The “Civil Security” Graduate Network

The BMBF supports networking between young security researchers through the “Civil Security” Graduate Network.

BMBF/VDI Technologiezentrum GmbH - Leo Seidel

Facilitated discussion sessions gave the participants a chance to get to know each other.

BMBF/VDI Technologiezentrum GmbH - Leo Seidel

Civil security research is in the process of becoming a scientific discipline in its own right. Researchers from the realms of science, engineering and social science, representing a wide variety of disciplines, work together in civil security research to devise innovative solutions. The number of research establishments and higher education institutions active in this area is constantly growing.

Often, however, academic training focuses on the specific discipline of the programme of study being pursued. The various areas are not sufficiently interlinked, nor is real-life practice considered to a sufficient degree. Nurturing and training new researchers is crucial – especially in an interdisciplinary and interinstitutional field of research like civil security research. The BMBF’s “Civil Security” Graduate Network is intended to support networking between young researchers and to encourage interdisciplinary exchange in civil security research.

The first “Civil Security” Graduate Network meeting was held in 2014, following the second BMBF “Civil Security” innovation forum. Facilitated discussion sessions were a key feature of this first meeting, giving the participants a chance to get to know each other.

The second “Civil Security“ Graduate Network meeting took place during the “Grenzenlose Sicherheit?” (“Security without boundary?”) conference, part of the Dialogue on Societal Aspects of Security Research. The young researchers were given the opportunity to contribute a poster on their work related to the topic of the conference. The contributions were then discussed at the conference.

November 2015 saw a workshop entitled “Die Sprache der Sicherheit. Grundbegriffe der zivilen Sicherheitsforschung” (“The language of security. Key terms in civil security research”) in Frankfurt am Main, which was organised by graduates of the University of Frankfurt.

The third “Civil Security” Graduate Network meeting was held in the run-up to the BMBF 2016 “Civil Security” innovation forum. In the light of the continuation of the “Research for Civil Security” framework programme, the graduates considered future challenges in civil security research.

In November 2016, the second Graduate Network workshop took place in Stuttgart. Following on from the first workshop on “The language of security”, the focus this time was on “What is good civil security research?” The aim was to continue the successful networking between the young researchers and to promote further knowledge-sharing between the disciplines.

21 June 2017 will see the fourth “Civil Security” Graduate Network meeting, just before the conference being staged as part of the Dialogue on Societal Aspects of Security Research. Young researchers and postdocs working on civil security issues are very welcome to attend the meeting.

Further information on the “Civil Security” Graduate Network events can be found hier. (Only available in German)

To ensure that the Graduate Network remains active between meetings and to provide further support for networking, knowledge-sharing and discussion, the BMBF has joined forces with the “Network for Civil Security Law in Europe” (KORSE) to set up an internet forum for the “Civil Security” Graduate Network. If you are interested in taking part, you can sign up here:

The “Civil Security” Graduate Network is an open network, in which all young civil security researchers are invited to take an active part.