! Cancelled ! Travel Risk Response in Field Research - How to prevent putting yourself in danger (GGG/GFA)

Target group:
PhD students of the GGG and GFA, other PhD students if free places are available

! Cancelled !

Venue: Evangelische Tagungsstätte Hofgeismar, Gesundbrunnen 8, 34369 Hofgeismar
You can reach the workshop site by car or via public transport.
a) In order to save money and resources, we recommend you to team up with other workshop participants. If you plan to go to Hofgeismar on your own by car and still have a free seat, please let us know if you can offer a seat for other participants!
b) If you prefer public transport, you can e.g. take the train from Göttingen to Hann. Münden (starting in Göttingen at 07:18 AM and arriving in Hann. Münden at 07:52 AM) and continue the travel by bus 190 (heading to Hofgeismar ZOB). You will arrive at Bahnhof (Brücke), Hofgeismar at 08:54 AM. Then your destination is only 950m away and thus easy to reach by foot (head down Brunnenstraße, turn left into Gesundbrunnen).
c) If requested, arrival and departure can be organized from Convention Center by the Observatory, Geismar Landstraße 11, 37073 Goettingen to Hofgeismar and back.

Available seats: 12
Course language: English
Trainers: Benjamin Beutekamp (https://saefa.de//) and Desdemona Müller (federal police officer)

Seminars objectives: Field research requires preparation in a professional manner. Beside your own expertise as a researcher you need to know how to avoid putting yourself in danger. Our one day safety training is among other things best practice for safety-oriented behavior in borderline / extreme situations such as medical emergencies, robberies, hostage-takings, political unrest, interrogation by authorities or natural disasters.

In addition to conveying certainty of action in threat cases, you will get a lot of useful information about how to prepare trips in general and how to prepare yourself for your specific research destination.

The training impresses with its highly practical content and is related to current events and to perpetratory tactics. The overall goal is to improve your situational awareness in unfriendly or hostile environments.

In particular, we will cover the following topics:

  • How to assess country-specific risks
  • How to secure your accommodation
  • Recognize and treat medical emergencies appropriately
  • What if....terror attack occurs
  • What if you are grilled by authorities
  • Adequate emergency plans and equipment

Credits: 2 Credits

  • The workshop includes one overnight stay. All participants have to come up for an individual co-payment share of 89,- €/person (for accommodation and catering at the workshop location as well as transportation from Göttingen to Hofgeismar and back). The earmarked sum of 89,- € has to be transferred to the trainer until October 31, 2023. You will receive the necessary transfer data when applying for participation. Punctual payment is mandatory for participation.
  • confirmation of upcoming research stay abroad by your supervisor (only on demand)
  • written reflection (1-2 pages in word or PDF format) on lessons learnt, consequences for field research preparation as well as perceived benefits and limits (to be sent to ggg.kursanmeldung@uni-goettingen.de no later than November 08, 2023)

The trainers offer a short information exchange (online, 05.10.2023, 10:30-11 am) in advance. By participating in this preparatory exchange, you get the chance to customize the workshop content with regard to individual expectations and experiences on the one hand and travel plans (destination, duration of stay, accomodation, group trip vs. individual field excursion etc.) on the other.

Please, write an e-mail to ggg.kursanmeldung@uni-goettingen.de
contact for more information: Dr. Nelly C. Schubert, Phone: +551 39-28217

This course is organized by the Göttingen Graduate School of Social Sciences (GGG) and the Graduate School Forest and Agricultural Sciences (GFA).

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