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Workshop "Resilient Communities" from Apr 11 to 13, 2018

Between April 11th and 13th 2018 the first international workshop on „Resilient Communities – how to effectively cope with water-related disasters“ took place at the TU Kaiserslautern.

Besides the concepts of resilience in flood-risk management, focus of the talks and subsequent discussions was on data management and data availability as well as on modelling concepts. The presentation of case-studies on resilient and non-resilient infrastructure was followed by discussions in working groups. Here, approaches were developed on how to deal with water-related disasters in the future.

It was a particular asset for the workshop to not only welcome scientists from Germany, France and the Netherlands, but also from Sri Lanka and Namibia. This allowed for a detailed insight into current problems on floods and flood protection with special view on draughts and floodings driven by recent climatic changes.

We are pleased to announce that the workshop on resilient communities will be established as a frequent event and might constitute a basement for scientific exchange and for future cooperation in research and application. In October 2018 the next workshop will take place as a special session in the international conference „Water Science for Impact“ at the University Wageningen (Netherlands) (https://www.wageningenwaterconference.com/). Furthermore, in 2019 a workshop on resilience will be organized by Prof. Dr. Alexander Fekete at the Institute of Rescue Engineering and Civil Protection, Technische Hochschule Köln