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CONRIS history


In 2007, Martin Langer of the FH Campus Wien invited representatives of safety and security management courses to discuss possibilities for cooperation. Most safety and security courses were only recently established. Therfore, the idea was to form a network where the teaching staff of accredited safety and security programmes exchange ideas and experiences about new developments in the safety and security sector, take on projects together with students, teachers and researchers and facilitate the exchange of students and teachers. The network started with several German universities, including Brandenburg, Berlin, Bremen, Hamburg, Magdeburg, and Wuppertal but also two Dutch universities (Saxion and HU Utrecht) were involved from the early beginning.

The idea became a reality in 2009 when the COoperation Network for RIsk, Safety and xecurity studies was established and formalised through a letter of intent that was signed in Hamburg. From then on, the network comes together every 8-9 months and new members have joined the network after a formal application.

conris team The members have signed mutual Erasmus agreements to facilitate the exchange of staff and students in international weeks or exchange programs and have developed some study materials on a major loss event. In 2014 a long-planned project has been realized: the implementation of the CONRIS Summer Course. The first Summer Course took place in Utrecht on crisis communication during a tunnel incident. This summer course has been prepared by the teachers of the various universities and was followed by 30 students from the CONRIS universities. Now every year the "baton" is handed over to another university participating in CONRIS, which has resulted in Summer Courses in Berlin and Espoo already.