Call for Applications: DAAD Alumni Seminar „Resilient Flood Risk Management“

This DAAD Alumni Seminar focusses changes within existing flood risk management in context of the introduction of the term and concept of „resilience“. The ambition is to gather experts from different countries and contexts to advance their expertise in the field of flood risk towards a resilient flood risk management. This event will offer the chance to exchange experience and expertise, to merge networks and to foster future collaboration in research and practice.

The seminar is organised and conducted by the TH Köln University of Applied Sciences and the Technische Universität Kaiserslautern. The event will be composed of online-workshops and a one-week program in Germany from 14-18 October 2019.

Applications can be submitted until 25 March 2019 to celia.norf(at)th-koeln.de.

Further information on the seminar and the call for applications can be found here and under the following link.

 

 

Annual report 2018

The annual report 2018 of the coordination center for the strategic partnership between the Technische Universität Kaiserslautern and the University of Namibia is now available and can be downloaded here.

 

 

Start of student research project

In the 2018/19 winter semester, the student research project “Flood risk management in Namibia: Applying the WWF-Flood Green Guide and developing an E-Learning-component” has begun. From Technische Universität Kaiserslautern, a total of six students of Civil Engineering participate in the project which is conducted together with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Freie Universität Berlin and UNAM.

During the winter semester 2018/19, a lecture course will take place in which the students will work on selected parts of the Natural and Nature-Based Flood Management: A Green Guide (Flood Green Guide, FGG), developed by WWF. Within a field trip to Namibia in March 2019, the fundamentals elaborated during the lecture course will be applied and further developed. The outcomes of the project will be summarized in a final report.

 

International Day at TUK

On November, 7th, 2018, an International Day will take place at Technische Universitaet Kaiserslautern for the first time. At the event, students can inform themselves about the possibilities to go abroad. The event is organized by the Department of international affairs: ISGS of TUK.

The coordination center will also be present with an information booth.

The event will take place in the foyer of building 46 from 10:00 to 16:00. Further information as well as the programme can be found here.

 

 

Bachelor thesis presentation

Mr Stefan Frank wrote his bachelor thesis on the topic of “Analyses on the effect of past flood events on the transport infrastructures in northern Namibia as well as on the management during and after a flood”. The thesis was supervised by the Department of Hydraulic Engineering and Water Management, Faculty of Civil Engineering.

The defence of the bachelor thesis will take place on 22 October 2018 at 8:00 in building 13, room 249. All interested persons are cordially invited.

 

 

Namibia Network Meeting 2018

The coordination center for the strategic partnership between the Technische Universitaet Kaiserslautern and the University of Namibia organized in cooperation with the Kolping Bildungswerk Trier this year´s Namibia Network Meeting. The German-Namibian Society and the Parish Service for Mission and Ecumenical Affairs of the Protestant Church in the Rhineland were co-organizers.

In total, 41 participants from different sectors took part in the event on Saturday, 1st of September, 2018 at Technische Universitaet Kaiserslautern. The organizers´ aim was to create a platform for actors in German-Namibian partnerships through the Namibia Network Meeting to get in contact with each other, to exchange ideas and experiences and to network in order to create synergies for future projects or initiatives.

This year´s concept to include technical contributions from science and research was met with broad interest and was welcomed by the participants. At the end of each presentation, there were lively discussions in which participants from outside the field participated with great interest. Thematically, the contributions came from the fields of ethnology and education as well as from the earth and engineering sciences.

During the breaks, the participants were invited to inform themselves at the numerous information booths in the foyer and to exchange information about the diverse projects, initiatives and partnerships of the actors. Often the activities of associations, partnerships or projects engaged in Namibia are only known in a regionally limited environment of the respective actors and due to the thematic focus of the individual initiatives or partnerships, synergy effects arising from interdisciplinary cooperation may remain unused. Therefore, a central issue was to highlight and to make possible interfaces visible through active networking, the exchange and information at the Namibia Network Meeting.

In the afternoon, several workshops took place. This included language workshops on Otijherero and Khoekheogowab as well as workshops on the funding opportunities and on recent political developments in Namibia. The programme of the Namibia Network Meeting was completed by contributions from the Proud Nama Footprints Choir, which opened and closed the event.

It was worth it! This was the consensus of the participants, who passed the event in review in a “final round”. In addition, many of them expressed themselves very positively about the presented commitment of TU Kaiserslautern and FU Berlin, who introduced their joint research projects and in particular the practical work of the students in Namibia.

We would like to take the opportunity to extend our special thanks to Ms. Barbara Scharfbillig, professional promotor for international partnerships at the Kolping Bildungswerk Trier as well as the co-organizers for the good cooperation. Furthermore, we would like to thank ELAN, Bread for the World, the Katholische Fonds, the Bischof-Stein-Stiftung as well as Promotorinnen und Promotoren für Eine Welt for their support.

 

 

Namibia Network Meeting 2018

The current programme of the Namibia Network Meeting, which will take place on September 1st, 2018, at Technische Universität Kaiserslautern, is available online and can be downloaded here.

The registration for the event is still open until August 1st, 2018. For registration, please send an email to christin.rinnert(at)bauing.uni-kl.de. The participation in the event is free of charge.

Further information regarding directions to Technische Universität Kaiserslautern and a map of the university facilities can be found here. The event will take place in the Rotunde in building 57. The address is as follows:

Technische Universität Kaiserslautern
Erwin-Schrödinger-Straße 57
67663 Kaiserslautern

 

 

Save the date - Namibia Network Meeting

This year, the Namibia Network Meeting will take place on September 1st, 2018, at Technische Universität Kaiserslautern.

The event is organized by the coordination center for the strategic partnership between the Technische Universität Kaiserslautern and the University of Namibia in cooperation with the Kolping Bildungswerk Trier, the German-Namibian Society and the Parish Service for Mission and Ecumenical Affairs of the Protestant Church in the Rhineland.

The participation in the event is free of charge. In the morning, presentations from science and research will be given on various topics. In the afternoon, workshops from the fields of partnership, communication and cooperation will be offered. Further programme information will follow at the end of June.

Participants of the network meeting have the option to present their partnership or project during the event by a poster, a roll-up or other information materials. Since the number of information booths is limited, please announce your interest to christin.rinnert(at)bauing.uni-kl.de until June 1st, 2018.

Queries about the event could be directed to christin.rinnert(at)bauing.uni-kl.de as well.

 

 

Representatives of UNAM visit TU Kaiserslautern

Dr. Petrina Johannes, Dean of Faculty of Engineering and IT, and Dr.-Ing. Joachim Lengricht, HOD Civil and Environmental Engineering, of University of Namibia visited the Technische Universität Kaiserslautern from April 10th to 13th, 2018.

In addition to a guided tour through the experimental halls of the structural engineering and the Federal Testing Institute for Rhineland-Palatinate and a visit to the colleagues of the Faculty of Spatial and Environmental Planning, the professional programme included the participation in the international workshop “Resilient communities – how to effectively cope with water-related disasters”. The event took place at Technische Universität Kaiserslautern from April 11th to 13th, 2018 and was organized by the Department of Hydraulic Engineering and Water Management, Faculty of Civil Engineering. Further information about the workshop can be found here

Furthermore, the coordination center organized an information meeting on the cooperation with the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of UNAM on 10th April 2018. Participating as well as interested departments and students of Technische Universität Kaiserslautern were invited. The aim of the event was the information and exchange concerning the possibilities of future cooperation in various academic and scientific fields as well as the respective focal areas in research.

The highlight of the visit was the meeting with the President of the Technische Universität Kaiserslautern Prof. Dr. Helmut J. Schmidt on April 11th, 2018.  

 

 

Information-Meeting

On 10 April 2018, the Information-Meeting on the cooperation with the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of University of Namibia will take place at Technische Universität Kaiserslautern. Dr. Petrina Johannes, Dean of Faculty of Engineering and IT of UNAM, and Dr.-Ing. Joachim Lengricht, HOD Civil and Environmental Engineering, will be present.

The first part of the event starts at 15:00 and is addressed to the participating departments of the strategic partnership. Interested students of Technische Universität Kaiserslautern are also cordially invited to join the event at 16:00 to inform themselves about planned student projects etc. in direct dialogue with the representatives of the University of Namibia.

The event will take place in building 13, room 249.

 

 

Research trip in the Cuvelai Basin

From 26th February until 14th March 2018, Ms Christin Rinnert, PhD student at the Department of Hydraulic Engineering and Water Management at Technische Universität Kaiserslautern and head of the coordination center, organized together with colleagues of Freie Universität Berlin a research trip to the Cuvelai Basin in northern Namibia. The fieldwork and the work in the mobile laboratory was accompanied by students of the master programme “Water Resources Management” of University of Namibia on single days.

The research trip was headed by Prof. Dr. Achim Schulte, Freie Universität Berlin, and was supported by the University of Namibia, namely the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. We would like to thank Prof. Frank PL Kavishe for his support and for the accommodation at University of Namibia.

 

 

Annual report 2017

The annual report 2017 of the coordination center for the strategic partnership between the Technische Universität Kaiserslautern and the University of Namibia is now available and can be downloaded here.

 

 

Bachelor thesis presentation

Mr Jan-Martin Schubert wrote his bachelor thesis on the topic of “resilience of transport infrastructures to water-related hazards in arid areas, illustrated by the example of Namibia”. The thesis was supervised by the Department of Hydraulic Engineering and Water Management as well as by the Department of Mobility and Transport, both are part of the Faculty of Civil Engineering.

The defence of the bachelor thesis will take place on 22 November 2017, 2 p.m., in building 24, room 139. All interested persons are cordially invited.

 

 

Joint research trip in the Cuvelai Basin

Ms Christin Rinnert, head of the coordination center and PhD student at the Department of Hydraulic Engineering and Water Management at Technische Universität Kaiserslautern, organized together with colleagues of Freie Universität Berlin a joint research trip to the Cuvelai Basin in northern Namibia. Ms Rinnert has been researching on the resilience of technical infrastructure to water-related hazards in northern Namibia. During the fieldwork, she focused on the identification, documentation and analysis of damage, especially to crossing structures, which were caused by floods, erosion and drought.

The research trip was headed by Prof. Dr. Achim Schulte, Freie Universität Berlin, and was supported by the University of Namibia, namely the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. We would like to thank Prof. Frank PL Kavishe, Founding Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology, for his support and for the accommodation at University of Namibia in Ongwediva.

 

 

Network Meeting Namibia

On 09 September 2017, the Kolping Bildungswerk Trier, the Parish Service for Mission and Ecumenical Affairs of the Protestant Church in the Rhineland and the German-Namibian Society organized a „Network Meeting Namibia“ in Koblenz.

In the morning, short presentations of activities of German-Namibian partnerships took place. Ms Rinnert presented the coordination center for the strategic partnership between the Technische Universität Kaiserslautern and University of Namibia (UNAM). In the afternoon, further presentations and workshops on different topics were given. The programme provided the opportunity for a lively exchange of experiences and tips between the 51 participants.

Next year, the “Network Meeting Namibia” will take place at the Technische Universität Kaiserslautern.

 

 

The coordination center presents itself

As part of the ERASMUS information event on 05 July 2017, the coordination center presents itself to the students of civil engineering. It is informed about the tasks and services of the coordination center as well as shown the students opportunities for scientific work in an international context.

The event takes place from 13:45 to 14:45 in building 1, room 006.

 

 

Here we go!

On 01 April 2017, the coordination center for the strategic partnership was officially set up in the Department of Hydraulic Engineering and Water Management in room 14-476. Ms Christin Rinnert is the coordinator in charge.

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