Side Event
  • Mami Mizutori
    Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction and Head of UNDRR
  • Armin Schuster
    Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance
  • Dr. Bärbel Kofler
    Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Assistance
  • Christian Reuter
    Secretary General
    German Red Cross
  • Dr. Irene Mihalic
    Domestic Policy Spokesperson
    Bündnis 90/Die Grünen
  • Mario Dobovisek
    Editor and Presenter
Side Event
25.10.2021 // 18:00

Spontaneous assistance - the new backbone in disaster situations?

The crises of the last two years, the COVID 19 pandemic and the flood disaster in West Germany, highlighted the potential, but also the necessity, of being able to rely on spontaneous helpers to cope with such events. Social media play an important role here not just in the recruitment but also in the coordination. What still needs to be improved is the cooperation between governmental emergency services (fire departments, relief organisations, THW, police, armed forces) and spontaneous helpers.

A panel discussion will attempt to identify necessary steps towards a common approach to danger prevention in order to ultimately strengthen the resilience of German society.
Julia Zisgen, Founding president DGSMTech e.V.
Martha Wingen, Research scientist RWTH Aachen University
Stefan Voßschmidt, Legal adivsor DGSMTech e.V.
Andreas Karsten, President of DGSMTech e.V.

Julia Zisgen
Consultant for business continuity management, emergency and crisis management. 
KfW Bankengruppe
Julia Zisgen studied sociology, political science and public law in Freiburg. After working for the Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance (BBK) and in the media industry, she joined KfW Bankengruppe in 2018 as a consultant for business continuity management, emergency and crisis management. 

She is a founding member and former president of the German Society for the Promotion of Social Media and Technology in Civil Protection (DGSMTech) e.V..
Martha Wingen
RWTH Aachen University
Martha Wingen studied industrial engineering, specializing in civil engineering, at RWTH Aachen University and specialized in water management as early as her bachelor's degree. As part of her doctorate at the Institute of Hydraulic Engineering and Water Resources Management, she is researching the topic of flood management 5.0, which, following automation and digitalization, incorporates the social component as a resource from the population into disaster management.
Stefan Voßschmidt
Legal adivsor DGSMTech e.V.
DGSMTech e.V.
After military service, studied law, philosophy, ancient, medieval and modern history, historical auxiliary sciences, adult education and disaster management at the universities of Bielefeld, Münster Kaiserslautern and Bonn. 
1st and 2nd state examination in law, Magister Artium (M.A.), Master of Arts, Master of Disaster Management and Governance
Head of the DGB Legal Office in Riesa/Saxony
Process and country officer at the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees.
Officer and deputy head of the economic administration and internal service units at the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) in Meckenheim and Berlin
2004-2009 Head of Unit Internal Training, Advanced Training, Operational Training
2009-2012 Head of Unit and Deputy Head of Unit at the Federal Ministry of the Interior in the units: Winter sports, medical and social services of the highest federal authorities/health management
Five years lecturer at the Federal University of Applied Sciences, subjects: law/police law
Publications on individual issues of civil protection, most recently Resilience and Critical Infrastructures
Lecturer and speaker at the AKNZ now BABZ of the BBK; focus on emergency preparedness, legal issues of civil protection, spontaneous responders, since 2020 digitalization of teaching, pedagogical basics

Andreas Karsten
President of DGSMTech e.V.
DGSMTech e.V.
Andreas Karsten works as a freelance author, consultant and coach in the field of crisis management and civil protection. He studied theoretical physics at the Technical University of Braunschweig. He completed his fire department technical unit at the Berlin Fire Department. For 12 years, he worked as an emergency officer at the professional fire departments in Stuttgart and Bochum before moving to the Federal Office for Civil Protection as a head of unit. He subsequently advised the government of the United Arab States. Andreas Karsten is acting president of DGSMTech.

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