DKKV Promotional Award

The DKKV Sponsorship Award was launched by the German Committee for Disaster Risk Reduction in 2018 and has since been awarded annually to recognise current research and best practice examples related to disaster risk reduction and disaster risk management. As the promotion of young scientists is particularly important to DKKV, the award is aimed primarily at young professionals.

The prize is aimed at German and English-language Bachelor’s and Master’s theses and is awarded to both the best Bachelor’s and the best Master’s thesis. These are honoured with prize money of €500 (Bachelor) and €1,000 (Master) as well as a two-year membership as a Young Professional in the DKKV.

DKKV Promotional Award 2024

The prize is awarded to final theses that contribute to DKKV’s vision:

“Creating a resilient society through sustainable crisis and disaster preparedness”.

In this context, the submitted thesis should address one or more of the topics listed in the word cloud for the award. This year, the focus will be on operational disaster prevention in particular – we therefore encourage you to submit work on topics such as emergency medical care or the role of air rescue.

Please send all required documents and any questions by e-mail to: Application deadline is 14 June 2024.

Sponsors of the DKKV Promotional Award

We would like to thank our institutional member “DRF Luftrettung” for their kind support of the DKKV Sponsorship Award 2024! DRF Luftrettung is one of the largest air rescue organisations in Europe. The work of the non-profit organisation includes emergency rescue missions, transfer flights for critically ill or injured persons and the repatriation of patients from abroad. In 2023, the organisation carried out almost 30,000 missions.

Want to find out more about DRF Luftrettung? Click here to go to the homepage.


02.04.2024 Start of the application period

14.06.2022 End of the application period

15.08.2024 End of the evaluation phase

Beginning of October Announcement of the award winners

Application Documents

In addition to your thesis, we require proof that your work has already been assessed. Possible documents are your transcript of records, your degree certificate or a confirmation from the examination office. This document will be checked by the office and will not be passed on to the jury. In addition, please submit the following documents in one document.

  • Cover sheet
  • Curriculum vitae in tabular form without grades
  • Exposé of your thesis (approx. 3000 characters)
  • Optional: Letter of recommendation from your referee
  • Affidavit

Cover sheet template

Application requirements

Please be sure to observe the specified content and formal requirements and templates, which you can view on our website. The application documents can be submitted in both German and English.

After submitting your application documents, we will confirm their timely and complete receipt and thus your participation in the application process by e-mail. If you do not receive a confirmation e-mail, please contact us at


    The submitted thesis must not be older than two years (24 months) at the time the application period closes. The submission date counts, which must not be before 14 June 2022. Only works that have already been submitted and finally assessed will be accepted. You can apply for the award more than once, as long as it is not the same thesis.

    After the application deadline, all submitted application documents will be reviewed and evaluated by the jury. The winners are expected to be announced at the end of 2024. The setting for the award ceremony is yet to be determined.

    The winners of the DKKV Sponsorship Award from previous years can be found hier.

    Jury members 2024


    Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Norbert Gebekken

    Universität der Bundeswehr München


    Florian Klinner

    DRF Luftrettung


    Dr. Carolin Saltzmann

    Deutsches Rotes Kreuz (DRK)


    Prof. Dr. Peter Schmiedtchen

    Hochschule Magdeburg –Stendal


    Dr. Anne Schneibel

    Deutsche Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR)

    Please send all required documents and any questions by e-mail to: Application deadline is 14 June 2024.

    Award winner 2023

    In 2023, the DKKV Sponsorship Award was sponsored by the German Red Cross (DRK).

    Jana Wiedemann, graduate of the Berlin School of Economics and Law, receives the DKKV Sponsorship Award 2023 in the Bachelor’s category for her outstanding thesis entitled

    “Crisis resilience of emergency food provision in Germany”.

    In her thesis, Jana Wiedemann deals with the resilience of emergency food provision in Germany, which is becoming increasingly important in view of the coronavirus pandemic and Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine. To this end, she conducts document analyses and expert interviews as part of a case study. In addition to the crisis management of the actors, current challenges, problems and solutions are also addressed. The results are categorised and evaluated on the basis of theoretical core capabilities of resilience. The Frauenhofer Institute’s resilience model serves as the basis for this.

    You can view the entire paper hier.

    Jana Wiedemann

    Category Bachelor Thesis

    2nd place: Paul Berg (Universität zu Köln): „ENVI-met basierte Simulation der Wirkung unterschiedlicher Baumarten auf das Mikroklima in der Südstadt in Köln während eines Hitzeereignisses“

    3rd place: Julia Feth (Universität Bonn): „Geomorphologische Auswirkungen des Starkregenereignisses im Juli 2021 auf das Einzugsgebiet des Aulbachs (Ahrtal)“

    Fabian Rackelmann, a graduate of the United Nations University and the University of Bonn, was awarded first place in the Master’s category for his outstanding thesis entitled

    “Integration of forest health aspects in flood risk reduction Implementation, trade-offs, and synergies of distinct forest management objectives”.

    While healthy forest ecosystems provide various services that reduce flood risk, they can also contribute to flooding by providing wood that may contribute to watercourse blockages and the associated backwater effects. In this context, deadwood as a key aspect of healthy forests is often at the centre of discourses in the post-flood period. The master thesis addresses this ambivalence by analysing the relationship between the two objectives of forest management, forest health and flood risk reduction. With the help of 19 investigative semi-structured expert interviews with 20 stakeholders from the fields of forestry, water management and nature conservation, possible challenges and approaches for an increased implementation of flood risk-sensitive forest management in these regions were analysed for the Rhineland-Palatinate part of the Ahr catchment area as an example.

    Fabian Rackelmann’s peer-reviewed paper “Synergies and trade-offs in the management objectives forest health and flood risk reduction“ served as the basis for the master’s thesis


    Fabian Rackelmann

    Category Master Theses

    2nd place: Michael Bartz (Universität Bonn & BBK): „Zusammenarbeit zwischen staatlichen Behörden und Spontanhelfenden –Optimierungsansätze zur Koordinierung von Spontanhelfenden am Beispiel der Flutkatastrophe 2021 in Stolberg (Rhld.)“

    3rd place: Angela Marie Bungert (United Nations University & Universität Bonn): „Assessing the Role of Disaster Risk Education in Secondary Schools in Light of Community Resilience“

    Award winner 2022

    In 2023, the DKKV Sponsorship Award was sponsored by the THW-Foundation gefördert.

    Graduate of the Akkon University of Applied Sciences Berlin, receives the DKKV Sponsorship Award 2022 in the Bachelor’s category for his outstanding thesis entitled

    Die Stabsarbeit der Einsatzleitung Starkregen – Selbst-und Fremdwahrnehmung und Implikationen für künftige Entwicklungen

    Sebastian Herbe dealt with the flood disaster in July 2021, which represented a maximum result for German civil protection. As part of the research project, 17 experts who were active in the heavy rain incident command as leaders in staff or at lower management levels were interviewed in order to identify reasons for a different self-perception and causes for the inadequate functioning of the management system. The aim of the research project was to explore the causes for a divergent self-perception and external perception of the staff work of the heavy rain incident command, to reveal problem areas and to derive implications for future developments of the established command systems from the knowledge gained.

    Sebastian Herbe

    Category Bachelor Thesis

    2nd place: Sari Rombach:  “Risikoanalyse eines extremen Starkregenereignisses in Bonn –eine GIS-gestützte Untersuchung“

    3rd place: Elaine Donderer: “Rethinking Resilience – The Urban Political Ecology of Informal Settlements and Participatory Disaster Risk Reduction: A Comparative Case Study of Informal Settlements in Soweto and Belgrade”

    Graduate of the Cologne University of Applied Sciences, receives the DKKV Sponsorship Award 2022 in the Master’s category for his outstanding thesis entitled

    “Methode zur Bewertung der Notfallplanung von Krankenhäusern im Bereich der Energieversorgung”

    Chris Hetkämper’s work focussed on the question of how emergency planning for energy supply in hospitals can be evaluated. The work developed a method that provides hospital operators with an opportunity to evaluate and optimise their existing emergency planning in the area of energy supply. Technical and organisational aspects as well as vulnerability were taken into account as framework parameters in order to avoid a failure of the emergency power supply due to damage events.

    Chris Hetkämper

    Category Master Thesis

    2nd place: Florence Nick: “Resilience of people with disabilities in Germany during the Covid 19-pandemic”

    3rd place: Nathalie Sänger: ” Exploring factors that influence urban planner`s behavior towards green infrastructure for climate change adaptation in Bonn”

    Award winner 2021


    Graduate of Kiel University of Applied Sciences, received the DKKV Sponsorship Award 2021 in the Bachelor’s category for his outstanding thesis entitled

    “Entwicklung einer Aktivierenden Befragung im sozialraumorientierten Bevölkerungsschutz Ein Beitrag der Sozialen Arbeit zur Aktivierung einer Selbstschutz- und Selbsthilfekompetenz bei Bürger*Innen für eine stärkere gesellschaftliche Resilienz gegenüber Notlagen und Schadensereignissen”.

    In his work, he dealt with the question of the extent to which an activating survey in social work can contribute to activating and promoting the self-protection and self-help skills of citizens in the context of social space-oriented civil protection in order to positively influence social resilience to emergencies in the long term. The aim was to make an activating survey applicable as a social work method for civil protection.

    Michael Skala

    Category Bachelor Thesis

    Graduate of the University of Cologne, received the DKKV Sponsorship Award 2021 in the Master’s category for her outstanding thesis entitled

    “Geomorphological and sedimentary impacts of exceptional precipitation events on a dry valley in the Andean Precordillera (Tarapacá region, N Chile)”.

    Her focus was on the geomorphological and sedimentological investigation of exceptional precipitation and flood events in the Atacama Desert, not only against the background of palaeoclimatic reconstruction. Rather, her Master’s thesis aimed to generate a fundamental understanding of the intensity and frequency of these rare but serious and dangerous flood events, while also providing starting points for future investigations.

    Katharina Seeger

    Category Master Thesis

    Award winner 2020

    In 2020, the DKKV sponsorship prize was awarded with the support of the German Aerospace Centre (Deutsches Zentrum Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V.). Bachelor’s and Master’s theses written on the topic of “resilience” could be submitted.

    A graduate of the Joint Master’s programme “Geography of Environmental Risks and Human Security” at the United Nations University and the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität in Bonn, convinced the jury with her Master’s thesis. She dealt with the topic

    “Drought Risk Assessment in Zimbabwe: A Spatial Analysis of Hazard, Exposure and Vulnerability”.

    To assess the drought risk in Zimbabwe, she carried out a remote sensing-based analysis of data on the health status of vegetation in Zimbabwe from 1989-2019. She combined in-depth literature review with an expert survey to identify, select and prioritise relevant indicators of drought vulnerability. Combined with data on exposure, she was able to calculate the drought risk index, which can be used to optimise drought risk management and thus strengthen the resilience of the population.

    Janna Frischen

    Award winner 2019

    For the second time, the German Committee for Disaster Reduction (DKKV) has awarded the DKKV “Preparedness 2030” prize in cooperation with the German Climate Foundation. In his master’s thesis at the United Nations University with the topic

    “The Role of Social-psychological Factors for the Adaption of Domestic Rainwater Harvesting as a Measure of Adapting to Urban Water Scarcity in Rondebosch, Cape Town”

    Dominic Sett analysed rainwater harvesting as an adaptation strategy to increasing water scarcity in a suburb of Cape Town. The results of the work show that social-psychological factors should be given more attention in cost-benefit analyses and other adaptation strategies in order to further strengthen the resilience of (water) systems in Cape Town. The complexity and topicality of the topic convinced the jury.

    Dominic Sett

    Award winner 2018

    The German Committee for Disaster Risk Reduction (DKKV), in cooperation with the German Climate Foundation, awarded the “Preparedness 2030” prize for the first time on 5 October 2018. After a thorough examination of all the work, the prize was awarded to two people, Johanna Stötzer and Katharina Seeger!

    Katharina Seeger wrote her bachelor thesis at the University of Cologne on the topic

    “Characterisation of modern tropical cyclone deposits at Chaung Thar by applying sedimentological and luminiscene dating approaches – towards using sedimentary evidence for long-term hazard assessment in Myanmar”

    dedicated. To this end, she analysed recent and historical sedimentary deposits of tropical cyclones with regard to their character, composition, age and size, among other things, in order to draw conclusions about the relevance of sediment analyses and luminescence dating for hazard assessment. The additional method of luminescence dating used proved to be an important tool for creating a chronological framework.

    Katharina Seeger

    Category Bachelor Thesis

    Johanna Stötzer wrote her master’s thesis at the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT) on the topic of

    “Development of a generic concept to analyse the accessibility of emergency facilities in critical infrastructure”

    and developed generic and modular approaches to analyse the accessibility of emergency facilities in critical road infrastructure on several scale levels. Their work represents a valuable decision-making aid for the regional planning of a road network.

    Johanna Stötzer

    Catagory Master Thesis