Call for applications for Young Professionals Award "Preparedness 2030"

Young professionals in the field of disaster risk management are particularly important to DKKV and its members. For this reason, the "Preparedness 2030" award is being announced for the first time.

The prize is awarded for final theses that are related to the topics of national/international disaster prevention and rehabilitation, civil protection, adaptation to climate change or the integration of disaster prevention and adaptation to climate change. In addition, best practice examples that deal with current research results with future perspectives can be submitted. Applicants for the "Preparedness 2030" award are expected to have graduated in an accredited degree programme. In addition to bachelor and master theses, diploma theses can also be submitted. However, the university degree must not have been awarded more than two years ago.

The grade of the final thesis plays a minor role in the application process.

What is resilience?

The word resilience comes from the Latin word "resilio" or "resiliere" and can be translated as "bouncing back" or "bouncing off". Today the term is used in various disciplines and is often used as a synonym for the word resilience.

UNISDR (2017) defines resilience as "The ability of a system, community or society exposed to hazards to resist, absorb, accommodate, adapt to, transform and recover from the effects of a hazard in a timely and efficient manner, including [...] the preservation and restoration of its essential basic structures and functions through risk management".

Resilience thus describes the ability and capacity of a system to maintain vital functions in the event of a disaster, for example, through adaptation, absorption or transformation. Especially with regard to natural disasters or changing climatic conditions, the term resilience is becoming increasingly important.


All relevant information on the call:


Evaluation of the work

After the application deadline, all application documents are first checked for completeness. The submitted abstracts are used for the pre-selection of the papers. The best of them will be shortlisted by the jury, which will then jointly evaluate the corresponding final papers.

The jury members of the Young Professionals Young Talent Award are


The winner is expected to be announced on the DKKV homepage and on Twitter.

Award ceremony

The award ceremony will take place in an appropriate setting, at the end of 2020.

Travel expenses within Germany will be covered in accordance with the Federal Travel Expenses Act.