cooperative and interdisciplinary approaches and skills. Therefore, this course aims to sensitize students to dealing with natural disasters from their respective disciplinary perspectives. 

By presenting theoretical concepts and foundations, such as resilience, risk and disaster management, students will gain an insight into current scientific and interdisciplinary discourses. Based on this, a disaster-related case with a focus on “learning from failure” will be elaborated on in multidisciplinary teams with regard to various failure and adaptation mechanisms in order to develop creative solutions.

Learning Outcomes

After completing the course, you are able to

  • Explain theoretical concepts in the context of disaster management
  • Explain the relevance of disaster management for your own professional training
  • Identify and analyze failure mechanisms and actors involved in selected disaster scenarios
  • Derive implications for future disaster events
  • Present your findings convincingly to people from other disciplines


The program is constantly updated, if necessary individual dates will be added.


Introduction + Motivation

Ann-Kristin Winkens, Research Group Gender and Diversity in Engineering (GDI)
Jens Reinert, Institute of Hydraulic Engineering and Water Resources Management (IWW)
RWTH Aachen University


Gender and climate-related hazards: linkages and transformative approaches

Dr. Dennis Lucy Avilés Irahola
Center for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn


Risk and Crisis Communication in Natural Hazards – Environmental Psychological Research on
Communication and Preparedness for Floods, Heavy Rains and Heat Waves

Dr. Anna Heidenreich
Institute for Environmental Sciences and Geography,  Working Group: Geography and Disaster Risk Research, University of Potsdam


Multiple Gaps in Dealing with Multi Hazards in Critical Infrastructure and Civil Protection
– via Zoom

Prof. Dr. Alexander Fekete
Institute of Rescue Engineering and Civil Protection, TH Köln (riskncrisis)


Crisis Management in Civil Protection – Structures, Training and Challenges

Ulf Krüger
Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster of Assistance


Ethics and Flood Riskmanagement – via Zoom

Prof. Dr. Neelke Doorn
Department of Values, Technology and Innovation (VTI), TU Delft


It’s complexity, stupid – Why it’s so hard to warn the public about dangers

Dr. Benjamin Scharte
International Center for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities (IZEW), University of Tübingen









Ann-Kristin Winkens, GDI, RWTH Aachen University 
Jens Reinert, IWW, RWTH Aachen University 

Procedure/Working method​

Depending on the course of studies, module and examination, credit points can be achieved through participation. If you would like to take an exam, please make sure beforehand how you can get credit for it in your degree program. Of course, you can also take exams without receiving curricular credit for them. Visit our FAQs for more information.



Certificate of Participation (0 CP, not graded)


Group presentation + personal reflection report (4 CP)

Project "Leonardo": Study Paper

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